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  • Holiday hiatus

    The crew at Early Returns is in hibernation and will return in the new year. Please enjoy this video gift in our absence. ...
  • Wozniak steps up casino effort

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- State Sen. John Wozniak has a new tactic in his ongoing effort to get a casino located somewhere in the Johnstown area. Mr. Wozniak, D-Cambria, said he'll introduce legislation in 2011 designed to increase the competition for...
  • Nutt bows out as chief of staff

    Here's my story from the P-G breaking news site: Gov.-elect Tom Corbett's pick to as his chief-of-staff has reconsidered the job offer, and will stay in campaign work instead. Mr. Corbett announced Dec. 7 that Brian Nutt, the campaign manager for his su...
  • Manchin: I'm very sorry

    Still under intense heat for missing two major votes Saturday, Joe Manchin apologized yesterday. Here's Dennis Roddy: "Let me apologize to anybody and everybody within our listening and reading areas. I'm very sorry for missing the two votes," Mr. Manc...
  • Specter's "closing argument"

    Here's my story from the main site on Arlen Specter's farewell. The attendance from his fellow senators was particularly impressive, even for a farewell speech, though it was helped by the fact that the Senate had just finished a vote. More than a third o...
  • Census confirms 1-seat loss

    As expected, Pennsylvania is losing a congressional seat after the 2010 Census, dropping its delegation to 18 members of Congress -- exactly half of the state's high of 36 congressmen before the 1920 redistricting. Still, the state's population did grow ...
  • Blog: Turzai double-dipper

    Another scourge of Harrisburg (along with bloated pensions) is the use of hefty per-diems for food and lodging. The anti-Tom Corbett site CasablancaPa did a post Sunday on the $32,000 in per-diems new House Majority Leader Mike Turzai took in 2007-2008, w...
  • Redistricting: Beware the PA example

    As we all know, the GOP is in the driver's seat when it comes to redistricting many of the nation's congressional seats. But the party needs to be careful not to fuss too much, as that can boomerang back at them. Party leaders need only look at Pennsylva...
  • Arlen, we hardly knew ye

    Sen. Arlen Specter is scheduled to give his final floor speech this morning, and the Inky's Tom Fitzgerald got an early look at the 2,600-word tome, which he weaves into a fine career retrospective for Snarlin' Arlen: Specter, 80, will deliver his final ...
  • Labor chief slams Manchin

    Remember how Joe Manchin enjoyed support from both labor and management during his Senate run? The head of the state AFL-CIO is joining the chorus of people (including Republicans) slamming him for missing two big votes on Saturday, and using some florid ...
  • Not Mellow

    Prepare for an upset stomach. Jan Murphy at the Patriot-News has a rundown on the pricey retirement packages outgoing state lawmakers like Bob Mellow and John Perzel are getting, which includes $330,915 yearly for the former Senate Democratic Leader. (Me...
  • USC native gets federal distinction

    Upper St. Clair's Laura Rosenberger is the Washington Post's "Federal Player of the Week," a distinction for DC public servants. The 30-year-old State Department official is a Steelers who fan graduated from USC high school in 1998 and then Penn State. ...
  • It's a big day

    No, not because it's the first day of winter -- Pittsburgh has basically been in the throes of that for weeks, thank you very much global climate change -- but because the first 2010 Census figures come out today, and the new apportionment of congressiona...
  • Johnstown casino?

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- The state Gaming Control Board's decision to revoke a Philadelphia developer's casino license led Gov. Ed Rendell today to speculate, in a general fashion, about the possibility of putting a casino in an area bounded by Johns...
  • Gov: Medicaid errors down

    By Tom Barnes HARRISBURG -- The federal government has encouraging news for the state's Department of Public Welfare, as a new survey puts the error rate on Medicaid claims at just over 4 percent, Gov Ed Rendell said today. Democrat Rendell, who release...
  • Sestak puts aside primary talk

    Tireless Rep. Joe Sestak has been back on the road to thank supporters after his ultimately unsuccessful Senate campaign, in a "defeat lap" that looks an awful lot like the prelude to his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter. This led to some sp...
  • Corman pondering Senate run

    The buzz about the Republican field looking to challenge Sen. Bob Casey in 2012 continues to grow, because we just got done with a great Senate race and we just can't wait for another. As I reported Saturday, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, is in...
  • From Congresswoman to mom

    The Erie Times-News' Kevin Flowers had a nice curtain-closer on Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper's one term in office Sunday. Dahlkemper is looking forward to being a mother (and grandmother) again rather than the relentless schedule of a member of Congress, and she...
  • Manchin skips big Saturday votes

    WVa's Joe Manchin -- who took a tough nay vote on don't-ask-don't-tell a couple weeks ago -- skipped the latest vote on the gay military measure and an immigration reform bill on Saturday. Even Ron Wyden -- who's having cancer surgery today -- made the ...
  • Inky: LCB fight "blood sport"

    Tom Corbett could introduce plans to get rid of state-run liquor stores as soon as his very first budget address in March, writes Angela Couloumbis in the Inquirer. It won't be easy: U.S. District Judge John E. Jones 3d, Gov. Tom Ridge's point person on...