Some stories, like leftovers in the fridge, get better with time. Thus:
Jim O'Toole covers a Dem executive/controller forum in East Liberty.
Keith Rothfus disses Jason Altmire (and mentions Early Returns) in a letter to the editor today.
I write about a rare flareup among local Republicans on county council's at-large GOP seat:
Local GOP fights are rare but when they happen they are doozies. County Commissioner Bob Cranmer broke with Republican running mate Larry Dunn in 1997, changing the face of county government. The city's GOP chair Bob Hillen filed a criminal complaint against county chair Robert Glancy in 2006, accusing him of macing, which could have landed Mr. Glancy in jail.
The most direct comparison may be the bitter GOP primary fight between county commissioner Bill Hunt and challenger Barbara Hafer in 1983. Like the current battle over the Republican at-large seat, the '83 contest was for an all but vestigial position -- the minority seat in a body controlled by Democrats Tom Foerster and Pete Flaherty. Mr. Hunt famously dismissed Ms. Hafer as "the little nurse from Elizabeth," a remark she rode to victory and used throughout her political career.