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Archive: August, 2011

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 12:36 PM

Many of you no doubt will be glad to hear there will be no "Baer Growls" until mid-September as the blog slides into a little late-summer hibernation.

This doesn't mean there won't be things to growl about. But when you come across silly, new, odd or disgusting things in the wonderful world of politics - and you KNOW you will - you'll just have to provide growls of your own.

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 11:07 AM

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

JB: Boss, I know you like to be kept up to date on your favorite presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

BE: You're gonna tell something bad about him, aren't you?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 2:49 PM

I'm not a lawyer nor an advocate for former Democratic South Philly state Sen. Vince Fumo, but there's something bothersome about the government's continued pursuit of the one-time political powerhouse after his trial, sentencing and as he sits in a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky.

A ruling yesterday by a federal appeals court tossing Fumo's sentence of 4 years, 7 months imposed by U.S. District Senior Judge Ronald Buckwalter in July 2009 sets up the possibility Fumo could face 20 years.

At 68, and given his history of health issues, that easily could mean the rest of his life.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 10:27 AM

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

JB: Well, boss, The Queen is gone, long live The Queen.

BE: And she oughta be able to live pretty well for some time, given that $900,000 buy-out.

POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011, 9:43 AM

National funnyman Stephen Colbert is getting lots of attention with his recently formed political action committee, "Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," including this piece in today's New York Times.

Colbert, of cable TV's Comedy Central, ran for president in 2007, but now seems far more serious in efforts to make fun of the political process.

He, of course, wasn't the first comedian for run for office. Pat Paulsen started things off back in 1968. Texas singer-comedian Kinky Friedman ran for governor in `06 (against incumbent and rising GOP darling Rick Perry). And comedian Al Franken of Saturday Night Live fame was elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota in `08.

POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:53 PM

Hershey, "the sweetest place on earth," is getting its share of sour press.

The town, the company - even the chocolate - long maintained the positive image left by its founder, Milton Hershey, who built a factory, hotel, park and more and left his fortune to his school for underpriveleged kids.

Now, I'm thinking, Milton wouldn't be happy.

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 9:36 AM

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

JB: Smell that?

BE: What?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 9:50 AM

UPDATE: Rep. Sturla today apologized for using the term “womenfolk.” He couched it with the usual “if anyone was offended.”

A member of state House Democratic leadership is offering a new argument against expanded drilling for natural gas -- one that's got the GOP all gassed up.

Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster County, head of the House Democratic Policy Committee, was asked by the online news service capitolwire.com to respond to a Corbett administration contention that expanding drilling in state forests would "solve just about every economic problem we have."

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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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