| Jan 4, 2012
| 1:20 PM
He lacks the celebrity of Sarah Palin or the political stature of Chris Christie, but an endorsement from Pat Toomey would be measured within Republican ranks as a coup for many candidates.
For four years, the Pennsylvania Republican was a professional...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 12:22 PM
Former Sen. Arlen Specter, on a return visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, said Pennsylvania would be difficult for President Obama to win in next year's election.
"I think it is tough; I think Pennsylvania's economy is hurting," Specter said in a brief...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 5:10 AM
When Rick Santorum was asked Wednesday night to describe himself in one word, he said "courage." The problem for the former Pennsylvania U.S. senator is that in each defensive answer he gave throughout the two-hour CNN debate, his excuses and...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 9:10 AM
To a Pennsylvania political reporter watching the CNN debate last night there were moments that sounded like Mitt Romney was angling for a Pat Toomey endorsement, or at least to get in the Pennsylvania Republican's good graces.
And it appears Toomey...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:21 AM
When Arlen Specter lost in the 2010 Senate Democratic primary he never could have foreseen his image being used as fodder in the next presidential campaign. But then, who could have expected his former colleague Rick Santorum to be among the Republican...
| Jul 23, 2011
| 5:00 AM
Washington traditionally boasts about its' profiles in courage. Today, facing arguably the greatest potential financial crisis in American history, politics trumps economics as officials focus on the next election instead of the public interest.
| Jan 7, 2013
| 8:02 AM
President Obama's pick to be his U.S. Defense Secretary may have a particularly difficult time winning over one Pennsylvania GOP senator.
Pat Toomey is sure not to forget former Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel's very public endorsement of Democrat...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 8:35 AM
Arlen Specter, the storied Pennsylvania politician who was a state institution for decades before switching political parties and losing in a Democratic primary two years ago, is hospitalized with a very serious illness.
Specter, who survived a brain...
| Oct 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — Arlen Specter, who in 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the Senate offended Republicans and Democrats in almost equal measure with maverick votes and a frank cockiness that finally ended his career in politics, died Sunday at his...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 7:32 AM
To a congressional novice, it's a shocking statistic: Bob Casey has sponsored hundreds of bills and zero, zip, nada have become law.
That's the centerpiece of Republican candidate Tom Smith's first concentrated attack on Casey. The campaign has launched...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 9:28 AM
Jim DeMint, the Tea Party kingmaker who announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate Thursday to head a Washington-based conservative think tank, left an indelible mark on the world of Pennsylvania politics.
It was DeMint, who during the infancy of...