| Feb 2, 2012
| 11:39 AM
Tim Burns, once considered among the top tier in the crowded Republican Senate primary, has dropped out of the race after not receiving the coveted endorsement from the state party at its winter meeting last weekend.
The Republicans chose rival Steve...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:42 AM
The four remaining Republican presidential candidates, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, and the five GOP Pa. Senate hopefuls, Sam Rohrer, Steve Welch, Tom Smith, Marc Scaringi and David Christian, filed the requisite number of...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 10:24 AM
The conservative Club for Growth, once run by Pat Toomey, listed Democrat Bob Casey at the very bottom of all U.S. Senators in promoting "pro-growth policies."
The club, through its political action committee, has worked to purge Capitol Hill of...
| 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...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 1:48 PM
Sometimes campaign surrogates doth protest too much.
With all the chatter about Pennsylvania losing its battleground luster this cycle, the Romney campaign dispatched the state's two highest profile, Republican elected officials to make the case that...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 7:14 AM
In the end, Republican Tom Smith spent $20.8 million, $16.8 million of which was his own money, on his failed run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Bob Casey.
Casey, who retained his seat by 9.1 points and around 500,000 votes, spent around...
| 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...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 4:43 AM
Steve Welch, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate anointed by the state party brass, marked the real start of the campaign Tuesday, introducing himself to Pennsylvania voters with a television ad exactly one month before the primary election.
In the 30-...
| Feb 9, 2011
We Begin This Morning ... ... with the disappointing (yet unsurprising) news that taxpayers are paying $116K to defend officials at the Gavel state Department of Health who have "lawyered up" in the investigation into why the state turned a blind eye to...