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  • New poll; Corbett/Toomey lead

    Status quo in the statewide races, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. Corbett leads in gov race, Toomey in Senate, but most voters remain undecided -- or even uniformed. From the Daily News: One thing is clear from the poll of 1,119 peopl...
  • Palin targets Dahlkemper, Carney

    Sarah Palin has released her list of health-care-supporting Dems that she'll help target in this year's midterms -- Politico reports -- and it includes Kathy Dahlkemper in Erie and Chris Carney in Lackawanna. She's also targeting West Virginia Reps. Alan...
  • Repeal is impossible in short term

    You may remember the Club For Growth HCR repeal pledge drive we wrote about yesterday. The problem is -- as Matt Yglesias notes -- it's impossible for the GOP to get the two-thirds vote necessary next year to overturn an Obama veto: If they won every sin...
  • Casey: "A lot of 'no' votes this week"

    Sen. Bob Casey Jr. this morning attended the East Room ceremony where President Barack Obama signed the Senate's health care reform bill, with much fanfare, lofty rhetoric, and even a bit of profanity from the vice president. Now the Pennsylvania Democrat...
  • NS: good census news for Pgh

    We pause from health care reform to note what Chris Briem rightly calls "a big story" for Pittsburgh, and by extension Luke Ravenstahl and Dan Onorato: just-released census figures show the good ol' rust belt Paris of Appalachia with its first net positiv...
  • Questioning the AG lawsuit

    Here's Slate Christopher Beam on HRC challenges through lawsuits and legislative repeal (and here's further arguments from the DNC on the constitutionality of insurance mandates from the New England Journal of Medicine and a Cornell law prof): The Virgin...
  • Pa Dems fire back on Corbett

    Joe Hoeffel was the first of the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates to take a position on health care reform and Tom Corbett's efforts to block it. We'll add reactions from the other candidates as they come in -- and via Pa2010, here's Pa Dem party ...
  • Drum roll please

    One of the new gadgets we're experimenting with on the new Early Returns is Yard Sign Blogs, which gives everybody -- readers, candidates, government officials, whoever -- the ability to post their thoughts right here on the PG politics site. So we're ha...
  • Text of AG suit

    Here's the full attorneys general suit filed by Tom Corbett and others -- in a 22-page pdf -- to block health care reform. It's mostly a constitutional argument. The main thrust is the following: 2. The Act represents an unprecedented encroachment on the...
  • Corbett sues on cue

    As promised, PA Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett joined other GOP AGs  (and one Dem) in suing the federal government over health care reform. From the AP: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federa...
  • WaPo goes inside Altmire wooing

    In a fascinating look inside the post-Scott Brown health care debate, the Washington Post's Ceci Connolly examines how the White House turned the tide and got the bill through the House. One of President Barack Obama's top targets -- though he was ultimat...
  • SEIU: Altmire "betrayed people"

    Allegheny County Labor Council President Jack Shea said yesterday that Jason Altmire gave union chiefs his word that he would vote for health care reform (Altmire said the discussion was over a different version of the bill.) Now SEIU president Andy Ster...
  • House Dems approving budget

    From Tom Barnes: HARRISBURG -- State House Democrats have a new mantra regarding the state's budget for fiscal 2010-11: 100 days early! 100 days early! The Democrat-controlled House is expected to give final approval this afternoon to the $29 billion bu...
  • WSJ on Altmire vote

    The WSJ gets reaction to the health care vote in three Democratic swing districts, including Jason Altmire's PA-4....
  • 1st corporate political ad

    The Texas Tribune is a great, cutting-edge political site that we like a lot (in a state hosts a big online community; we talked to the heads of a site running ads for Pat Toomey back in the summer at Netroots Nation). Anyway they have a nice catch here:...
  • One Tea Party candidate down

    We spend all this time getting a congressional map together -- especially to help us keep track of seats on the eastern side of the state -- and then a candidate gets kicked off one day after we launch it. A judge kicked Republican Pia Varma out of the D...
  • Gen. Corbett on the battlefield

    Tom Corbett remains the Pennsylvania political story of the day -- he finally gets Bonusgate convictions and is part of a nationwide group spearheading efforts to block health care reform. Here's Jim O'Toole today on the HCR effort: Mr. Corbett's statem...
  • Veon found guilty

    Tracie Mauriello has the breaking news on the long-awaited verdict in the Bonusgate trial of former Rep. Mike Veon and three of his former associates. It’s mixed.  Mr. Veon, the former legislative mastermind of the House Democratic caucus, was convi...
  • Wecht and Chong: Up in Smoke

    Increasingly, politics seems beyond parody.  Under the heading of Life Imitating Art -- or something -- comes the news that pathologist to the stars Cyril Wecht will appear with onetime movie star, former bong vendor and ex-con Tommy Chong, at a May 5 fu...
  • Dem nays and the prez vote

    Nice chart here from TPM on those Democrats who voted no yesterday and the presidential vote in their congressional districts in 2008. Most -- but not all -- are in districts like Jason Altmire's that voted Republican.See also what Nate Silver said earlie...