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  • Metcalfe to intro Ariz immigraton bill

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- Arizona officials have taken a lot of criticism -- even from President Obama -- over their new law that makes it easier for police to stop and question suspected illegal immigrants. Some Hispanic groups claim it’s discrim...
  • Kos: Burns up 6, condition "toxic"

    Things are looking "toxic" for Democrats in the 12th District special, says the liberal site DailyKos: Research 2000 for Daily Kos (4/26-28, likely voters, no trendlines): Mark Critz (D): 40 Tim Burns (R): 46 Undecided: 14 (MoE: ±4%) Things are lo...
  • Russell calls ship-naming an 'insult'

      Weighing in at ocean-liner speed to last Friday's announcement, 12th District candidate William Russell questioned the Navy decision to name a ship after the late Rep. John Murtha. His release: (JOHNSTOWN, PA) – Republican 12th Congressional Dist...
  • Specter at the mike

    Tom Fitzgerald at the Inquirer previews tomorrow night's Democratic Senate debate: Given high voter anger at Washington, basement-level approval ratings for incumbents, and a party switcher for an opponent, most analysts figured at the outset that Rep....
  • Eyes on Ohio Tuesday

    A contested governor's race. A contested Senate race. Sounds familiar. Our friends next door in Ohio have their primary on Tuesday, and here's the latest polling from Quinnipiac via our sister paper the Toledo Blade: COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland maint...
  • Internecine GOP battle in WV-1

    It's not only the Democratic race for Alan Mollohan's 1st District seat that's heated in northern West Virginia -- CQ says it's the same way on the other side of the aisle: Former state Sen. Sarah Minear loaned her campaign $250,000 this month, according...
  • Cook: Dems' serious trouble

    Charlie Cook (see his very interesting take earlier this week on PA-12) mentions the race again in the National Journal today, and its national bellwether status for the midterms: Even Democratic analysts don't express much optimism about their party's c...
  • Immigration & May 18

    Illegal immigration is becoming an issue on the GOP campaign trail in Pa, with candidates tying the contentious debate to worries over the economy. While immigration was the main issue two years ago for Lou Barletta in District 11, Arizona's tough new il...
  • Santorum: Obama's dirty tricks

    Obama "has waged an ideological assault on democratic capitalism in favor of European socialism, using every dirty trick in the book to get his programs passed while unemployment rates soared and the public pleaded with him to stop," writes Rick Santorum ...
  • Sestak camp: workers are vols

    In one of two A1 stories today, our man in DC Dan Malloy studies Sestak's payments to campaign workers, and agrees with the Specter camp's assertions that some of it is below minimum wage. That may not be illegal, though, especially (as a Sestak attorney ...
  • MBB's new campaign mgr

    Former U.S. Attorney and Republican U.S. House candidate Mary Beth Buchanan has a new campaign manager from the eastern part of the state to handle her primary matchup with Keith Rothfus and potential general election bout with Rep. Jason Altmire. Dan Hir...
  • Toomey supports Ariz immigration law

    Pat Toomey came out in favor of Arizona's new illegal immigration law on Glen Beck's radio show -- the Hill reports below -- which puts him at odds with former Pa Gov. and Homeland Security director (and near Toomey Senate opponent) Tom Ridge: The debate...
  • LATimes: The next Scott Brown

    "Stand by for the next Scott Brown. Between now and May 18 you are likely to hear much more about someone named Tim Burns," writes the LA Times today. We won't begrudge a left coast blog from making that comparison, but it's worth going back to the Cook ...
  • Meakem endorses Rothfus

    Radio talker, tea party activist and businessman Glen Meakem endorsed Keith Rothfus over Mary Beth Buchanan in the 4th District primary today. From the Rothfus campaign: Pittsburgh entrepreneur and civic leader Glen Meakem today urged Republican voters ...
  • Breaking: Onorato supports seniors

    Dan Onorato appeared at a South Side senior center this morning stressing his commitment to devoting lottery proceeds to programs for older Pennsylvanians and promising to protect seniors from unreasonable property tax increases. Mr. Onorato said the s...
  • On TV: Sestak hits back, Specter opens new attack

    A couple of new ads to show you today in the Senate Democratic primary. Rep. Joe Sestak is up with a spot that is voiced by veterans accusing Sen. Arlen Specter of lying about Sestak's Navy service record. (A Specter attack ad cited reports that Sestak wa...
  • Tom Corbett vs the Train

    From Dennis Roddy: Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Corbett gave a train-stopper of a speech this morning that was, in turn, punctuated by a speech-stopper of a train. (Click for audio report from Dennis here.) Outlining his 13-page transportatio...
  • PA-12 debate rundown

    Since we can't get through half a day here at Early Returns without a PA-12 update, here's a rundown from our friend Dan Hirschhorn at PA2010 of last night's wild and woolly PA-12 debate that included not only the special election front-runners Mark Cri...
  • Sestak speech breakdown

    As we informed you earlier this week, Joe Sestak gave what his campaign called a "major" speech last night in Washington. Turned out, he didn't offer anything new but did his best to use the anniversary of Arlen Specter's party switch to describe why he b...
  • Wagner to run ads: report

    Pa2010 says Jack Wagner is going on air this week, leaving Joe Hoeffel the last Dem gubernatorial candidate to buy TV advertising: Wagner, the state auditor general, will be on the airwaves by May 3 at the latest, but one campaign source said his first T...