1) He's from McKees Rocks and he lives just next door, so we're going to go ahead and call John Kasich, who will officially become the 385th Republican candidate for president this morning, a hometown guy. The Ohio governor is pretty much the last big name to jump into the race, and that poses some problems in and of itself; Kasich's name recognition numbers are low and he's barely registering in recent polls, and that's probably going to keep him off the stage at the first GOP debate – which is being held in Cleveland, meaning the governor won't be participating in the debate in his own state.
2) Besides starting well behind the pack, Mr. Kasich has another well-known issue to overcome: his temper. Supporters say the governor's tendency to be direct is "refreshing." Those who have been on the receiving end of his outbursts may have another name for it.
3) And Issue No. 3 for Mr. Kasich: He's a more moderate guy than most of his opponents, and while that could be a helpful thing in a general election race against a Democrat, it's not going to do him any favors in the primary, where it's the more conservative, the better.
4) From fivethirtyeight.com: "Trolls operate on the principle that negative attention is better than none. In fact, the troll may feed off the negative attention, claiming it makes him a victim and proves that everyone is out to get him. Sound like any presidential candidates you know?"
5) Despite some recent conciliatory discussions, state Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Burn and Gov. Tom Wolf have never been tight. The apparent result? Mr. Burn announced this morning that he'll step down in September.