And don’t miss Friday’s Ups & Downs.
Major Dem Super PAC Pulls Out of PA: Another strike for Pennsylvania’s swing state status. Priorities USA Action, the super PAC founded to boost the re-election effort of President Obama, will suspend its advertising here.
McNally Goes on TV in SD-15: A few days after his opponent, Republican John McNally is on television in the 15th district race for Senate. The 30 second spot emphasizes his local roots, and his willingness to push back against leaders from his own party.
In 6 Stop Tour, Smith Unveils Detailed Policy Platform: Senate candidate Tom Smith unveiled a detailed economic platform in a six-city tour Friday, laying out the plans he has if elected to office.
DCCC Ad Slams Rothfus Over Tenuous China Link (Watch Video): A new attack ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee highlights a 1993 business decision made by an employer of congressional hopeful Keith Rothfus.
9/7 Ups & Downs: The conventions are over and the sprint to election day has begun! See who rose and who fell this week as President Obama accepted his re-nomination.
Meehan Scores Big Union Endorsement: A good relationship with labor is the ticket to political longevity for Republicans in southeast PA, and Rep. Pat Meehan may have punched it Thursday. He picked up the backing of the Philadelphia Council of Building and Construction Trades, which represents 70,000 workers in the region.
Reader Poll: Which PA Politico Gave the Best Convention Speech?: There were speeches aplenty at both parties’ conventions, and some Pennsylvanians lent their voices to the RNC and DNC. But who did it best?
Nutter Hammers Romney on Education at DNC (Watch Video): Taking the stage in Charlotte Thursday evening, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wasted little time laying into Mitt Romney. He talked about the Republican presidential hopeful’s ill-fated visit to a Philly school in May.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-15: A few days after his opponent, Republican John McNally is on television in the 15th district race for Senate. The 30 second spot emphasizes his local roots, and his willingness to push back against leaders from his own party.
HD-89: Dem challenger Susan Spicka is a long shot, but she’s running one of the best earned media campaigns in the state. Take this gem, in which she makes Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) look like a complete schmuck on TV news over his per diem expenses (he commutes to the Capitol, but has collected over $34,000 since taking office). The Public Opinion picked it up, too.
AP: Former Sen. Specter Released from Hospital
Capitol Ideas: Things To Look At: State Spirits Excise Tax Rates Map
Capitol Ideas: You’ve got a friend in…Ed Pawlowski? In Charlotte, Allentown mayor evangelizes for Obama urban agenda
PA Independent: Week in Review: National conventions wrap up as Harrisburg looks ahead
PA Independent: Dems eyeing challengers to Corbett, want to avoid primary battle in 2014
State House Sound Bites: Links: PSA on voter ID draws criticism, Rendell warns Dems against complacency
State Impact PA: Drill Bits: Chasing the Marcellus Dream and Drilling the Allegheny National Forest
State Impact PA: Hot Weather and Low Prices Boost Demand for Natural Gas
State Impact PA: Obama and Romney Part Ways on Climate Change and Energy
AP: Paper: Pa. House leaders strip guards of guns
AP: Report: Romney, Obama aim at Swing Voters on Health Care
AP: Report: Dem Lawmaker rips Pa. Voter ID Ad as offensive
AP: Report: Pa. Lags other states in liberalizing voting laws
FoxPhiladelphia: Report: Two City Council employees charged with DUI
AP: Report: Presidential Campaign Ads drop off Pa. TV Screens
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Voter ID Information Ads Start running in Pa.
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough Council awards bid to second lowest bidder, putting Elm Avenue paving project back on track
Delco Daily Times: Face the Facts Election Countdown: Mortgage tax break leans to the wealthy
Tribune Review: Presidential election swing voters just want answers, say experts
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Tea Party members say Obama must go: ‘We need to make a stand’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Website ‘follows the money’ certain unions give to Pennsylvania legislators
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Arguments on Marcellus Shale law begin in October
AP: Pa. lags other states in liberalizing voting laws
Valley News Dispatch: Keystone Exam changes coming soon
Indiana Gazette: Government in Action
Altoona Mirror: Protecting the innocents
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania Prepares for Adam Walsh Act
Altoona Mirror: Report: Hiring Slows in August (SATURDAY
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Critz, Shuster attendance records solid
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria Dems Rev Up for Fall Campaign
Tribune Review: Cities on the brink: Public-sector labor unions must be reined in