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1/25 Morning Buzz

Rendell eyes a spot at MSNBC as he rejoins the law firm of Ballard Spahr. It’s starting to look like southwestern PA will bear the brunt of redistricting. Battles over abortion are brewing in PA and DC. Toomey defends Pennsylvania’s honor in a Super Bowl prop bet with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). In SD-11 Special election news, Judy Schwank is now officially the Democratic candidate. And Santorum continues to get mileage out of his abortion/race/Obama non-gaffe.

January 25th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments

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1/24 Morning Buzz

The big news came out of Reading this weekend and PoliticsPA was on the scene. Each party selected its candidate for the special election to replace the late State Senator Mike O’Pake: Democrats rallied behind former Commissioner Judy Schwank (as PoliticsPA predicted on Dec. 29), and Republicans picked Register of Wills Larry Medaglia. The Berks County-based special will be the first test of GOP momentum after big wins in 2010. Check out the other weekend news, too.

January 24th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

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Eyeing 2012 challenge to Casey, Corman bolsters social conservative cred

State Sen. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) reached out to social conservative voters with his announcement to introduce legislation that will require state Department of Health officials to provide licensing and annual inspections for abortion clinics within the Commonwealth.
He’s making inroads with a key demographic that could help him take on Casey: social conservatives.

January 21st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Senate | No Comments