Get Ready for the Republican Takeover

GOP opening big leads in key Philly-area races. Plus: Hello to casino gaming, goodbye to Kerri-Lee Halkett, and more of what Philly is talking about this morning

The Casino Gaming Era Starts Today. SugarHouse officially opens its doors to the public today. Boon for the city? The end of civilization? You decide. [Daily News]

Mike Fitzpatrick Opens Up Double-Digit Lead Over Pat Murphy in Race for Congress. The GOP challenger, who lost narrowly to Murphy in 2006, is up by 14 points among likely voters. [Inquirer]

Meanwhile, Toomey Is Up By 7. That’s his latest lead over Joe Sestak in the U.S. Senate race. Pa. voters also say they disapprove of the job Obama is doing. [Morning Call]

Kerri-Lee Halkett Leaving Fox 29. The anchor babe is moving to Connecticut. She’ll sign off here in Ocotober. [Daily News]

Two Bids for Inky and Daily News. The second auction for the papers—brought about because the Teamsters were doing their stubborn Teamster thing in negotations—saw bids from Philadelphia Media Network (aka the creditors who won the last auction) and the combo of the Ray Pereleman and the carpenters union (aka guys with money and hammers). [Business Journal]

Are Kevin Kolb’s Days Numbered? As an Eagle, that is. There’s no reason to think his life is in danger. Anyway, there are reports that teams are contacting the Birds about trying to trade for the once-again bench-riding QB. [Inquirer]

How Comcast Plans to Keep Growing. It’s not just about taking over NBC. Their CFO lays out some other strategies for getting more money out of your wallet. [CNBC]