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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...
Sen. Wagner wails away
Thu, Feb 25, 2016, 8:57 AM
Whatever good state budget hearings are doing in Harrisburg -- where there is no budget nor prospects for one -- they are providing York County...
Readers riff on Wolf budget woes
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 8:54 AM
Monday's column focused on what Wolf can do to untangle the snagged state budget mess drew an unusually-high number of reader emails filled...
Presidential campaign yuks
Thu, Feb 11, 2016, 8:45 AM
Campaign 2016 sure has its up and downs, highs and lows, hopes and scary moments. But it's also a great source of humor and few tap into it...
Unusual candidate, unusual ad
Wed, Feb 10, 2016, 9:19 AM
The unusual and upstart U.S. Senate campaign of Democratic Braddock Mayor John Fetterman is certain to get attention because of the candidate's...
Wanna wager on Wolf's taxes?
Thu, Feb 4, 2016, 8:45 AM
Wanna bet? If you're a good guesser you could pick up some quick cash by guessing what Gov. Wolf's new state budget proposal would mean in...
A Pa. pre-budget spat
Tue, Feb 2, 2016, 8:33 AM
For those who put stock in signs -- such as that groundhog on Tuesday predicting an early spring -- we now have a sign that ongoing animus...
Ted Cruz is right (about debate)
Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 8:39 AM
We all know Ted Cruz is right, as in politically right of center, and I mean really right. But he's also right about his latest proposal leading...
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.