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POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 10:15 AM

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

BE: What's the latest on the battle for the political soul of Pennsylvania?

JB: You must mean the fight over boundary lines for state House & Senate seats. You'll be happy to know the powers in both political parties are sticking to their long-held positions that politics comes first.

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:29 AM

We all know campaign rhetoric is almost always just that, no more than strings of words shot like arrows at opponents in order to draw blood.

And we know from experience both sides are guility of overstating arguments, twisting facts or obliterating truth to make partisan points.

Still, sometimes it goes too far.

POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:24 PM

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

JB: Yo, chief, didya watch that Thursday night GOP debate?

BE: You kidding? Thursday night is "Project Runway All Stars" on Lifetime.

POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 10:41 AM

"Holy cow."

That was the reaction from good-government crusader Tim Potts, co-founder of the grassroots reform group Democracy Rising Pa, to news late yesterday that the state Supreme Court trashed a gerrymandered plan to redraw the lines for state House and Senate seats.

It was my reaction too.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:14 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, you see that a bill to reduce the size of the state House by 50 members actually passed out of committee and on to the House floor.

BE: I did! Can this mean? Could it be? Lord almighty, might it happen?

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 3:36 PM

There were two big differences in last night's GOP debate in Tampa: Mitt & Newt changed their approach; and the live audience wasn't a mob.

I suspect the latter had plenty to do with the Newt's flip. And, clearly, Mitt's South Carolina loss had everything to do with his flip.

Consider. Mitt, after being badly stung in the Palmetto state, last night stung back. He went at Newt with pointed, direct-hit reminders that Newt "resigned in disgrace" as House speaker and went on to become a Washington "influence-peddler" making millions off political contacts.

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 10:32 AM

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

JB: How ya feelin' today, boss.

BE: A little under the weather, why?

POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:16 AM

If you heard a  squeak out of the Capitol in Harrisburg this week it was a Democratic assessment of Gov. Corbett's first year in office. He was inaugurated Jan. 18, 2011.

To mark the anniversary, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody of Pittsburgh issued a press release charging that Corbett's year was spent waging a "relentless all-out-attack" on the middle class and vulnerable citizens.

Dermody's support for this assessment includes the following:

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