1) We all know what happens when the general manager of a sports franchise or the athletics director at a university give an embattled coach a public vote of confidence – it almost always means that the coach in question will be history in short order. We don't know if Gov. Tom Wolf used the dreaded "vote of confidence" wording when he said on Tuesday that he didn't expect embattled state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign ... but still.
2) We've heard a lot about transparency from Mr. Wolf, both during his campaign against former Gov. Tom Corbett and once his administration took office in January. But in at least one instance – the email retention policy of the state's executive branch – Mr. Wolf's team seems to be content to carry on the policies of its predecessor. The Post-Gazette and several other news outlets have asked the state Supreme Court to take on a case to decide whether the current email retention policy – which states that individual employees can decide for themselves whether messages are transitory or should be retained as important governmental records – should be allowed to stand. Jeffrey Sheridan, spokesman for Mr. Wolf, said attorneys for the administration are working on a response to Tuesday's filing. But in the meantime, it's enough to note that the Wolf administration filed a brief for the case in March that said it would carry on the policy of Mr. Corbett's team.
3) Our next state treasurer? If it all works out with the state Senate's confirmation process, he'll bring experience as a venture capitalist and an adviser to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
4) Hey, look – we have another officially declared Republican presidential candidate. And we'd have to think Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is a more viable candidate than his colleague from Canada Texas – even if he's had to change his mind on a whole bunch of a few things.
5) The Emperor of the state Senate has set his sights on increasing the Republican majority in that body and turning the ideological makeup of his party colleagues sharply to the right.