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  • Recriminations

    11/04/2010 8:18:41 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 3 replies ^ | Nov. 4, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    *snip* Compare this with the House campaign body, the NRCC. After getting clobbered over the NY-23 race and Dede Scozzafava, the NRCC took a hands off approach and let local voters choose their candidates. Not the NRSC. It doubled up around the country igniting a civil war with the grassroots — a civil war that would have never happened but their getting into Florida and doubling down. The NRSC’s argument amounts to telling the world that voters exercising their right to pick their candidates are stupid and Jim DeMint is stupid for siding with the voters. One final thought —...
  • GOP takes full control of Pennsylvania Statehouse

    11/03/2010 1:02:24 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies ^ | 2 Nov 2010
    HARRISBURG - Republicans riding the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment took control of both chambers of the legislature on Tuesday. Retaining its grip on the Senate and unseating enough Democrats to get a majority in the House, the GOP could look forward to ruling the General Assembly as well as the governor's office, soon to be occupied by Tom Corbett. Voters swept out veterans in both parties Tuesday, including the House majority leader, Todd Eachus (D., Luzerne), and former House GOP leader John M. Perzel (R., Phila.), the latter running with the added burden of facing criminal charges. In the House,...
  • A Big GOP Day In Pa

    11/03/2010 4:49:47 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Republican Tom Corbett handily won the governorship last night beating Democrat Dan Onorato. The unofficial tally with 53 districts -- 40 in Philadelphia and 13 in Delaware County -- to go was 2,136,683 votes to 1,783,581. With Republicans retaining control of the state Senate and winning the state House, Pennsylvania can make the elephant its official mascot for at least the next two years. The senate race was much closer than expected and not called until after midnight when Democrat Joe Sestak conceded to Republican Pat Toomey. The unofficial tally as of midnight was 1,993,704 votes for Toomey to 1,916,284...
  • Tom Corbett wins Pa. governor's race [Fast Eddie's cronies are sad!]

    11/02/2010 8:35:34 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 14 replies
    AP, via LehighValleyLive ^ | November 2, 2010 | AP
    Republican Tom Corbett has defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania governor.
  • AP: Toomey Wins PA Senator

    11/02/2010 8:55:23 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/02/10 | Unattributed
    Breaking: Toomey wins PA Governor's Race
  • Toomey hopes for 10 p.m. victory speech

    11/02/2010 6:28:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 117 replies
    Politico ^ | 11.2.10 | Dan Hirschhorn
    Democrats in Pennsylvania have spent all day hyping reports of higher-than-expected turnout in Philadelphia and other blue strongholds. But less than an hour before polls close, we're getting other estimates, and they paint to a more difficult path for Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in his Senate race against Republican Pat Toomey. The poll-watching group Committee of Seventy says only a couple wards in Philly have so far reported turnout exceeding 30 percent — a far cry from predictions by city Democratic Party boss Bob Brady that turnout would surpass the 2006 election.
  • Toomey vs. Sestak (CNN exit poll)

    11/02/2010 5:41:26 PM PDT · by Justaham · 34 replies ^ | 11-2-10
    SQUEAKER IN PENNSYLVANIA: An exit poll by CNN has Pennsylvania's Republican nominee for Senate, Pat Toomey, winning 51 percent of the vote, over Rep. Joe Sestak's 49 percent.
  • Turnout Thought To Be Up As Lines Greet Voters On Election Day (Pennsylvania)

    11/02/2010 4:05:40 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies
    WTAE TV (Pittsburgh) ^ | November 2 | Staff
    The polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Because it was a short ballot, results may come in more quickly than usual. ... The first results are expected at around 8:30 p.m. "If the turnout is heavy in the middle of the state, it's going to be very good for Republicans. If the turnout is heavy in Philadelphia, it will be good for Democrats," Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Roddey said. "The numbers that we were looking for for a good day for our candidates have been met -- if not exceeded -- statewide," Allegheny County...
  • PPP (D): GOP headed for PA sweep

    10/31/2010 5:46:06 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 26 replies
    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010 GOP headed for PA sweep Pennsylvania flirted a little bit with Democrats in the final weeks of this year's election, making them think they might be able to pull off an upset in the Senate and/or Gubernatorial contests that had looked good as gone for most of the year. It looks like the GOP will in the end sweep those races though, if by smaller margins than they had shown in polling throughout much of 2010. In the Senate race Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak 51-46 and in the race for Governor Tom Corbett is up...
  • Patrick Murphy-linked Absentee Voter Controversy Unfolds

    10/27/2010 4:32:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 43 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/27/2010 | Thomas Shakely
    Earlier today, Battle ‘10 reported on the continuing absentee ballot scandal in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home to the 8th district congressional race. The race is widely seen as a bellwether, with Rep. Patrick Murphy a member of the appropriations committee. New reports are emerging that could spell trouble for Patrick Murphy’s campaign after it was revealed that his campaign manager controlled a post office box where voters were being instructed to send their absentee ballots. The ballots were then re-mailed to the county Board of Elections. A letter from a fictitious agency, the “Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office,” was sent to...
  • Tracking Poll: Toomey 48%, Sleestak 40%

    10/27/2010 9:14:13 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 21 replies
    Tracking Poll: Toomey 48%, Sleestak 40%
  • Shocker! Poll Shows Top Dem Dog Down In Pa To Newbie

    10/27/2010 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 32 replies
    A poll released two days ago shows a 31-year-old Republican challenger to be five points up on one of the most powerful politicians in Pennsylvania. The poll of 800 voters in Pennsylvania's 116th legislative district shows challenger Tarah Toohil to be preferred to Democrat incumbent Todd Eachus 49 to 44 percent with 9 percent undecided. It was conducted Oct. 18 and sponsored by the Pennsylvania House Republican Campaign Committee. Eachus is the majority leader in the State House. He was expected to easily win the race.
  • Voter turnout is make or break for Democrats in Keystone State

    10/25/2010 7:15:45 PM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/10 06:34 PM ET | Shane D'Aprile
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Democratic volunteer Carol LaBelle appears undaunted by this fall’s headwind of GOP enthusiasm as she works her way through a call list of fellow senior citizens at a phone bank in Center City. Along with about a dozen other volunteers at this Philadelphia office staffed and run by Organizing for America, LaBelle is trying to drum up support for the Democrats that top Pennsylvania's ticket this fall: gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato and Rep. Joe Sestak, who with Republican Pat Toomey is locked in one of the tightest Senate battles in the country in 2010.
  • SHOCK: PA Dem: "We Still Have The Street Money" To Pay For Voters

    10/25/2010 11:44:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 25, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC: "What is the secret here to turn out? In the old days, the old machine days, what we called 'walking around money,' handing out money to get people to vote. Is it still the case? What do you do, what is the magic in Philadelphia? REP. ROBERT BRADY (D-PA): "We still have the street money and we're very knowledgeable." Rep. Brady is also the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic party.
  • Rothfus looks for '06 redux against Altmire

    09/27/2010 11:14:08 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 9 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 09/27/2010 | Daniel Malloy
    When Keith Rothfus hits the campaign trail, the bespectacled Republican attorney from Edgeworth spends a lot of time talking about 2006. That was the year when a political upstart overcame a big fundraising disadvantage to unseat Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District incumbent, who was tied to an unpopular president during a wave year for the opposition party. And Mr. Rothfus is looking to replicate Rep. Jason Altmire's path in what is looking like a similar electoral tide -- though this time, it's the GOP advancing on the Democrats. Read more:
  • GOP Up In Pa

