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Statewide races in next month's election

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Oct 12, 2012 8:35 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, October 12:

There are only a few weeks to go until the November 6th election. While many political scientists have

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rescinded Pennsylvania's sometime "battleground status" when it comes to electing a president, some statewide races are still heating up in the commonwealth.

On the heels of the vice presidential debate, we'll look at some of the biggest contests, from the state Attorney General showdown between former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane and Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, to the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and businessman Tom Smith.

John Micek, state government reporter for The Allentown Morning Call, and Keegan Gibson, managing editor for PoliticsPA, will join guest host Scott Detrow to discuss the upcoming election.

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  • Rich img 2012-10-12 08:41

    Auditor General, and maybe Attorney General terms should coincide with the Governor's term and they should be appointed - appointed by the RUNNERUP in the Governor's race.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-12 08:44

    E-mail from Katy:

    "I'm really excited about the choice people in my district have this year. Are people aware of the grassroots challenge of a former public school teacher (Susan Spicka) to incumbent and career politician Rob Kaufman who has voted to cut millions of $ to public education and given huge tax breaks to large corporations, racehorse owners and private jet plane owners?"

  • Dale img 2012-10-12 09:08

    Given today's topic, this previously posted comment bears repeating.

    Whether we wish to accept the fact or not, the individual in this age of consumerism has come to be understood foremost as ‘consumer.’ Consumer protection, therefore, has become an increasingly important endeavor. Formerly a concern of the Office of the Attorney General, under Attorney General Corbett that purpose faded into the background in lieu of high profile matters the office chose to pursue. That was my experience at least, and of several others that I have heard. It is not acceptable to receive, as I had, a solution in a form letter which instructs the consumer to pursue the matter in court. I hope candidates for this office will recognize and understand this, as well as, the magnitude of their responsibility to follow through and/or prosecute any dubious and fraudulent business practices. Disillusioned by inaction, I have no experience with the performance of the current AG, but I sincerely hope, for the sake of all PA residents, that the expectation of protection is upheld or restored by the office.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2012-10-12 09:29

    Excellent commentary from today's guests, Micek and Gibson, and moderator Detrow, one of the better political analyses I've listened to.

    I wish these guys were on a larger stage.
    They were far better than the usual mainstream claptrap, as well as NPR's standard reluctance to say anything which might be construed as either derogatory or complimentary in its desire to remain neutral.