We hope you're hungry – today's breakfast is steak and eggs, not tea and a fruit cup.
1) We're not quite at the point when the heavy-hitters of the Republican party will be ready to declare their presidential aspirations; we are, however, at the point where they will declare that they're thinking about declaring. And that's how we're going to re-introduce everyone to Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and the son and brother of two former presidents. Mr. Bush announced Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter that he is actively exploring the possibility of a presidential run; he also said he'll start a Leadership PAC to help "expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans."
2) How will Mr. Bush's announcement play? We'll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, we can take a look at a Monmouth University poll – released on Tuesday, prior to the announcement from the Florida Bush – that shows the Republican side of the coming presidential race is something of a mess. Responding to an open-ended question about unnamed potential candidates, those participating in the survey placed Mr. Bush fourth in the group, behind 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, conservative author Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. (and noted Dallas Cowboys fan) Chris Christie. It's worth noting that none of the candidates – the list also includes Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Mark Rubio and our own Rick Santorum – garnered double-digit support. Compare that with the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton led with 48 percent in a Monmouth Poll released Monday.
3) Who looks worse: state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown, the latest legislators facing bribery charges in an ongoing investigation by the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, or state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who declined to pursue the investigation which has now netted charges against three legislators?
4) Allegheny County Controller Chelsea Wagner has been a thorn in the side of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, so when Mark Patrick Flaherty, the former county controller who announced on Tuesday he would again seek the office, says he hopes to restore respect to the office, he's taking a shot at Ms. Wagner. We know that Ms. Wagner isn't shy; true to form, she fired back on Tuesday, saying county residents deserve better than a candidate "who is running at the direction of the county executive and answers to him."
5) No one really asked him, but U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab – of the federal district court in Pittsburgh – issued a ruling on Tuesday that said President Obama's recent executive orders on immigration overstepped the authority of the White House. It's not clear if Judge Schwab's opinion will have any weight beyond the local immigration case – the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed it in a statement Tuesday – but we'd bet we're going to hear more about in the coming days.