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April 19, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. and his two primary opponents meet tonight in Lancaster for their second - and likely final - debate before the May 16 election. But unless you catch it on PCN, the local news, or possibly later in the week on C-Span, you won't see any video clips of the candidates debating. One of Casey's challengers, Center City lawyer Alan Sandals, criticized him yesterday for proposing a rule that prohibits the campaigns from using debate footage of their opponents.
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May 23, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) opened his media campaign against Democrat Bob Casey yesterday, putting up a radio ad in Pittsburgh that depicts his challenger as a dirty campaigner who won't debate the issues. A Casey spokesman called the 60-second spot a "negative and dishonest attack. " The commercial signals the start of what is expected to be an intense ad war between the candidates, who have spent much of the last year stockpiling money for this phase of the campaign. The Santorum campaign said last night that it was in the process of putting up a different ad in the Philadelphia media market.
NEWS
August 12, 2006 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate calls himself Bob. Not Robert. And definitely not "junior," though he is one. Just Bob. But Sen. Rick Santorum's proliferating TV and radio campaign ads refer to the challenger as Bobby Casey Jr. If that makes Casey, 45, sound as if he's running for student council president, well, that may be the point. "Rick Santorum is trying to engage in name-calling and to belittle Bob," said Larry Smar, campaign manager for Casey, who is named after his father, two-term Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey, who died in 2000.
NEWS
April 10, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lengthy process of selecting a new United States attorney for the Philadelphia region, now almost 18 months old, is in the hands of the White House, says U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. The office, which oversees federal criminal and civil cases in nine counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is occupied on an acting basis by veteran prosecutor Michael L. Levy. Sources have told The Inquirer that Casey and fellow Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter have nominated a former federal prosecutor, Zane Memeger, for appointment by President Obama.
NEWS
July 27, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democrat Bob Casey Jr. needs all the contributors he can get to unseat U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum - except Dan Savage, apparently. The Seattle-based syndicated sex columnist who minted a raunchy definition of "santorum" and assembled a Web site to share it with all the world tried channeling his distaste for Pennsylvania's junior senator with a $2,100 contribution to Casey's campaign. But six weeks after receiving a thank-you call from a Casey staffer and an invite to his Seattle fund-raiser, Savage learned this week that his money wasn't necessarily welcomed.
NEWS
October 24, 2006 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Schiavo criticized Bob Casey Jr. and Pennsylvania Democrats yesterday for using the death of his wife, Terri, as a weapon against U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) in the Senate race this fall. Schiavo, visiting Philadelphia to lend his support to two Democratic congressional candidates, noted that Santorum and Casey had supported legislation Congress passed in March 2005 to let the federal courts review Terri's case after state courts in Florida had allowed removal of her feeding tube.
NEWS
January 26, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr.'s usually airtight support among labor unions sprang a leak this week. When leaders of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO called a meeting Tuesday to unify behind Casey, the officers left divided. Casey earned the overall endorsement, but three unions and Pat Gillespie, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council, backed Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) over the Democrat. The alliance with Santorum might seem contradictory - the senator has a 12 percent lifetime congressional voting record with the national AFL-CIO.
NEWS
January 7, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) will shed the remaining $9,000 of his contributions from tribes connected to lobbyist Jack Abramoff - a decision that Santorum's campaign said was prompted by his plans to take a lead in tightening lobbying rules. "He wanted to set an example by donating all the contributions to charity," Virginia Davis, Santorum's campaign spokeswoman, said yesterday. Santorum's move to return the money and put forward lobbying bills underscores the potential potency of ethics issues in the 2006 campaigns here and across the country.
NEWS
August 1, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) encouraged everyone in state politics to help the Green Party earn a spot on the November ballot, at least one group answered the call: Santorum donors. Fourteen Santorum supporters gave $40,000 to fund a petition drive that has allowed Carl Romanelli to collect about 100,000 voter signatures to qualify for the Senate race. That's 33,000 more signatures than required, and double what independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader gathered here in 2004.
NEWS
February 23, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. released details of his $120,000 home mortgage yesterday, showing that, like his Republican opponent, he holds a loan with a bank whose board members are campaign donors. Casey went to First National Community Bank, a Lackawanna County bank with a politically active board, for a 30-year adjustable-rate mortgage that fluctuates every five years. His initial interest rate of 8 percent in 1998 dipped to 6 percent in 2003; both rates were within market value for the time.
