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NEWS
May 20, 2011
RE THE COLUMNS in the Daily News from Marc Lamont Hill and John Baer on May 11: Mr. Hill failed to mention that most paranoid conspiracy of all - the "truther movement. " Anyone that believes our government masterminded the destruction of lives and property on 9/11 is truly nuts. (And who's Tupac?) And, Mr. Baer, do you believe seniors, African-Americans and the poor in Pennsylvania are too dumb to get a free voter-ID card? How demeaning to those Americans. If they can tie their shoelaces, I'm sure they can get to a building that would issue the card.
NEWS
May 19, 2010
SO, THE ADMIRAL sank the heretofore unsinkable Flagship Specter - probably because the flag got changed one time too many. I didn't think it would happen. I doubted that an unknown two-term congressman, even one with drive and an impressive Navy career, could outmaneuver the master of Pennsylvania's political seas. Yet, here we are. Specter foundered and Joe Sestak is a Senate nominee. Now he faces conservative Republican Pat Toomey, an early favorite given the likely GOP tide of a midterm election with a Democrat in the White House.
NEWS
February 16, 2009
YOU KNOW that thing about politics and strange bedfellows? Well there's a Pennsylvania race taking shape that could make for a strange, unique and maybe unusually cordial campaign because of politicians' bedfellows. Here's why. Former National Constitution Center boss Joe Torsella is a Democrat who just signaled his intent to run against Republican Arlen Specter next year. The two have similarities apart from their interest in the U.S. Senate - each one hired the other one's wife.
NEWS
October 14, 2009
A RECENT notice from Arlen Specter's campaign caught my eye - an e-mail tag-lined "Arlen Gets Magic. " Good thing, I thought - he might need it. The Republican-turned-Democrat seeking a sixth Senate term runs at a time when an edgy electorate might look askance at long-serving pols, and he runs against a primary opponent - U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, of the Philly 'burbs, who doesn't seem likely to fold. Some magic, I figure, might help. But it turns out that the notice is about a person rather than supernatural powers.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Clinton turns to Texas for a sheen of inevitability. A4. John Baer: The race to challenge Toomey could be interesting. B2.
NEWS
April 5, 2016
John Baer: The hype and hollering over a certain candidate is trumping all else on the Pa. ballot. B2.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 5, 2002
COULD Daily News columnist John Baer be suffering from a bad case of "little-man's disease"? The small-statured Baer wrote recently (May 29) questioning Sen. Vince Fumo's decline as a Pennsylvania political power broker. Baer's wild pitch included two mentions of Sir Vince's "big blonde girlfriend" and one full paragraph dedicated to Fumo's income and net worth. Is John Baer just jealous, or does he have the disease? As with all great sluggers, Vince Fumo's 25-year Hall of Fame career has hit a slump.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2011
I AGREE with columnist John Baer on the wars and our political leaders 100 percent. We're fed up with pols who tell us what's best for us. Tired of hearing that the elderly, disabled, unemployed, poor, teachers, unions, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, libraries, schools and the generally lazy are responsible for our sorry state of affairs. Everybody I talk to would do anything to reverse our situation, but we all know that our real problem lies with leaders not doing their jobs as elected officials to serve "the people," not themselves.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2016
John Baer: The hype and hollering over a certain candidate is trumping all else on the Pa. ballot. B2.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Clinton turns to Texas for a sheen of inevitability. A4. John Baer: The race to challenge Toomey could be interesting. B2.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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