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Radio Smart Talk: David Freed, Republican for Attorney General; Voter rights

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 5, 2012 10:34 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, October 8:

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As part of witf's continuing Election 2012 coverage, David Freed, the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General will appear on Monday's Radio Smart Talk.

The Attorney General is Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer in criminal matters, represents the state in legal proceedings brought by and against the Commonwealth and reviews all rules and regulations proposed by state agencies.

Freed currently serves as Cumberland County's District Attorney. 

His opponents are Democrat Kathleen Kane and Liberatrian Marakay Rogers.

Also, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's Law School, which bills itself as the leading non-partisan source of voting rights research in the country, says, "Every voter restriction that has been challenged this year has been either enjoined, blocked or weakened. It has been an extraordinary string of victories for those opposing these laws.”

A week after an injunction was issued delaying implementation of Pennsylvania's Voter ID law, we'll discuss voter rights with Keesha Gaskins, the Senior Counsel in Brennan's Democracy Program. 

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Comments: 7

  • Tanner McGavin img 2012-10-08 08:18

    Question for David Freed: I was impressed throughout your campaign with your dedication to stand up for the people of Pennsylvania and be honest with the voters. However, when the RSLC began airing those admitted lies about your opponent, you decided not to stand up, and instead, hid behind the notion that since you did not pen the commercials, you had no responsibility to answer for them. My question is why didn't you stand up for honesty in this matter?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-08 08:41

    Email From Robby,
    Has anyone reached out to individuals who had received the flyers indicating the need for IDs, but don't listen to NPR or may not have heard it is no longer valid? I am concerned that many will not learn on their own about the overturned law.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-08 08:52

    Email from Tommy (Lancaster)
    Is there a state law that provides a fair time frame for changes in voter requirements? I heard 2 years. What are the details of this requirement and why was it not applied to this voter ID law?

  • Rich img 2012-10-08 08:58

    Mr Freed says the Reason the GOP has won all the Attorney General elections is because the have presented good candidates, implying they have done a good job. Mr Freed, did Ernie Preate do a good job? Was he not convicted of several crimes? And how can we expect you to investigate Corbett when you say he did a good job as Attorney General.

    Pa desperately needs an attorney general (and auditor general from the party opposite the sitting Governor.

  • Robert Colgan img 2012-10-08 09:14

    I thought that AG candidate Freed absolutely failed to convince us that he would be able to create an objectivity re who his office investigates and indicts for wrongdoing.

    He didn't sound sincere at all about his plan to effectively maintain the neutrality of the post......it was nothing specific that he said, but the entirety of his responses that were unconvincing to LaMar's very good, incisive questions.

    Re the Voter ID laws--------------once again, we as a State, as a nation of voters, are having a NON-ISSUE thrown in our faces as if it is something important........the oldest magician's trick: distraction, to keep us from focusing on the real and significant issues that confront us. Pure hokum, pure BS.

  • Dale img 2012-10-08 09:25

    Scott remarked that some viewed Attorney General Corbett’s motivation as political, and I am one who is inclined to think that he focused on high profile cases for advancement of his political career. My experience with his office convinced me that the concern for consumer protection was secondary. Others have told me of similar experiences. Prior to Corbett, PA residents could file a complaint with the AG’s office and have reasonable assurance that the office would investigate and right any wrongdoings committed by businesses. During Corbett’s time, however, a form letter from the office directing the consumer to pursue the matter in court was a more likely outcome, at least in my experience. Disillusioned by the office, I haven’t had experience with the current AG, but it would be nice to know that the Office of Attorney General returned to its role dissuading and/or prosecuting dubious business practices in the state.

  • Rich img 2012-10-08 09:36

    Mr Freed says the Reason the GOP has won all the Attorney General elections is because the have presented good candidates, implying they have done a good job. Mr Freed, did Ernie Preate do a good job? Was he not convicted of several crimes? And how can we expect you to investigate Corbett when you say he did a good job as Attorney General.

    Pa desperately needs an attorney general (and auditor general from the party opposite the sitting Governor.

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