1) If we include an announcement to come from Arkansas later today, three more Republicans have announced they are running for their party's nomination for vice president. Sure, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said they have their eyes on the big prize, but we're going to go ahead and say their chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination are miniscule. And while Arkansas governor/presidential candidate/Fox News pundit/presidential candidate again Mike Huckabee has won a handful of states here and there in previous Republican primaries, his base isn't big enough to do much beyond stealing votes from Ted Cruz. However, each of the newly minted candidates could help satisfy a specific demand when the eventual nominee begins looking for a running mate. Our early favorite? That would be Mrs. Fiorina, who is already showing a propensity for poking at Hillary Clinton.
2) When Mr. Cruz announced his candidacy, we noted that the folks who run his campaign hadn't done such a hot job of locking down potential domain names, leaving their candidate vulnerable to parody sites. It now appears that this may be more of a Republican problem than a Ted Cruz problem. Mrs. Fiorina's campaign site can be found at carlyforpresident.com, but calling up carlyfiorina.org will take you to a site that points out that Mrs. Fiorina was responsible for 30,000 layoffs while she ran HP. C'mon, Republicans – it's 2015, and you guys should know how this works by now.
3) Color us light blue, according to Politico. The site released its first electoral map for the 2016 presidential election, and it counts Pennsylvania as leaning Democratic, an assessment that doesn't seem as shocking when one considers that we haven't voted Republican in a presidential race since 1988. Our neighbors? Also unsurprising: West Virginia is a safe R; New York, New Jersey and Maryland are all safe Ds and Ohio, of course, is a tossup.
4) Mrs. Clinton will go back to Washington to publicly answer questions from a Congressional committee — controlled by Republicans, of course -- about Benghazi and the email system she used as secretary of state. We suspect that we won't learn much new about either issue, but watching how the Democratic candidate handles the questions will be an interesting early campaign test.
5) In just two weeks, Pennsylvania's municipal primary election will be upon us, and that's plenty of time to track down information about the races we'll see on the ballot. Naturally, the Post-Gazette is here to help, whether you want to peruse our preview stories about the election's important races – like, say, the one for Pittsburgh controller – at our election coverage page or if you want to see who's been endorsed by the PG's editorial board.