The traditions and customs of journalism dictate that we can't end a year – especially a fun one like 2014, what with Battling Toms, pornographic emails showing up in the inboxes of Supreme Court justices and a $144,000-a-year consultant whose duties we still can't quite figure out – without a Top 10 list. With that in mind, here are the Top 10 most popular Early Returns posts for 2014.
10) "A rival for Clinton?" U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's not running, but sometimes it feels like she is.
9) "House Rs seek pension sponsors" Tom Corbett tried to keep the pensions issue at the forefront of the gubernatorial campaign, after this early crack at a relief plan failed to get off the ground.
8) "Madonna, Young or Corbett" As much as we wished this was that Madonna, Pennsylvania politicos Terry Madonna and Michael Young take apart Mr. Corbett's handling of the 2014-15 state budget.
7) "Forum to explore electing more women to office" Pennsylvania ranks 39th in the number of women holding elected office; this forum in February kicked off an effort to make that change.
6) "Republican poll, same results" Although he continued to express optimism publicly, Mr. Corbett had to be discouraged by these figures from Harper Polling released just days before the election.
5) "Unfriendly greeting for Slippery Rock voters" If you're a "Tom Wolf anti-gun Obamite Communist," the owner of this pickup didn't appreciate your effort to vote in Slippery Rock Township, Butler County, in November.
4) "Ravenstahl fires Twitter shot at Peduto" A suggested New Year's resolution for our perpetually disgruntled former mayor: Tweet more.
3) "Tax policy? It depends" We took a shot at going beyond campaign hype and getting to a detailed look at the tax proposals backed by The Battling Toms.
2) "Schwartz presses rivals on ACA" U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz tried to turn up the intensity of the Democratic gubernatorial campaign in April when she suggested that her rivals – particularly Mr. Wolf – didn't back the Affordable Care Act with sufficient enthusiasm.
1) "Education cuts? It depends" The contest between The Battling Toms was the top news story of the year, and the debate between the two candidates over education cuts was the campaign's top issue. Whether or not Mr. Wolf's claim that Mr. Corbett cut $1 billion from education is correct – a question we addressed in this post – the public sided with the Democrat on this one.
That's a wrap for 2014, boys and girls. We'll see you back here next year.