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POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8:43 AM
Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Texas officials opposed to new federal gun control proposals plan to speak on the steps of the state Capitol during a pro-Second Amendment rally. The event is one of many rallies planned across the country Saturday. They come four days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Another day, another load of grist for the gun debate.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Pennsylvanians support a variety of gun control measures from background checks to a ban on some weapons and ammo magazines.

Here are the highlights:

  • 95 – 5 percent for requiring background checks for all gun purchases;
  • 60 – 37 percent for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons;
  • 59 – 39 percent for a nationwide ban on the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds.
POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:47 AM
Governor Tom Corbett answers questions during a briefing of his budget proposal to the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board January 23, 2013. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

While a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning strongly suggests that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is very a bad bet for reelection next year, members of the anti-Corbett crowd would do well to check their own cards before going all in.

The poll says Pennsylvania voters, by a 51-31 margin, don't think TC deserves a second term.

It says women, by a 45-31 margin, disapprove of the guv.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 8:40 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, see the news story in the British tab The Daily Mail over the weekend.

BE: Oh, yeah, I usually spend my weekends reading British tabs.

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:06 AM
"We stay nuts and bolts - we make beer," says Richard L. Yuengling Jr., owner of D.G Yuengling & Son Inc.in Pottsville, Pa. MARK GAMBOL / D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. / Bloomberg News

Let's all take a moment on a cold winter day to pay homage to a booming biz in PA.

For while winter might not be the time to think beer, you should know that suds are sizzling here.

(That's my two-line ditty in praise of one of mankind's oldest and best creations, dating back to -- according to Wikipedia, the source of all modern knowledge -- at least "the 5th millenium BC.")

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 8:31 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gestures while speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in State College, Pa. The NCAA overstepped its authority by imposing hefty sanctions on Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, Corbett said in announcing a federal lawsuit against the college athletics governing body. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

Gov. Corbett hosted about 75 former Penn State football players at the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg Tuesday night to explain his lawsuit against the NCAA, according to Harrisburg media.

Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of Joe Paterno's death.

One news outlet, ABC News affiliate WHTM-TV, says the private two-hour session included a sit-down dinner. Let's hope Corbett's campaign fund and not taxpayers picked up the tab.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:15 AM
Dan Truitt, a Republican from West Chester, has begun his second term as the state representative for the 156th Legislative District. He's pushing to make lawmakers more accountable for their expenses. (From www.reptruitt.com)

Imagine your boss accepting your word that you spend $160 a-day on expenses every day you go to work because your company doesn't require any proof you actually spend the money.

Such is life in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

As I have written over and over, one of the more abusive perks taxpayers fund for the largest full-time legislature in America is per diem expenses, about $4 million worth in the latest legislative session.

POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013, 8:50 AM
President Barack Obama greets supporters and donors at an inaugural reception for the 57th Presidential Inauguration at The National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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

JB: Know what annoys me?

BE: Practically everything?

POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013, 8:48 AM
Gov. Tom Corbett, right, and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., second left, greet, Kathleen Kane, center, before she took her oath of office for Pennsylvania Attorney General at the state (AP)

By the end of the very day Gov. Corbett announced details and defended his decision to contract with the British firm Camelot Global Services to manage the state lottery, top legislative Democrats formally asked Atty. Gen. Kathleen Kane to kibosh the contract.

House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa sent a letter to Kane on Thursday claiming the contract violates state and federal law.

Kane has 30 days to review then approve or reject the contract.

About this blog
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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