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  • Rothfus questions Alt's mailers

    Republicans are denying they're giving up on taking back Jason Altmire's congressional seat, as the New York Times reported Saturday. In a story about vulnerable Democrats in districts that voted for John McCain, the NYT's Jeff Zeleny wrote "a handful of...
  • Toomey ahead of his time

    Pa2010/Talking Points Memo notes a terminology slipup that former Congressman/current Senate candidate Pat Toomey made on CNN: Republican Pat Toomey made a statement this week on CNN’s “John King USA” that caught our ear: He claimed that he once le...
  • Teachers union: Onorato still OK

    Jeff Shields at the Inquirer has union reaction to Dan Onorato's surprise acceptance of school vouchers yesterday (the main campaign plank of former rival Tony Williams): While Onorato steered away from the use of vouchers, Williams seemed untroubled by...
  • AFSCME thanks Dahlkemper

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is running a series of radio ads in swing districts as part of a $2.5 million campaign to thank House Democrats for voting for the FMAP bill. Among them is Erie's Kathy Dahlkemper, a freshma...
  • Onorato on school choice

    In a Philadelphia news conference with former rival and school-choice fundee Anthony Williams today, Dan Onorato announced his support of state grants for private schooling. He gave no details on how to budget for the payouts, but if they means a cut in f...
  • IGA planned for Beechview

    Pa Sen. Wayne Fontana announced today that an IGA grocery store plans to locate in a vacant grocery storefront that has been the subject of community meetings and politics in the city's Beechview neighborhood. From the senator's office: At a community...
  • Santorum gets closer to prez run

    Rick Santorum hasn't been making all those trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for the mini bags of peanuts. The ex Senator and Fox News contributor appeared on one of those sites where fellow-minded opinionators talk politics, and told them...
  • Greens say Sestak will win challenge

    Green Party Senate candidate Mel Packer said today that he expects the Joe Sestak campaign to win its challenge of his petition signatures and be successful in its attempt to throw him off the ballot. The ballot challenge "was not unexpected and given th...
  • Green Party: Sestak a "coward"

    Green Party Senate candidate Mel Packer will be Downtown today to address Joe Sestak's attempt to kick him off the ballot. Packer, a physician assistant from Point Breeze and longtime activist, called Sestak "a moral and political coward" for pursuing the...
  • Dog Days

    Have we mentioned that it's the dog days of summer? Not much going on politically these days -- at least compared to the usual frenetic pace of things here in Pa -- so thanks for checking in here at Early Returns, even when the pickings are thin. Odds an...
  • Raese hires campaign mgr

    From CQ Politics: West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese (R) has hired veteran Republican strategist Jim Dornan to serve as his campaign manager for what will be a condensed special election to serve out the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd...
  • Sestak in a bind (Updated)

    U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak finds himself in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation today -- his campaign event in Scranton with Bill Clinton this afternoon looks like it's going to be right at the same time as the House vote on a $26 billion aid pack...
  • Hillary Clinton owes $15K to school

    Hillary Clinton still owes the Bethlehem School District $15 G's for an event during the 2008 primary -- a debt Democratic congressional candidate John Callahan cannot cover with proceeds of a fundraiser today with Bill Clinton (due to FEC caps on politic...
  • Burns has new campaign mgr

    Republican Tim Burns has a new campaign manager for his November rematch with PA-12 Rep. Mark Critz -- Jake Parsons, who directed Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Thompson to a third place finish in a hotly contested race for Oklahoma City's congressional seat Ju...
  • Catching up with WVa Senate race

    The Charleston Daily Mail meets with 8 of the 10 Republicans looking to run in the special Senate election in West Virginia this fall -- probably against Gov. Joe Manchin -- and the general argument is the centrist governor would be pulled to the left by ...
  • Scranton a popular stop

    Josh Mrozinski of the Scranton Times-Tribune previews the city's visit by Bill Clinton and Joe Sestak this afternoon: Mr. Obama has not visited Northeast Pennsylvania as president, but Vice President Joe Biden appeared April 23 at a rally for U.S. Sen. A...
  • New Toomey ad

    A new ad from the Pat Toomey campaign -- which will be running statewide on broadcast TV -- distills the Republican argument down to its essence ("More jobs, less government"), while reminding voters Joe Sestak (pictured in slow-motion talking into a mike...
  • Challenges across the board

    On the deadline for ballot challenges, Commonwealth Court was asked to throw out the candidacies of all of the independent challengers in statewide races. In separate legal challenges, petitioners questioned the petitions of  Libertarian Marakay Rogers,...
  • Mollohan back in 2012?

    The longtime WVa congressman -- who lost his Dem primary this spring --seems to be itching for another fight, Politico's John Bresnahan reports: Already beaten in the West Virginia Democratic primary back in May, an embittered Rep. Alan Mollohan is las...
  • Toomey talks deficits, recession

    From Jim O'Toole Renewing their running debate on the federal budget, Republican Pat Toomey assailed his Senate opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, for his support of measures that have contributed to the nation's rising deficits. His Green Tree press conference...