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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 8:43 AM

It had to happen.

The Penn State story is now part of the campaign for state attorney general with candidates staking out differing views on the handling of the child-sex scandal.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News plays the dispute across the top of page 1 Thursday and the candidates positions perfectly reflect the mostly partisan stands we've heard since Sandusky was arrested last November.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 8:51 AM

In the event the presidential campaign, such as it is, is washing over you like a summer shower, allow me to bring you up to date.

Two new ads from the Romney and Obama camps pretty much confirm that both sides are more interested in spending millions to rip each other apart rather than in offering anything to bring the country together.

Obama is at Romney's throat yet again on issues of Romney's taxes and wealth, this time suggesting maybe there were years in which Mitt paid no taxes at all.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:00 AM

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

BE: Hey, JB, you following the stuff about the state's new voter ID law?

JB: I've heard of it, yeah.

POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012, 9:06 AM

An article in Monday's Harrisburg Patriot-News about efforts to increase gender diversity on corporate boards caught my attention for a couple reasons, and I mean beyond the reference to two Philly-based firms.

First, it features state Treasurer Rob McCord and his involvement in a national movement called the Thirty Percent Coalition working toward getting public company board membership up to 30% women by 2015.

Various sources put the current make-up between 12% and 16%.

POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012, 9:22 AM

Among the questions, reactions and general buzz following the release Thursday of the Freeh Report on the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal is comparison between what the state attorney general's office found during years of investigation and what Freeh found during months.

There are important differences.

First, the state was building a brick-by-brick criminal case against a high-profile person accused of pedophilia (Freeh did not need to build a criminal case) and doing so with reduced resources (Freeh's were nearly limitless).

POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 8:28 AM

Mitt Romney just scored a two-fer.

First, his speech Wednesday to the NAACP was the right thing to do because it showed he's unafraid to leave the usual GOP bubble of controlled campaign events in front of selected, friendly audiences.

And it showed he's willing to say unpopular things (for which he was booed and/or tongue-clucked) such as his intent to repeal Obamacare and his assertion he'd be better for the African-American community than the first elected African-American president.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 8:45 AM

Been to Washington lately?

I have. There's no evidence of a recession or a turndown or whatever you want to call the economy that has so many Americans jobless or wallowing in wage stagnation.

In Washington, the monuments and museums are open and clean and the place is packed with high-end restaurants and arts and open space, much of which is built, maintained and fueled by money from taxpayers who never see it.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 8:48 AM

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

JB: Boss, see that City Paper report Monday and our own Will Bunch blog about it?

BE: On the taxpayer-funded TV spots to sell the new voter ID bill?

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