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Tue, May 3, 2016, 9:02 AM
Let's agree that Campaign 2016 is about as wild and woolly as campaigns get. Let's also agree that especially on the Republican side the word...
A little state House housekeeping
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 8:39 AM
Back in February, at the start of Black History Month, I wrote a column about how the state House annually was ignoring its own rule regarding...
Oh the taxes that we pay
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:00 AM
Just in time for tax-season deadlines -- and perhaps just in time to further annoy taxpayers -- comes a new report spelling out exactly how...
Pa.'s tax burden — meh
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 8:55 AM
As we approach the April 15 noxious annual taxpayers' deadline and as Harrisburg gets set for its equally noxious annual battle over taxes...
Oh, those Democratic slogans!
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 9:02 AM
The Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is finally starting to heat up and as candidates take to the airways to make their case for a chance...
Gov. Wolf: when politics and furniture collide
Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 9:02 AM
Gov. Wolf, as you may know, made his money -- lots of it -- running an old and very successful Central Pennsylvania family business, the Wolf...
Former Wolf aide for Trump?
Tue, Mar 8, 2016, 8:56 AM
Gov. Wolf's recently departed policy secretary, John Hanger, just penned an op-ed piece in a Massachusetts newspaper that seems to encourage...
Pa.'s money mess and student debt
Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 9:23 AM
This just in: the no good, very bad way Pennsylvania handles (or mishandles) your tax dollars might just be linked to how Pennsylvanians handle...
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.