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  • Pension report (avert your eyes)

    Back to real life. We know Pittsburgh's pension situation is bad. But it's probably even worse than you think, says Chris Briem at Null Space, after taking a read on an actuarial study performed for the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board: You really...
  • Altmire, Critz in GOP sights

    The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a list of 10 Democrats nationwide that they already know they'll be targeting in 2012, and two of them are here in Western Pa -- Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. (CQ Politics) If you were following our...
  • Thursday reax

    Lots of reaction stories today, as you might expect: The road ahead is murky (O'Toole); promises of bipartisanship in DC, but Jason Altmire expects at least a solid year of bickering (Malloy); Western Pa has a hold on leadership in Harrisburg, but the ho...
  • Pitt turnout claim debunked

    At City Paper, Chris Potter pokes a hole in the claims from Dems that there was massive turnout at Pitt: It's pretty clear that the Democrats overhyped earlier claims of massive turnout. Just to take one example, earlier today I passed along claims tha...
  • More clues to Allegheny County

    Still looking for clues on how Tom Corbett picked up his stunning upset of Dan Onorato in Democratic Allegheny County? The Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System is up with their election maps on their Pittsburgh Urban Blog, which shou...
  • Recount possible in WV-1

    Conservative Democrat Mike Oliverio may call for a recount in the WV-1 race, which was down to just 700+ votes for Wheeling Repblican David McKinley last night. The GOP hasn't held the northern WVa seat in more than 40 years. Here's WVa Public Radio: Re...
  • In the doghouse

    As I noted in my story on WPa congressional races today, there are only two members of the state's Blue Dog Democrat coalition still standing -- Jason Altmire and Tim Holden. The others in the crew (Kathy Dahlkemper, Chris Carney, Patrick Murphy) all lost...
  • Good morning, day after

    Good morning Early Returns readers. We're working on little sleep and need to get more coffee, so please keep tuning in as we struggle to get awake. Here's a couple posts from last night that you might have missed: Kathy Dahlkemper's concession in PA-3....
  • Sestak concedes

    The tension at the Ardmore Hotel had turned to despondency. Some of the crowd had petered out; the staff, many volunteers and the hard-cores remained. A few wept. Joe Sestak did not. Having staved off conceding for as long as possible -- his deficit smal...
  • GOP closes on House

    The GOP takeover of the state House that we mentioned earlier is official. From the AP: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans are back in majority control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after winning at least 13 Democratic seats. Republican ...
  • GOP's McKinley up in WV-1

    David McKinley is poised to be the first Republican to represent WVa's 1st congressional district since Arch Moore more than 40 years ago. With 100% of the vote counted, he led Democrat Mike Oliverio by 734 votes. We'll see what happens tomorrow, but if ...
  • Altmire: I'll work with Boehner

    Jason Altmire released an interesting statement tonight that makes nice with Republicans: “I am grateful to the citizens of the 4th District for once again electing me to serve as their representative in Congress. I look forward to continuing to list...
  • Senate not in recount territory

    The Toomey-Sestak race had the narrowest margin of any Pennsylvnaia Senate race in at least four decades, but it wasn't close enough to trigger an automatic recount.While a feqw precincts were still uncounted, it appeared that Toomey would win by roughly ...
  • Onorato LOSES Allegheny County

    Yikes. It's a rough night for Democrats when their standard-bearer -- Allegheny County's chief executive, in a county with a 2:1 registration edge for his party -- can't even win his home county. With 98% of the votes in to the state, Dan Onorato LOST Al...
  • Toomey wins

    AP has called the Senate race, and so has NRSC chair John Cornyn: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), released the following statement in response to Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) vic...
  • WVa-1 still a tossup

    WVa's 1st District remains very very close, despite Joe Manchin's coattails (he's from the northern tier of the state, and represented it in the state Senate). With 95% of the vote in, Dem Mike Oliverio and Republican David McKinley are still deadlocked ...
  • Altmire, Critz win squeakers

    BULLETIN (AP) — Jason Altmire, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 4, Pennsylvania. AP: BULLETIN (AP) — Mark Critz, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 12, Pennsylvania  ...
  • Onorato concedes

    "We came up a little short today, but our voice was heard," he told the supporters gathered at the IBEW hall in the South Side. He was surrounded by his wife, Shelly, and their three children. He said that just before taking the stage he called Tom Corbe...
  • Dahlkemper concedes

    From the Erie Dem's office: Erie, Pa.—Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper tonight conceded to Butler Republican Mike Kelly in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District and released the following statement: “The voters of the 3rd District have spoken, and I respect...
  • Inky: Corbett wins

    The Inquirer has checkmarked the governor's race for Tom Corbett as well....