    08/31/2010 3:41:10 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Reuters/Ipsos poll released, today , has Republican Pat Toomey up 47-37 percent among likely voters over Democrat Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Senate race. Among registered voters, a category historically more favorable to the Democrats, Toomey is up 40-37 percent. Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Poll has Toomey up 45-39 percent among likely voters with Toomey ahead 48-42 percent if leaners are factored in. In the governor's race, Reuter/Ipsos has Republican Tom Corbett head of Democrat Don Onorato 49 percent to 34 percent. In other election news, Sestak has launched his first attack ads in which he accuses Toomey to...
  • Volatility of the House Midterms

    08/22/2010 5:11:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 22, 2010 | Salena Zito
    Late last week the premier polling site, FiveThirtyEight, tweeted somberly: “I don't think people fully comprehend how scary the generic ballot numbers are for Democrats.” The biggest sway away from Democrats is coming from independent voters. The latest Gallup results give Republicans the broadest spread over Democrats in the history of generic-ballot polling. It’s also the first time the GOP has hit the magic 50 percent in the history of Gallup’s generic ballot. "For independent voters, it's like the rock-paper-scissors game,” says Democratic strategist Steve McMahon. “They want bi-partisan solutions and smart policy. But right now, a 'no' to more...
  • Poll Shows Marino(R) In Lead Against Carney (D) (PA 10th Congressional Race)

    08/17/2010 8:25:14 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 6 replies
    Pike County Republicans ^ | August 17, 2010 | Pike County Republicans
    Dear Fellow Republicans and Conservatives, I am very excited to pass along some great news that I just received from Tom Marino. An independent poll conducted by Whit Ayres, Jon McHenry, and Dan Judy on July 28 through August 1 shows that GOP candidates are doing very well in the East. The most exciting news is that Tom Marino is ahead of Chris Carney! Tom Marino 52% vs. Chris Carney 37%The fact that Tom Marino is leading Chris Carney in the polls even though Carney has significantly better name recognition shows that we will be sending Tom to Washington, D.C....
  • Carney (D) has more than 70 times opponent’s cash

    07/16/2010 6:39:02 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 6 replies · 1+ views
    PA2010.COM ^ | July 15, 2010 | Dan Hirschhorn
    The 10th District Democrat finished June sitting on more than $792,000. Carney’s second-quarter campaign finance report had not yet been published online early Thursday afternoon, but the numbers were provided to by his campaign. That’s more than 71 times the money held by Republican Tom Marino; the former U.S. Attorney finished June with just over $11,000 in the bank. Carney’s cash lead could prompt some political watchers to reevaluate Marino’s prospect in the cheap, northeast Pennsylvania media market. The race is currently No. 6 on the Congressional Power Rankings. Carney raised about $203,000 between April 29 and June...
  • Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate -Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey (R) 45%, Sestak (D) 39%

    07/01/2010 8:57:27 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 32 replies
    Republican Pat Toomey continues to hold a modest advantage over Democrat Joe Sestak in the race to replace Arlen Specter as U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Pennsylvania shows Toomey attracting 45% of the vote, while Sestak earns 39%. Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 11% are undecided. The June 29 survey shows the race has changed little since the beginning of the month. This is the seventh Rasmussen Reports survey of the race in 2010, and a review of prior results highlights just how stable it's been...
  • Obama Administration Tripping Over Sestak Cover-Up

    06/01/2010 9:01:47 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 12 replies · 873+ views ^ | 06/02/10 | CaroleL
    As often happens when government officials try to cover up their own wrong doing, the more they dodge and weave and lie the worse the situation becomes for them. In the case of the Sestak issue, the implausible explanation given by the Obama White House after over three months of stonewalling is starting to unravel in the face of just a few days of scrutiny.
  • Robert Gibbs Asked Why White House Waited 3 Months to Give Answer on Sestak Job Offer – Video

    06/01/2010 1:41:38 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 1,091+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 1, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today being asked why it took the White House three months to answer questions on the Sestak Job Offer if it really did not amount to anything? Robert Gibbs response is classic! He told the reporter he would “have to ask counsel for a better answer on that!” There is no doubt there is much more to this story. Gibbs gets very uncomfortable every time he is asked anything related to the Sestak mess.
  • Rahm's Subpoena Dodging White House Strategy?

