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  • Kelly gets high-profile committee

    It may not be the kind of committee spot that oversees a key part of the state -- and nation's -- economy, but incoming freshman Mike Kelly has secured a spot that should attract a lot of TV cameras next year. Kelly, the Butler car dealer who beat out Ka...
  • Corbett launches inaugural site

    The official website for the Corbett-Cawley inaugural festivities is live here. John Micek breaks down the sponsorships the GOP team is offering, which start at $50,000....
  • Specter the new Holbrooke?

    Over at the Philly Daily News, columnist and radio personality Michael Smerconish notes that at Pennsylvania society in New York last weekend, there were a lot of half-joking "Specter for Mayor" buttons floating around, with a play on his slogan the first...
  • Murphy moves up

    Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, will jump up in the Capitol Hill pecking order in the new Congress.  Rep. Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee named Mr. Murphy to be the vice chair of the panel’s subcommit...
  • Toomey backs DADT repeal

    Sen.-elect Pat Toomey (PG's Nate Guidry photo) issued a statement today reiterating his support for a repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy on gays in the military and urging a quick vote. "As I’ve said previously, my highest priority is to have...
  • One more earmark for Murtha

    In these times when it is fashionable to be ostensibly austere, the Senate omnibus spending bill has drawn considerable criticism for being larded up with pork projects -- some of which is emanating from lawmakers who put the earmarks there themselves. ...
  • Q-poll: 43% to re-elect Casey

    A forest of contenders is circling to challenge Sen. Bob Casey in 2012, and poll numbers from Quinnipiac out today show that voters generally approve of him, and he outperforms President Barack Obama -- but he's far from the 50 percent threshhold consider...
  • Crossroads presses Altmire

    You remember American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, right? The Karl Rove-backed conservative groups that poured millions into the midterms wasted no time in hopping back into the fray, this time targeting Democrats who barely survived the Republican wa...
  • NJ: Murphy discussing Senate run

    National Journal's Alex Roarty (née PoliticsPA) has a piece today (subscribers only) looking at the potential challengers to Sen. Bob Casey in 2012 -- and he finds the field lacking. But one name that pops up for the first time in the piece is Upper St...
  • Q-poll: 66% want private liquor

    From the main site: The Associated Press HARRISBURG -- A new poll shows nine of 10 Pennsylvania voters regard the state's budget problems as serious and a majority favor selling the state liquor stores to help avert a multibillion-dollar shortfall. T...
  • Murtha ally nears sentencing

    The feds want 57 months for former Jack Murtha ally/DC superlobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, the Washington Times reports (via GrassrootsPa). The sentencing is set for Friday. Background on the indictment of the Pittsburgh native here....
  • Another tour for Sestak

    Politico mentions Navy skipper Joe Sestak's 67-county thank-you tour of Pa today, which stops -- via his Prius we suppose, since boat travel can be dangerous (see below) -- in the northwest on Tuesday (Times-News/PoliticsPa). His spox Jonathon Dworkin sa...
  • Orie demonized by DA

    We know the Jane Orie corruption case is going to be interesting. The latest proof is a claim from the state senator's lawyer during a preliminary hearing that the charges from DA Stephen Zappala's office stem from a personal vendetta against her. From...
  • Col. Russell still on the battlefield

    We reviewed the spending by Mark Critz and Tim Burns in the 12th District congressional race here, but the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports here that there's more to the story -- namely, that Burns' vanquished GOP foe William Russell also spent huge in ...
  • Cleve: "Doesn't scream excitement"

    At the NYT, Kit Seelye goes over the pros and cons of picking Cleveland for the Democratic National Convention in 2012 (it's in the running with Charlotte, St. Louis and Minneapolis): Pick It: Ohio is a true battleground state, and, along with Florida...
  • Manchin in centrist group

    New US Senator Joe Manchin is speaking at the debut event today of No Labels, a centrist group headlined by names such as Michael Bloomberg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Mike Castle and Charlie Crist. (UPDATE: Joe Sestak too.) Here's how...
  • Recession? What recession?

    Get your roundups on state leaders, lawyers and contractors wining and dining at the PA Society in Manhattan here from Jim O'Toole at the PG; the Inquirer; the Patriot-News; and the Times-Tribune. At one of the parties, Daily News columnist John Baer b...
  • Altmire questions PAT bailout

    Count Jason Altmire among those questioning Ed Rendell's 11th hour bid to forestall the budget mess (and transit cuts, layoffs and fare increases) at the Port Authority. He says the guv's plan would cut $20 million from a road project in his district, whi...
  • Congrats, Ken

    Since most people who read this blog are interested in both politics and Pittsburgh (its writers included), here is a piece of good news to take us into the weekend -- Duquesne Law School Dean and Swissvale native Ken Gormley has notched another accolade ...
  • Manchin explains DADT vote

    In the wake of Joe Manchin's nay vote yesterday on don't-ask-don't-tell, one fuming Dem aide characterized it (the sole "no" by a Senate Democrat) as a "stunt" vote, since the motion clearly was going to fall short from approval anyway. Manchin defended ...