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  • Connolly: $64K

    South Park Democrat Dan Connolly had $63,936 on hand at the end of September to challenge incumbent GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, in the 18th District south of Pittsburgh. Connolly's report to the FEC showed he raised $90,000 through the third quarter. More than ...
  • More abortion politics in PA-3

    A couple of competing signals today on the pro-life credentials of Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, the imperiled freshman Democrat who continues to take heat for her participation in the Stupak crew during the health care debate. Americans United for Life ...
  • New GOP ad on Manchin/Obama

    In case you didn't have the GOP Senate strategy down in West Virginia -- tying what polls show to be popular Gov. Joe Manchin to unpopular president Barack Obama -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee spells it out as clearly as possible in a new...
  • Another rough poll for Manchin

    "Democrats have a mountain to climb in West Virginia," says a new poll released by Fox News today. It has Republican US Senate candidate John Raese up five points over Democrat Joe Manchin -- 48-43% -- among likely voters. It was conducted Saturday among...
  • Rove group with new anti-Sestak ad

    Karl Rove's Crossroads PAC will be back on the air in the Pennsylania Senate race, with a (smallish) $300,000 ad buy, Politico's Mike Allen reports today. This is apparently the spot: ...
  • Corbett/FOP in Pgh tomorrow

    From the Corbett camp: Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Tom Corbett will hold a press conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning. Law enforcement officials from across the state will join him at FOP L...
  • Guv turns media critic

    Snarky newspaper reporters aren't the only ones deconstructing ads in the governor's race -- Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the brigade, this time taking on negative ads the Corbett camp launched earlier this fall, hitting state spending and an appropriation ...
  • Lessons from a doormat

    By Dennis B. Roddy GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Our political era consists of angry rhetoric and a locked-and-loaded constituency feeding on it and one way to really understand how far we've come is to cruise the farm to which Dwight...
  • Critz gets NRA nod

    Democrat Mark Critz got the NRA's endorsement in the PA-12 race, his campaign announced this afternoon: Congressman Mark Critz today announced that he has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) because of his c...
  • New ads hit Dahlkemper, Oliverio

    Above is the new NRCC ad targeting Kathy Dahlkemper (which we mentioned earlier today), and at bottom is another targeting Morgantown Democrat Mike Oliverio in the WV-1 race. ...
  • A pair of Toomey-Sestak debates

    The first general election debate between Senate candidates Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak has been scheduled for Oct. 20. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos blogged today that he will be moderating the matchup for Philadelphia's ABC affiliate, WPVI. The Toomey...
  • Corbett's new negative spot

    The Tom Corbett campaign was up with a new attack ad over the weekend making tough -- and at times unfair -- comparisons between Dan Onorato and (the unpopular) Ed Rendell. We knew these ads were coming, as both gubernatorial candidates faced off over th...
  • NRCC buys more ad time in PA-3

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is again going after Kathy Dahlkemper this week, as part of a nationwide 45-district ad buy, Hotline reports....
  • Outside spending up fivefold

    We've seen a lot of these stories lately and here's the latest on the unprecedented spending by outside groups on this year's elections. From the WashPost: Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did o...
  • Internal poll: Rahall by 25

    Incumbent Democrat Nick Rahall has a 25-point lead in the WV-3 race (59-34%), according to an internal poll given to fundraising types in DC, CQ Politics reports. The results push back on reports that Joe Manchin's tough race at the top of the WVa ticket...
  • Wake Up

    This has nothing to do with Pittsburgh, but in the name of jazzing up a gray, sad and drizzly Monday, the Roots are going to play at Barack Obama's GOTV rally Sunday in Philly. Here they are a couple weeks ago with John Legend, covering "Wake Up" by Arca...
  • Registration dips

    Registration numbers (which won't be final until close of business today) are down for both parties in Pa, the Inquirer reports: Since President Obama's election in 2008, the number of registered Democrats across Pennsylvania has dropped almost 4 perce...
  • Ras: Corbett by 12

    From Rasmussen Reports: Republican Tom Corbett now holds a 12-point lead over Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania’s next governor. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone of Likely Voters shows Corbett, the state’s attorney ge...
  • New Corbett ad on post-college jobs

    Republican Tom Corbett keeps the focus on jobs in his latest gubernatorial ad, which is about his plans for keeping Pa college graduates in the state. The final line is "Instead of tearful goodbyes and missed holidays, it's time to start saying 'Welcome b...
  • Toomey: staid pillar

    Jill Lawrence at Politics Daily has a new story up on Pat Toomey, who she says is rather staid compared to some of his other insurgent GOP peers: ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- How strange is this campaign year? So strange that Pat Toomey -- the diehard conservative ...