    06/01/2010 6:01:26 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies · 974+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6.1.10 @ 6:09AM | By Jeffrey Lord
    At issue today: the record keeping of the Obama White House and whether potentially incriminating actions such as those involved in the Sestak Affair are simply -- and deliberately -- not noted by White House lawyers for fear of subpoenas. Subpoenas that could potentially reveal a deliberate cover-up of illegalities in the Sestak affair. Illegalities involving both Emanuel and his former boss, Bill Clinton.
  • Joe to Joe (Biden was involved in Sestak matter)

    06/01/2010 5:43:51 AM PDT · by randita · 28 replies · 1,156+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6/1/10 | Washington Prowler
    Joe to Joe By The Prowler on 6.1.10 @ 6:09AM MISSING IN ACTION Some Democrats on Capitol Hill were caught off guard by the White House announcement on Friday that placed former President Bill Clinton and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the center of the Rep. Joe Sestak job bribery scandal. "We expected at the end of the day that somehow Joe Biden would be involved," says one Democrat leadership source. "He was much more involved in the Specter recruitment and had more invested in getting Specter what he wanted." Indeed, Specter and several senior advisers, according to...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 5:43:14 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies · 1,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/01/10 | staff
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and its...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 3:45:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,343+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 1, 2010
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and...
  • A Single Democratic Victory in a Single Pennsylvania Race Doesn’t Change Anything

    05/23/2010 6:44:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 981+ views
    The New Republic ^ | May 21, 2010 | William Galston
    Conventional wisdom: it is a fickle, fickle thing. The latest example of the incredible lightness of opinion in today’s media and political climate is the reaction to the results of the race in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district. Politicians and pundits, right- as well as left-leaning, are taking it as evidence that Republican hopes of retaking the House this November are too optimistic. That may turn out to be the case, but PA-12 is hardly enough evidence to warrant the conclusion. First, let’s place that district in context. Yes, it was one of Obama’s ten worst Appalachian congressional district’s during his...
  • Sestak, White House still mum on alleged administration job offer

    05/23/2010 1:46:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 870+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | Felicia Sonmez
    Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refused to give further details this morning on Sestak's claim that he was offered a job last summer by the Obama administration if he would not run against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Sestak repeated his claim today, telling NBC's David Gregory that he was offered a job. But he dodged questions on the specifics, saying that "anything that goes beyond that is for others to talk about." He repeated that assertion in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," saying that "anything beyond that...
  • Joe Sestak: Um, yeah, Obama tried to buy me off by offering me a job

    05/23/2010 1:02:58 PM PDT · by FTJM · 9 replies · 1,174+ views
    HotAir ^ | May 23, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Comedy gold from “Meet the Press,” polished off by DNC Chair Tim Kaine grudgingly admitting that it might be time for the White House to come clean. If you need your memory jogged about this, I don’t blame you: Sestak first dropped the bombshell that the White House tried to bribe him out of the primary against Specter more than three months ago. A month after that, pieces were already appearing about how absurd Gibbs’s stonewalling had become; two months later, he’s still stonewalling, refusing this morning to tell Bob Schieffer anything about it except that nothing “inappropriate” happened. Which...
  • Sestak: WH offered job if he left race (Obama broke the law and now for the cover-up)

    05/23/2010 12:28:50 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 156 replies · 9,864+ views
    upi ^ | 5/23/2010 | STAFF
    Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., said Sunday the White House had offered him a job if he would withdraw from the primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak, who defeated the five-term incumbent Specter to win the Democratic nomination in the Senate primary, was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" if the Obama administration had offered a position in exchange for his agreeing not to run. "Yeah, he replied. "I was asked that question months after it happened. And I felt an obligation to answer it honestly. I said, 'yes.' Asked what job, Sestak said: "No, no … and I said...
  • Why I'll miss Arlen Specter's ornery individualism

