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  • Biden raising cash for Dahlkemper, Critz

    Vice President Joe Biden is coming back to Pennsylvania to raise money for two battleground House Democrats.

    Biden will be in western Pennsylvania on Oct. 11 to headline a joint fundraiser for Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (D-3) and Congressman Mark Critz (D-12).

    Dahlkemper faces Republican Mike Kelly in one of the state’s most competitive House races. Critz faces a rematch against Republican Tim Burns, who he beat in the May special election.…

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    September 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Comments (0)

  • LEFTOVERS: More poll results, Critz’s first ad

    The number of polls whizzing by us the last few weeks have been dizzying. Naturally, there are two we’ve missed already this week.

    The first is Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies. Like other public polls, Magellan found Republicans winning the statewide races. Tom Corbett leads Dan Onorato in the gubernatorial race by 12 points, 50 percent to 38 percent. Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak in the Senate race by eight points, 49 percent to 41 …

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    September 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Comments (6)

  • Dems claim seven-point edge for Critz

    Democrats say that Congressman Mark Critz (D-12) is enjoying a seven-point lead over Republican Tim Burns ahead of their November rematch.

    The claim, which the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was set to make in a statement late Monday afternoon, was based on a new Grove Insight poll. It came as both parties have leaked polling data to paint their candidate as holding the edge almost four months after Critz topped Burns in the May special …

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    September 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Comments (25)

  • Critz bucks White House on spending

    Congressman Mark Critz (D-12) came out against President Obama’s proposal for $50 billion in infrastructure spending Thursday, as he continued to distance himself from the Democratic leadership ahead of his November rematch with Republican Tim Burns.

    Critz voiced some support for proposed tax cuts targeted toward small business. But less than four months after prevailing in the May special election with the help of his party’s leadership, he said Obama’s spending plan is “too expensive.” …

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    September 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Comments (1)

  • Internal poll puts Burns up narrowly (Updated)

    Two months before a special election rematch in southwest Pennsylvania, Republican Tim Burns is sporting a five-point lead over Congressman Mark Critz (D-12), according to a GOP poll memo obtained by

    The memo from pollster Gene Ulm of Public Opinion Strategies says that a survey of 400 likely voters conducted late last month found Burns garnering 48 percent of the vote, compared to 43 percent for Critz. But the margin of error is …

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    September 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Comments (8)

  • LEFTOVERS: Onorato on the shale, a cancellation in the 3rd, Critz on Simpson

    Another day, another news conference for Democrat Dan Onorato to hammer gubernatorial rival Tom Corbett.

    This time Onorato was in Harrisburg talking up his plan for getting all that natural gas out of the Marcellus Shale—and talking down Corbett’s plan. The main difference between the two? Onorato supports a severance tax on the drilling companies, Corbett doesn’t. Corbett’s support for what’s been called “voluntary” drilling standards; his opposition to limiting new drilling in state forests; …

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    September 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Comments (2)

  • Critz confident ahead of 12th District rematch

    PITTSBURGH—Against a backdrop of monstrous cranes, dump trucks myriad other construction vehicles, Congressman Mark Critz (D-12) took time to tour an expanding Veterans Affairs hospital here Wednesday, and sounded a confident note less than 70 days before his rematch against Republican Tim Burns.

    Critz, who was visiting VA facilities in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pa., came to town with Congressman Bob Filner (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

    “I’m happy the chairman is …

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    August 26, 2010 at 7:00 am | Comments (0)

  • GOP pollsters see challengers leading in four Pa. races

    Republican pollsters looking at four competitive House districts in Pennsylvania say the GOP challengers in those races are holding leads over Democratic incumbents—and sometimes big leads that come in spite of low name recognition for the Republicans.

    Whit Ayres’ polling firm conducted the surveys on behalf of American Action Forum—part of the conservative group American Action Network led by former Senator Norm Coleman, among others. The results were first reported by The National Review. …

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    August 17, 2010 at 8:15 am | Comments (7)

  • Critz skeptical on Afghan war outlook

    Congressman Mark Critz (D-12) isn’t sure that the war in Afghanistan can end successfully.

    The newly-elected successor to the late John Murtha returned from a trip to Afghanistan this week. In comments reported by The Tribune-Review, he said he’s less pessimistic than before, but doesn’t share Murtha’s belief that there’s an achievable goal at play.

    “The military and [Department of] State and the Afghans, they are doing everything they can under the sun to …

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    August 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Comments (0)

  • Burns gets a new campaign chief

    Almost three months after the May special election, Republican Tim Burns finally has a new campaign manager.

    Burns’ campaign announced on Tuesday that Jake Parsons will be heading up things for the general election rematch against Congressman Mark Critz (D-12), who beat Burns in the special election. Parsons most recently managed a congressional race in Oklahoma, and the campaign said he “has served campaigns at all levels in various leadership roles developing a broad and …

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    August 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Comments (11)

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