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POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:25 AM

And now we hear from the heart of Pennsylvania's political "T."

The "T" is that section of the state that runs up the middle and across the top and is known for its conservative Republican constituency and it's bleed-blue-and-white love for Penn State football.

So what says the "T?"

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:49 AM

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

JB: I just know you saw that story about exploding wine sold in State Stores.

BE: Oh, yeah. A real party-starter.

POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

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

JB: Yo, chief, not sure you caught it, but the Harrisburg Patriot-News is offering a way to fill the state's huge budget hole without any real heavy lifting.

BE: And by "heavy lifting" I assume you mean doing nothing on pensions, liquor reform or broad general taxes?

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9:06 AM

Now batting: House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County.

Here's the pitch....CRACK!

It's a long fly ball to deep right field. It's off the wall. And Metcalfe is into second base with a stand-up double standard.

POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 8:34 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer and Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)

BE: I see our state Senate is once again poised to pull the trigger on reforming our archaic liquor system.

JB: Yawn.

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 8:24 AM

On the heels of the first head-to-head post-primary poll in the Pennsylvania governor's race, The Washington Post still lists Gov. Corbett as the nation's number one incumbent likely not to remain an incumbent.

A Rasmussen Report poll released Sunday shows Corbett trailing Democratic nominee Tom Wolf by 20 points (51-31) with 14 percent undecided.

The poll says likely voters trust Wolf more than Corbett on social issues, ethics and on government spending and taxes. And it says while 83 percent of Democrats back Wolf, just 59 percent of Republicans back Corbett. And Wolf holds a 10-point lead among independents.

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:04 AM

You know about mid-term elections, right?

Low turnout. Bad for the party that holds the White House. It's what we call a trend. And it's likely to repeat this year.

But the other trend apparently getting ready to repeat is this: no competition.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 8:26 AM
Tom Corbett (seen here) might be rated America's most vulnerable governor, but he's got history on his side as he prepares to face the Democratic nominee, Tom Wolf. MATT ROURKE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The first public poll since last week's Primary Election shows Gov. Corbett still facing an uphill path to a second term.

The poll, conducted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute, shows fewer than one in three likely voters (30.8 percent) hold a positive view of the incumbent Republican.

The, um, "good news" is that number's up since the last Morris poll in February when just 29.4 percent of voters held a favorable impression of the Guv.

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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 baerj@phillynews.com.

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 baerj@phillynews.com.

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