by Chris Potter
Today is Petition Day! Petition Day! The day where we really and truly find out who is running for mayor and other races. (Unless they file their petitions and later drop out.)And although it's not even 9 a.m. yet, we've had a couple developments. First off, Republican Josh Wander reports filing his petitions yesterday. Meanwhile, state Sen. Wayne Fontana has ended his dreams of mayoralty. Alas, Fontana campaign, we hardly knew ye. But other surprises may be in store. Will state Rep. Jake Wheatley file for mayor, as some expect? Did Luke Ravenstahl sign anyone's petitions? Stay tuned!
It looks like the state House may actually put forward some kind of liquor-store privatization plan after all, though it probably won't look like Gov. Tom Corbett's plan.
Here's your daily update on the ensuing chaos at the police bureau: KDKA reports that the city is conducting an internal investigation into how a police commander was holding down a full-time job at Slippery Rock University while also being on the city force. (And I'm guessing the goal is NOT to clone him so as to produce a force of super-achievers.) Meanwhile, it turns out that, on top of everything else, the fee the city has been charging to rent out its cops for after-hours details may not be legal. And if Mayor Luke Ravenstahl sometimes feels like he can do nothing right, there's more proof today: The mayor is getting praise for doing nothing right, as those seeking to replace him praise his decision to not search for a permanent replacement for departed chief Nate Harper.
In sunnier news, the city is preparing to launch a new bike-share program next year. This will put us on the same level as Portland, people!
Meanwhile, Senator Bob Casey is stumping for his anti-bullying legislation, which will require schools to enact anti-bullying policies if they want to receive federal money. Good idea. Be nice to see it applied to the Senate someday.