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  • Late night follies

    Comedy Central comedipundits Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are the talk of D.C. this week, as preparations gear up for this weekend's joint Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, and Stewart hosts a week of shows in the nation's capital. Last night, his...
  • Manchin's last pitch

    In West Virginia, even Rasmussen says Democrat Joe Manchin is up in the Senate race polls over John Raese, leading Pollster to rate the race "lean Democrat." Joining his campaign counterparts in Pa, Manchin is out with his curtain-closer ad -- all their ...
  • GOP up; but who will vote?

    Still another poll weighs in with a depiction of an oh-so-close Pennsylvania Senate race.  But once again, you’d rather have Toomey’s numbers than Sestak’s.  CNN/Time found the Republican leading the closely watched contest, 49 percent to 45 perc...
  • Toomey's last ad pitch

    Republican Pat Toomey's final ad of the Senate race -- his camp calls it "his closing message" -- is a simple one focusing on his family, and wrapping in his longtime themes on government debt, jobs, and Washington. It's simple, direct to the camera appr...
  • PA reports: trapped under ice

    Ever try searching through the state's campaign finance site? It ain't very easy. Reports are uploaded late -- as the Daily News points out below -- as candidates file by paper, and even with less than a week to go before election the latest gubernatori...
  • Home cooking for Burns

    Republican Tim Burns is popular in his hometown of Washington, Pa. (Though he lost Washington County by 3 points in the May 18 special for District 12.) The P-G's excellent Janice Crompton (see her latest on Bill DeWeese's reelection battle here) sends a...
  • Sen. Capito

    The WashPost names Shelley Moore Capito -- whose will-she/won't-she we covered back in the summer -- one of the five biggest (non) candidates who should be kicking themselves as this election comes to a close. (Number one is Delaware's Beau Biden, who wou...
  • Target: Philadelphia

    Pitt's Chris Briem has run a new map of Pa voter registration by county, showing as ever the Dem dominance of the state, and the further dominance of the Philadelphia area (see Montomery, Bucks, Berks, Delaware, Chester, Lancaster, York). His whole pos...
  • Glass Houses

    From the bad timing department comes this post from Ben Smith at Politico, noting John Raese is going before a Palm Beach city architecture committee (and not Rush Limbaugh's locker room) to get design approval for a new structure outside his Florida ma...
  • Dem drumbeat on China continues

    A drumbeat, yes. A gong, no. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with another ad denouncing Pat Toomey on trade policy and China, though this one is mercifully without gong sounds, replacing them with holiday-appropriate music that sounds...
  • Waltzing Matilda

    Getting used to this waltz by now? A new batch of polls is out showing slight movement in the races for Governor and Senate -- F&M has Tom Corbett up 12 among registered voters (15 among likelies) and Pat Toomey up 2 among registered (7 among likelies)...
  • Clinton and Sestak to rally Thurs

    Maybe Joe will show this time. President Bill Clinton, who staged a rally in August in Scranton that Joe Sestak couldn't attend because he was called back to Washington for a vote, will be urging college kids in the Philly area to get out and vote for ...
  • Politico vs NYT

    Alongside the economy and the tea party, the surge in outside spending -- which is up at least times over four years ago, most but not all of it going to Republicans -- is one of the major stories of this campaign year, one we've written about here often....
  • Sebelius on the trail in Philly

    Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been running for office every two or four years since 1986, so the Secretary of Health and Human Services is having some "withdrawal" this year, with so much on the line in the midterm elections. So she offered h...
  • Master of Puppets

    The Tom Corbett campaign has done its best to tie Dan Onorato to unpopular guv Ed Rendell, and its latest evidence lies in Onorato's fundraising statements. Rendell has donated $75,000 to his fellow Democrat lately, causing state GOP chair Rob Gleason ...
  • Reuters: Senate tied, Corbett by 6

    A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has the Pennsylvania Senate race tied at 46-all, after showing Republican Pat Toomey ahead of Democrat Joe Sestak by 10 points in August. Democrat Dan Onorato has cut into Republican Tom Corbett's lead in the governor's race, as w...
  • Altmire's impressive totals

    Wired.com has an OK new tool out they dub "Influence Tracker" that allows you to track the top 10 contributors to all members of the House and Senate. We say it's only OK because, despite the tool's name, it does not make any correlations between the f...
  • Gingrich for Corbett; Prez run next?

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich returned to his hometown today to push for electing Republicans next Tuesday, including Tom Corbett for governor, Jim Cawley for lieutenant governor, David Argall for Congress and -- who...
  • Another tough Manchin ad

    The Joe Manchin for Senate camp is not messing around. A day after releasing their "crazy" ad about GOP opponent John Raese, they have a new one hitting the industrialist for his family's residence in Florida, which the ad says allows him to avoid paying...
  • Ad: Ready to work to 70?

    It's surprising that this ad hasn't run ad sooner. Given the Democratic obsession with Social Security, John Boehner's comment in June that he'd be open to raising the retirement age to 70 for some workers was bound to make its way into this race, and do...