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  • Updated: Pawlenty to endorse Toomey, Burns

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an early hopeful for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is announcing seven endorsements tonight during a Facebook event, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports -- including Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat To...
  • Specter to talk tough on trade

    On his Mon Valley stop Thursday, Sen. Arlen Specter will accuse China of “international banditry’’ in its trade policies, blaming the export powerhouse for the erosion of manufacturing employment in the United States. The speech comes during campai...
  • OFA Go Bragh

        Organizing for America, the pro-administration grass-roots group will celebrate their volunteers’ efforts toward the passage of health care reform by lifting a few glasses this evening at Molly Brannigan’s.  Joining them at the Mt. Lebanon ba...
  • Santorum "disgusted" by RNC spending

    During his latest trip to Iowa, Rick Santorum said he was "disgusted" by news of the RNC's $2,000 in spending at a LA bondage/strip club. From the Iowa Republican (via PoliticsPa): On its website, Voyeur describes itself as, “A destination for provoc...
  • Onorato fundraising totals

    Dan Onorato's gubernatorial campaign -- which has been the money leader among all candidates, Republican and Democrat -- announced today that it raised almost $1 million the first three months of the year. It ended the reporting period with only $200,000 ...
  • Tea Party homeless

    Mark up another setback, however minor, for Tea Party enthusiasts. In February, local Tea Party organizers had to cancel their first anniversary party due to the massive snowfall. Now, along with similar groups nationwide, the Pittsburgh Tea Party Move...
  • WaPo inadvertently quotes Murtha's son

    On Monday, the Washington Post ran a story about a poll it conducted and quoted a respondent from Orlando, Fla., named John Murtha who had very nice things to say about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A few other media outlets picked it up, wondering if perha...
  • "Mini surge" for Ohio Dems

    From Quinnipiac: Democrats are having a mini-surge in Ohio as two possible candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat have come from behind to pass the Republican contender, and Gov. Ted Strickland remains ahead of Republican challenger John Kasich, 43 - 3...
  • Pa "most competitive state" in US

    Real Clear Politics has a nice review of the many nationally significant races across Pennsylvania this year, decreeing it "the most competitive state in the country": Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term-limited and -- seven weeks before the May 18 primar...
  • Burns on the air

    One of the biggest reasons Eighty-Four businessman Tim Burns earned the nod of the Republican Party in the 12th Congressional District special election was his ability to self-finance. And here's the proof: Nearly seven weeks before the May 18 election, B...
  • Geithner, et al

    Tim Geithner will be on the Boulevard of the Allies today talking trade. From Len Boselovic: U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh today, where he will be greeted by a chorus of calls to bolster ailing U.S. manufacture...
  • Specter in town Thursday

    Fresh off his AFL-CIO endorsement, Arlen Specter will be back in Pittsburgh Thursday to talk sto steelworkers about a "Worker's Bill of Rights." The event is at 11:45 at the US Steel Irvin plant in West Mifflin....
  • Petition update in 20th

    Update on the 20th District legislative race -- the petition challenges to Adam Ravenstahl and Dan Keller were cancelled yesterday, but on Friday Lawrenceville's Frank Machi was tossed off the ballot. So the final group of Democratic candidates in the rac...
  • Above Politics

    Attorney General Tom Corbett was indignant when reporters saw political motives in his decision to join a suit challenging the health care bill just enacted by Congress. "You (reporters) can take whatever shots you want," he said at a Harrisburg news con...
  • Onorato's first ads

    Here is one of the three Onorato campaign TV ads that went live today, called "Record of Reform." The others -- available here at his YouTube channel -- are called "New Economy" and "Proven Experience for a Better PA." (UPDATE: The ads are truly up -- one...
  • Wagner: reduce GA by 1/3

    Dem gubernatorial candidate Jack Wagner is endorsing a constitutional convention and reducing the size of the state legislature by one-third in a set of government reform ideas released today....
  • AFL-CIO backs Specter

    The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO voted to endorse Sen. Arlen Specter in his nomination battle against Rep. Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination for Senate. Mr. Specter managed to pass the two-thirds threshold needed to gain the backing of the statewide labor...
  • Ravenstahl pals break up

    Here's an ancient history (2007-2008) reminder on why we care about this Daily Beast story on Bill Clinton and Ron Burkle having a $20 million falling out, and no longer being friends: Luke Ravenstahl held a mayoral fundraiser starring Clinton in Novembe...
  • Onorato advertising?

    Dan Hirshhorn at Pa2010 reports the Onorato camp is set to start its TV advertising tonight: With the clock ticking down to primary day, Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Dan Onorato appears to be the first statewide candidate in Pennsylvania with ca...
  • Metcalfe: Republican imposters

    As Early Returns readers know, Cranberry state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe loves email. Here's his latest one today to members of the Republican State Committee, on his effort to win the Lt. Gov's race and purge the party of those he deems not conservative enough...