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Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To Bill Peduto. The Democrats' newly minted nominee for Pittsburgh mayor — and given the Democrats' large registration edge, likely Pittsburgh's next mayor — says we need government to empower people and innovation. And here we thought government derives its power from the people and that the private sector is the best catalyst for innovation. Silly us.

Lance: To Mr. Peduto. He credits his mayoral primary victory to a “great message that resonated with a majority of the people of Pittsburgh.” Really? Peduto was elected by a quite small minority of the electorate that's a small minority of the population. That's always been the problem with “progressives” — they don't count very well.

Laurel: To Sue Means. Fifth District Allegheny County voters rejected spoils-system politics when they elected the Bethel Park Republican to serve out the remaining term of departed County Councilman Vince Gastgeb. She defeated Republican Krista Harris, appointed to the seat on an interim basis as a reward for a relative's work on another pol's campaign. Here's to voters who rejected such a machination.

Lance: To KDKA-FM. The sports station better known as Sports Radio 93.7 The Fan will hold open auditions to find a new on-air personality, “someone who can grow into a superstar.” But it says “participants will be judged ... on their ability to rant on a random sports topic.” Can sports radio be dumbed down any more? KDKA just did.

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