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POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014, 9:18 AM

After a long holiday break and before taking a long budget-hearings break, your state lawmakers are back in voting sessions this week. Here's some of what they're up to.

Apart from the usual heavy-lift tasks of naming bridges and highways, there are a few of pieces of legislation that make sense and, in one case, certain to garner attention.

In the House, Beaver County Republican Rep. Jim Christiana has a bill ready for votes (HB 1411) creating a searchable website to allow the public to look at details of school districts' revenue and spending.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 8:48 AM

(A brief conversation twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)

BE: I assume you're following the breaking controversy over photos of Canadian farmers?

JB: Ah, yes. The Corbett campaign caught red-handed using pix of farmers from Canada on its campaign website. Proof positive that the silly season is upon us.

POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014, 9:05 AM

Okay, look, I was off for a long time and full details on jobs numbers trickle in but want to keep you as up to date as possible on where exactly we are these days.


Job creation and unemployment are always key in big campaigns and certain to play a role in PA's race for governor.

POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 8:50 AM

Just in time for holiday over-indulgence to start wearing off and new year's resolutions about drinking less to start kicking in, comes a study that purports to show how one's booze preference can indicate one's political leanings.

Yep, nothing apparently goes unstudied these days.

The Washington Post offers a chart showing brand-name booze linked to voters' political preference.

POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 9:02 AM

This, in the words of Miley Cyrus, is "pretty cool."

Not that the twerking pop-icon and reported finalist (unbelievably) for Time magazine's Person of the Year (which, thankfully, is Pope Francis) has anything to do with the inaugural Pattisan Leader Ball.

What, you ask, is the Pattisan Leader Ball?

POSTED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 9:05 AM

You may have heard that all eight announced Democrats running for governor next year are bunched in Eastern PA leaving open the possibility that a Western candidate enters the race and carries the day in May.

You perhaps remember Scott Conklin. He was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010, running with Pittsburgh's Dan Onorato.

No? Let me remind you. Conklin is a state House member from Centre County who was mentioned early, as in last spring, as a maybe running for the top of the ticket this time out.

POSTED: Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:25 AM

After noting in a blogpost last week that the annual PA Society gathering of state pols and big shots in New York City (scheduled for this coming weekend) should be moved to PA so money spent by state revelers would benefit their own state, a reader offered a specific destination -- complete with details.

"Mr. Baer:

Thank you for suggesting that the Pennsylvania Society meet here in Pennsylvania instead of New York City. We’d like to nominate ourselves as the ideal venue for this grand occasion.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 8:55 AM
Tom Wolf, of York County, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor. (Photo from

Tom Wolf, one of eight announced Democrats for governor, is taking a different approach to the annual PA Society weekend set for Dec.13-14 in NYC.

You know the gig, right?

Big-shot Pennsylvanians (and wannabe big shots) migrate to The Apple for a few days of parties, receptions, shopping and general excess to celebrate themselves and spend money in another state during the holidays.

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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at

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