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  • Sestak hits jobs, Specter in PG

    Joe Sestak has an op-ed in the Post-Gazette today that looks past health reform to the bigger issue in this year's midterms -- the economy -- and takes a swipe at former Republican Arlen Specter: In December, the House passed a jobs bill to compensate fo...
  • Storm clouds over Bonusgate trial?

    From Tracie Mauriello: HARRISBURG -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Bonusgate trial have been summoned to the chambers of Dauphin County Judge Richard A. Lewis. The reason for the meeting is unknown, but one thing that is clear is that no verdi...
  • Altmire a "drama queen": Politico

    Jason Altmire is still all over the place talking about health care -- including KDKA Radio this morning -- but not talking about how he'll vote. He's part of the "Drama Queen Caucus," says this story in Politico, (with a nod to Dan Malloy's post here in ...
  • Buchanan goes live

    Mary Beth Buchanan's full campaign website went live today -- there is no mention of GOP rival Keith Rothfus, but does have a tab titled "Altmire vs Buchanan." Rothfus is opening a campaign office in Cranberry tonight. -- Timothy McNulty...
  • Dahlkemper on ABC tonight

    Erie Dem Kathy Dahlkemper will be interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC's World News Tonight, in a story about the Americans For Prosperity TV ad on health reform, which she called "disgraceful" and PolitiFact ruled was "misinformation." It broadcasts at 6:3...
  • Specter slowly getting seniority back

    The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning held a fairly routine meeting to mark up pending legislation -- but it was a significant milestone for Sen. Arlen Specter. Since his party switch last year, the five-term Pennsylvanian had been near the bottom o...
  • Vodvarka to join Senate debate

    Robinson spring maker and long-shot Senate candidate Joseph Vod Varka will stand toe to toe with Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak in a televised debate, May 1 in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters invited Vod Varka to partici...
  • National media darling, Jason Altmire

    He's been on Fox News countless times, gotten nice play in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday and the Boston Globe on Wednesday. And this morning when I grabbed the Washington Post on my doorstep -- yes, I know, I'm a dinosaur -- there was a big ol' photo of...
  • Dominating the Market

    As we continue to get prepared for the big news that's next -- and the whispers therein -- here at Early Returns we need to make something clear. This blog -- which we've been running since the presidential election two years ago and will debut a new look...
  • March to Madness

    Team Toomey has a jokey NCAA-themed tourney here, pitting Specter vs Sestak in a competition "to prove who is the most liberal." -- Timothy McNulty...
  • Critz has small lead over Burns

    According to this new poll from We Ask America, Democrat Mark Critz leads Republican Tim Burns by 4 points in the District 12 special, with 26% undecided and independents leaning toward the GOP. The National Journal's Hotline On Call gets into the differ...
  • Let the games begin

    As we prepare for the annual ritual of wadding up a $5 bill and throwing it into the toilet filling out our NCAA bracket -- and wait as still deliberating Bonusgate jurors wipe their tears -- we pause to read up on the gamesmanship in the petition challen...
  • Pants On Fire for cancer ad

    The Pulitzer-winning PolitiFact folks at the St. Pete Times took a look at the Americans For Prosperity ads targeting Kathy Dahlkemper, Chris Carney and other key Democratic votes on health reform, and particularly its claims on cutbacks in mammography sc...
  • Ready, Able

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and CMU have a nice-looking website up trying to woo super-fast Google broadband to the city. It's worth a visit. From the good karma department, the tagline -- "Ready, Willing & Able" -- sounds like a song title from one of 2009's ...
  • A half-denial on Sestak job offer

    First off, a Happy St. Patrick's Day to our fair ER readers. With the principal contributors to this site being McNulty, O'Toole and Malloy ... I think you can guess our affiliations. Here's a piece of leftover news from Tuesday: After weeks of declini...
  • Burns live on Red State

    PA-12 GOP candidate Tim Burns is doing a live chat at 11:30 am today on the conservative Red State site, which endorsed him last month.´╗┐ --Timothy McNulty...
  • Let's Get Ready

    Perhaps you've read about the big news coming up and want to see what's next? If you like Pennsylvania politics you're already a reader -- want to be a writer too? Start thinking about things you want to say to fellow poli...
  • Hoeffel camp: Onorato "cowardly"

    It's taken a a while, but the 2010 races are getting testier by the day*. The latest -- in the Dem gubernatorial race -- is Dan Onorato's camp challenging Joe Hoeffel's petition signatures, a move JH's people are calling "cowardly." From their press relea...
  • Spring (and abortion) in the air

    Welcome to a beautiful day in Downtown Pittsburgh, which feels like an unofficial opening day of spring. And a perfect day to protest health reform! There are a pair of planes circling Downtown now with a sign -- we're pretty sure; they were high up -- t...
  • Dahlkemper: cancer ads "truly disgraceful"

    The health care reform fight is getting even more personal with Kathy Dahlkemper than we thought. The anti-reform group Americans For Prosperity has been running television ads hammering Dahlkemper and 17 other Democrats over health care reform, particul...