John Baer has written about politics and government 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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General Assistance issue is a test for Gov. Wolf | John Baer

As the state legislature pushes to end cash assistance serving thousands of Philadelphia's most vulnerable citizens, Gov. Wolf is being urged by fellow Democrats to save the program.

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Tis the season I (sorta) feel sorry for many Philly lawmakers | John Baer

Those representing Philadelphia in Harrisburg are feeling frustration once again as the legislature works toward resolution of the annual state budget.

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‘It is quite a story,’ says Daylin Leach. He’s right. | John Baer

The story of Sen. Daylin Leach is full of allegations, calls for his resignation, a controversial summary report of a Senate investigation and more. But where does it go from here?

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It’s Pa. budget season. All Philly can do is hope for the best. | John Baer

Philly lawmakers face an uphill fight in seeking a hike in the minimum wage and saving a grant program for some of the city's most vulnerable citizens.

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Meet the Pa. lawmaker who knows about student debt and wants to tackle it | John Baer

Delaware County Rep. Jennifer O'Mara is pressing for greater attention to Pennsylvania's student debt problem.

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Pa. legislature puts on its annual ‘kick me’ sign | John Baer

State lawmakers take all kinds of gifts because they can. If they didn't, maybe they could help improve their image.

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Will Pennsylvania decide the 2020 presidential race? I don’t think so. | John Baer

Despite speculation the Keystone State is THE battleground state in 2020, there are multiple reasons it could come up being less of a player.

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Pa. among worst states? Pa. voters don’t think so! | John Baer

How to explain Pennsylvania's horrible, no good national ranking and a new poll showing Gov. Wolf doing fine and voters happy with the state's direction?

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Vote, if only because the powers that be don’t really want you to | John Baer

There are lots of reasons not to vote in Tuesday's primary election, including protecting the status quo. But is that really what you want?

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Pa. State Rep. Jared Solomon: From the butcher shop to the sausage factory | John Baer

Meet one of the young legislators behind the 'Philadelphia Platform,' Northeast Philly state Rep. Jared Solomon.