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  • The Fetterman/Onorato connection

    It wasn't only Pittsburgh Police rapping Braddock Mayor John Fetterman on the knuckles for his protest outside the UPMC offices yesterday, over the hospital giant's closing/razing of Braddock's hospital. The group Save Our Community Hospitals released a s...
  • Something old, something new

    News from old and new GOP congressmen today: Former US Sen. and south Pgh Rep. Rick Santorum is growing more open about his intentions to run for president, reports Colby Itkowitz in the Morning Call, so much so that he's reversing course on earmarks. He...
  • Ono: no decision on exec run

    Dan Onorato tells KDKA's Jon Delano he won't rule out another statewide run (perhaps for auditor general), but that he hasn't made up his mind on a third run for county exec next spring either. He also gets into his stunning loss of Allegheny County in th...
  • Roddy: WikiLeaks' fey music

    By Dennis B. Roddy The latest from WikiLeaks is a cyberstack of diplomatic cables from American embassies around Europe and the Mideast. Everyone is just stunned, if only in the way everyone's stunned when someone tells the queen she's old. In the world ...
  • PittGirl: Mayor Luke's "posse"

    You know how when you watch college football, you always see tubby state troopers in Smokey The Bear hats running alongside coaches as they jog to the locker room (probably before giving the coach/team a special police escort to the airport)? Local govern...
  • Tom Corbett, met John Boehner

    Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner is hosting 15 Republican governors-elect, including Pennsylvania's own Tom Corbett, for a summit in D.C. this week, according to The Hill. Repealing the health care reform law and spending cuts will dominate the ...
  • Manchin hires chief of staff

    As I wrote this weekend, hiring a staff is a paramount challenge for new members. Incoming Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has picked a veteran Democratic political operative for his chief of staff position, Chris Kofinis. He doesn't really fall into the leg...
  • Swipe & Blow

    Don't miss Dennis Roddy's Thanksgiving weekend story on the wine kiosks at grocery stores (which weren't operational on Thanksgiving, by the way): Ms. Tomer, who was sent from her regular job as a state store clerk to h...
  • Army goes where Roddy fears to tread

    A note arrives this sleepy Friday from our colleague Dennis Roddy: "It appears I am not the only one to receive a Sweet Micky robocall from Haiti. Alas, I appear to be one of the few not to flee the premises upon receiving it. Attached, please find an ac...
  • Tunnel to somewhere

    If you have a few minutes' break from shopping and Backyard Brawling today, check out PG transportation maven Jon Schmitz's piece on the 'T' tunnel from Downtown to the North Shore (photo above from PG's Darrell Sapp, taken in June '08) which Schmitz re...
  • Casey gets an opponent

    Attempting to get a jump on the competition, Harrisburg attorney and former Rick Santorum staffer Marc Scaringi is throwing his hat in the ring to challenge Sen. Bob Casey in 2012. Scaringi has launched a campaign committee and a Facebook page to promote ...
  • Casey keeps up UI heat

    Sen. Bob Casey is circulating a letter addressed to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Finance Chairman Max Baucus urging a vote to extend unemployment benefits through the end of next year. The benefits for 2 million long-term unemployed workers are due to...
  • Musto, D-Luzerne, indicted

    From the Citizens Voice in Wilkes-Barre: State Sen. Raphael Musto was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from an unnamed company after supporting the company's efforts ...
  • How Altmire, Critz did it

    How did Dems Jason Altmire and Mark Critz -- who both won reelection by a slim 1.6 points -- prevail against the GOP tidal wave this year? In part it was by running hard against Dem leaders Obama and Pelosi, and burnishing other conservative bona fides. ...
  • The other gold rush

    Marcellus, meet Haynesville. Haynesville, Marcellus. There are some 250 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Haynesville shale region of northwest Louisiana, according to the WSJ, and people there are going through the same kind of drilling boom hap...
  • Tuesday headlines

    In your Marcellus/government update, the Legislature is looking at "impact fees" for local governors to pay for drilling-related expenses for roads, emergencies and so on. (Times-Tribune) Did you get a raise this year? We didn't either. But state legisla...
  • Getting out the vote -- in Haiti -- on my cell phone

    By Dennis B. Roddy My first robo-call of the new political season landed on my cell phone last week. It was in Creole and asked me to support Michel Martelly for President of Haiti. Precisely why I should support Martelly was not altogether clear. I hav...
  • Murphy, others cross lines; benefit extension still defeated

    House Republicans defeated a measure today to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed during the holiday season, an extension that would have added $12.5 billion to the federal deficit: Democrats brought the measure to the floor under fas...
  • Et tu, Darlene?

    KDKA-TV ran a story yesterday on city council prez (and former public works chair) Darlene Harris getting streets and a retaining wall around her Spring Garden house renovated by the city, to the taxpayer tune of $108, 406. "I work to help the people ‚Ä...
  • On Casey & Manchin in 2012

    As of now, 33 US Senate seats will be on the ballot in 2012 (that could change with retirements, etc), with double the number of Democrats as Republicans up for reelection, notes Roll Call Politics. They rate Bob Casey's seat as "Lean Democratic" and newb...