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  • Dems go 19th Century in Philly

    Democrats -- though not the Sestak camp itself -- will use street money (the legal practice of doling out cash to local party leaders) to get out the vote in Philadelphia, the Huffington Post reports today. Yes, it's a very throw-backy thing to do, state ...
  • Toomey on tour

    Pat Toomey is has an almost Sestakian schedule for the next few days, visiting 17 counties as part of his "More Jobs Less Government" tour. Today he's in Evans City, McMurray and Sewickley for rallies with U.S. House candidates Mike Kelly (running aga...
  • In the backyard with Raese

    John Raese is a calm, normal guy, who dislikes health care reform and cap-and-trade, and has a back yard filled with similarly normal people (who dislike Barack Obama), says the latest ad below from the West Virginia Senate candidate. Between the lines it...
  • Toomey memo: We look good

    A memo from the Pat Toomey camp argues that Joe Sestak's recent surge in the polls is all about the Democratic base naturally getting more interested/informed. Where the Democratic Senate candidate may be falling short is in the battle for centrists/indep...
  • New Kelly ad: 'I work for you'

    Republican Mike Kelly is up with a new television spot in the third district race against Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, in which he promises to work for his constituents "and not Nancy Pelosi and the liberals." Kelly pledges to take on the extremely cont...
  • Elvis had the right idea

    If there's one thing everybody can agree on this ultra-partisan year, it's that we all hate ads. (With the possible exception of bean-counters at local television stations.) With one week left to go the two campaigns are still beating each other up ove...
  • Toomey, Corbett still lead

    Today's daily Muhlenberg/Morning Call tracking poll shows Republicans Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett cementing their leads, by 8 and 11 points respectively, says the MC's John Micek at Capitol Ideas....
  • Reading the tea leaves of November

    As a man favorably disposed to insurrection, be it at the barricades or the salad bar, I find the Tea Party movement an abounding source of jollity and even inchoate hope.They frighten. They threaten. They entertain. They are a perfect fit between Hallowe...
  • Manchin ad hits Raese's 'crazy' ideas

    As we shared with you earlier, West Virginia governor and senatorial hopeful Joe Manchin seems to be getting a boost from the fact that people don't like his opponent, Republican John Raese. Manchin would like to see this trend continue, so in the fine tr...
  • Sestak ad touts independence

    The latest TV ad from Joe Sestak touts his independence -- from the military by opposing the Iraq war and from his party by challenging Arlen Specter. It's a pretty simple speaking to the camera spot, with the standard Sestak blue shirt unbuttoned at the ...
  • PPP: Manchin by 6

    Public Policy Polling -- the Democrat-leaning outfit that was the first public poll to show Joe Sestak ahead last week -- has Joe Manchin up 50-44 on John Raese in the West Virginia Senate race. "Efforts like the television ad where he ‘shoots’ cap an...
  • Corbett does budget math

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Many people are wondering how Republican Tom Corbett can erase a state budget deficit of up to $5 billion next year without raising taxes, as he claims he can do. He told the Pennsylvania Press Club today that one thing h...
  • AFSCME prez rallies for Dems

    At noon tomorrow, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Gerald McEntee (AP photo above), will rally City of Philadelphia retirees with Democrats Joe Sestak and Dan Onorato. (The release from AFL-CIO promises:...
  • $400K more from Club for Growth

    Remember that $1 million ad buy in Philadelphia attacking Joe Sestak from Club for Growth? The spot is coming to Pittsburgh starting tomorrow, backed by another $400,000 from the PAC. Adding this into the already reported independent spending, Pat Toome...
  • Dahlkemper well-stocked

    Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, has the dough to hit the airwaves hard in the final days of the campaign. As of Oct. 13, she reported $596,647 in the bank, having spent almost $322,000 (about 200K went to media buys) in the first two weeks of October. Dah...
  • Late $$ push for Burns

    The money race in PA-12 is taking an interesting twist. According to pre-general election FEC reports, Rep. Mark Critz spent $280,000 in the first two weeks of October (mostly on advertising) and had just $52,772 left in the bank as of Oct. 13. Republican...
  • Manchin backtracks on healthcare

    He isn't blasting a hole through the legislation, but West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is backtracking on his support for the health care reform bill. It's not a bad stance to take in a state where President Obama has an appr...
  • 8 Days to Go

    It's eight days until Election Day, and your Early Returns correspondent is listening to Rush and sifting through the political news so you don't have to. Here are some good links to get your day started: We start with gratuitous self-promotion: I had ...
  • POTUS, FLOTUS PA GOTV

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Philadelphia next week courting support for Democratic candidates in the final hours before the voting. Mr. Obama, who was in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood for a big rally earlier thi...
  • GOP eyes state House

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- State Rep. Dave Reed, the leader of the state House Republican Campaign Committee, is thinking big this election season. The Indiana County Republican said Thursday that the GOP challenger to t...