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Around Luzerne County, a former hotbed of coal mining, most signs don’t say “Barletta for U.S. Senate.”

They say “Lou for Senate” or “Lou Digs Coal.”

Casey, Barletta Duel Over Guns, Immigration In 2nd Debate

Oct 26, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

The second and final debate in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race drew Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger into several sharp exchanges over guns, immigration and the economy, as U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta looks to gain ground.

Casey repeatedly referred to Barletta as a "typical Washington politician." On the question of the economy, Barletta repeatedly challenged Casey to explain why President Donald Trump might not be responsible for what he calls "the greatest economy in our lifetime."

Casey, Barletta Debate Ends In Emotional Exchange Over TV Ad

Oct 21, 2018
Jacqueline Larma / AP

The first debate between Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, touched on health care, abortion rights and the economy under President Donald Trump before it ended in a personal and emotional exchange Saturday.

Barletta, Casey Clash Over Preexisting Conditions, ACA Repeal

Oct 17, 2018
Brett Sholtis / WITF

From the outside, Alfredo's Pizza & Restaurant is little more than a neon sign on the face of a nondescript shopping center in Scranton. Evergreen shrubs block people dining on the patio from a view of shoppers walking into the Dollar Tree next door.

Inside, on a Tuesday evening in October, it was a scene you'd only see during the weeks leading up to an election: Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta in a room packed with supporters as he seeks to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Donald Trump didn’t unveil any of his famous nicknames for Democratic foes in Erie on Wednesday night. He didn’t need to.

Barletta Tries To Wake Up Sleepy Senate Race With Attack Ad

Sep 21, 2018
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race.

Barletta, a four-term Republican congressman, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.

Matt Slocum / AP

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is putting more muscle into showing what he's accomplished in his second term as he vies for a third six-year term in November's election.

On Monday, Casey is appearing at a micro-metal stamping and screw machining firm to tout legislation he helped write to increase funding for vocational skills training for high-demand industrial-sector jobs.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The first TV ad of this year's low-key U.S. Senate campaign in Pennsylvania is now on screens in the state's biggest media market of Philadelphia.

Alex Brandon / AP

Senate hearings began Tuesday on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. And while Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey was well out of the spotlight, he echoed many of the concerns that his fellow Democrats were expressing on Capitol Hill.

“It’s gonna be a critical week,” Casey said of the hearings during a Tuesday interview with 90.5 WESA. “The big issue out of the box is not even a review of his views – that will come obviously as part of the hearing. But the big issue now is the access to information and documents.”

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Warning: This story contains dog puns.

 

 


It’s the dog days of summer, and both Republicans and Democrats are embracing pet causes to win voters.

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, Congressman Lou Barletta, each touted their support of blue-collar workers in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Casey, Barletta Spar Over Medicare Vote

Aug 13, 2018
Screenshot/Bob Casey for Senate

In a new campaign ad, Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey attacks his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for his vote seven years ago to restructure the Medicare program. Barletta's campaign says the ad is repeating a proven lie.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

U.S. Senator Bob Casey was in suburban Pittsburgh Wednesday morning to advocate for protecting health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Casey was joined by health care providers and patients with pre-existing conditions at the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Brentwood, Pa.

Chris Potter / 90.5 WESA

In an effort to shift his U.S. Senate campaign into a higher gear, Congressman Lou Barletta is in Pittsburgh Tuesday and Wednesday, with a bus sojourn his campaign calls the “Red, White and Lou” tour. And as he sought to raise his profile just three months from the election, he answered questions from 90.5 WESA about the campaign, Donald Trump's economic policies, and his ties to a controversial Trump ally.

Marc Levy / AP

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta is on a bus tour across the commonwealth with his golden retriever, Reilly.

The Luzerne County congressman is hoping it turns the tide of his disappointing fundraising numbers.

As of their most recent campaign filings from late June, Barletta has about $1.5 million on-hand, while opponent Bob Casey has nearly $10 million.

Matt Rourke / AP

With three months until midterm elections, Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate hopeful Lou Barletta has found himself trailing his incumbent opponent—both in polls and in dollars.

Now, the Luzerne County representative is leaning into one resource he can count on: the support of President Donald Trump.

On Thursday night, Trump rolled through northeast Pennsylvania to lend his voice to the cause.

Natalie Piserchio for WHYY

President Donald Trump will visit Northeastern Pennsylvania Thursday, set to speak to an audience in Luzerne County, which helped deliver the state to Trump in 2016.

A day before his appearance, Republicans in the small, working-class community of Wilkes-Barre said their support of the president has not wavered over the last 18 months.

Trump will be stumping for former Hazletown mayor and current U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in the November election.

Alex Brandon / AP

President Donald Trump will hold a Make America Great Again rally in Wilkes-Barre next week and urge voters to support Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

The Republican president is to discuss the economy, including jobs for Pennsylvanians, and his efforts to protect American manufacturing jobs. The rally is at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Emma Lee / WHYY

Vice President Mike Pence visited Philadelphia Monday to support fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta — and to tout how the Trump administration’s tax cuts are working in Pennsylvania.

Speaking in front of a crowd of about 300 people at the Sheraton Hotel, Pence praised the Trump administration’s policies on immigration, the canceled Iran nuclear deal, and low unemployment.

“Confidence is back. Jobs are coming back. In a word, America is back,” said Pence, to a room full of applause. “And we’re just getting started.”

As Trump Weathers Firestorm, Barletta Picks Up A Sheild

Jul 23, 2018
Carolyn Kaster / AP

As President Donald Trump found himself under pressure from his own party this past week, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania reached for his shield.

Barletta, who is running for Senate with the expectation of substantial support from Trump, hails from a northeastern Pennsylvania congressional district that strongly backed Trump in 2016. He was one of Trump's earliest backers in Congress in the presidential primary, co-chaired Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania and served on Trump's transition team.

Andrew Harnik / AP

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania continues to hold a big advantage in fundraising over Republican challenger Lou Barletta with four months until November's general election.

Cliff Owen / AP

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Philadelphia later this month to host a fundraiser for Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta.

Barletta Backs Trump in Immigration Debate Twists And Turns

Jun 25, 2018
Susan Walsh / AP

Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta says separating adults from children is one of many bad things that come from illegal immigration, and supports changing the law to let the government keep children and families in custody longer.

Trump Supporter Barletta Wins GOP Nod To Take On Sen. Casey

May 15, 2018
Susan Walsh / AP

Four-term U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who first got national notice as a small-city mayor for his attempted crackdown on illegal immigration, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary campaign. Instead, he focused his attacks on the candidate he hopes to unseat in the fall, two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.