In the aftermath of yet another low, low voter turnout election -- the lowest of the last four open-seat primary races for mayor and, according to the Inky, even lower in the burbs -- a few things beyond general disinterest strike me.
KANE, KANE, KANE: with the state's political and legal community fixated on what happens when to the case of Kathleen Kane, the Montco electorate just might have given the issue a little push.
That's because Montco DA Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican who cross-filled for county judge, won her party's nomination for one of three open spots on the county bench but did not win the Democratic nomination.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a/k/a he would be president (again), today picked up The Washington Post's highest, um, political honor: four Pinocchio's, for what The Post designates as "whoppers."
The notice comes in response to Santorum's latest version of his role in U.S. sanctions against Iran which he spelled out in a speech in Iowa over the weekend.
Santorum said,“Twelve years ago I introduced a bill on Iran to put sanctions in place. You know those crushing sanctions that brought Iran to the table? I was the author that put those sanctions in law twelve years ago. And I was opposed by none other than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the process.”
This is too good to let pass, and might just be the best political quote of the month.
I know the national bar is high, what with Jeb Bush's multiple answers on the invasion of Iraq, and Rick Santorum explaining to George Will how he almost (and shoulda) won the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
But from a Pennsylvania perspective, my vote for quote goes to Philly Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson.
Just in case you think Republicans learned the lesson about not pushing stuff that annoys lots of women and tends to create or widen gender gaps in elections, you should know about state House Resolution 82.
It honors John Patrick Stanton, of Jenkintown, as a “humanitarian, activist and founder of the prolife movement in this Commonwealth.”
Stanton died in January 2014 at the age of 86.
Like school kids on a mini-merry-go-round, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are yet again playing with public pensions.
Senate Republicans are hoping to vote as soon as Wednesday on yet another plan to cut pension costs, this time by putting all new state employees and public-school teachers into a 401(k)-type pension and making current employees and teachers pay more for pension benefits.
No question public pensions are out of control, costing taxpayers an additional $1 billion this year, but the proposed fix now underway in the Capitol smacks more of partisan politics than a genuine effort at solution.
And the cost to taxpayers for seemingly unending investigations of Pennsylvania public officials just goes on and on.
Now comes a report from Harrisburg TV's ABC27 that more than a quarter-million dollars in tax money has been spent on legal cases involving embattled state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and disgraced former state Treasurer Rob McCord.
You can see the report here.
You know how Republican state legislative leaders continue to argue that the costs of public pensions represent the state's biggest fiscal problem, and Democratic Gov. Wolf continues to say that's really not the case?
Well, the GOP just might get a bump for their argument with the publication Wednesday by the Harrisburg Patriot-News of a looong list of the fattest pension hauls in the state.
The list is titled "Set for Life."
Former Philly Democratic state Senator, now-Lt. Gov. Mike Stack wants you know that despite the, um, heavy duties of the LG's office he's got time to train for and finish a marathon.
His office put out a press release to that effect on Monday. Your government, as they say, hard at work for you.
The release begins by focusing on what's important: Stack.