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Archive: April, 2011

POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011, 10:41 AM

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

JB: I think Corbett's being unfairly mocked for suggesting, as he did yesteday in Erie, that colleges facing his budget cuts should consider drilling for natural gas on their campuses.

BE: That would be a boon for geology majors, but it does sound a bit goofy.

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10:24 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, catch our own Sen. Pat Toomey on "Morning Joe" this morning.

BE: The MSNBC talk-fest hosted by Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski, Ed Rendell's favorite hostess? Too early for me. Why was Pat on?

POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 10:19 AM

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

JB: That Tom Corbett sure is set in his ways.

BE: Like standing pat and saying "none shale pass?"

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 10:37 AM

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

JB: You're gonna love this, boss. News about beavers and baseball!

BE: Two of my favorite subjects.

POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2011, 11:18 AM

For today's column offering my two cents on the ongoing costs of U.S. wars, I checked in with our two U.S. Sens.  -- Bob Casey, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Pat Toomey, who visited Afghanistan in January.

Casey has been active in efforts to reduce IEDs (improvised explosive devices) responsibile for so many deaths of U.S. soldiers and civilians.

He sought cooperation in reducing the influx of ammonium nitrate, the key component in IED's, to war zones. And last month, following a report from the Government Accountability Office (assuming there is any accountability anywhere in government), he pressed for answers on what the office called ineffective efforts to reduce the devices.

POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011, 10:31 AM

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

JB: From the Temple of Doom on the Susquehanna, a.k.a. the state Capitol, comes a ray of sunshine, a beacon of light.

BE: What, the toilets work again?

POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10:50 AM

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

JB: Boss, that Pat Murphy's out of the box in a hurry.

BE: I saw. The former Democratic Bucks County congressman's running for state Attorney General next year.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 10:32 AM

Here's a rarity: Community Legal Services of Philadelphia is praising the Corbett administration on an issue the group has hammered state leaders and lawmakers for months.

CLS just issued a press release applauding the administration for reaching out to working poor folks cut from a low-cost state health care program, adultBasic, back on March 1.

The release notes that the state Insurance Department just mailed 8,300 letters to women aged 18 to 44 who lost adultBasic advising them they may qualify for a Medical Assistance program designed to protect womens' health.

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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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