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Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10:29 AM

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

BE: I'm so sick of all these budget stories. The state will end the fiscal year with a $500 million surplus. Just take a chunk of that to reduce some of the more egregious cuts in education and social programs and then go home. Everybody should shut up and do it. If this drags on until June 30, I'm gonna shot myself.

JB: How could I go on without you?

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 10:16 AM

Right after I watched Congressman Anthony Weiner incinerate his political career yesterday, including any chance of being New York's mayor or a major Washington player, I got a call from William J. Green, conservative Pittsburgh TV commentator and long-time conspiracy theorist.

"It's a left-wing conspiracy," he tells me.

"What is?" I ask, knowing I'll be sorry.

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POSTED: Monday, June 6, 2011, 10:37 AM

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

JB: Well, boss, the Harrisburg Patriot-News led its Sunday edition yesterday with this across-the-top-of-the-page headline: "As Corbett pushes sacrifice, where's his?"

BE: I'm guessing it's not a rhetorical question.

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POSTED: Friday, June 3, 2011, 10:02 AM

I think it's possible Montco Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach was pranked or hacked like that New York congressman and his penis picture.

I say this because two readers sent me what appears to be an official Leach invite calling for recipes for a summer cookbook his office is putting together. Here it is.

Submit yours to the "Taste of the 17th" cookbook!
This summer, my office is putting together a cookbook called "Taste of the 17th", featuring - you guessed it - recipes submitted by residents of the 17th District. I'd like to solicit you for any recipes you'd like to offer, including family specialties passed down from generation to generation, cultural dishes representative of your roots, and even meals you've created on the fly!


Recipes can include appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages for any meal and can be easy or advanced, quick or time-consuming. Simply send an email to Liz Hood at or call my King of Prussia office to participate.
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POSTED: Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6:22 PM

There was a great piece in yesterday's New York Times business section on a study of early voting states in the presidential primary season.

It made a case I've been arguing for years that Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative of the nation and that candidates' efforts to win those states skew the national debate.

It's based on a study by two economists who argue that over-attention to these two states hurts the ultimate debate about policy and especially hurts urban areas by taking attention away from urban issues.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 10:18 AM

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

JB: Would have been fun to eavesdrop on the chat between The Donald and the Sarah last evening in New York.

BE: Yeah, coulda grabbed a slice and pulled a chair there at Famigilia's on Broadway & 50th and maybe take some notes while they ate their pizza.

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