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  • Obama's statement

    Here's Obama's statement from the East Room of the White House last night (full after the jump): REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE HOUSE VOTE ON HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM March 21, 2010 East Room 11:47 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. ...
  • Welcome to Early Returns!

    We are living in a banner election year. With more contested congressional races than any state in the nation, an 80-year-old incumbent in a dogfight for a sixth term in the Senate, and Pittsburghers leading the gubernatorial polls – not to mention a ...
  • Dahlkemper: HC bill preserves sanctity of life

    Here's Kathy Dahlkemper's official statement on her vote in favor of health reform, with the full version after the jump: Washington—Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3) today announced that she will vote in favor of H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Edu...
  • NRO: Obama/Dems "transformative"

    Here's conservative writer Mark Steyn in the National Review on what it all means for Obama and the Democrats: Well, it seems to be in the bag now. I try to be a sunny the-glass-is-one-sixteenth-full kinda guy, but it's hard to overestimate the magnitu...
  • A battle or a war?

    Democrats may claim victory when/if health care reform is approved tonight but this thing appears far from over. Here's a WashPost op-ed on possible (and promised) constitutional challenges, and a preview of GOP efforts (here by Karl Rove, via HotAir) to ...
  • Nuns get what they want

    There's been a lot of talk about Roman Catholic lobbying for and against health care reform, so we must wonder if the nuns had anything to do with Stupak's about-face -- here's the NYT's Maureen Dowd on Saturday in advance of the vote (with a Bob Casey re...
  • The Stupak Seven

    By Daniel Malloy WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will issue an executive order related to abortion coverage in the health care bill, satisfying a bloc of anti-abortion Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who comprise the final votes to pass ...
  • Doyle "deserves a lot of credit"

    Bart Stupak at his presser: "Mike Doyle was sort of the liason between the White House and a lot of us. Mike Doyle deserves a lot of credit." -- Timothy McNulty UPDATE: More on Doyle -- a former housemate of Stupak's on C Street -- here from Politico: ...
  • Obama's exec order

    Here's Obama's executive order on federal funding for abortions, which was key in wooing health care support from anti-abortion Dems: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary__________________________________________________________________________...
  • Stupak block critical (Updated)

    Going on the information from The Hill below, the great (Pittsburgher) Jay Cost at Real Clear Politics notes this afternoon that the Dems can't get health care through without the block of Bart Stupak/anti-abortion Democrats (presumably including Kathy Da...
  • Dahlkemper, Kanjorski on fence

    Just a couple hours away from the planned final vote on health care, Pennsylvania Dems Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie and Paul Kanjorski of Scranton are still undecided, according to The Hill....
  • Santorum: innocents to be aborted

    Here's a tweet by Rick Santorum on the health care vote today, via Maria at 2 Political Junkies: ...
  • Altmire's statement

    Here's Jason Altmire's full, official statement on his health care vote, which boils down to this: I regret that this year-long process of debating health care reform has resulted in a final product that I cannot support. The cost of inaction on health c...
  • More labor assaults on Altmire

    Keeping up what an AFL-CIO spokesman called a "full-court press" on Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, 22 labor leaders signed a letter to the declared health care "no" vote telling him that a vote against the bill today would cause him to lose labor suppo...
  • Altmire betrays workers: USW

    The Steelworkers union is so angry at Jason Altmire for his promised vote against health care reform that they're thinking about running Jack Shea, the head of the Allegheny County Labor Council, against him as a write-in in May or an independent in Novem...
  • Altmire a "no"

    Breaking news: he's a no on health care reform. More later. -- Timothy McNulty...
  • Bachmann speaks to Pgh tea partiers

    Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann will hold a public teleconference with Pittsburgh Tea Party members mobilizing against health care reform in Jason Altmire's district tonight. From the Tea Party's Patti Weaver: The Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement i...
  • Stupak, Dahlkemper and abortion

    Much has been made of the fact that the abortion language drafted in the Senate health care bill cannot be altered now, under the rules of the reconciliation process. But it appears that the leader of the anti-abortion Democrats, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich....
  • Sword or sharks

    The WSJ's Kim Strassel has an opinion piece today on Altmire's precarious position on health care: The threat the left has presented to Mr. Altmire is thus clear. Vote yes, and you will at least have the (tiny) Democratic base and dollars. Vote no and yo...
  • Ravenstahl supporter aids Turzai

    Nice catch here on state petition challenges from Infinonymous on Pittsburgh mover-and-shaker Dave Malone aiding Mike Turzai's effort to bounce his Democratic challenger in the state House. (I've confirmed that it is the same David J. Malone, a top fundra...