Not to depress anyone, but a scan of the state these days paints a pretty bleak picture of our current and former leaders and iconic institutions.
Former Philly and state political power John Perzel gets up to five years in jail for stealing tax dollars to help Republicans win campaigns, a story that draws attention from the international news service Reuters and runs, for example, in the Chicago Tribune.
In Pittsburgh, state Sen. Jane Orie's ongoing trial on charges she used taxpayer resources for campaigns, including her sister's (state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin), gets a surprise witness who testifies he saw campaign work going on in the senator's office in the senator's presence. The AP story gets broad play, including in the New Jersey Herald.
In Scranton, the Times-Tribune reports former Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow will be at Philadelphia's federal courthouse April 27 to plead guilty to conspiracy in connection with using his tax-paid staff for political work. The newspaper says Mellow faces five years in prison.