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McGinty/Toomey's money race now tops in U.S.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016, 9:05 AM
Although the noise of the presidential race is loud and sustained, expect a higher volume soon in Pa.'s U.S. Senate race. That's because the...
McGinty, Toomey debate debates
Wed, Sep 7, 2016, 8:37 AM
It's not unusual for candidates to fight over details of debates. They can be critical -- both the debates and the details -- to election outcomes...
Women's equity in Pennsylvania? Not so much
Tue, Aug 23, 2016, 9:00 AM
As Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty, both looking to make political history this November, make their case to Pennsylvania, they might want...
Are there trust-deficit fixes?
Fri, Aug 12, 2016, 8:26 AM
Got lots of email (an unexpected amount, actually, and still getting some) on a Wednesday column about our growing trust deficit. The column...
In Pa., there's always enough $$$ for raises
Tue, Aug 9, 2016, 8:59 AM
It always strikes me as curious that even when a state, let's say Pennsylvania, has unending fiscal problems, a structural deficit, a pension...
Dump Trump? Fugetaboutit!
Thu, Aug 4, 2016, 8:52 AM
And so we see another round of Republican hand-wringing and recriminations over the party's presidential nominee and his unique, unending ability...
The joys of convention journalism
Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 11:14 AM
This a tale of the fun to be had and all the glamour of a big-city columnist covering a national convention. It's a story of heat, traffic...
Hillary Clinton slips in Pennsylvania
Wed, Jul 13, 2016, 8:36 AM
A new snapshot poll shows Hillary Clinton slipping in Pennsylvania and wallowing in two other critical states, Ohio and Florida, no doubt due...
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.