Grover Goes to Bat for Rothfus (Watch Video): Grover Norquist, the powerful conservative head of Americans for Tax Reform, is spending $495,000 to defend Republican Keith Rothfus against attacks related to his famous pledge.
Critz Hits Rothfus on Familiar Medicare Charge (Watch Video): It’s one of the most competitive congressional elections in the country, and with the launch Wednesday of Mark Crtiz’s new ad it’s becoming one of the most boilerplate. The spot contains familiar attacks over Medicare, as does Rothfus’s response.
NRCC Adds $200K to PA-12 Buy: The National Republican Congressional Committee is upping its ante in PA-12. The committee this week added $200,000 to its efforts to defeat Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria), according to several sources.
Marino’s First Ad Touts Toughness (Watch Video): One day after the release of Phil Scollo’s first TV ad, Republican Tom Marino has put out an commercial of his own. It’s a 30 second positive spot about his accomplishments as a Congressman and former U.S. attorney.
Santorum Coming Back to Pa: Former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum will the keynote speaker at the Franklin County Republican Party’s fall dinner later this month. There, he’ll try to rally the party base for election day a week later.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-15: McNally’s New Ad: John McNally, the Republican running to replace Sen. Jeff Piccola (R-Dauphin), launched his second ad of the general election campaign Wednesday.
HD-83: Poll: Mirabito Leads GOP Challenger by 25 Points: State Rep. Rick Mirabito is one of the GOP’s top targets in 2012, but he has a healthy lead over Republican challenger Harry Rogers according to a new poll. The survey by Lycoming College shows Mirabito ahead 55.2 percent to 30.3 percent.
State House Sound Bites: Report: End of An Era
PA Independent: Report: Clean Air Council and DEP Spar Over Emissions Aggregation
Capitolwire: Report: Metcalfe, Josephs clash one last time in committee, this time over military voting issue.
Capitolwire: Report: Lawyers press commonwealth to change ‘misleading’ Voter ID ad campaign.
Capitolwire: Report: Voter ID author calls Judge Simpson’s ruling a ‘judicial activist decision.’
Capitolwire: Report: Public deserves more input regarding proposed privately-run community corrections centers, say lawmakers.
Capitolwire: Report: Judge Simpson’s injunction extends ‘soft rollout’ of Voter ID law.
WHYY Newsworks: Romney, Obama square off for important first debate [LIVE TWEETS]
Inquirer: Leaving nothing to chance in debate prep
Inquirer: Political polls ignite meme war between Democrats and Republican
FactCheck: FactCheck: Obama’s & Romney’s Social Security scare
Philadelphia Daily News: First debate has Romney facing a catch-22
Inquirer: Environmentalists fear reduction in city waterway buffer zones
Inquirer: Commissioners question $167,000 for copy paper
Inquirer: Court sets voter-ID law aside for November elections
Daily Times: Democrats delighted as judge blocks voter ID law for November
Daily Times: Experts say Romney needs strong showing in first presidential debate tonight
Daily Times: Congressional candidates Meehan, Badey will debate
Daily Times: Ann Romney believes Mitt will do well in presidential debate against Obama
Daily Times: Face the Facts Election Countdown: The exploding cost of Medicare
Pottstown Mercury: Conversation Nation: Negative Talk dogs Romney
Pottstown Mercury: National Journal’s Debate Drinking-Game Guide: Colorado Edition
Pottstown Mercury: Perry and thrust: a look at the history of U.S. presidential debates
Pottstown Mercury: Presidential debate: Key audience will be Hispanics
Pottstown Mercury: Who is the undecided voter? It may be the ‘Walmart mom’
Pottstown Mercury: A second-by-second preview of what Romney will do at the debate
Pottstown Mercury: Presidential debate offers high-risk opportunities for Obama, Romney
Pottstown Mercury: Five things to watch for at the debate
Pottstown Mercury: Ann Romney’s pre-debate words for Mitt: ‘He’s great. He’s competent’
Tribune Review: Obama, Romney campaigns continue spin as debate nears
Tribune Review: Armstrong County split on voter ID ruling
Post Gazette: Obama-Romney debate gets real tonight
Early Returns: Critz spot hits Rothfus on Medicare
Early Returns: PA12 third-most $$$ race in country
Early Returns: The voter ID/swing state connection
Altoona Mirror: Voter ID law halted
The Times Leader: Forty Fort Zoning Board meets tonight
The Times Leader: Important? That’s debatable
The Times Leader: Who will be the BMOC?
The Times Leader: New ruling assessed from party perspective
The Times Leader: Wyoming County to aid election
Times-Tribune: Senate approves gang crackdown bill
AP: Voter ID law on hold
Citizens Voice: Man accused of threatening DA headed to court
Citizens Voice: Elections bureau getting additional help for election
Carlisle Sentinel: Reactions to voter ID law by politicians and residents
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Democrats react cautiously to voter id decision
Lancaster Era: Romney seeks to end Obama immigration policy
North by Northwest
Campaign ’12 Blog: Tweeting about the Debate
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte Mayor Stanley Goldman to step down Nov. 1
Centre Daily Times: Centre County seeks solution for affordable housing crunch
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Poll: Rogers trails Mirabito
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Report: Commissioners prepare for Thursday’s Meetings
Keystone Politics: PA GOP Protecting Corbett on Sandusky
Keystone Politics: How to Message Medicare
Keystone Politics: We Already Made 70% of the Discretionary Spending Cuts in Simpson-Bowles
Keystone Politics: Spicka: Rob Kauffman is Beating a Dead Horse Racing Subsidy
Keystone Politics: Ask Not For Whom Gene Stilp’s Liberty Bell Tolls, It Tolls for Lou Barletta
Keystone Politics: “You Didn’t Build That” Failing as Romney Talking Point
Keystone Politics: #PA15: I’m Wrong, Rick Daugherty Supports Marriage Equality
Keystone Politics: Nate Silver: Obama Has 97.7% Chance of Winning PA
Lehigh Valley Independent: Charlie Dent’s Fake Voter Fraud Talking Points
Lehigh Valley Independent: The Broken Dogwhistle
Keystone Progress: Judge Rules PA Can’t Enforce Voter ID On Election Day
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The Romney I Never Knew