Gloomy. Dismal. Grey. Might as well be the internal forecast for Luke Ravenstahl and Nate Harper today. Somewhere Tomas Vokoun is realizing he doesn't have it half bad.
1. Ravenstahl and his lawyers met with the FBI for two hours yesterday over their probe of police spending and the best he couldsay afterwards -- in firing Harper -- was he's not the target of their investigation. That doesn't mean the mayor's totally out of the woods -- here the DOJ language on what it means to be a target, versus a "subject" in a grand jury investigation -- and that's not to even mention what it means to his reelection chances. There's still three months for that to play out.
2. Police accounting is so screwed up that the $7 million the city of Pittsburgh supposedly gets when police are hired to work off-duty at bars, construction scenes and elsewhere doesn't show up anywhere in its budget or annual audits, Moriah Balingit writes.
3. Harper worked for more than three decades for the bureau and his firing dredges up a lot of bad feelings in the city's black community, where many leaders still stand by him despite the lack of diversity in the bureau and the chief's handling of the alleged Jordan Miles brutality case. Joe Smydo has the nuanced story.
4. The NCAA, which is still going after the U despite using a crook to try to dig up info on its football program, is suing the Pa Legislature to block its law requiring the $60 million in Sandusky fines stay in Pennsylvania.
5. The University of Virginia's Center for Politics says the 2014 governor's race is a tossup and explains itself thusly:
Pennsylvania: A recent Franklin & Marshall College poll summed up Gov. Tom Corbett's (R) troubles in the Keystone State: With only 26% of voters saying that Corbett is doing an "excellent" or "good" job, "Corbett's job performance ratings are the lowest for a sitting governor in the [18-year] history" of the poll. Piling on, Quinnipiac recently found that only 49% of Republicans in Pennsylvania thought Corbett deserved to be reelected. Corbett's troubles may open the door for Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor (R) to take on the incumbent in the GOP primary. As for the Democratic side of the aisle, numerous names have been bandied about but so far the biggest ones have yet to get into the contest. However, it looks like at least one of those major names, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D), will soon announce a run. Other Democratic possibilities include state Treasurer Rob McCord and ex-Reps. Joe Sestak and Kathy Dahlkemper. Interestingly, since the 1940s the two major parties have consistently switched control of the governorship every eight years. While Corbett has major problems, history may be on his side since he was just elected in 2010. But these "rules" of politics get broken sooner or later, and Corbett is sorely testing this rule. TOSS-UP.