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.

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My journalistic seven-year itch | John Baer

My long-standing relationship with Pennsylvania's legislature is fraying badly. To the point I wonder whether it's really worth saving.

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A rare example of how Congress could (and should) work | John Baer

When a freshman congresswoman quizzed the head of the nation's largest bank, we got a taste of political representation the way it ought to be.

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As the Democratic race for president cranks up, its moving parts could cause real angst | John Baer

The large field of Democratic presidential candidates is inviting splits over ideology, age and gender that promise to be key in picking a nominee.

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Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s weed tour takes some hits | John Baer

Are the LG's public meetings on legalizing marijuana stacked in favor of proponents? Fetterman says nope.

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Pa. lawmakers to child-sex-abuse survivors: Take a number, have a seat | John Baer

A major shift in renewed efforts to aid past victims of child sex abuse risks not helping them at all.

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Pennsylvania’s top-polling Democrat for president has problems (beyond what you’re thinking) | John Baer

The touchy-feely troubles currently vexing the former Veep are only part of the problems he needs to surmount to gain his party's nomination.

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Of Harrisburg’s push to punish the poor | John Baer

Pennsylvania's legislature seems intent on ending a small grant program aimed at helping the state's most vulnerable. It's the second time a Republican majority is seeking to kill the program.

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Trump’s ‘vindication’ tour and the Pennsylvania vote | John Baer

As President Trump celebrates findings of Robert Mueller's investigation, Pennsylvania Republicans hope he comes to the Keystone State. But Democrats say neither the findings nor a visit will impact elections here this year or next.

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Holy accountability! Harrisburg is getting some! | John Baer

After forever finding ways to protect its own, the Pennsylvania legislature is showing some signs that it understands voters want more accountability from those they elect to public office.

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The crawl toward presidential election reform is picking up its pace | John Baer

A long-standing initiative to get states to enact a system of electing presidents that keeps the Electoral College but relies on the popular vote is gaining ground with a number of states, Pennsylvania not among them.