    05/23/2010 5:13:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 1,121+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | May 23, 2010 | Dana Milbank
    Arlen Specter (D-Pa.-cum-R-Pa.-cum-D-Pa.), a.k.a. "Snarlin' Arlen," a.k.a. "Specter the Defector," is one of the most unloved people in politics. He is ornery, vain, disloyal and a brazen opportunist. He lacks a discernible ideology, puts his finger to the political winds before casting a vote and in the end does what is good for Arlen Specter. I will miss him. I will miss him because, whatever his faults, he fought the forces of party unity and ideological purity that are pulling the country apart. "Let me tell you," he complained in 2005, before both parties disowned him, "it's heresy -- I...
  • Pennsylvania Primary Races

    05/18/2010 1:01:30 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies · 1,127+ views
    5/18/2010 | Self
    Its the day we've been waiting for here in Pennsylvania. Yesterday was the day for six or more robocalls on my phone ahead of today's primary election. Now I get to vote in the Republican Primary. Meanwhile, the Democrat Primary may deliver the coup de grace to Arlen Specter. Congressman Joe Sestak has waged a generally hard left outsider campaign skillfully with less money than Arlen has in his war chest. Sestak is polling close to Specter and may actually pull it off. If he does, those of us conservatives and patriots who have been eager to "beat" Specter can...
  • Bloom takes 199th [FReeper wins intense primary in Pennsylvania]

    05/20/2010 9:24:03 AM PDT · by LikeLight · 90 replies · 1,371+ views
    The Sentinel ^ | 5/19/2010 | Jason Scott
    For much of the evening Tuesday, any one of four candidates were in line to win the Republican nomination for the 199th Legislative District seat. North Middleton Township resident and local attorney Stephen Bloom appears to have emerged victorious in the seven-way Republican primary to earn the nomination. As of Wednesday morning, all absentee ballots have been included in the results. Bloom won the 199th race by 284 votes, unofficially, with 2,163 votes. Denny Lebo had 1,879. The county board of elections will meet at 9 a.m. May 25 to certify ballot results. They will then be sent to the...
  • Breaking News: We Win in PA-12!‏ (DCCC Title of email)

    05/20/2010 12:55:27 AM PDT · by pennyfarmer · 13 replies · 871+ views
    DCCC ^ | Tue 5/18/10 | DCCC
    Congratulations to Congressman-elect Mark Critz on his extraordinary victory. Voters in this election responded to Mark Critz's commitment to providing independent leadership that puts Pennsylvania jobs first. This was the only race in the country today where a Democrat faced off against a Republican and the results are clear. Mark Critz focused on creating jobs for middle class families, while Republicans practiced the politics of fear and distortion. For all of their bluster about building a national wave this year, including RNC Chairman Michael Steele's guarantee of victory for Tim Burns, Republican policies were once again rejected when it came...
  • Obama goes 0-4: PA loss follows failures in NJ, VA and MA...

    05/18/2010 9:05:18 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 50 replies · 2,455+ views
    5/18/2010 | B. Chrysostom
    Best Drudge Report headline I've read in months: Obama goes 0-4: PA loss follows failures in NJ, VA and MA... The Obamination, a FAILURE in the making!
  • Sestak and Veterans Groups Wrong To Criticize Specter Ad (why the Navy demoted Sestak to two stars)

    05/19/2010 2:57:29 PM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies · 1,167+ views
    .freindlyfirezone. ^ | Friday, 07 May 2010 12:16 | Christopher Freind
    "We're all here because we're enraged at the fact that someone, anyone in the United States today, would question someone with 31 years of (military) service." So said a retired lieutenant general about Arlen Specter’s television ad which stated that Joe Sestak, his opponent in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, was relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a “poor command climate.”Other veterans have chimed in with similar criticism of Specter, labeling the Senator and his commercial as “disrespectful” and “unpatriotic,” and adding that it should be off the table to question, let alone criticize, a veteran.And making the...
  • Recapping Pennsylvania’s 12th