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October 21, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sen. Bob Casey's TV ad man fired back at former Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday for comments Rendell made criticizing Casey's reelection campaign. "Instructive criticism is one thing, but ignorance is something else," said Casey's media consultant, Saul Shorr. Rendell, in an interview Tuesday with the Scranton Times-Tribune, was caustic in his evaluation of the "non-campaign" he said Casey was running against Republican Tom Smith. "Casey? He hasn't run a campaign. He's run one ad, a stupid tea party ad," Rendell said.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey Democrat was playing the role of a Pennsylvania Republican, Rick Santorum, when he went for the jugular in a mock debate with Democrat Bob Casey in 2006. "You know, let me tell you something, Bob," Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) remembers saying. "The only thing I'm grateful for you after I hear you misrepresent your record is that your father is not here to hear it. " The issue was abortion. Andrews knew that both Casey and then-Sen. Santorum opposed abortion, and that the subject was sure to surface in the coming televised debate.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
RECENT POLLING in the so-far somnambulant Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and Republican challenger Tom Smith defies accepted political wisdom and suggests an actual pulse. Is there life out there? Is it possible that the heir to Pennsylvania's most powerful political name, he who offers the trifecta of statewide appeal (pro-life, pro-gun, pro-labor), he who was the Santorum-slayer, is suddenly imperiled by a man named Smith? Could it be that a rich conservative newcomer with ties to tea-party passions can cause Casey conniptions?
NEWS
October 1, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to a heavy barrage of TV advertising, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tom Smith appears to have gained ground in his still-uphill battle to unseat Democrat Bob Casey Jr. Several public polls released in the last week showed that Smith, who has been financing his own campaign with the millions he made in coal mining, had cut the gap to 10 percentage points or less, down from the mid-teens. That's still a deep deficit, but the Smith camp hopes it will spur national Republican groups to consider helping him with the race, which so far has attracted little attention beyond Pennsylvania's borders.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
SOME PENNSYLVANIA Democrats think Gov. Corbett is walking around with a sign taped to his back. It says, "Unseat Me. " With his poll numbers in free fall due to the lagging economy, unpopular budget cuts and the controversial voter-ID law, many Democrats think that Corbett might be beatable in 2014. And a slew of them are being discussed as contenders. "Unless Governor Corbett gets visited by three spirits and changes his ways, we truly believe this is the cycle where we have a real chance to make a change," said Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
NEWS
April 10, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lengthy process of selecting a new United States attorney for the Philadelphia region, now almost 18 months old, is in the hands of the White House, says U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. The office, which oversees federal criminal and civil cases in nine counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is occupied on an acting basis by veteran prosecutor Michael L. Levy. Sources have told The Inquirer that Casey and fellow Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter have nominated a former federal prosecutor, Zane Memeger, for appointment by President Obama.
NEWS
December 1, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mario F. Cattabiani and Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It was a classic political dirty trick, hatched by the master - Vincent J. Fumo. New evidence unearthed in Fumo's federal corruption trial shows exactly how it worked. In a last-minute effort to see Ed Rendell defeated in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Fumo secretly pumped thousands of dollars into a barrage of newspaper ads attacking him. The ads said merely that they had been placed by Public Officials for a Better Pennsylvania. Fumo even plotted exactly how to word the attack.
NEWS
November 2, 2006 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER
Three Republican officeholders in Pennsylvania, all of them trailing in the polls and running out of time, have done what male candidates often do when their backs are against the wall. They've called in the wives. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has done it. So have U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood in northeastern Pennsylvania and, most visibly in this area, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon in the Seventh Congressional District. Yesterday, Mary Weldon appeared on Philadelphia-area television screens, going to bat for her husband of 35 years.
NEWS
October 29, 2006 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum makes fighting global terrorism his closing pitch of the campaign, the latest Temple/Inquirer Poll shows that growing doubts about the Iraq war continue to erode support for Republicans. More voters than a month ago say the war - which remains the defining issue in the November election - has made the country less safe from terrorism, while the percentage saying they feel safer has dropped. At the same time, a majority of voters, 52 percent, want the United States to either decrease troop levels in Iraq or pull out altogether.
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