1. The P-G's Rich Lord currently covers federal court and formerly handled the Luke Ravenstahl administration. That makes him perfect for this great read on the mixed Ravenstahl legacy in Pittsburgh Magazine.
2. For all the talk going around about Tom Corbett's reelection being dead in the water next year, the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics blog does the research and notes Democrats -- going all the way back to 1860 -- are only 1-16 in electing one of their own governor while a fellow Democrat was in the White House.
3. Here's my preview on the anti-Obamacare town hall happening at Station Square tonight hosted by Heritage Action, which is pushing a possible government shutdown if it isn't defunded.
4. Consol Energy detailed its plans for natural gas drilling at the Pittsburgh Airport last night -- which is supported by exec Rich Fitzgerald and others in local/federal government -- while in related news baby steps continue toward a still-unfinished deal for a $1 billion cracker plant in Beaver County.
5. Yes, the Republican Party can do a better job competing in the city of Pittsburgh, writes county GOP chair Jim Roddey, but don't forget there's a "cabal" of city employees, their families and organized labor aiding the Democratic stranglehold on its politics. (A counterpoint: while he had some labor support, Bill Peduto won the party's mayoral nod in May even though unions for 80 percent of the city's workforce backed opponent Jack Wagner.)