1:37 PM EDT, Fri May 22, 2015

Early returns contain few surprises

Not quite half of the Allegheny County votes are tallied, but that's enough to take an early look at what's going on on the Democratic side of our chosen races.So far, the tightest race is between Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and her challenger, Mark Patrick Flaherty; Ms. Wagner has a 6-point lead on Mr. Flaherty so far.The city...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6529-early-returns-contain-few-surprises

Breakfast Sausage: 1 thing to do today

Voters leave a polling place in Sheraden in 2013. (Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)Your friends at Early Returns will have many things -- more than five, we'd guess -- for you to read later today, but for now, we have just one thing for you to consider: Vote.Sure, we already have 92 Republicans jockeying for early position in the 2016 presidential...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6527-sausage-get-out-and-vote-primary-2015

Varischetti plays favorites in Pittsburgh controller's race

Nicholas VarischettiOn the long list of contributions totaling more than $141,000 on the campaign finance report City Controller Michael Lamb filed last week, a single $1,000 donation raised a few eyebrows.The donor? Nicholas Varischetti, chairman of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a state-created financial oversight body...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6524-varischetti-plays-favorites-in-pittsburgh-controller-s-race

Perry on Politics: The eyes of Texas are watching the feds

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Reuters photo)Congressman Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, says Texans are so crazy they passed a law that says "you can't shoot bears out of a second-floor window."Mr. Hastings may not be the best source for background on whether Texans really are crazy. He was impeached by the House in 1989 but was re-elected by...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6519-perry-on-politics-the-eyes-of-texas-are-watching-the-feds
Avengers

Avengers

The problems in Baltimore are the result of centuries of institutional racism that have created a massive disparity in wealth, education and mobility. These are deeply rooted problems that can't be solved by simply giving better training to police. But that's a start. 
Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand Smoke

As it turns out, pollution from our fracking wells in Pennsylvania may be drifting down to Maryland, raising ethane levels in the state to unhealthy levels. 
Supreme Marriage

Supreme Marriage

The Supreme Court is about to rule on state bans on same-sex marriage. Many believe the court will come down on the side of lifting these discriminating laws. Not if Scalia has anything to say about it.   
Brewed On Grant: Boxing Match

Brewed On Grant: Boxing Match

Governor Wolf has declared that UPMC's cancellation of its Medicare Advantage with Highmark was the "last straw" in the ongoing battle between the two health care giants. The state is seeking arbitration to resolve the issue. 

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Rangers Game 4 - 04-23-15

Playoff StuffPenguins - Rangers -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “It’s hard to shake off, for sure. It’s easier said than done. But that’s what we have to do, go to New York and get one, then bring it back here and get another one. Turn this into a seven-game series.” - Ian Cole. -The (New York Daily) News' recap. “That might be the best one." - Rangers forward Kevin Hayes on the significance of his overtime goal in his career. -Newsday's recap. "We need him to play the way he has throughout the year. It's playoff hockey and a bigger stage; he's learning how to...

Settling family business, Jesse White style

Former state representative and current district justice candidate Jesse White of Cecil has filed a flurry of civil lawsuits against a host of his enemies today, alleging defamation and commercial disparagement.In non-lawyer speak, that means Mr. White, 36, a lawyer, is suing his enemies and blaming them for the loss of his legislative seat and...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6503-settling-family-business-jesse-white-style