Apr 15, 2013 — As the Senate prepares to vote on gun legislation, there are more mixed signals on what will be the fate of a bipartisan plan concerning background checks of gun purchasers.
Apr 10, 2013 — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have a plan that could get bipartisan support. It would close the so-called gun show loophole but allow friends and family members to trade guns without going through background checks.
Nov 3, 2010 — Pat Toomey, a former Republican congressman, heads to the Senate after beating Democrat Joe Sestak. Toomey was also president of the conservative Club for Growth which favors a flat tax, Social Security privatization and school choice.
Oct 20, 2010 — In Pennsylvania, the GOP so far has an advantage in absentee ballots requested and returned. That could offset the good news Democrats have received recently about the Rep. Joe Sestak closing in on Republican Pat Toomey's lead.
Oct 4, 2010 — The party has a lot of money and is spending it "profusely" in the Keystone State, says Franklin & Marshall College political scientist G. Terry Madonna. Also, the Republican threat hasn't "crept up" on Democrats as it did in 1994.
May 18, 2010 — Big news in Pennsylvania, as Rep. Joe Sestak has ousted five-term Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary. Plus: Democrats hold onto John Murtha's House seat in the 12th District.