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POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012, 11:07 AM

Convicted state Sen. Jane Orie, a member of the Legislature since 1997, a past member of Senate leadership and a one-time potential candidate for state attorney general, plans to resign her Senate seat before her scheduled May 21 sentencing on 14 corruption counts.

To which all taxpayers shout, "ORIE-VEDERCI!"

She remains on the state payroll despite her conviction March 26 -- almost two years after she was charged with illegally using her office for political gain -- because lawmakers do not have to step down until the day they are sentenced.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 2:23 PM

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

BE: Hey, JB, see that Mitt and Rick are set to meet on Friday?

JB: Yep. Undisclosed location. No press. No photo-ops. No endorsement.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 10:16 AM

Good ideas seldom go far in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Here's one that ought to.

State Rep. Tony Deluca, D-Allegheny County, on Tuesday officially proposed preventing state and local officeholders from running for another office while still holding the one they have.

Such is the case in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh due to local charter rules. If you want to run for something other than the office you hold, you have to resign the office you hold.

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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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