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  • City of (crumbling) Bridges

    As I wrote last week, President Barack Obama is pushing a big infrastructure bill, with Gov. Ed Rendell giving it his best lame-duck advocacy as well. The Laborers' International Union is also a fan of this proposal, as it would help out their members w...
  • Club for Growth drops $1M for Toomey

    The Club for Growth, former stomping grounds of one Patrick J. Toomey, is spending $1 million to air an ad slamming Joe Sestak in the Philadelphia market. After their previous sock puppet spot, this one is disappointingly standard fare: Sestak voted for t...
  • Another NYC mayoral endorsement

    Rudy Giuliani will endorse Pat Toomey tomorrow afternoon at an event in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, the Republican's campaign announced this morning. (This follows Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Joe Sestak in August.) Toomey will then presumably ho...
  • Attaboy Malloy

    Along with Politico's mention of Dan Malloy's story on the Senate debate last night, there's this: a debate transcript, via ABC News....
  • Cook: Altmire win less certain

    The venerable Cook Political Report still favors sophomore Democrat Jason Altmire to retain his suburban Pittsburgh seat, but has moved its race rating one notch to the right, saying it is leaning Democrat instead of a "likely" Democrat win. "The reelect...
  • Pollster.com: Senate toss-up now

    Pollster has moved the formerly GOP-friendly PA Senate race into its toss-up column, due to the poll results we mentioned earlier, as well as today's Muhlenberg/Morning Call tracking poll, which says the race is dead even at 43-43%. The latter poll has b...
  • X Games

    There must be something to that Christine O'Donnell theory, because Joe Sestak invoked her spirit last night in an attack on GOP foe Pat Toomey. Though their battle over such extremities has been going on for some time now. From Dan Malloy's debate story...
  • Panic mode starts . . . now

    A third poll has confirmed Joe Sestak's surge in the US Senate race, though in this one Pat Toomey holds on to a bare 2-point advantage. Here's our breaking news story on the latest Quinnipiac poll: The race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat is a ...
  • Durbin: Sestak is "a stong closer"

    The No. 2-ranking senator in the Democratic caucus, Illinois' Dick Durbin (AP photo above), is in Philadelphia today to survey the Democratic operation for Joe Sestak and to host a debate watching party this evening with Organizing for America. In a bri...
  • Poll: Gov race at 2 points

    Quite the mind-meld going on between Muhlenberg/MC and PPP these days. One day after they both said Joe Sestak had pulled ahead in the Senate race, Public Policy Polling now follows Muhlenberg's lead in saying fellow Dem Dan Onorato is closing the gap in ...
  • Gov race tightens too

    That Muhlenberg/Morning Call poll we posted earlier has more than just the suprising Sestak-Toomey results -- it also shows the governor's race is tightening. The poll has Tom Corbett up 7 points over Dan Onorato (47-40%), after leading by 10 points two ...
  • Ad flanks Sestak on terror

    Human Rights First is up with an ad from retired military leaders today supporting domestic terror trials, in essence countering an attack ad on Joe Sestak released earlier today. The ad quotes Rear Admiral Don Guter, the former Navy Judge Advocate Gener...
  • AFSCME doesn't "Like Mike"

    We told you last week that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is hitting the airwaves in Pittsburgh and Erie to toss mud at Butler Republican Mike Kelly, who's running for Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper's seat, and here's the fruit of...
  • Issa likely won't pursue 'Jobgate'

    One of the myriad fears Democrats have about a Republican-controlled House in 2011 is the ability of pesky Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to go wild with investigations into the Obama White House as he takes over the Committee on Oversight and Government Re...
  • Pa GOP ahead in absentee votes

    CQ/Roll Call reports that more Republicans than Democrats have turned in absentee ballots in Pa -- Dems respond that the GOP always leads in that category, and besides they're focusing instead on GOTV efforts on election day: Pennsylvania voters requeste...
  • Ras: Raese's biggest lead

    Shifting our focus back to the WVa (or is it Pennsylvania?) US Senate race, Rasmussen says GOP businessman John Raese has a 7-point lead, his biggest yet, in the election against Dem governor Joe Manchin: Republican John Raese has now opened up a seven-p...
  • More on Sestak's momentum

    Sestak's poll jump continues to dominate the converstation today. We're still waiting to see if Nate Silver changes his tune (he hedged a bit yesterday afternoon), but til then we have new stuff below from both Pollster, National Journal's Hotline and Fox...
  • Connolly's first ad

    Democrat Dan Connolly -- challenging GOP incumbent Tim Murphy in the oddly-shaped 18th District south of Pittsburgh -- has his first ad up on local TV. It's a biographical spot with no shots at the Upper St. Clair Republican. {youtube}nRf-GradNMA{/youtub...
  • Jewish group targets Sestak on 9/11

    The Republican Jewish Coalition is running a harsh new ad in the Philadelphia area criticizing Joe Sestak for supporting domestic trials for accused9/11  terrorists. "Tell Joe Sestak we shouldn't be trying terrorists in our backyard," the spot says. The...
  • Full MC Senate poll results

    Via John Micek's Capitol Ideas blog at the Morning Call, here's the full results of their Muhlenberg College poll showing Joe Sestak leapfrogging Pat Toomey in the Senate race: {Jscribd document_id:=39732243 access_key:=key-1k2upwu6kwpt2ogx2rh2 viewmode:...