1) Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote today to make changes to the commission that's in charge of naming public property or facilities, much to the chagrin of Councilwoman Darlene Harris, who may never get to use that Luke Ravenstahl plaque she's been stowing in her office – the $2,100 one, paid for by city taxpayers, that was to have been placed at a Riverview Park soccer field. The trouble is that no one – not the commission, not the council – approved of the name change or the expense of having the plaque made. And there is no better illustration why the city must have guidelines for this process. Mrs. Harris accuses Mayor Bill Peduto of playing politics with this issue; what she's really upset about, through, is that it's not Pittsburgh Politics As Usual, as in the good old days when we scratched the backs of our favorites with taxpayer-funded $2,100 plaques that no one approved. It shouldn't work that way any longer, Mrs. Harris, and it's good that those days are apparently over.
2) Want to learn more about the details about Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal? You can ask Governor Go Time himself, when he holds a Facebook town hall meeting at 1:30 this afternoon.
3) Ohio Gov. John Kasich hasn't publicly made up his mind about a 2016 presidential run, but it's pretty clear that he's got presidential stuff on the brain; he's just scheduled an appearance at next month's First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit, a New Hampshire event that is expected to feature each of the GOP's potential presidential candidates.
4) The one man who has declared himself a candidate, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, has been so busy running – officially or otherwise— that he's been neglecting his day job. Politico reports that Mr. Cruz has bothered to attend just three of this year's 16 Senate Armed Services Committee hearings.
5) Newspapers reserve Page 1 editorials for only the most serious of issues; we'd agree with the editorial board of the Indianapolis Star that Indiana's adoption of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – without accompanying legislation that outlaw discrimination people based on sexual orientation or gender identity – is serious enough.