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  • Casey foes have Santorum ties

    As Republicans gather this weekend in New York City to bask in the glow of their electoral triumphs (Pittsburgh Dem Mike Doyle joked that he's skipping Pennsylvania Society for a rare D.C. weekend with his wife, in part because he doesn't want to get in...
  • Santorum to Iowa, profiled in WaPo

    And now for your daily Rick Santorum Might Actually Be Running For President Update: The former U.S. Senator from Penn Hills will be in Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday for his eighth trip to the Hawkeye State. His Political Action Committee announced tha...
  • Doyle explains tax cut vote

    In a detailed talk with Chris Potter at City Paper, Mike Doyle explains his vote for a resolution opposing Obama's tax cut compromise with the GOP: "This has been brewing for quite some time," Doyle says of Democratic opposition. Not only do House Dem...
  • Manchin votes no on gay military bill

    WVa's Joe Manchin -- one of the GOP's top Senate targets in 2012 -- is already shoring up his right flank, voting against a motion to bring don't-ask-don't-tell repeal to a vote. (TPM) We'll post a full roll call when we get it. (UPDATE: Here it is. Man...
  • Specter wants JoePa's job?

    Ah, to be a lame-duck senator. Without worries about fund-raising and campaigning, there's time for legislating. And, of course, making quippy comments to the press. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., playing out his final days of a 30-year Senate career, took ...
  • DA requests out-of-county jury for Orie trial

    The PG's Paula Reed Ward is reporting the Allegheny County District Attorney's office this week filed a motion asking that the criminal case against state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister be heard by a jury from outside of Allegheny County because of the "ba...
  • What does the ICA do again?

    Sad/funny stuff from Chris Briem today on the city's longtime failure to adopt a reasonable accounting system, despite years and years and years of pleading from its fiscal oversight board. The city has balked so far partially because . . . it doesn't hav...
  • Corbett taps coal baron for DCED

    You think the link between state's economy and energy (ie, Marcellus Shale exploration) will be a big deal in the Corbett administration? His first cabinet pick is for the head of DCED, and it's a former head of the Pa Coal Association. From the AP: ...
  • GOP chess game in WVa

    As Dan Malloy noted a couple weeks ago, new WVa US Senator Joe Manchin is essentially in perpetual campaign mode, as he faces reelection again in 2012, just after winning a pretty brutal special election in November. His departure from the governor's se...
  • Roll Call: Pa Dems "reeling"

    Pa's Dem chair Jim Burn is aggressively going after Republicans already in advance of 2012, but in a review of the state of play in the nation's big swing states, Roll Call has some harsh words for the party's statewide organization, particularly now that...
  • PPa: Ward to challenge Casey?

    Westmoreland County's Kim Ward may join former Santorum staffer Mark Scarinigi as a GOP challenger to Bob Casey, reports PoliticsPa: High-ranking Republicans are courting State Senator Kim Ward of Westmoreland County to run for U.S. Senate in 2012, Pol...
  • Burn: "Buyer's remorse" on the way

    Pennsylvania Democratic Party chair Jim Burn, the former Millvale mayor and Allegheny County party chair, is in Washington today to meet with the Democratic National Committee, the White House political team and members of the Pennsylvania Congressional d...
  • Mollohan may run again

    Longtime Democratic incumbent Alan Mollohan was ahead of the curve -- he was ousted in the spring, in advance of the Republican wave in the general election. The WV-1 congressman goes over his loss to conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio in this story fro...
  • Santorum on Palin & 2012

    Viewers of the KD PG Sunday Edition show -- and we know you're out there -- already know about Rick Santorum's warm feelings about Sarah Palin. "She's a force; she's a huge force in the country," he said back in the Thanksgiving week taping of the local s...
  • Ed: Ain't Goin Nowhere

    Given his attraction to TV lights -- which we're sure the Onorato campaign could tell us all about -- it's no surprise that Ed Rendell is in talks about a post-gubernatorial career in television. The gov tells Salon (via the Inquirer) that "his people" ar...
  • Corbett names COS, 3 others

    From Tracie Mauriello: HARRISBURG -- Four longtime advisers to Tom Corbett have been tapped to follow him from the attorney general's office to the governor's office. The governor-elect today named Brian Nutt chief of staff, Annmarie Kaiser secretary of...
  • OFA returns to lobbying

    President Obama's Organizing for America cadre of supporters went from a group mobilized to lobby for health care reform, financial regulatory reform and other White House priorities before pivoting to the 2010 electoral effort in favor of Democrats. Now,...
  • Inauguration details

    Sorry for the lack of posts today. We've been busy on other matters. Speaking of schmoozing, the Corbett/Cawley inauguration committee is out with their list of events for the gov's Jan. 17-18 swearing-in ceremonies, which include a performing arts progr...
  • Get ready for schmoozing

    This weekend, Pennsylvania's political ruling class decamps to New York City for the annual Pennsylvania Society Weekend, a jam-packed series of cocktail parties, receptions and fund-raisers centered at the Waldorf Astoria. Much has changed since last y...
  • GOP storms the Courthouse

      Jim Roddey, the chairman of the Allegheny county Republican Party says he’s optimistic that the GOP can get his old job back next year. Mr. Roddey was the county’s first chief executive, overcoming his party’s voter registration deficit in the ...