1) Marcus Brown isn't going anywhere, even after the state Senate rejected his nomination to become commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Monday's vote came after Gov. Tom Wolf withdrew the nomination of Col. Brown in hopes that he'd have more time to convince senators that the former head of the Maryland state police was worthy of the position. The Senate wasn't convinced; neither was the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, which called the news that Col. Brown would remain as acting commissioner "disheartening." The Wolf administration explains that Col. Brown was hired as a deputy commissioner and then elevated to acting commissioner ... and that he would stay there, regardless of the Senate's vote. What does this portend? Perhaps A) another legal battle between Harrisburg Republicans and Gov. Go Time (see Erik Arneson) and B) an ugly – and extended – budget season.
2) Here's an appointment for which Mr. Wolf won't need Senate approval: Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, is thinking about stepping down.
3) With an announcement on Twitter Monday night, Iggy Azalea gracefully bowed out of her scheduled performance at Pittsburgh Pride this weekend, ending the debate over her worthiness to perform after making racist and homophobic comments in the past. To her credit, Ms. Azalea acknowledged and apologized for those remarks, which the 25-year-old said she made as "a young person." But while the flap over Ms. Azalea is over, the furor over the Delta Foundation, the group that organizes Pride, seems to be just getting started.
4) The Washington Post takes us back to 1984, when current Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley jumped into national politics by working on the candidacy of Gary Hart. The team of upstarts is now a bit more seasoned, and they're working for Mr. O'Malley this time around. Like Mr. Hart, Mr. O'Malley -- the former governor of Maryland – is a long shot, but it's worth noting that Mr. Hart was able to sustain his effort through the Democratic convention that summer.
5) We're all aware that successful political campaigns require cash, and lots of it. But we wonder if any of the Republican presidential candidates will fall in with Jay Faison, a North Carolina businessman who has started a $175 million campaign to push the party to stop fumbling over the science of climate change and to start talking about solutions.