(CNN) - A new survey of Pennsylvania voters indicates they are very pessimistic about where their state is headed. And that could spell trouble for Democrats trying to hold onto a U.S. Senate seat and the Keystone state's governor's office in this November's elections.
According to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvanians released Thursday, just three out of ten people say their state is headed in the right direction, a 15 year low, while nearly six in ten say the state's headed on the wrong track.
The survey indicates that 37 percent of Pennsylvania voters rate President Barack Obama's performance in office as either good or excellent, with 35 percent rating his handling of his duties as poor.
Thirty-seven percent of Democrats questioned say they are likely to vote in the November elections. That number rises to 45 percent for Republicans surveyed.
(CNN) - The president of the AFL-CIO will lambaste Sarah Palin on her home turf Thursday and is set to call the former Alaska governor a "crazy magnet that's pulling people to the right."
"She used to have a job, your governor. You knew her–or thought you did, I know I thought I did," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will say during a speech in Anchorage according to his prepared remarks. "She seemed like a decent person, an outdoorswoman. Her husband's a steelworker. She seemed to take some OK stands for working families."
"And then things got weird. After she tied herself to John McCain and they lost, she blew off Alaska. I guess she figured she'd trade up-shoot for a national stage. Alaska was too far from the FOX TV spotlight," Trumka will say. "I bet most of you, on a clear day, can see her hypocrisy from your house."
Read Trumka's full remarks after the jump:
(CNN) – While an underdog mayoral candidate in Providence, Rhode Island likely isn't headed to City Hall any time soon, he appears destined for the marriage altar after popping the question to his girlfriend during a televised debate Tuesday night.
"Now is the time for me...to start anew and thank those who have helped me throughout my life and love those who have helped me throughout my life. So I wanted to say to Kara, will you please marry me?" said Chris Young, a quixotic candidate who has unsuccessfully sought many offices in the state and is better known for his outlandish antics then his stances on the issues.
Kara Russo, Young's girlfriend, campaign manager, and a candidate herself for Rhode Island attorney general, said yes. After the debate, Young presented Russo with a ring.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden heads to New Hampshire Thursday morning to tout what the White House calls a major milestone of the federal stimulus. Teaming up with Biden at the event in Manchester will be the state's two Democratic representatives, who both face challenges at the polls this November.
According to the White House, "Vice President Biden will visit the home of a Manchester, NH family where he'll announce a major Recovery Act milestone – the weatherizing of 200,000 homes under the Recovery Act."
The administration says that their goal is to weatherize nearly 600,000 homes by March 2012 under the Recovery Act, adding that "the Administration is investing about $90 billion through the Recovery Act in clean energy and energy-efficiency projects that cut costs, reduce energy use and create new jobs."
The stimulus was passed by Congress early last year mostly along party lines. Republicans criticize the measure for failing to create jobs and pump up the economy.
(CNN) - The date for round two in the Rod Blagojevich courtroom drama could be decided Thursday at a hearing.
Lawyers are scheduled to get together at a Chicago, Illinois, federal courtroom where they could decide the date for the retrial of Blagojevich.
Blagojevich was found guilty last week of lying to the FBI, but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial seen as a partial victory for the former governor.
The jury, which deliberated for 14 days, said it was hung on the counts against him and the counts against the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.
New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will hold a late-morning hearing Thursday about the lessons learned and the progress made in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and large sections of the Gulf coast.
The hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana, will highlight the continuing challenges facing the state.
On Wednesday, Landrieu announced that Washington will award $1.8 billion to schools in New Orleans.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Ohio 12th: Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R) is seeking a sixth term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Central Ohio, Columbus suburbs
Days until Election Day: 68
(CNN) - Democrats may have as good as shot as any in recent years to capture Ohio's 12th Congressional District this November, but a potential victory in this Republican-leaning district still remains a tall order.
(CNN) - Strategists on both sides of the political aisle weighed in this week on what President Obama and Republicans must do before the November midterms to give their parties a boost.
The 10-week to-do lists resulted in thousands of comments and suggestions from CNN readers, ranging from constructive to highly critical.
Readers suggested Obama look for a new job and put a muzzle on Vice President Joe Biden, while commenters providing advice for the GOP recommended a muzzle for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Mouth guards aside, readers also offered up practical guidance for Obama and the GOP. Here are some of the suggestions:
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CNN: Murkowski: 'It ain't over yet, folks'
Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Wednesday "it ain't over yet," as she pinned her hopes for a comeback in the Alaska Republican primary on thousands of absentee votes still to be counted. In a political stunner, Murkowski finds herself trailing little known challenger Joe Miller for the GOP nomination by nearly 1500 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. But the results aren't final, with absentee and mail-in votes still out.
McClatchy: One thing primaries proved: All politics is local
She should have seen this coming. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is on the verge of becoming the seventh member of Congress ousted in a primary this year — caught in a swirl of political forces combining national angst about Washington with local issues and personalities that are defying conventional wisdom.