May 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Republicans set course for disaster Members of the Republican Party have spoken clearly ("Cruz quits as Trump wins big," Wednesday). Their choice for president is a candidate who is coarse, crude, and ignorant - one who is as much a liberal Democrat as one who values the tenets of the Grand Old Party. It is acceptable to his followers that their leader mocks the disabled, denigrates women, marginalizes immigrants and religious minorities, expresses admiration for dictators Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, fondly quotes Benito Mussolini, publicly utters profanity, asserts his sexual prowess, and seeks to devalue the valor and service of those who were captured and imprisoned by the enemy during wartime.
April 5, 2016
John Baer: The hype and hollering over a certain candidate is trumping all else on the Pa. ballot. B2.
March 1, 2016
Clinton turns to Texas for a sheen of inevitability. A4. John Baer: The race to challenge Toomey could be interesting. B2.
February 3, 2016
A photo caption Monday with a story about the Philadelphia Pension Fund incorrectly attributed a statement on the condition of the fund. City Treasurer Rob Dubow said that the fund lost 4.75 percent of its value in fiscal 2015. That percentage translates to about $220 million. The John Baer column Monday incorrectly located the Defense Logistics Agency troop support office. It is at 700 Robbins St. in Northeast Philadelphia.
September 11, 2015
POLITICAL columnist John Baer of the Daily News has won the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence. The award, established in 1998, recognizes people whose work reflects positively on the news media in Pennsylvania. Baer, 68, who joined the People Paper in 1987, helped found the Pennsylvania Press Club, regularly teaches at colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area and mentors aspiring journalists, among other contributions.
September 16, 2014
A LONGTIME FRIEND and mentor now in his late 70s emailed last week after another poll showed Tom Corbett badly - as in really badly - trailing Tom Wolf for governor. The email asked if Pennsylvania has a political mercy rule. For the unaware, a mercy rule ends a sporting event early if one team takes a lead considered to be insurmountable. Maybe we should think about it. Polls suggest that Corbett is headed toward historic rejection as the first Pennsylvania chief executive unable to win re-election.
October 18, 2013
I AM the mother of a handicapped adult child, and Gov. Corbett is the only person in political office who has ever helped me. I had multiple issues concerning my daughter's benefits and contacted all of my local Democratic representatives. Not one of them ever helped me. Finally, I figured, let me take a shot and contact Gov. Corbett. Within 24 hours, all my issues were addressed and fixed. So, John Baer, leave my guv alone! You and this paper are nothing but prejudiced toward Republicans.
March 28, 2013
PENNSYLVANIA'S highest court faces what can reasonably be called one heck of a mess. And if you think it's just stuff lawyers fight over that can't affect you, the economy, state politics and whatever's left of trust in government, think again. The state Supreme Court will soon decide on (still-pending) legislative redistricting, issues critical to the future of natural-gas drilling . . . and it's only a matter of time before it (again) gets a case involving voter ID. This mix is muddied by infighting and the fact that the seven-member court is short one justice and operating with a three-three party split.
March 5, 2013
THE LONGER the insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) plays out in Washington, the saner Pat Toomey sounds. And as the freshman Republican in his third Senate year emerges as a leading voice on money matters, the better he looks. Why? Toomey is controlled, concise and sounds sensible. Contrast that with the angry-older-GOP of Mitch McConnell, John McCain and John Boehner. It's a contrast. With multiple polls putting congressional Republicans' job-approval ratings at 19 to 25 percent and President Obama's at 49 to 55 percent, it's a contrast Republicans should note.
February 28, 2013
SEQUESTRATION is coming! Sequestration is coming! The government, assuming Congress remains true to its moribund self through Friday, won't be able to spend in its usual thoughtful, responsible way. And this is bad? If you haven't been paying attention (and a new Washington Post -Pew Research Center Poll says that just 18 percent of you have), so-called onerous, death-dealing, economy-crushing spending cuts are to take effect at week's end. Why? Because President Obama and Congress approved such cuts because they thought they'd agree on ways to stop them, and, of course, they haven't.