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  • Sestak to Heinz farm Monday

    So what is Joe Sestak doing instead of that Chamber of Commerce debate next Monday? Why, going to Teresa Heinz's farm in Fox Chapel for a $500 fundraiser. The ActBlue page is here. (h/t ProgressPittsburgh)...
  • G-20 facepalm

    Remember the Obamas bringing the glamour to Phipps? Remember French first lady Carla Bruni wowing the photographers at the Warhol? Remember when police pepper sprayed and arrested scores of kids, many of them Pitt and CMU students, the night the G-20 was ...
  • Altmire hasn't had party switch talks

    I had a chat with Rep. Jason Altmire today for a story to run Monday on his race and floated an idea to him: Since he does so much to show his independence from the Democratic leadership, has he ever thought about switching parties? "No," he said. "Tha...
  • Dems: Raese pays well

    OK, we knew WVa Republican John Raese was rich, but this something else -- Democrats claim the Senate candidate is offering $25 payouts to those who write the most letters-to-the-editor in their counties. (He does like newspapers.) Dare we say it's worki...
  • Sestak won't do Chamber debate

    Joe Sestak has dropped out of next Monday's debate at the Pa Chamber of Commerce, the one being moderated by Ted Koppel. (Morning Call)...
  • Technical difficulties

    We've been suffereing from them all day. Our apologies....
  • Rothfus ad targets spending

    Here's the aforementioned ad for Republican Keith Rothfus in the Fourth District, up today. It's split between Rothfus' pledges to reduce taxes and help businesses and a charge that Rep. Jason Altmire subscribes to a philos...
  • New at Early Returns . . .

    We promised a big announcement yesterday, and here it is: The Post-Gazette's prize-winning Dennis Roddy will write a weekly column for Early Returns starting one week from today, making one of Pennsylvania's best politics blogs all that better just five ...
  • Events net at least $500K for Sestak

    The Inky's Tom Fitzgerald quotes a source saying tonight's fundraisers brought in at least $500,000 for the Joe Sestak campaign. (President Obama's third event, for the DNC, brought in $1 million.) Here's his full rundown of the events for the local White...
  • Obama: "Joe Sestak helped every step of the way"

    From the second Obama-Sestak event, a pricier dinner reception, here's the pool report from Politico's Carol Lee: POTUS says 2010 elections about same thing 2008 election was about, tells donors it’s not about him it’s about them, criticizes “sound...
  • The scene at Obama-Sestak Part 1

    NYT's Sheryl Gay Stolberg has the report from the first Obama-Sestak event in Philly. The highlights: The presumably squash-playing Arlen Specter was a no-show, the rather large hall was only one third full, there was no mention of the White House job off...
  • Specter ducks Sestak Q's

    Sen. Arlen Specter greeted President Barack Obama when he arrived in Philadelphia this afternoon but wasn't as pleased to see the press, or at least Politico's Carol E. Lee, who wanted to get the senator's thoughts on the man who beat him in the primary. ...
  • Chamber endorses Manchin

    The Republican-leaning US Chamber of Commerce endorsed Gov. Joe Manchin over businessman John Raese in the WVa special Senate race today, but that shouldn't be all that surprising -- business (along with labor) has been behind the Democrat since the begin...
  • Corbett's environmental plan

    Tom Corbett released his environmental platform today. Here it is....
  • Rothfus on the air

    Republican Keith Rothfus will be hitting the television airwaves starting Tuesday in his race against Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless. His campaign will be sending out a video of the ad later this evening, and we will post in due course. In an interview ...
  • Announcement on the way

    Early Returns has an exciting programming announcement on the way -- check back here tomorrow for details!...
  • Kelly on air

    Republican Mike Kelly is on the air today with his first ad of the fall, hitting Kathy Dahlkemper with the usual GOP talking points about Nancy Pelosi and the stimulus. The Butler car dealer -- or "businessman/job-creator," as the ad says -- comes in at t...
  • Toomey still leads by 9

    Pat Toomey is up 9 points over Senate opponent Joe Sestak in this poll from PoliticsPa/Municipoll. (CQ Politics) {Jscribd document_id:=37782440 access_key:=key-1d76wdz4u5hw8mpumdyv viewmode:=List h:=500 w:=458}...
  • Ras: Manchin up 7 in WVa Sen

    Just two weeks after saying Gov. Joe Manchin was losing his Senate lead to Republican John Raese, Rasmussen is back with another poll saying he's widened it, strengthening the pollster's rating on the race to "Leans Democratic": West Virginia’s Democra...
  • The Erie factor

    Our friends at GrassrootsPa are linking to my story on Dahlkemper-Kelly today, highlighting my note in there that McCain only won this (supposedly GOP-leaning) district by a mere 16 votes. That data ain't easy to come by -- especially in a district that ...