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How One Small State Representative May Cost the Democrats Two Congressional Seats

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Pennsylvania lost a congressional seat as the result of not gaining enough people relative to other states. The GOP took full control of the state go...

It's the Bullies

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Obama has been pummeled by the school yard bullies. I am happy to stick up for someone who's getting hit, but I can't see extending myself for someone who won't at least attempt to stand up for themselves.

Obama's Next Steps

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.

Friday Talking Points [145] -- A Democratic Epitaph

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An interesting article caught my eye last week, but what with all the election hoopla, I haven't had a chance to write about it before now. But even ...

Howard Fineman

Why Has Sestak Pulled Even With Toomey? | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Pennsylvania Senate candidates prepare for two crucial debates, the first one here tonight, the question is: why has Democratic...

Sam Stein

Pennsylvania Dem Joe Sestak Storms Back In Senate Race | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new poll and high-profile prognostication have heightened the electoral prospects of Pennsylvania Senate Democratic candidate Joe Sestak and spurred...

Lunchtime with the DFA.

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

I was invited to lunch this week (this is a significant first for a pimple-on-the-rump blogger). Jim Dean, who runs DFA (Democracy For America), was ...

Final Notes About the Closing of a School

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are things that are beyond politics. This is one of them.

Obama Fundraising For Joe Sestak's Senate Campaign In Pennsylvania

AP | LIZ SIDOTI and JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reached out fervently Monday to skeptical voters who are still hurting long after the declared end of the re...

Obama Will Hold Fundraising Event With Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Joe Sestak

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is heading to Pennsylvania to help Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak's bid for the Senate. The Sestak campaign sai...

Chuck Hagel, Former GOP Senator, Backs Joe Sestak For Senate

AP | PETER JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican who has broken ranks in the past with the GOP, gave Democrat Joe Sestak his sec...

Joe Sestak Flap Leads To Spike In Ethics Complaints

Hotline On Call | Sean Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Approximately 2,000 private citizens have filed ethics complaints against members of Congress, with a single incident accounting for nearly 9/10ths of...

Calling Specter Out for Calling Sestak Out

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Specter, back in the day, if nothing else, was disciplined. This whole thing should backfire on Specter as a way to get sympathy. It just makes him look pathetic.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

Friday Talking Points [125] -- Ask! Tell!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our headline today quite obviously references the legislative progress this week on banning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (of not allo...

Sam Stein

Sestak Scandal Is Business As Usual, Say Historians -- Which May Be Obama's Problem | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Julian Hattem As the Republican Party works itself into a lather over the Obama administration's offer of a job to Rep. Joe Sestak...

Sestak and the Reporter Behind the Story

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Interestingly, the Sestak job offer issue never impacted the primary. Just as in the case of Rand Paul's comments, it was out there well in advance of the primary but did not create a stir until after the polls had closed.

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Ryan Grim

Chris Matthews' Prediction: Sestak Isn't 'Tough Enough' To Beat Specter (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews is a longtime follower of Pennsylvania politics, as any casual viewer of "Hardball" knows, and the PA native even flirted ...

Eight Lessons From Tuesday's Primaries

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

First and foremost, the results from Tuesday night were very bad news for the Republican leadership. Lesson #2: Dance with the ones that brung ya. Voters don't like people who they think have abandoned their core beliefs.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

Democratic Primary Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some of the Democratic primaries being held next week may have just as interesting an impact on the Democrats as the Tea Party challenges are having on the GOP.

Federal Judge Clears the Way for Destruction of Incriminating Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I want people to understand that the Obama Administration is reducing transparency and helping to cover-up hundreds of billions of dollars in federal contracting fraud.

Fox News Satellite Cuts Off Dem Rep. Sestak's 'Final Word' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Fox News Saturday, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) was allowed to have the final word on health care in a debate with Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) -- but he...