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  • Williams' donors make history

    Tom Infield at the Inquirer -- who's been following this story all along -- notes that just three contributors made history in their outlandish (and un-regulated) giving to Dem gubernatorial candidate Anthony Williams: No one had ever donated anywhere cl...
  • DEP: Corbett agrees with us

    Remember the Corbett camp's call yesterday -- which was seconded by Pat Toomey -- for the DEP to work with energy suppliers to improve drilling standards? That's an old idea, the DEP tells Donald Gilliland at the Patriot-News: The problem? It’s already...
  • Polls still bad for Dems/incumbents

    Congressional approval ratings remain at historic lows, meaning bad things for Democrats in charge of the House, Gallup says today. This reminds us that our poll aggregator here at Early Returns -- found here at the Political Turf page -- has been upda...
  • Insert global warming joke here

    No local ties here, but for a slow summer news day, from the National Enquirer (which has a good record on this stuff lately: ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: AL GORE has been accused of sexually attacking a masseuse in Portland, Oregon - and is named in ...
  • Sestak on McChrystal move

    Here's Joe Sestak's statement on the McChrystal firing -- something he said was warranted in comments yesterday, while warning it might cause the US to miss a step in the fight in Afghanistan: "Today, President Obama had to make a difficult decision - on...
  • Toomey commends Corbett on shale

    Another volley here from the Toomey camp on energy, which we expect to be a major issue throughout the fall, and where the Senate candidates have clear differences. From the Toomey camp on a statement from guv candidate Tom Corbett that we posted earlier...
  • PPP: Corbett up 10

    Public Policy Polling -- which weighed in yesterday on the tied Senate race -- says GOP pick Tom Corbett has maintained a sizable lead over Dan Onorato in the governor's race. They polled 600 Pa voters from June 19-21, with a 4% MoE. From their blog: W...
  • Smith confirmed as US Atty

    Pete Smith has been confirmed as US Attorney for the state's Middle District. From Arlen Specter's office: Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey today lauded the confirmation of Peter Joseph Smith to serve as the U.S. Attorney...
  • More Rendell: "I get hit on by women all the time"

    Chris Brennan at Daily News pulls some of the better quotes from the Philly Mag piece on Rendell and Kirsten Snow (right): "Absolutely not," Snow said when PhillyMag Features Editor Robert Huber asks if she's having an affair with Rendell. "No wa...
  • Rendell: no affair

    Rendell tells Philadelphia magazine that reports of an affair are untrue. From the AP: By JOANN LOVIGLIOThe Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell says there is no truth to gossip that he is involved in an extramarital affair with a stat...
  • Obama formally supports Sestak

    No surprise here, but for the record, Barack Obama has formally switched his allegiance from Arlen Specter to Joe Sestak. Obama's campaign arm, Organizing for America, issued this email today: In the fall election, voters will face a decision between a ...
  • Corbett calls for voluntary drilling standards

    Both Onorato and Corbett are against a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling (which come have called for after a Clearfield County blowout early this month), and both have called for more gas industry jobs to be created among Pa residents (rather than im...
  • Onorato renews debate call

    Dan Onorato repeated his call today for weekly gubernatorial debates throughout the fall with Republican Tom Corbett, saying he has issued letters to 23 non-partisan groups statewide to host or co-host the events. The Corbett camp called the county exec'...
  • 2PJs: the McChrystal/Pierogi connection

    So . . . if Obama keeps his Afghanistan leader on board, he'll be following the lead of the Pirates? Maria at 2 Political Junkies posts the photos above of Gen. Stanley McChrysal and the Pirates pierogie who was fired (then rehired) after criticizing h...
  • Sestak: Gen. broke code

    Joe Sestak -- a former Navy admiral -- invokes Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur in comments to CNN about the US commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal. The general "broke a military code," he says to John King, but dismissing him would mean a ...
  • Sestak, Toomey neck-and-neck

    A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds Pennsylvania's Senate race tied, with Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak at 41 percent each, and 18 percent undecided.   Mr. Sestak, the Democratic congressman led in one Rasmussen survey in May, but Mr. Toomey, the R...
  • Onorato jobs event today

    Following up on his call for weekly debates yesterday, Dan Onorato has an event on job-creation/business growth today in Oakland. From the campaign: PITTSBURGH: TODAY, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato will discuss his...
  • WSJ on Johnstown

    A fairly by-the-numbers story here from the WSJ on the defense industry and Johnstown, post-Murtha. For another view see Dennis Roddy's story from two weeks ago, saying the industry is still thriving....
  • Unwanted attention for H'burg

    The WashPost looks at the fiscal woes of Harrisburg: HARRISBURG, PA. -- This city has a $68 million bill coming due before year's end, an impossible sum that is larger than its annual budget. It's a predicament caused by extravagant borrowing and spendin...
  • Corbett targeted in lawsuits

    Tom Infield at the Inquirer writes today about two federal lawuits against Tom Corbett: The suits, brought by one former employee and one current worker in the office, paint a picture of Corbett as a hands-off executive who depends on a military-style ch...