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Are there trust-deficit fixes?
Fri, Aug 12, 2016, 8:26 AM
Got lots of email (an unexpected amount, actually, and still getting some) on a Wednesday column about our growing trust deficit. The column...
In Pa., there's always enough $$$ for raises
Tue, Aug 9, 2016, 8:59 AM
It always strikes me as curious that even when a state, let's say Pennsylvania, has unending fiscal problems, a structural deficit, a pension...
Dump Trump? Fugetaboutit!
Thu, Aug 4, 2016, 8:52 AM
And so we see another round of Republican hand-wringing and recriminations over the party's presidential nominee and his unique, unending ability...
The joys of convention journalism
Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 11:14 AM
This a tale of the fun to be had and all the glamour of a big-city columnist covering a national convention. It's a story of heat, traffic...
Hillary Clinton slips in Pennsylvania
Wed, Jul 13, 2016, 8:36 AM
A new snapshot poll shows Hillary Clinton slipping in Pennsylvania and wallowing in two other critical states, Ohio and Florida, no doubt due...
Kicking Kane some more
Tue, Jun 28, 2016, 8:50 AM
For Kathleen Kane the hits just keep on coming. She's not running for reelection. She faces a criminal trial in August. She's serving as the...
Toomey up, Obama up, Wolf not so much
Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 8:55 AM
A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday seems to show a little bit of bipartisanship or maybe just fickle thinking among Pennsylvania...
Pa. leads northeast states in NRA money
Tue, Jun 14, 2016, 8:38 AM
Pennsylvania, where (for much of the state) the first day of deer hunting season is treated as a holiday, leads all northeastern states and...
John Baer has written about politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. Neither subject ever fails to provide him with stories of policies and politicians walking on or skirting by paths to perdition.