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  • Ravenstahl seeks soda tax

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wants the 2-cent-per-ounce soda tax Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is proposing for Philadelphia. Here's Joe Smydo: Pittsburgh estimates it could get $25 million annually from a tax of 2 cents per ounce, Joanna Doven, the mayor's...
  • Sad days for Kathy Dahlkemper

    The WashPost's Chris Cillizza rounds up Democratic fence sitters on health reform and has this to say about the "personal circumstances" affecting the vote of Erie's Kathy Dahlkemper: 4) Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.): Dahlkemper's personal circumstances could w...
  • Gay marriage amendment defeated

    The state Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment to the state constitution today on gay marriage. From Daylin Leach, D-Delaware County: State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning d...
  • Dems target Pa redistricting

    Pennsylvania's legislative contests are among 15 battlegrounds Democrats are targeting in a $20 million national campaign this year, to help control the redistricting of congressional districts next year, the Huffington Post reports. Democrats currently c...
  • Onorato slammed on LGBT

    Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents (a Joe Hoeffel supporter for governor) gives her take on Dan Onorato to Eastern Pa readers at the Pennsylvania Progressive: Unfortunately, that's all I've got folks. Mr. Onorato has been in office for nearly ...
  • Burns, Russell @ tea party Thursday

    The Tea Party group Indiana Armstrong Patriots is holding a town hall Thursday night with 12th District GOP candidates Tim Burns and Bill Russell. It's at 7 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Indiana. (H/t to PaWaterCooler) -- Timothy McNulty...
  • MoveOn's Altmire spending

    MoveOn is spending $61,000 on the cable TV ads targeting Jason Altmire on his health reform vote -- CQ Politics reports -- after putting almost $450,000 into his 2006 campaign to unseat Melissa Hart. -- Timothy McNulty...
  • See What's Next!

    Perhaps you've heard of some big news coming up -- there will be more details later, but political devotees should start getting prepared for a new level of interactive, enlightening and we hope innovative content in the coming week here at Early Returns....
  • Metcalfe: conservative guns

    TPM casts national attention on Cranberry Republican Daryl Metcalfe's below-the-GOP-radar run for Lt. Gov: Metcalfe fears that should Republicans take back the top job in Pennsylvania, their nominee will end up going moderate rather then sticking to thei...
  • High Noon

    It should be at the very least a noisy day outside the district offices of Pennsylvania's congresspeople tomorrow. The anti-Obamacare outfit Americans for Prosperity and tea party groups are throwing "Honk No" events outside district offices tomorrow at ...
  • Obama takes HC fight to Cleve suburbs

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Opening what may be remembered as the climactic week of the long debate on health care, President Barack Obama defended his proposal in this economically troubled state, saying that it would bring a significant middle class tax brea...
  • History repeating in 12?

    Timothy McNulty As we continue to stockpile sandbags in advance of a lot of national temperature-taking stories on the District 12 special election, Republican strategist Bill Pascoe notes the similarity with the Johnstown district's 1974 special, whic...
  • SEIU for Specter

    Timothy McNulty Arlen Specter picks up a big union endorsement today. From his campaign: Today, the hardworking members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Pennsylvania announced their endorsement of Senator Arlen Specter in the 2010 Demo...
  • Behind the scenes at the Dem committee

    Good stuff here from Chris Potter on former Republican and indy mayoral candidate Kevin Acklin running for the Democratic committee in Squirrel Hill, and longtime 19th ward potentate Pete Wagner getting a committee challenge from Anthony Coghill, whose ...
  • Burns: Bibles and Ammo

    Timothy McNulty Via Pa2010, here's a Tweet posted yesterday by District 12 GOP candidate Tim Burns: went 2 church with my boys then 2 buy ammo 4 our .45 cal. Guess Obama was right about us clinging 2 r guns and bibles!...
  • Look! A big week ahead

    Timothy McNulty | March 15, 2010 Ahoy from a mostly flood-free Pittsburgh -- stay tuned to Early Returns this week for some big announcements on the future of this site and the Post-Gazette's political coverage this year. Health care reform is the sto...