After two years out of power in Washington, Democrats in the U.S. House are pitching an agenda centered on ethics, attainable health care, and middle-class jobs - attempting to show they are watching out for the interests of everyday people.
A final vote on Kavanaugh is set for Saturday afternoon after the Senate voted to end debate Friday morning, a required procedural step. His ascension would complete a long conservative drive to establish a reliable conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and serve as one of Trump's most lasting and powerful legacies.
Republicans fear they could lose a key U.S. House race in the Lehigh Valley, where GOP nominee Marty Nothstein has struggled to build momentum. Two key campaign staffers left in August and one Republican said, "At this point, the traction isn't there."
Pennsylvania's Democratic and Republican senators illustrated the split over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday. Democrat Bob Casey called for an FBI investigation into accusations of sexual assault, while Republican Pat Toomey urged a public Senate hearing followed by a prompt vote. Neither showed much hint that either step might change their views on Kavanaugh.
Democrats hope former President Barack Obama's rally in North Philadelphia Friday can help energize midterm voters who often sit out elections in non-presidential years. While the party has seen a surge of support in the suburbs, it also needs a strong showing in the city to win races for governor and U.S. Senate.
Barack Obama will headline a Sept. 21 rally in Philadelphia with Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Wolf. On the same evening, Donald Trump Jr. is headlining a fund raiser in Hershey, highlighting the state's importance in the fight for control of Congress.
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