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  • Energy Secretary to Erie

    Friday morning Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit Erie to tour Seaway Manufacturing Corp., a company that makes energy efficient windows, accompanied by Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie. Chu, according to a Department of Energy press release issued today...
  • Pollster: repeal effort "stupidity"

    Pollster Stu Rothenberg at CQ is on record saying Dems are going to get killed (electorally) in November over health care reform. That said, he thinks the GOP repeal efforts we've been talking about are "political stupidity," since repeal makes the midter...
  • Santorum making 3rd Iowa trip

    Rick Santorum's (unannounced) 2012 presidential campaign continues next week when he makes his third trip to Iowa in the past year to address a conservative Republican group. From his foundation: Washington, DC – Former Senator Rick Santorum will addr...
  • Dahlkemper's petitions cleared

    A Commonwealth Court judge threw out a petition challenge to Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Erie, yesterday....
  • Want to read about Arlen Specter and Viagra?

    We talked yesterday about GOP efforts to embarrass Senate Democrats -- who are seeking to approve health care reform through reconciliation, with no amendments to the House bill -- by forcing them to cast votes on bad-looking legislation. Like allowing ch...
  • Nutter, Evans back Williams 4 guv

    PoliticsPa: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and state Rep. Dwight Evans endorsed state Sen. Anthony Williams for governor this morning. Tom Infield at the Inquirer: Williams, 53, who worked with Nutter last year to obtain legislative approval for a co...
  • Welcome, Ms. Rudiak

    Welcome to City Hall, Natalia Rudiak. Rudiak, who took office in January, has been given the task of chairing a city council task force on the city's shoddy response to to the Feb. 5 snowfall. Problem is the mayor's office (via the city's public safety...
  • Gov. to AG: Back off health care repeal

    Out in Michigan an interesting battle is a-brewin' over the legal challenges to health care reform by the states. Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was among 13 attorneys general to file suit in Florida over the health bill signed this week by Presiden...
  • Burns running for PA-20?

    The DCCC is having a bit of fun with the latest e-newsletter sent by Republican Tim Burns, the party's pick to run for the seat vacated by the death of Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown. Promoting his candidacy to supporters this week, Burns advertised him...
  • GOP: shock over Dem spending cut

    State GOP chief Rob Gleason has a witty response to House Appropriations chair Dwight Evans' threat to cut funding to the Attorney General's office, over Corbett's HCR suit. From a GOP news release: “After getting over the shock that Representative Eva...
  • To repeal or not to repeal

    We mentioned yesterday that it will be impossible next year, despite GOP pledges, to repeal health care reform over Obama's veto. Conservatives are up in arms over John Cornyn -- R-Texas and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee -- telling ...
  • Grisham: Don't elect judges

      Crime and justice are the more common subjects for novelist John Grisham, but one of his 24 novels, “The Appeal’’ strays into Early Returns territory in its depiction of the corruption and skullduggery surrounding a fictional Supreme Court elect...
  • District 3 GOP debate tomorrow

    All six Republicans looking to unseat Kathy Dahlkemper in PA-6 -- see map here -- will debate for the first time tomorrow night at Grove City College in Mercer County. Details here at the Sharon Herald. (H/t to PaWaterCooler.)...
  • Roadmap to bipartisanship

    There is one candidate - in Pa and nationwide -- that Democrats and Republicans can both agree on. The name is "Don't Know." CQ Politics looks on all the undecideds in the senate and gubernatorial races in the latest F&M Pennsylvania poll (and they've be...
  • Independents left out

    From Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- There are more than one million "independent’’ voters in the state, meaning they are not registered as either a Democrat or a Republican. That means they can’t vote in the primaries of the two major parties, which ...
  • Altmire in Cranberry Saturday

    On Saturday, Jason Altmire is holding his first public event back home in the 4th District since his no vote on health reform. From his office: (Washington, D.C.) -- On Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) wi...
  • Labor's wish list: jobs, jobs, jobs

    Thousands of members of Working America -- the non-union member community arm of the AFL-CIO -- got on a telephone town hall Tuesday night with Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., spending most of the time discussing the need to attack the unemployment rate, with ...
  • Digging into Onorato's LGBT votes

    I wrote a profile of Dan Onorato in 2003, during his first run for county exec, that noted he was a pretty conservative guy for a Democrat -- he favored Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and moves to prohibit burning the American fla...
  • Viagra for child molesters? Aye.

    You may remember that yesterday Bob Casey said Republicans were going force Democrats into a lot of potentially embarrassing votes on the way to approving the health reform reconciliation bill. "I'll have a lot of 'no' votes this week," he said. For in...
  • GOP's best bet is commerce clause

    Want even more on the legal challenge by Tom Corbett and others on health care reform? TPM has a great story here going over the arguments, and saying the strongest challenge will be on the commerce clause (even if it's still an uphill battle for conserva...