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POSTED: Saturday, May 30, 2009, 11:22 AM

Pittsburgh  - long maligned as a dying buckle of the Rust Belt - will bask in the world spotlight this fall as host of the next G-20 summit.

Also basking in that spotlight will be Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato - widely credited with leading the area's economic revival.

The event falls at a perfect time for Onorato, considered among the leading Democratic contenders for the gubernatorial nomination in 2010.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10:53 AM

In a head-to-head fall matchup, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) maintains a lead over Republican Pat Toomey, although the former Lehigh Valley congressman has gained ground, according to a poll released this morning.

Specter holds a 46-37, percent edge, Quinnipiac University found. That is down from a 53-33 percent margin Specter enjoyed in a May 4 poll by the Connecticut university.

“Sen. Arlen Specter’s numbers have slipped since the controversy that followed his switch to the Democratic Party, but he’s still better off than he would have been if he stayed a Republican and faced a tough primary challenge from former Rep. Pat Toomey,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 9:51 AM

Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato is not yet a candidate for governor but his supporters are opening their wallets for him anyway.

Onorato, a Democrat, is reporting more than $4 million in his campaign account, about $1 million more than the combined cash of the six other likely candidates, according to the Tribune-Review.

Onorato will need a healthy war chest to take on candidates who have personal fortunes to bank roll their campaigns (Philly businessman Tom Knox) and those who have won statewide elections, including Democrat Auditor General Jack Wagner and Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 3:38 PM

The Rendell administration’s full frontal assault on the budget adopted by the GOP-controlled Senate continued today, and Republicans have had about enough of it.


Pennsylvania’s top insurance official warned that the spending plan would devastate the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 8:47 AM

Former LG Bill Scranton, a prominent Republican moderate, endorses conservative Pat Toomey for Senate this morning. It's a coup for Toomey, a sign he is making progress in efforts to consolidate support in the party.

“I’m very confident in Pat Toomey and happy to support his candidacy," Scranton said in a statement. "Pat’s message of government reform, fiscal discipline, and restrained spending is one that all Pennsylvanians can rally around.  I call upon our party leaders to unite around Pat Toomey’s candidacy and help put a Republican back in the Senate.”

 
Scranton continued, “We need his thoughtful voice in Washington, where one-party dominance has already begun to give us very irresponsible borrowing and spending policies.  Pat Toomey will bring some much needed balance to the Senate.”
 

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 7:12 AM

Newly-minted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter is busy trying to woo Democratic leaders from the party chair on down.

Politico reports this morning that Specter is making calls and dropping by to talk to local elected Democratic leaders, county and ward leaders hoping to secure their support in 2010.

Even with the backing of President Obama and Gov. Rendell, it may well be an uphill battle for the former Republican to win over state Democrats, who until recently had been busy lining up candidates to defeat him.

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POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2009, 7:14 AM

First Lady Michelle Obama has touched off a gardening frenzy among the nation's governors.

In the backyards of executive mansions from coast to coast governors are posing for photos ops  - shovel in hand - to show off their new vegetable patches. 

Today Gov. Rendell joins the burgeoning governors gardening movement, announcing the groundbreaking of a garden at his official residence in Harrisburg.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 11:53 AM

After weeks of rumblings from the left and a continuing flirtation with a primary challenge by Rep. Joe Sestak, the White House struck back today on behalf of NewDem Sen. Arlen Specter.

Vice President Biden sent an email to more than 500,000 DNC and Organizing for American supporters in Pennsylvania asking them to welcome "my friend Arlen" to the Democratic Party. It's just a little reminder of the reach of the party establishment that Specter will have on his side as he seeks a sixth term in 2010.

It reads, in part:

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