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POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:41 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, see them new polls on the presidential race?

BE: You mean the Reuters poll showing Romney closing or Gallup's daily tracking poll showing Romney leading or the CNN poll showing Obama leading?

POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 10:53 AM

In a Monday column on the contested Democratic primary for state Attorney General, I lay out some of the issues former Lackawanna County assistant DA Kathleen Kane and former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy are fighting over.

But who has the better chance of winning?

Here, based on background interviews with insiders in both camps and other political strategists, are the paths to victory in next week's primary, and thoughts on who's a better bet in the fall.

POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:10 PM

Know what really makes me grrrr about the "Buffet Rule?"

I mean other than the fact that it's clearly an attempt by the incumbent president to remain the incumbent president by waving it around to make people who earn less than $1 million a-year, a.k.a most voters, feel cheated by and angry at those who make more than $1 million a-year, like, say, oh, I don't know, Mitt Romney.

And so, Obama pushes the "Buffet Rule" all over the country, over and over. And he just held a high-profile event at the White House with a bunch of millionaires and their secretaries to urge passage of the "Paying a Fair Share Act" in the Senate the week of April 16.

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 1:16 PM

Perhaps you heard or read about Gov. Corbett's interview Wednesday on WPHT radio in which he excoriates the Daily News for what he calls it's "sophmoric" depiction of him as the Tinman from the Wizard of Oz.

The front-page image of Corbett in a Tinman suit, complete with the oil funnel hat, suggested the Guv needs to find a heart instead of taking Medicade benefits away from sick kids.

The April 3 story by colleagues Michael Hinkelman and Catherine Lucey detailed how Corbett's welfare department swept 89,000 kids -- about 25,000 in Philly -- off medical benefit rolls in an effort to bring department paperwork up to date. In the process, tens of thousands of kids were tossed incorrectly, and many since were reinstated.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:52 AM

You likely saw this headline and wondered, who?

Don't feel bad, you're not alone.

Fact is that even in this day of constant info and news flow, of unending coverage of politics and campaigns, there are still some candidates out there nobody knows and who are, as a result, crying for attention.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:36 AM

Remember that unanimously-adopted "Year of the Bible" resolution your state House passed back in January?

Remember how a bunch of lawmakers, including Philly Democrats Mark Cohen, Babette Josephs and Tony Payton, opposed it after voting for it on grounds they hadn't read it and didn't know they were voting to make 2012 the year of the Bible in Pennsylvania?

And how that set off a round of comment, including from the likes of me, about, you know, do they ever read what they vote for, don't they have anything more pressing to do than pushing a measure that some say suggests monolithic religious intolerance?

POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012, 12:01 PM

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

JB: Well, boss, time for Mitt to pick a running mate.

BE: As if that ever matters.

POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012, 10:24 AM

Apparently anxious to grab political advantage in the face of a widely reported "gender gap" in the presidential election, the White House on Friday released data on improving the economic lot of women.

The data comes as part of a "White House Forum on Women and the Economy" and a new report, "Keeping America's Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last."

Certainly, the timing carries some political benefit. It comes just after the release of a USA Today/Gallup poll showing President Obama holding an 18-point lead with women over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

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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