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The cost of the war is expected to top $282 billion by the end of the year, a figure reflecting steady escalation since 2003, according to reported estimates (other estimates are higher) from the D.C.-based think-tank, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.  That's enough money to run Pennsylvania for a decade.  The human cost so far is 2,389 Americans dead (116 from Pennsylvania, more than any state other than the much-larger states of California and Texas) and 17,469 Americans wounded.
For the two trailing Democrats in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate race, yesterday's debate was their final chance to make the case -- face to face -- that the Democratic establishment made a mistake when it put its money and power behind conservative Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr.

Lead for Casey narrows in yesterday's Quinnipiac Univ. Poll:  Casey 48%, Santorum 11%  Apr 7, 2006 

More on the senator's environmentalism  Apr 7, 2006

We all should be amused by Rick Santorum's March 28 letter claiming that a reader has taken his environmental voting record "out of context."  In fact, the senator's record is so frightening that the League of Conservation Voters has specifically targeted him as the candidate to beat in this year's elections.  Sen. Santorum underestimates us People Paper readers if he expects his involvement with the "Bicameral Open Space Caucus" - whatever that is - and support of "telecommuting" to eclipse a career of voting against clean water programs, toxic waste cleanup and chemical exposure regulations.  The cold, hard fact is that Rick Santorum has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from chemical, oil, gas and logging companies throughout his political career. -- Pete Winebrake

Court papers say Bush approved leaking Iraq intelligence, Apr 6, 2006

Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, I. Lewis Libby, told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.

House passes first piece of lobbying changes  Apr 6, 2006

If the Senate were to approve the House proposal, it could scale back activities of 527 groups like the Lantern Project, which has recently run ads in Pennsylvania critical of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who is seeking re-election.  But a major criticism of the bill is that it does not include similar restrictions on other tax-exempt groups that have been involved in elections, including 501 (c) (3), 501 (c) (4) or 501 (c) (6) groups, which have virtually no disclosure requirements under current law.  One 501 (c) (6) group, Americans for Job Security, is airing ads this week in Philadelphia markets...

Webpage spoof of Santorum disappears off MySpace  Apr 6, 2006

GOP sighs as DeLay exits, leaders admit he was Dems 'poster child'  Apr 5, 2006

Labor boosts Casey while ads blast him  Apr 5, 2006

Americans for Job Security air another ad, still hasn't revealed contributors  Apr 5, 2006

Santorum has refused to say whether he thinks it is proper for groups like Americans for Job Security to conceal their donors, or for donations to the group to be treated as business expenses.

Will Santorum return money he received from Tony Rudy, DeLay's chief of staff who pled guilty to conspiracy last week after being involved in bribery and fraud?  Apr 4, 2006

Rudy pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy, agreeing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into a widespread bribery and fraud scheme spearheaded by disgraced GOP lobbyist Abramoff...  At press time, an aide to Santorum was looking into the matter.

DeLay to resign from Congress  Apr 4, 2006

Inquirer overstated the case slightly on lobbying firms connections to Santorum  Apr 4, 2006

In yesterday's story on Washington lobbyist Robert S. Walker, GSP Consulting of Pittsburgh was described as mainly composed of former staffers of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and as a single-member shop. In fact, only six of its 16 members, including three interns, once worked for Sen. Santorum and it does business on the state level and has federal clients not based in Pennsylvania.

Lobbyist dismisses lobbying reforms approved by Senate as minimal

In one instance, Walker recounted, his lobby group was hired by a client but was told it had to subcontract part of the work to a firm "that had a direct relationship with a [Republican] member who was going to be essential to the process."  According to lobbying records, among the firms that fit his description of single-member shops are ... Pittsburgh-based GSP Consulting, mainly composed of the former staff of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) and which frequently lobbies the senator.  Apr 3, 2006

Is Santorum campaign running away from Dubya?  Apr 3, 2006

Casey still pounding Santorum on lobbies  Apr 2, 2006

Casey fails to win Dem party endorsement in 3rd PA county   Apr 1, 2006

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