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  • Manchin: no party switch

    Joe Manchin is batting down rumors -- reported by Fox News -- that he is contemplating switching parties when he joins the U.S. Senate. From Roll Call: “Joe Manchin is a lifelong Democrat, and he is not switching parties. This is exactly what is wron...
  • Toomey backs earmark ban

    Pat Toomey is wasting no time in displaying how much different a senator he will be than the man he's replacing, appropriations maven Arlen Specter. The senator-elect is signing onto a proposal by Sen. Jim DeMint, Teaparty-S.C., to ban earmarks in the R...
  • Million Dollar Baby

    What was that on the radio? "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"? Close your eyes and it's like 2004 all over again around Pittsburgh city government. The mayor is warning about dire finances while battling city council, city fiscal oversight boards are in the bal...
  • Blood hatred to bone ignorance: Post-election 2010

    By Dennis B. Roddy The 2010 midterm elections were "American Idol" for mean people. Voters, their rage founded more on mood of the state than state of affairs, threw down their ballots, cheered on their contestant and will now resume lives unconnected wi...
  • Rep. Mark Critz, short-timer? Redistricting deluxe in sight

    Rep. Mark Critz's predecessor, the late John P. Murtha, won a special election in 1974 and ended up serving 18 terms in Congress. His former district director might not get the chance, as Pennsylvania's Rorschach test of a 12th District is likely going ...
  • How the West was won (for Toomey)

    The AP's Marc Levy had a nice analysis piece Sunday looking at how Joe Sestak's campaign came up short. (see county-by-county results in Political Turf: General Election 2010 above). There was a bit of the griping about not coordinating his efforts wit...
  • Toomey 'open to' tea party caucus

    Appearing on CNN's State of the Nation with Candy Crowley on Sunday, Sen.-elect Pat Toomey said he would consider joining a tea party caucus if such a thing were created in the Senate. HuffPost has the video, below is the transcript excerpt from CNN: C...
  • Ras polls 2012, no sign of Rick

    Rasmussen polls, as we've discussed today, should be taken with a rather large grain of sodium chloride, but is it possible to have a GOP bias when you're talking about nothing but Republican candidates? The firm's latest poll, out today, is of likely Rep...
  • Legislative self-downsizing

    Presumably, Sam Smith doesn't want to eliminate his own job, but the soon-to-be Speaker of the House in Harrisburg is proposing something that both gubernatorial candidates enjoyed talking about during the campaign: reducing the size of the legislature. A...
  • Ras? Wrong ... except in PA

    NYT's numbers guru Nate Silver today breaks down the results on the country's myriad pollsters and finds that Rasmussen -- oft-cited in this space -- was the worst out of the most frequent midterm election pollsters. We often identify Ras (which occasio...
  • Regarding May 17, 2011

    I've been getting a good amount of reaction today to a story on Dan Onorato's immediate political future, as he faces a decision on whether to run for a third term as county exec in May, despite losing the Democratic enclave of Allegheny County in Tuesday...
  • Did Jewish vote hurt Sestak?

    Chris Brennan at the Daily News has competing polls from liberal and conservative Jewish organizations on the effects of conservative attacks on Joe Sestak's support of Israel. Upshot: hard to tell. At any rate, from where we stand now the issue probably...
  • Toomey pressed on debt limit

    NBC's Chuck Todd tried and failed to pin down Senator-elect Pat Toomey on whether he'll vote to raise the nation's debt limit, and if not, set the stage for a government shutdown. Here's liberal TPM on Toomey's "squirming" on the question: "When you were...
  • Santorum kicks off 2012 season

    Now that the midterms are in the books, it's time to start talking 2012, even though we have been for a while now. Pennsylvania's own Rick Santorum, as visitors to this site are well aware, is laying the groundwork for a long-shot presidential campaign. ...
  • Oliverio (mostly) concedes

    Looks like Democrat Mike Oliverio won't be asking for a recount in WV-1, unless something comes up in the official tallying of votes. From the Daily Mail: CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The tight race for the state's 1st Congressional District seat apparently en...
  • Chamber hits the jackpot

    In the midst of the New York Times' excellent look at the two-year Republican comeback comes this little anecdote from the Pennsylvania Senate race. You may recall the kerfuffle when the Chamber of Commerce ran an ad exaggerating Joe Sestak's votes with N...
  • Pension report (avert your eyes)

    Back to real life. We know Pittsburgh's pension situation is bad. But it's probably even worse than you think, says Chris Briem at Null Space, after taking a read on an actuarial study performed for the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board: You really...
  • Altmire, Critz in GOP sights

    The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a list of 10 Democrats nationwide that they already know they'll be targeting in 2012, and two of them are here in Western Pa -- Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. (CQ Politics) If you were following our...
  • Thursday reax

    Lots of reaction stories today, as you might expect: The road ahead is murky (O'Toole); promises of bipartisanship in DC, but Jason Altmire expects at least a solid year of bickering (Malloy); Western Pa has a hold on leadership in Harrisburg, but the ho...
  • Pitt turnout claim debunked

    At City Paper, Chris Potter pokes a hole in the claims from Dems that there was massive turnout at Pitt: It's pretty clear that the Democrats overhyped earlier claims of massive turnout. Just to take one example, earlier today I passed along claims tha...