by Dan Hirschhorn on October 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm
I’m the kind of guy who hates leaving things unfinished. In this case, I’m going to have to make an exception.
It’s been 18 months since pa2010.com went online. Ten days later, a man named Arlen Specter switched parties, turning Pennsylvania’s political landscape on its head. In the weeks and months since, we’ve done our best here to turn this site into the state’s go-to destination for insiders and political junkies.
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His TV advertising campaign well under way, Congressman Tim Holden (D-17) entered the home stretch before Election Day with a little more than half-a-million bucks still at his disposal, according to campaign finance data.
Holden raised about $206,000 during the third quarter of the year, according to his campaign finance report. Through September, he had spent almost $400,000 on TV. And he finished the period with about $528,000 in cash on hand.
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October 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Comments (82)
Republican Pat Meehan is holding a narrow four-point lead over Democrat Bryan Lentz just weeks before Election Day, in the latest indication that the 7th Congressional District remains fiercely competitive.
In a Monmouth University poll released Thursday, Meehan garners 49 percent of likely voters, compared to 45 percent for Lentz. Just seven percent of voters are undecided or prefer another candidate. The survey was the first public poll taken of the open-seat race in suburban …full story
October 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Comments (122)
Almost five months after he was dispatched in the May primary, Senator Arlen Specter will be campaigning in earnest for the man who sent him packing.
Specter will be joining Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer and a reception for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak Monday in the Philadelphia. It will mark one of the only times since their bitter primary that Specter has stumped for Sestak—Specter brought him to a lunch of Senate Democrats …full story
October 7, 2010 at 10:00 am | Comments (143)
A retired Air Force captain in Wyoming County says she is running for governor as a write-in candidate, and she’s making opposition to drilling in the Marcellus Shale the cornerstone of her campaign.
Virginia Cody says on her campaign Web site that she’s a registered Republicans, but identifies with Tea Party activists, Democrats, environmentalists and libertarians. She’ll have to attract all those constituencies to have any remote chance at a write-in campaign, typically a grueling …full story
October 7, 2010 at 9:00 am | Comments (54)
Vice President Joe Biden is returning to his hometown next week to raise money for one of Pennsylvania’s most embattled House Democrats.
Biden will be in Scranton Monday to headline a fundraiser for Congressman Chris Carney (D-10). A Carney campaign spokesman told The Times Leader that Biden, who was born in Scranton and lived there until he was 10, will join Carney for a morning event.
Carney faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Tom …full story
October 7, 2010 at 8:00 am | Comments (74)
Politics and entertainment more often intersect at the national level—or at least in high profile elections. But Pennsylvania’s often-sleep gubernatorial race is getting a dose of Hollywood this weekend.
Matthew Morrison, who stars on the Fox show “Glee,” will stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato Saturday.
An afternoon appearance at Carnegie Mellon University will be followed shortly after by an event at Point Park University.…full story
October 7, 2010 at 7:00 am | Comments (92)
From the Blogs
Looks like we’ll actually be getting two more gubernatorial debates before Election Day.
One more has been added to the schedule, and this one is set to go down Oct. 18. It’ll be aired on the local ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, giving Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato what could potentially be their biggest debate audience of the campaign.
That debate will come just two days after the candidates have their second debate, a …full story
October 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Comments (3)
Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak is up with a new TV ad that seeks to remind voters of Republican rival Pat Toomey’s affinity for Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin.
The 30-second spot, which was not released by the campaign but was airing Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the Philadelphia media market, refers to Toomey as “Pennsylvania’s most right-wing congressman”—a reference to an American Conservative Union rating that has put him to the right of …full story
October 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Comments (125)
Republican Mike Kelly has opened up a 13-point lead in his bid to unseat Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (D-3), according to a new poll.
The survey, commissioned by The Hill and conducted by polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, found Kelly garnering 49 percent of the vote in the northwest Pennsylvania district, compared to 36 percent for Dahlkemper. Fifteen percent of likely voters are undecided—just enough to give Dahlkemper a road to victory one month before …full story
October 6, 2010 at 11:15 am | Comments (67)