1) Here comes Rick, Part One: Our own Rick Santorum will announce his presidential intentions tomorrow in Butler County. Spoiler alert: the former Republican senator spent the weekend grousing about the guidelines for the upcoming Republican debates because he could be left off the stage -- so we're pretty sure he's in.
2) Here comes Rick, Part Two: Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and -- as far as we know – the only accused felon considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, is also on the verge of announcing his candidacy. We assume he's going to be able to recall more than two cabinet-level departments this time around. Oops.
3) Someone who's not running (perhaps because he's considering a run for something else): Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro told the Philly Inquirer he's not going to run against Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. But would a run by Mr. Shapiro against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane be a possibility? Mr. Shapiro had no comment.
4) One of the state's leading medical marijuana activists says the assignment of the bill adopted by the state Senate to House Health Committee, chaired by Tioga County Republican and medical marijuana opponent Rep. Matt Baker, is a "slap in the face" to families that had high hopes the bill would at least get a fair shake. Meanwhile, Mr. Baker continues to point out the Pennsylvania Medical Society's opposition to the bill, which is sort of truthy – the society also says the federal government should change marijuana's legal status as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no potential for medical use, so it can be studied more thoroughly.
5) Need an example of what can happen when government plays nice with foundations and private groups? Look no further than the 500 bicycles and 50 bike-share stations that will formally open for business around Pittsburgh this weekend.