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Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 7:28 AM

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

JB: Yo, boss, see that new bad number the school district's come up with?

BE: I saw the item about another $35 million hole.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 10:22 AM

You might recall that as part of Gov. Corbett's original budget proposal he asked school teachers and administrators to take a voluntary, one-year pay freeze.

Such action, said the Guv, could save $400 million to preserve academic programs and help avoid teacher layoffs in a tough budget cycle with deep cuts to public education.

Since "it's about the kids" when it comes to public schools, even the state's largest teachers' union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, urged its members to "seriously consider" Corbett's request.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 10:26 AM

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

JB: Ya know, boss, I've been thinking of ways to make life easier on our honorable state lawmakers and maybe save us some money.

BE: Why do I suspect this isn't serious thinking?

POSTED: Monday, June 27, 2011, 10:06 AM

With Republicans running the show in Pennsylvania -- they control the state House, Senate and Guv's office -- and pushing through a new budget with deep cuts in education and social services, Democrats can do little but whine, predict disaster and plan a counterattack.

The newly named leader of a big part of that counterattack is Philly Rep. Brendan Boyle. He was just officially named chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, the person who will direct the attempt to regain control of the House next year.

That it's someone so new to the game (he's only in his second, two-year term) and so young (he's 34, probably the youngest person ever to hold the post) suggests either nobody wanted the gig because it's so daunting OR he's a political prodigy Dems hope can work miracles.

POSTED: Friday, June 24, 2011, 9:06 AM

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

BE: I am REALLY steamed today!

JB: Why would today be different?

POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 8:52 AM

OK, as I understand it, "we are meeting our goals" in Afghanistan. We have "reason to believe that progress can be made." We have "put al Qaeda on a path of defeat." And "the tide of war is receding."


"There will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan," and while "we don't have a single soldier on the ground in Libya" we'll be in for $1.1 billion there come September, this, you'll recall, in a country where we were told our involvement would last days, not weeks.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 8:11 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize winner now spending America's tax dollars on three foreign wars goes on TV tonight to announce a troop draw-down in Afghanistan nearly 10 years after that war started.

Reuters News Service and others report Obama is likely to call for 5,000 troops to withdraw in July, with another 5,000 by the end of the year.


POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9:35 AM

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

JB: Good news, boss, your state lawmakers are cracking down on the state's public problems.

BE: School funding? Joblessness? Health-care costs?

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