DAILY GRINDER: Santorum’s ‘Big Announcement’ Revealed?

I'm coming.

For weeks, Rick Santorum has been telling us all about his “big plans” for the future. Personally, we’ve been on the edge of our various seats. THE EDGE, I TELL YOU. What would it be? Hosting his own Bible trivia gameshow? Opening a chain of Christian-themed steak houses? A hot air balloon trip around the world? Sadly, the answer to all three educated guesses is looking like one big “no.” Rather, according to ABC News, “the former presidential candidate will be announcing the formation of a 501 c(4) organization that he will use to pursue a set of issues he has fought for during much of his political career.” Just what we need: Another group taking in dark money and handing it out to anti-abortion politicians across the rust belt.

Budget bills are expected to begin moving in City Council today.

Mayor Michael Nutter is at the Sugary Drinks Summit in Washington, DC today. We know it sounds like a fun summit, maybe with gigantic mountains of Slurpee ice, rivers of Mountain Dew and a guy walking around in a Hawaiian Punch man cloth costume, punching people. Not so much: it’s about anti-sugary drink policy and it’s full of politicians. It’s the sort of place where New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks around with his head held high for being all anti-fat and diabetes is a 4-letter word, plus 4 letters.

The Inquirer is not happy with Councilman Bill Greenlee’s bike lane proposal, in which Councilmembers get to decide if their district should have lanes installed. They claim this will make the city “less cycling-friendly over time.” That’s probably not true, but we catch the drift.

High profile sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania means one thing and one thing only: The state should reconsider its ban on cameras in the courtroom. We’re one of just eight states to bar cameras.

Philadelphia schools are laying off 300 more staffers this week. The layoffs take effect June 30.

Pennsylvania is paying the federal government back nearly $4 billion it’s been borrowing since 2009 to pay unemployment claims. Now, they’re paying off the debt, by refinancing.

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