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POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012, 7:25 PM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell made a rare return appearance on Moto Harrisburg, where he weighed in on the presidential race, tweaked the state House Majority leader for his widely-criticized comments on the state voter ID law and toyed with the idea of running for vice president.

Rendell, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, said the first presidential debate - scheduled for Oct. 3 in Denver - will be GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s “last best chance” to make inroads against President Obama.

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POSTED: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 8:30 AM

UPDATE: Controversial ad continued to run on Philadelphia airwaves over the weekend after a GOP promised to pull it. A spokesman for the Republican State Leadership Committee tells Philly Clout, it will start airing the edited ad today, prompting Clout to ask, since when do political campaigns break on the weekends six weeks from Election Day?


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POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:33 AM
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is nothing if not blunt. The Butler County Republican positions himself at the center of almost every controversial issue in the Capitol, be it immigration, gun control or voter ID.

Now he's dived into the middle of the hot "47 percent" debate by suggesting, on a Pittsburgh radio broadcast, that Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, will only disenfranchise the "lazy."

Metcalfe on Wednesday told KDKA Radio that the law, which is still being fought in the courts, may exclude those on the "public dole," like the people GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney referred to in the leaked video taken at a private fundraising event - who are too lazy to go get a proper ID.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 12:59 PM

So says former Gov. Rendell, who has now officially joined Twitter (well, as of 19 hours ago).

Already, @GovEdRendell has nearly 3,000 followers, and has weighed on the Eagles and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's now-infamous "47 percent" remarks (he calls those words "shocking").

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POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 3:35 PM

Big-monied donors aren't usually the chatty types.

But in an unusual move, Scott Wagner, a York County businessman who has given generously to Gov. Corbett and other GOP candidates, has taken to his blog to not just chat, but lay it all out on the line: he's frustrated with the governor.

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POSTED: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:09 AM

Gettysburg's famed Elecrtric Map will longer be displayed in Getysburg, but its buyer says it will have a permanent - and public - home about 14 miles away.

A Hanover businessman bought the 30-by-30 foot map for $14,000 at a federal auction that ended last night.

Scott Roland, who owns Blue Ridge Holdings and has been leading an effort to revitalize downtown Hanover, purchased the map, according to the Evening Sun. he said he wants to house the map in the old Wachovia bank building where he wants to create a heritage/conference center.

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POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012, 2:39 PM

That would be biking miles.

As in bicycle, not the stuff with motors.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 2:39 PM

Our colleague Tom Infield files the following report on the Pennsylvania Senate campaign as it gains steam this election season:

After taking a few rounds of jabs from his Republican foe, Tom Smith, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. has launched a new TV ad that pounds Smith as an out-of-touch tea-partier who “wants to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it, making seniors pay $6,000 more.”

The ad was introduced Wednesday. Smith came back with his own spot Thursday saying that “Bob Casey has passed zero bills in six years and has no plan for the future.”

Video: New ad: Tom Smith for Senate - The Smith Plan
Video: New ad: Is Tom Smith your cup of tea?
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