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  • Challenging Jason

    Irate at Rep. Jason Altmire’s vote against the health care legislation, Jack Shea, the president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, said he is considering a challenge the McCandless Democrat in either the primary or general elections. Mr. Shea, who...
  • Corbett joining anti-HCR suit

    Tom Corbett -- as we thought he might -- is planting himself right in the middle of the health care debate, joining a suit with other GOP attorneys general to block the legislation. From Reuters: Republican attorneys general in 11 states warned that law...
  • Interest high in parking lease

    Meanwhile, back in Pittsburgh there's still a pension crisis going on. Here's Rich Lord with the latest on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's plan to sell the city's parking system: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration is "thrilled" with investor inter...
  • Bonusgate in trouble

    From Tracie Mauriello: HARRISBURG -- Bonusgate jurors were deadlocked Friday morning, according to a note from the jury foreman, the last communication from the deliberation room. "We are having spiritual and moral issues that I do not know how to resol...
  • Toomey, others sign repeal pledge

    The Club For Growth has a website called "Repeal It" that lists candidates who have pledged to "sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs withou...
  • Questioning the executive order

    Is Obama's executive order on federal abortion funding -- the one that got Kathy Dahlkemper among other Dems to support the health care bill -- basically meaningless, as it applies existing law to the new one? Tim Noah at Slate thinks so, and so does Kat...
  • Doyle: Yinz write up an exec order?

    As we noted yesterday, Bart Stupak credited Mike Doyle with brokering the abortion compromise that got HCR approved. Here's more on that from Politico, with an aside on Doyle's Pittsburghese (emphasis mine): “The idea was brought up and I just said to ...
  • Another long week ahead

    Here's a nice primer from Real Clear Politics on the roadmap ahead for HRC -- starting with debate a Senate reconciliation (only 51 votes necessary) vote tomorrow. Or as they write, "After a week that never ended, here is what to expect in the week ahead....
  • Pa editorials favor HCR bill

    Editorial writers (and card-carrying socialists) around Pa are mostly in favor of the health bill -- Post-Gazette: That's change on a host of fronts and change for the better. Yet despite change being long overdue, the Republican Party dedicated itself ...
  • NOW: "tragic setback" for women

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn't like the health care bill -- and neither does National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill (full statement after the jump): As a longtime proponent of health care reform, I truly wish that the Nati...
  • Eh.

    This morning's headline on Drudge: A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFIRMARY...
  • Corbett could be major player

    We've been throwing the names Altmire, Dahlkemper and Doyle around a lot lately, but over the long term the most important one in Pennsylvania on health care may be . . . Tom Corbett. The Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate from Shale...
  • To the polls

    Dems are in for some heavy weather in the fall, says pollster Stu Rothenberg in CQ Politics: For Democrats, the sky is falling, according to two national polls, one conducted by Peter Hart and Bill McInturff for NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the other...
  • HCR headlines

    HCR headlines: WashPost: House Democrats scored a historic victory in the century-long battle to reform the nation's health-care system late Sunday night, winning final approval of legislation that expands coverage to 32 million people and attempts to c...
  • Philly Tea Partiers threaten suit

    One of the state's largest Tea Party groups -- Philadelphia's Independence Hall Tea Party Association -- vows today to battle health care in federal court: "We, as Tea Partiers, are resilient.  We will not allow the Federal government to seize control ...
  • Senate candidates respond

    Here's your roundup on HC from the three major US Senate candidates (yes, I know there are others -- look, they're listed here!) -- Pat Toomey, Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak. First up is Toomey: ...
  • Santorum: rationed care on the way

    Yesterday, Rick Santorum was praying for defeat. Today he issues this statement: “This bill will devastate our economy and its ability to create jobs and a higher standard of living; government spending and debt will explode; health care quality and ...
  • State GOP: just the beginning

    So much reaction to health care. So little time.  You can tour the local, state and national websites of the Dem and Republican parties from our "Party Lines" section here on the new Early Returns, and if you visit the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, ...
  • Navy vet criticizes Critz on HC

    Republican Tim Burns has been hammering the Dem committee's pick in the 12th District -- former Jack Murtha district director Mark Critz -- for his silence on the health care debate. Today, fellow Democrat and Navy vet Ryan Bucchianeri does the same: “...
  • Dahlkemper already taking heat

    Kathy Dahlkemper's opponents in the 3rd District are already going after her hard for her support, with the Stupak Seven, of the health care bill last night. Here's Paul Huber (Who is Paul Huber? Check Early Returns' nifty congressional map here, and cli...