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  • NRA gives Altmire nod

    The NRA has endorsed Jason Altmire in his PA-4 reelection campaign against Republican Keith Rothfus. It also did so in 2008. The full endorsement from chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox (forwarded by the Altmire campaign) is after the jump. ...
  • WVa: Likes Manchin, not Obama

    Joe Manchin is the second most popular governor that Public Policy Polling has polled all year, next to Louisiana's Bobby Jindal. So why did PPP find Tuesday that he's 3 points behind Republican John Raese in the WVa Senate race? Because Mountaineers dis...
  • Bloodbath

    "[F]rom western PA through to the Plains, Republicans are going to sweep a LOT of Democrats right out of office," writes GOP pollster Glen Bolger about a new national poll he did last week for the American Action Network. Why? Because of the kind of sw...
  • New city budget link

    We had some fun earlier in regards to the 2011 budget pdf on the city's website, but God knows we've had our own issues over here at Early Returns too -- just Tuesday we were down much of the day. So we're happy to say the bug is fixed and the budget is ...
  • "Blowout effect" in Pa

    With Republicans leading the Senate/Governor races in Pa (and Ohio), Democratic officials are fearing a dampening of voter enthusiasm that could drag down results for other Dems down the ballot, CQ Politics reports today: “There’s no question it’s ...
  • Pledge has Toomey connection

    By now, you've probably heard about the "Pledge To America" that John Boehner and House Republicans released today. There's a connection to Pennsylvania and the Senate race through the author of the pledge, former Pat Toomey (and current Boehner) aide Bri...
  • Get your city budget here!

    A reminder for the most committed political junkies out there -- while the link on the official city homepage to the 2011 budget proposal still wasn't working as of noon today, it's been here on Early Returns since 5:30 last night in its full 271-page glo...
  • New ad: Altmire like thief

    "What would it feel like if somebody broke into your home, or stole your credit card, or ripped off your car? Would you be upset?" That's the anything-but-subtle first line from the latest ad attacking Jason Altmire from the right-leaning "Americans for ...
  • Money, like Sestak, never sleeps

    Joe Sestak has an op-ed in the Post-Gazette today stirring up his differences with Pat Toomey over Social Security privatization: This isn't an abstract debate. It's deeply personal, and it stands to affect each of us, regardless of age or income lev...
  • Biden at PSU Tuesday

    From the AP: HARRISBURG, Pa.—Vice President Joe Biden will headline a rally at Penn State next week as part of a push by Democrats to excite young voters.Democratic National Committee regional press secretary Michael Czin says Tuesday's rally is b...
  • Mayor changes parking strategy

    It looks like the Ravenstahl administration changed its sales strategy on the parking lease/pension plan. Two weeks ago, the administration said it would introduce a 2011 budget to the ICA today that would not include the proceeds from the parking lease,...
  • Time/CNN: Toomey by 5

    A new Time/CNN poll says the Senate race is closer than the Q poll claimed this morning, with Pat Toomey enjoying only a 5-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak. It also shows Tom Corbett with an 8-point lead in the governor's race. (Quinnipiac had Corbett ...
  • Kelly's "contract" with PA3

    After the jump we have the 10-plank "contract" 3rd District Republican candidate Mike Kelly is signing at campaign stops around NW Pa today. Besides the no-new-tax pledge repeated by many GOPers these days, it's notable for repeating criticisms (heard of...
  • Toomey still winning air war

    Here's the latest look at Senate campaign advertising in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia from Nielsen. Pat Toomey (befitting his financial advantage) has dominated ad spending (with 72% of the total spots in two markets), though Joe Sestak finally started co...
  • Privatize Soc.Sec? Hell Yeah!

    Readers of this site know full well how hard the Pat Toomey campaign has pushed back on claims that he wants to "privatize" Social Security. His former employer Club For Growth has no such compunction. The Club issued a post on its official "Economic Fr...
  • Natl forecast not good for Sestak

    National writers looking at the latest lead for Pat Toomey in the Quinnipiac poll are forecasting cloudy skies for Joe Sestak, mostly due to the narrowing collection of independent voters. Chris Cillizza at the WashPost moves his rating on the race to ...
  • WVa congressional races tight too

    Joe Manchin isn't the only Democrat in trouble this year in Democrat-dominated West Virginia -- columnist/talk show host Hoppy Kercheval writes here that Nick Rahall and Mike Oliverio are in tight congressional races, while Republican Rep. Shelley Moore C...
  • More questions on transit

    From Tom Barnes: HARRISBURG -- Two leading legislators had sharply different views today on why the upcoming change in governors is -- or isn’t -- a good reason to enact a $1.3 billion transportation funding package this fall. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-P...
  • F&M: Kelly has 6-pt lead

    There is reason for that boost of ads and national attention for NW Pa's congressional race -- Mike Kelly has opened up a 6-point lead over incumbent Erie Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. Here's Hotline's take:...
  • Neener-neener

    Tough talk for Luke Ravenstahl from Pitt Girl/That's Church blogger Virginia Montanez in Pittsburgh Magazine, over the parking lease spat between the mayor and the P-G: This childish neener-neener, scolding, exclusionary play of power has once again dama...