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 and ends:
Jason Altmire's GOP opponent Keith Rothfus blasted the incumbent's support of the $26 billion state bailout bill, which Democrats say was necessary to pay for Medicaid and schoolteachers, including almost 6,000 in Pennsylvania. Rothfus presents the GOP side:
“Congressional Democrats couldn’t be away from Washingtonfor more than a few days before they had to come back and spend more money they don’t have. Instead of going home and talking with constituents, Jason Altmire has again followed Nancy Pelosi’sorders and voted in favor of another spending bill that will do nothing to create jobs or help the economy. Even the liberal Washington Post has stated that this legislation is “more of an election-year favor to teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources”. This bill is just more of the same failed“stimulus” policies that have led to fewer jobs, more debt, and no real recovery.”
Altmire, on the other hand, stressed his vote yesterday on border-control/illegal immigration: