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POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:40 AM

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

JB: Hey, boss, didya renew your subscription to "The Family in America?" Just $35 for a year's worth of the popular quarterly journal.

BE: Gee, I hope so. Wouldn't want to miss an issue.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 10:44 AM

Monday night's raucus Republican debate at the Mrytle Beach Convention Center before a raucous crowd of 3,000 really was low-brow entertainment.

In fact, Gov. Rick Perry, the delusional Texan pretending he's still a viable candidate, actually summed it up nicely near the end.

Fox host Brett Baier started the evening telling the audience there'd be no noise to signal that a candidate's time had expired. But during the debate he more than once said they might have to bring back the bell or some other noise.

POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012, 10:23 AM

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

JB: Well, boss, today we have two very good examples of why voters find it difficult to believe what candidates say.

BE: You mean like a candidate who runs on "change you can believe in" and then oversees a Washington culture that doesn't much change at all?

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012, 10:48 AM

Women candidates for public office such as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Hillary Clinton certainly get plenty of attention when running, but a new study shows a continuing gender gap in American politics when it comes to women seeking and holding office.

Based on a survey of 4,000 lawyers, activists, business leaders and educators, the study, "Men Rule: The Continued Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics," says the gap in interest in running for office remains about the same as a decade ago.

Conducted by Jennifer Lewis, of American University's School of Public Affairs, and Richard Fox, of Loyola Marymount University, the study says there are seven main reasons why:

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 10:34 AM

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

BE: Ya know, JB, with the always-inevitable Mitt Romney still looking inevitable, the question I have is what do the other five GOP candidates really want?

JB: Well, let's take them one at a time. You tell me what you think. I'll tell you what I think. How about Newt?

POSTED: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:35 AM

Despite his intolerant, finger-wagging moral superiority, GOP candidate Rick Santorum sure has played his nerdy sweater vest to his utmost advantage.

He claims national retail sales of sweater vests are up since he started sporting one as his standard campaign uniform.

His website now offers donors sweater vests for a $100 contribution: "100% cotton, made in the USA, comes in gray...don't let sleeves slow you down."

POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 10:07 AM

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

JB: Hey, chief, didya see that the head of the state Senate, GOP Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, is asking for public suggestions on how to improve the Legislature's website?

BE: The Legislature has a website? Wait, of course it does, it has everything else: good pay, good perks, per diems, fancy offices, half the year off, why wouldn't it have a website?

POSTED: Monday, January 9, 2012, 11:18 AM

The bad thing about these GOP debates is that multiple candidates offer so much data that the average viewer is awash in information and it's often tough to digest or even assess what's fact and what's fiction.

The good thing is there's FactCheck.org, a non-partisan watchdog group run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn. It is invaluable given that most regular media have neither the resources nor the inclination to focus on much beyond the horserace.

So, here's a sample from FactCheck's take on the two weekend debates in New Hampshire.

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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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