Fitz: mayoralty "not about going golfing"

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Bill Peduto, Rich Fitzgerald

Good morning.

Bill Peduto's kickoff for mayor last night including tough talk from compadre Rich Fitzgerald about the other guy running Pittsburgh. From Jim O'Toole's story:

Mr. Fitzgerald offered more pointed remarks. Without mentioning the mayor by name, he stirred echoes of his earlier criticism of Mr. Ravenstahl's work habits as he praised Mr. Peduto's work and "seriousness."

"Governance is hard work," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "It's not about going to movie premieres; it's not about going to Steelers games ... [it's] not about going golfing."

In D.C., the Corbett administration official who oversees Medicaid, Gary Alexander, teed off on Obamacare. From the Inquirer:

Mr. Alexander, Pennsylvania's welfare secretary, was called to Washington to testify on one of the most divisive issues in the country, the Affordable Care Act, one day after Gov. Tom Corbett announced Pennsylvania would not open its own health care exchange, a key piece of the law.

"We in the commonwealth have never witnessed a law so vast, with such demands on state resources, and lack of federal guidance," Mr. Alexander told the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on health. He cited "hundreds" of federal mandates that he said will demand man-hours and increase costs.

Karen Langley's full story on yesterday's voter ID hearing signals that the state may again have to suspend the requirements for the May 21 primary, though there will be more court hearings.


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