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POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 10:43 AM

Like the freak snow and ice storm that hit much of the northeast over the weekend, causing widespread power outages, Heman Cain also got hit with a storm that could cause him to lose power.

The next few days will prove critical to Cain's GOP presidential candidacy after a politico.com report citing sourced allegations that Cain was twice accused of sexual harassment while running the National Restaurant Association during the 1990's.

The report broke Sunday, just one day after a Des Moines Register published a poll showing Cain statistically tied with Mitt Romney in Iowa, a key early Republican test.

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 10:53 AM

Forget about vouchers, Marcellus shale, State Stores and transportation funding. State lawmakers are taking aim at another issue likely to create surefire feuds across the state.

I'm talking about a bill to lift the current restriction on hunting on Sundays.

Surprisingly (to me), Pennsylvania, a land of duck blinds and deer jerky, is NOT among the 43 states that already allow some form of Sunday hunting.

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 10:46 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, you remember Gene Stilp, right?

BE: Sure, Harrisburg activist, political gadfly, creator of the pink pig to protest the legislative payraise.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10:26 AM

The long-awaited and probably purposely delayed Corbett administration study of the State Store system now is public and all I can say is count me in.

That's because this study, like all the studies before it over the past quarter-century of efforts to get the state out of the liquor business, is exactly like the powers that be saying to consumers, "Hey, ya want another round on the house?"

Of course we do.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 10:50 AM

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

JB: We are...welders!

BE: I don't know what that means.

POSTED: Monday, October 24, 2011, 10:44 AM

I imagine the zillion or so partisan bloggers and political wesbites are buzzing around comments by Joe Biden that his "one focus" is getting a second term for President Obama.

The VP made the remark during an interview with CNN's Sunday show, "State of the Union," and it sounds a lot like a comment made last year by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who said his "single most important" goal is to make Obama a one-term president.

Democrats, including Obama, have pounded away at McConnell's comment ever since, offering it as evidence Republicans don't want to help fix the economy or create jobs or do anything other than unseat the incumbent.

POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011, 10:32 AM

Pennsylvania's just-out new jobs report shows the state's unemployment rate inching up while the national rate, though higher, remains flat.

The state rate rose to 8.3 percent for September. That's the fourth straight month of increase and represents 15,800 jobs lost.

While the national rate remained at 9.1 percent, this slow climb in Pennsylvania could signal trouble ahead for the Corbett administration and the legislature.

POSTED: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:38 AM

The Pew Research Center this week released findings of a sweeping and interesting analysis of media coverage of the early presidential campaign, findings likely to surprise those who think that the media coddles the incumbent president.

You can read a snapshot and click through to the full study here.

Or I can tell you about it.

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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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