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  • GOP's Casey challengers

    National Journal lists Jim Gerlach, Charlie Dent, state Sen. Jake Corman and Pittsburgher radio talker/businessman Glen Meakem as the top GOP prospects right now to take on US Sen. Bob Casey in 2012. They also have this quote from Repub consultant Charli...
  • Costa primer

    With the news that state Sen. Jay Costa (left) has been picked to be the Senate Minority Leader -- while another Costa got pinched for weed -- we think it's about time for a brief playbill, so we can tell apart the characters among a last name that gets m...
  • Congress: Half millionaires

    Open Secrets is out with its latest look at the personal finances of Congress, finding that nearly half of all its members are millionaires. The group collectively did pretty well from 2008-2009, with their wealth rising 16%. (PS, one of the top assets he...
  • Dems: Let's Party

    Monroeville's Joe Markosek bounced Philadelphia appropriations kingpin Dwight Evans from the #3 leadership spot in the House minority . . . so forget that Dems lost the House in this crucial reapportionment year. Let's party! The P-G has this on Markos...
  • Dermody is minority leader

    Democrat Frank Dermody of Oakmont is the new House Minority Leader. (Pa House Dems) And Dan Frankel of Squirrel Hill is the House Caucus chairman....
  • Pgh hosts Pa liberal convention

    The second PA Progressive Summit will be held Jan. 22-23 at the Sheraton Station Square. A press conference is set for tomorrow morning at the City-County Building, and full details are in the press release below: ...
  • Rave: $50K to Dwight Evans

    Philly mayor Michael Nutter is understandably a big supporter of state Rep. Dwight Evans -- who's facing an appropriations committee challenge from Joe Markosek of Monroeville -- but we've noticed the Philly rep got mayoral help on this side of the state ...
  • Toomey pens USA Today op-ed

    Pat Toomey spent much (but not all) of his first time on Capitol Hill criticizing earmarks, and he's continuing to do so in his fledgling Senate career. He penned an Op-Ed today with Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill calling for bipartisan support for en...
  • Reform (?) comes to Harrisburg

    Nice explainer here from Dan Hardy at the Inquirer on the state pension bailout the House approved last night. How could the package -- decried by conservative groups like the Commonwealth Foundation -- be approved, by a good number of Republicans as well...
  • Study: Judicial elections OK

    Into the debate on whether state judicial posts should be filled by elections or appointment comes a new study that interviewed 4,000 Pennsylvanians before, during and after the testy 2007 state Supreme Court race. The study -- by a Washington University...
  • Turnover in WVa

    Not that kind of turnover. Joe Manchin will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator today (since he won a special election to fill Robert Byrd's seat); tomorrow, WVa Senate president Earl Ray Tomblin takes over as governor. (Daily Mail)...
  • Pgh led nation in anti-Pelosi spots

    For the trivia file: Of the $65.3 million spent nationwide on campaign ads mentioning Nancy Pelosi this year, more was spent in Pittsburgh than anywhere else. (Campaign Media Analysis Group)...
  • Seniority down, arrests up

    No need to pay attention to the sports section. Let's review instead Jim O'Toole's Sunday story on the Pa delegation's weakened seniority in Congress: As lawmakers began to reorganize for the new Congress, it appeared likely that no Pennsylvanian wo...
  • Gleason makes RNC bid

    Pa Republican chairman and Johnstown native Rob Gleason is making a bid for Michael Steele's job as national RNC chair, Politico reports, based on an anonymous source. According to Hotline, here are the known front-runners for the job: Among those discu...
  • Rick: So you're saying there's a chance

    We've noted a couple times lately that Rick "Let's (Tea) Party" Santorum didn't make it onto right-leaning Rasmussen's radar of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, but maybe things are looking up for the former US Senator from Pa. He does make NYT poll exper...
  • Palin serves cookies, correction

    As Republican luminary Sarah Palin was serving up cookies to protest the "nanny state," the source of her ire was serving up a correction. "I heard that there's a debate going on in Pennsylvania over whether public schools were going to ban sweets," sh...
  • Rick S: I "qualify" for tea party

    Rick Santorum -- who's so far off the list of top 2012 presidential candidates that even Rasmussen isn't polling him -- appears to be making a bid for the Tea Party mantle. From Politco's Dan Hirshhorn: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says no...
  • Delegation luncheon

    For their sakes, I sincerely hope that whatever it was that Sen. Bob Casey and Sen.-elect Pat Toomey had for lunch today in Scranton wasn't as bland as their joint statement describing it. The fillet of sole is below: After speaking on the phone last...
  • WPa: Better for Sestak than Onorato

    Chris Briem has a nice new map up showing the differences between the vote for Joe Sestak and fellow Dem Dan Onorato last week -- as you can see, the difference between the two is most pronounced in Allegheny County and other parts of Western Pa, though...
  • First target of 2012: Joe Manchin

    Let the record show that the National Republican Senatorial Committee's first shot of the 2012 political season -- taken just a week from the 2010 midterms -- was against WVa's Joe Manchin. Republicans think they have a good shot at toppling the Senator-...