| 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...
| May 30, 2012
| 12:30 PM
“To the Hagerstown caller asking service workers if the obnoxious and aggressive people last Friday are becoming the norm: I work in the restaurant, and notice similar patterns. However, it’s not every Friday, it’s once a month, during...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 3:03 PM
Take a circle, add a jerk and what do you get?
One answer is another GOP presidential debate. Number 20 was in Mesa, Arizona, for those keeping score at home.
There was no big knock out, or even a knock down. In fact, the best any candidate can say is ....
| 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...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 10:01 AM
Once upon a time, Joe Sestak thumbed his nose at Democratic establishment and primaried party-pick Arlen Specter for theU.S. Senate. As the story goes, he beat Specter, but lost in the general election to Pat Toomey.
Now, the former U.S. congressman is...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 1:06 PM
Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate GOP colleagues have tapped him to take over as head of the Senate Republican Steering Committe, a group that shapes conservative policy making on Capitol Hill.
Toomey will replace South Carolina Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint.
| 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...