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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Heads Up: Morning headlines for Feb. 27

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Pittsburgh City Council -- where the motto is "better late than never" -- is now proposing that funds from police secondary details be transferred out of the police bureau itself, and be handling by the city's finance director instead.

And because I know you've been wondering ... yes, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner is still thinking of running for mayor as an independent in November.

"Nepotism lives!" reports WTAE-TV, which finds that nearly one in five top elected officials has a relative somewhere in the workforce.

Meanwhile, here's how balled up Congress is: Pa. Senator Pat Toomey -- who just won high praise from the ultra-conservative Club for Growth -- actually sounds more reasonable than some of his GOP peers on the looming sequestration cuts that go into effect by week's end. Toomey has a proposal -- which he plans to offer as legislation -- to give President Obama some discretionary power over how to enact those cuts. It's understandable that Democrats aren't happy -- Toomey's proposal keeps the overall dollar-value of the cuts in place, so it's like a choice between cutting off an arm with a chainsaw, or a rusty meat cleaver. But to hear the GOP insist that these cuts have to be carried out as stupidly as possible? Grim.

Our comrades over at the Philadelphia City Paper have a new report out on how the state's largest school-voucher proponent may have broken election law last year, by allegedly using other election committees as pass-throughs for its own donations. If such patterns of giving and the group in question, Students First, sounds familiar, it may be because we wrote last November about the closely-knit voucher network's activities statewide last year.

And finally ... a pair of brothers in Montgomery County are suing Anheuser-Busch, claiming it waters its beer down. You can almost hear a few other beermakers out there slapping their foreheads and saying, "You mean you can get sued for that?"

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