Ok, maybe Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's gift to the Republican presidential nomination process, isn't getting get much attention these days even from Republicans (the latest Fox News Poll has him with 1 percent support), but he grabbed a cameo of sorts courtesy of President Obama over the weekend.
This was during the annual national embarrassment to journalism known as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington.
On Saturday night, during the president's riff at the gala event (you can see the program and menu here), Santorum drew special mention from Obama playing to the former senator's well-known views on gays.
Sen. Marco Rubio leads the Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday.
This must mean Republicans forgive his water bottle moment in 2013 and forget the party's own ongoing argument against putting a first-term senator in the White House.
And Rubio leads with just 15 percent which tells you that once again the GOP is widely split and maybe headed to a repeat of 2012 -- a rollercoaster ride with multiple candidates switching seats in the first car.
The Washington Post on Wednesday offers two items -- one on trust in government and one on how much lobbyists spend -- that just might be connected.
The first item comes from a Pew Research Center study showing just 23 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do the right thing "at least most of the time."
The second item compares government spending on congressional staff to private-sector spending on lobbying Congress. The latter is great than the former.
When Philly schools Superintendent William Hite stood to address a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg Monday he started by saying, "I'm here to talk about Tim Tebow."
The crowd chuckled.
Of course, Hite, who faces yet another annual budget problem, wasn't in the Capital City to talk football.
If you don’t register you can’t vote.
I don’t know how many columns or blogs or speeches I’ve penned or given that included references to the importance of voting.
I know it’s a big number.
We all know how great a role football plays at Penn State, so it should be no surprise the university is willing to pay for football wins.
I'm not talking about investing in coaches (James Franklin's salary is $4.3 million) or facilities or player-recruiting costs.
I'm not even talking about how the university continues to settle sexual-abuse cases against its jailed former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (last week it was reported PSU's board just voted to spend an "extraordinary sum" to settle some still-pending cases, this after spending $60 million in 2013 to settle claims of 26 other victims).
Don't you just wonder?
I mean the almost daily drip, drip, drip of bad news for Kathleen Kane at some point has to take her down the drain, no?
This latest issue, firing a top aide who testified against her in a grand jury probe of leaks to media from Kane's agency? Could it come at worse time? Could she have handled it worse?
Earlier this week we looked at average real estate taxes across the country and found Pennsylvania's are above the average and among the highest in the nation, according to data collected by the online personal finance resource Wallet Hub.
Today we look at the average of all state and local taxes for each state, and guess what?
Based on info from various sources including the U.S. Census and the Tax Foundation we're above the average in total taxes, too.