    05/19/2010 12:17:09 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies · 1,102+ views
    National Review ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jim Geraghty
    On Tuesday morning, Republicans who were closely watching the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District — once represented by John Murtha — did not offer ironclad, take-it-to-the-bank guarantees that their man Tim Burns was going to win. But they liked his chances, and expected him to at least run close to Democrat Mark Critz. The final tally wasn’t close: Critz won 53.4 percent to Burns’s 44.3 percent, with all precincts but one reporting. Critz won a bit more than 71,000 votes, Burns a bit more than 59,000. So what happened? Among the arguments emerging late Tuesday night: Critz ran...
  • Dem Beats Gleason's Choice To Keep Murtha Seat

    05/18/2010 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 71 replies · 2,201+ views
    Mark Critz, the aide to the late Congressman John Murtha, won a special election Tuesday to fill the remainder of his term which ends Jan. 3. Critz, a Democrat, easily beat Republican Tim Burns, who state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason had tapped over Bill Russell, the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who ran against Murtha in 2008.
  • Arlen Specter: How did that Obama endorsement work out for you?

    05/19/2010 10:35:11 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 23 replies · 1,045+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 5/19/10 | Bill Levinson
    Pretty much the same way it worked for Martha Coakley. Now we hope Obama will endorse proven liar Joe Sestak.Another Obama minion bit the dust in yesterday's election. Arlen Specter, who has represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for almost 30 years was just removed despite endorsements from Barack Obama (Arlen should have asked Martha Coakley how that worked out for her) and Robert Casey. It is to be remembered that Senator Casey accepted the endorsement of an anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic hate group. It is with a sense of sadness as opposed to triumph that we see Arlen Specter go....
  • Obama endorsements don't seem to help Democrats

    05/19/2010 1:22:16 AM PDT · by verum ago · 24 replies · 1,256+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 19 May 2010 | Charles Babington
    WASHINGTON – The role of endorser in chief isn't working so well for President Barack Obama. Sen. Arlen Specter became the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race despite the president's active involvement, raising doubts about Obama's ability to help fellow Democrats in this November's elections. The first three candidates fell to Republicans. But Specter's loss Tuesday to Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's Democratic senatorial primary cast doubts on Obama's influence and popularity even within his own party — and in a battleground state, no less. Of course, it's possible that Democrats will fare better than expected...
  • Live Thread - Primary Elections in Pennsylvania & Arkansas - Watching the Key House Races

    05/18/2010 3:15:17 PM PDT · by InterceptPoint · 498 replies · 20,922+ views | 18 May 2010 | InterceptPoint
    There are already a couple of LIVE THREADS covering the overall PA primary election. But I don't see anything out there for the Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon folks so we are going to post our normal live thread focusing on the Key House Races. In this weeks Primary Elections we see 2 competitive House Races in AR and 9 in PA. Plus there is the Special Election in PA-12 that we have been following. There is nothing looking very competitive to us in OR or KY. So if you are just interested in how things are going across the board...
  • Bob Schieffer: Obama Preparing for Specter Loss; "Doesn't Want to be Associated" with It - Video

    05/17/2010 9:41:59 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 29 replies · 1,112+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 17, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of CBS News' Bob Schieffer today - the day before the Pennsylvania Primary - saying that sources tell him that the White House is preparing for a loss by incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democrat Primary, and that President Obama "doesn't want to be associated" with it. Obama has campaigned for Specter. Too late, Mr. President. You are already "associated with it." Specter switched parties to save his own skin (he thought) and do your bidding.
  • Very Tight Race to Replace Murtha

    05/16/2010 8:18:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies · 1,071+ views
    Political Wire ^ | May 16, 2010
    A final Public Policy Polling survey in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district finds the special election to replace the late John Murtha (D) looks to be headed for a photo finish with Tim Burns (R) barely edging Mark Critz (D), 48% to 47%. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday.
  • Sestak Predicts Victory, Asks for Specter’s Support

