We are living in a banner election year. With more contested congressional races than any state in the nation, an 80-year-old incumbent in a dogfight for a sixth term in the Senate, and Pittsburghers leading the gubernatorial polls – not to mention a state capitol that is literally rat-infested – we hope you'll continue to make us your leading spot for up-to-the-minute news and reaction throughout 2010.Here's some of what we've added:
A new homepage merging the P-G's latest politics stories with Early Returns posts from reporters Timothy McNulty and James O'Toole in Pittsburgh, Daniel Malloy in Washington, and Tom Barnes and Tracie Mauriello in Harrisburg
Political Turf: PA poll aggregations by Pollster, with tabs to mini profiles of all the senate and governor candidates, and a mouse-over map of the state's 19 congressional districts
Yard Sign Blogs: A site where anyone -- readers, pols, government officials, parties – can post their own opinions and news. (Registration is required, so heed your language.)
Party Lines: Links to Democratic and Republican party sites and voter information
(PS, the new Early Returns is best viewed in Firefox or Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher.)
Photo: Michael Henninger/PG. Patricia Ayers, 17, of Fenelton, Pa., yells at health care reform supporters as a heated argument erupts before Arlen Specter's town hall meeting on health care reform at the Belmont Complex in Kittanning in August 2009.