This Early Returner has been down the Easter rabbit hole the past few days -- luckily nothing all that interesting happened politically.
1. City Controller and former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Michael Lamb wants to get rid of a special expense fund for the mayor's office -- which he's in charge of auditing.
2. Allegheny County exec Rich Fitzgerald has agreed to get rid of the resignation letters he strong-arms appointees to quasi-independent boards to sign. Of of the boards (Alcosan) voted to have the exec clarify that policy, doing so in a 4-3 vote: all his appointees voted against it, with the others appointed by the mayor (and one jointly).
3. There are seriously up to 10 Democrats lining up for the chance to take on Gov. Tom Corbett next year -- one more and they could field a football team. Latest one to suit up is former Rendell revenue secretary and businessman Tom Wolf of York County.
4. The governor had his meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius last night on Medicaid expansion but there was no late word from his team on how it went.
5. Big debate tonight among those still standing in the Pittsburgh mayoral field. Perhaps we'll get to see Peduto, Wagner and Wheatley draw some contrasts on policy. Meanwhile Rob Rogers gets to work on some new material (with a bit of old):