Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Tuesday: Office-Holders Prepare for Figurative, Rhetorical Combat to Sort Out Public Agenda
This (Trib, Bobby Kerlik) could cause a potentially serious political bottleneck (ProgressPittsburgh) over in the southeast. Harris majority enthusiasts right now are probably furtively, politely celebrating -- although foes of the iconic Councilman Shields are probably licking their chops all the same.*
*-UPDATE: Early Returns comes to a differing conclusion, "despite yesterday's announcement Shields still has a district judge seat to run for, but it won't be easy."
Meanwhile on the South Side, Mr. Kraus makes it official that he is in for another go-round, having protected libraries, opened a District Office, and worked to fight crime and schmutz.
Speaking of rematches, it's snow vs. the mayor again starting this afternoon: P-G, Jon Schmitz.
Finally, the P-G recommends against the first of two Burgess referendums -- the one which, while also enhancing the probability of bathing City Council in a bad light for several months and diverting the conversation towards how we should apportion blame for various imperfect states of affairs instead of how we might be fixing the City next -- additionally forwards some uncomfortable, hard-to-brush-aside truths about the property tax.