    05/16/2010 6:31:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 914+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | May 16, 2010 | Kathleen Hunter
    Rep. Joe Sestak said he was confident he would topple incumbent Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and called on Specter to endorse his candidacy when he does. “I’m looking forward to Sen. Specter’s support after [Tuesday],” Sestak said Sunday during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Sestak, who was elected to the House in 2006, has surged ahead of Specter in some polls in recent days and said he was confident he would best Specter, a 30-year veteran of the Senate, in part because of Specter’s decision to switch to the Democratic Party in...
  • 'I had a clear shot at re-election,' Specter says

    05/16/2010 11:34:15 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 99 replies · 2,389+ views
    CNN ^ | May 16th, 2010 | CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
    Just days before he stands before Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary voters, Sen. Arlen Specter, a former Republican, sought to cast his party switch of a year ago as a matter of principle rather than self-interested politics. “For years, I've tried to moderate the Republican Party,” Specter, a five-term incumbent, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “And when the stimulus came up and President Obama asked me for his support - for my support, and it looked like we were sliding into a 1929 depression, I sided with President Obama.“It wasn't my job to be saved. It was the jobs...
  • Why the Dems could win PA-12

    05/14/2010 9:40:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 551+ views
    PPP ^ | May 14, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    We're going to do a final PA-12 poll over the weekend. There are a lot of reasons, from our last poll of the district, why Republicans should win this race: 1) Barack Obama's approval rating there is just 33% 2) The district has a very low minority population and nonwhite voters have been sticking with the Democratic Party to a much greater extent than white voters over the last year. 3) Only 24% of voters there have a favorable opinion of Nancy Pelosi. 4) Republican voters in the district are more excited about voting than the Democrats. But there's also...
  • Specter Retakes Lead In Tracking Poll (45-43)

    05/14/2010 6:54:17 AM PDT · by Paul8148 · 25 replies · 768+ views
    METHODOLOGY: Beginning on May 2, 2010 and ending on May 16, 2010, The Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion and the Morning Call will be releasing daily results from their statewide Democratic primary tracking poll. The results are drawn from telephone surveys of likely Democratic voters in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each day’s release will be based on the results of interviews conducted during the previous four days. For example, the initial release on Sunday, May 2nd was produced from interviews conducted between April 28th and May 1st. While the total sample size will alternate from day to day because...
  • Shameless: Arlen Specter recycles 2004 TV ad; replaces Bush with Obama (video)

    05/12/2010 2:58:14 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 13 replies · 798+ views ^ | 05/12/10 | jeff j
    Arlen Specter, shameless opportunist, essentially recycles old campaign ad, deleting Bush, inserting Obama.
  • Filling the void in 12th District (PA-12 major local paper endorses Bill Russell in Repub Primary)

    05/10/2010 9:59:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 574+ views
    Washington Observer-Observer ^ | 5-10-2010 | Editorial
    Filling the void in 12th District Observer-Reporter May 10, 2010 The unexpected death in February of U.S. Rep. John Murtha left a void in the U.S. Congress and, more specifically, in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, that seems unlikely to be filled anytime soon. Murtha not only brought a wealth of expertise on defense issues to the U.S. House of Representatives, but also pulled a bounty of federal projects into his district. Some may have condemned it as pork-barrel spending, but it brought the region a much-needed economic lift as the steel industry withered. Voters in the 12th Congressional District will...
  • Russell steadfast in pursuit of GOP nomination (PA-12 Republican Primary)

    05/09/2010 8:27:06 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies · 482+ views
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 5-9-2010 | Mike Faher
    May 9, 2010 Russell steadfast in pursuit of GOP nomination Mike Faher — This much is clear: William Russell is tenacious. Just don’t call him “bitter.” The Upper Yoder Township Republican, in his second attempt at winning the 12th Congressional District seat, is again getting no support from his party. But while he makes no secret about his dissatisfaction with GOP leadership, Russell insists that it’s not anger that has motivated him to stay in the race. “The best way to overcome this is not to be bitter, but to set about winning the primary,” Russell said. The career Army...