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  • Santorum doled out $$ in Iowa, S.C.

    CNN's Peter Hamby has the details on how former Sen. Rick Santorum, in addition to giving from his America's Foundation PAC, set up political action committees specifically to fatten the coffers of 2010 candidates in Iowa and South Carolina: Washington (...
  • Toomey hires DC vet for CoS

    Sen.-elect Pat Toomey, R-Pa., announced today that he is hiring Christopher Gahan, the former chief of staff to retiring Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., as his chief of staff. Gahan has worked on Gregg's staff since 1996 in a variety of posts. The chief of sta...
  • Waiting for the Dan

    In case you missed it, Jim O'Toole wrote today about the dominoes that could fall should Dan Onorato not run again for county executive. There's a complicating factor for many of the Democratic names commonly touted for the position -- they would all like...
  • Dahl's spending doubled Kelly's

    No matter how much Kathy Dahlkemper spent, there might have been no way to win her reelection bid over upstart Mike Kelly. Meanwhile fellow Western Pa Democrat Jason Altmire had to empty out almost all of his warchest to hold off fellow GOP newcomer Keit...
  • Santorum raises $170K

    Rick Santorum's Political Action Committee, according to a post-election FEC filing, raised $170,000 from Oct. 14 through Nov. 22. But Santorum spent $195,000, primarily on direct mail to reach out to more donors. PACs are common among candidates who ha...
  • Dec. 3 headlines

    Dan Malloy covers the "largely symbolic" House vote to extend middle class tax cuts, and gets input from no-vote Tim Murphy and yes-vote Jason Altmire (who ultimately voted in favor after voting against motions to bring it to the floor). Curiously, the ...
  • DeWeese to Eachus: Hand over those files, fella

    The PG's Harrisburg correspondent Tracie Mauriello writes: As House Democratic leader, Todd Eachus waged a year-long legal battle to get his predecessor, state Rep. Bill DeWeese, to hand over legal files and notes taken by an attorney hired to help with ...
  • Santorum to SC, Iowa

    Rick Santorum is going for some kind of frequent flier record. His PAC announced today that the former U.S. senator from Penn Hills and presidential hopeful is heading back to South Carolina -- trip lucky No. 7 -- in a couple days, followed by a visit to ...
  • Woodley lobbies for school lunches

    Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (awesome photo by PG's Pete Diana) joined two other NFL players in writing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this month in support of a bill that would reauthorize and improve federal school lunch programs. The bill has be...
  • Spell check

    The Marcellus Shale natural gas formation is one of the biggest stories in Pennsylvania business and politics these days, so it might be a good thing to learn how to spell. Perhaps the Pennsylvania Democratic Party should add "Marcellus" to their spell ch...
  • Corbett to meet Obama, Biden

    A day after checking out the Capitol and meeting with incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Pennsylvania's governor-elect (Election Night photo by PG's Michael Henninger) is headed up Pennsylvania Avenue to th...
  • Attention PittGirl

    Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper has called a press conference this afternoon to address complaints about Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's pricey security detail....
  • Sure you want to be gov, General?

    Tom Corbett won't be in office for six weeks, but he's already getting a lesson in the can't-please-em-all nature of being the state's chief exec. The governor-to-be is getting roasted today for his addition of two Tea Party activists to the 400 member...
  • Santorum in gay activist's ad

    Rick Santorum is all over the place lately. Even in places he might not want to be. A gay Republican activist named Fred Karger has launched a long-shot presidential bid in Iowa, and has produced the first TV commercial of the 2012 presidential campaig...
  • Santorum to reprise faith speech

    Tracking JFK from Houston to Boston, Penn Hills' own Rick Santorum plans to reprise his speech on faith in the public square Saturday at a symposium on Catholic statesmanship. Santorum first delivered the address -- which he called a retort to John F. Ken...
  • Baer: transition "squishy"

    'THE OFFICIAL transition from Ed Rendell to Tom Corbett reared its head yesterday and looked a little squishy," writes John Baer in today's Daily News. "No clue who might serve in top jobs in the new administration other than an assertion that one name ...
  • 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 ...