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  • O'Donnell spooking Pa Dems?

    Who knows whether this is for real or not -- and if it is, it's probably a Philadelphia-area thing -- but Democrats are increasingly claiming that Joe Sestak's climb up the polls has been assisted by the Democratic base's horror at Constitution-bumbling...
  • Trial lawyers proving a pillar of Democratic Party support

    Trial lawyers are holding steady as one of the Democratic Party's biggest sources of campaign contributions, providing a cushion for the party as it struggles to maintain control of Congress in the midterm elections, reports David Ingram in today's Nati...
  • Palin: PA needs Raese?

    Possible 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin mixed up her coal states this morning. In the tweet above spied by TPM, Palin said Pennsylania workers "need Raese" to help stop stalled cap-and-trade energy legislation. Only problem with that, as readers...
  • New Toomey ad hits cap and trade

    Here's the latest Pat Toomey ad, featuring the general manager of a small business in Quakertown talking about the climate bill. Unlike some trigger-happy Democrats, Joe Sestak voted for the bill that would create a cap-and-trade system in which big emitt...
  • PPP: Sestak up 46-45

    We finally have a public poll to back up what the internals are saying about the Senate race -- that it's a dead heat. With two weeks to go, Public Policy Polling -- run by proud Tar Heel Tom Jensen -- is showing Democrat Joe Sestak ahead, 46-45 percent, ...
  • What do you see?

    To illustrate a post on the new doc "Gerrymandering," Chris Briem uses the above pic of south Pittsburgh's 18th Congressional District, aka "the most scientifically Gerrymandered district in the entire history of Gerrymandering." Prof. Briem says it coul...
  • ABC: Senate race moves left

    ABC News has moved their rating on the Senate race from "lean Republican" to "toss up," but hedges a bit by saying Joe Sestak "still has a tough road ahead." In case you missed it, here's NYT poll watcher Nate Silver throwing cold water all over Democrat...
  • Showdown week

    Like Corbett-Onorato, the Manchin-Raese square-off in Morgantown last night was a mostly civil affair, reports West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Politico's Shira Toeplitz -- who'll be part of the P-G's town meeting on the midterm elections tonight at the...
  • A slow junk to China

    By Dennis B. Roddy From all indications the Pennsylvania senate election boils down to a choice between Nancy Pelosi's poodle and Fu Man Toomey. One side depicts Joe Sestak as a free-spending liberal. Sometime around 1988...
  • State 2, Pittsburgh 0

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told reporters today he is conceding defeat on his two-years-in-the-making parking privatization plan, and is having his staff prepare for a state pension takeover. So if you're keeping score at home, that means seven full years aft...
  • Orie: Under Attack

    Jane Orie is attacking the Zappalas -- not Democratic opponent Dan DeMarco -- in a series of mailers to voters in her state Senate district. See for yourself at North Pittsburgh Politics (via Infinonymous)....
  • Drink for every "shale deposit"

    Even the moderator of Saturday's gubernatorial debate, John Baer, admitted the thing was a bore. So let's hope the people at Obama's political arm, Organizing For America, and the Pa Democratic Party are brewing up some strong coffee for their debate-watc...
  • Did you know?

    . . . there are 64,526 union voters in Kathy Dahlkemper's congressional district? Or a whopping 104,721 in Mark Critz's -- one of the biggest tallies in any swing district? The AFL-CIO would like you to know that, as well as this: Since Labor Day, we hav...
  • Tight $$$ in WV-1

    In the competitive congressional race just across the Pa border in the northern tier of West Virginia, the money race between conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio and conservative Republican David McKinley is tight as well. Oliverio raised $360,587 duri...
  • Rothfus way behind in cash

    Republican Keith Rothfus is well behind Jason Altmire in campaign cash. The Edgeworth attorney raised $306,133 during the third quarter, spent $328,800 and had $180,541 in the kitty at the end of September. Altmire, the Democratic sophomore from north of...
  • Kelly outraises Dahlkemper

    Butler car dealer Mike Kelly out-raised PA-3 congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper during the third quarter FEC fundraising period, though the incumbent Democrat still enjoyed a healthy cash advantage at the start of the month. Dahlkemper raised $339,411 during...
  • DSCC spending most in PA

    That's a lot of fortune cookies. CQ Politics reports today that the DSCC will pump an estimated $9 million into Pennsylvania by Election Day, the bulk of it to boost Joe Sestak, though $1.2 million of that total was spent on behalf of Arlen Specter (whoo...
  • FactCheck: Dems' "bogus" attack

    You know what word we hate? "Meme." Nevertheless, we're going to use it here because it's Monday, and using "trope" just seems too boring. Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper's campaign was among the first to try to distance itself from the Obama administration --...
  • WVa poll battle

    The WVa Senate candidates continue to fight over the polls -- Democrats are reveling in a Marshall U poll we mentioned Friday saying Joe Manchin leads by 10 (48-38%), while John Raese's camp wants you to look at one from The Conservative Journal claiming ...
  • Burns has $$ edge on Critz

    We told you on Friday about Democrat Mark Critz's fund-raising stats in the PA-12 slugfest, and with Republican Tim Burns' numbers now in we can tell you that the challenger -- whom Critz defeated in the May special election held following Rep. John Murth...