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Host: Scott LaMar

Radio Smart Talk: Democrat John Hanger discusses his candidacy for governor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 12, 2013 4:02 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, February 13:

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Democrat John Hanger, the only announced candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, will appear on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk.

Voters won't go to the polls to elect a governor until November 2014, but many candidates for statewide and national offices are starting campaigns early to get their names in the news and in front of voters, attempt to build some momentum, and of course, raise the vast amounts of money it takes in today's politics to win elections.

Incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett hasn't officially announced his intentions to run for re-election, even though he has hinted at it and it seems a foregone conclusion the governor will run again.

Hanger was the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection during the Rendell Administration and is a former member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  He also was president of PennFuture, an environmental group based in Harrisburg.  In fact, the majority of Hanger's government service has been in the environmental and energy sectors.

That's why it will be interesting to hear where Hanger stands on issues like education funding, privatization of government services, including liquor sales, government and tax reform, and transportation infrastructure funding.

Do you have a question for John Hanger?   

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-13 09:05

    Email from Judi, Hershey

    Please talk about your current position on drilling/fracking in PA and its impact on the environment, economy and communities. I was a likely voter for you in the gubernatorial campaign until my opinion was muddied by your brief interview with Josh Fox in his documentary, “Gasland.”

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-13 09:13

    Email from Manuel, Carlisle:

    Your guest is suggesting cutting off the funding to Charter Schools that are failing. If he wants to cut the funding to failing charter schools, will he cut off the funding for failing public schools?

  • Randy Harris img 2013-02-13 09:17

    I am a native of the City of Duquesne in Allegheny County, a community now suffering like many others in the Commonwealth from over-reliance and over-dependence on an unsustainable, environmentally destructive large scale industrial employer. The "good times" in these communities lasted only a very short time.

    To Mr. Hanger: do you believe that the PA Constituion's Environmental Rights Amendment and the rights it bestows on citizens to enjoy the "natural, historic and aesthetic values of the environment," should be given equal standing in PA Courts as private property rights, and do you see a direct relationship to this and the role and responsibilities of local municipal governments in making land use decisions that affect the state's environment?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-13 09:17

    Email from Linda:

    Infinity Charter School in Central Dauphin School District is the only Charter School in PA that met or exceeded “No Child Left Behind” and was one of FOUR Public Schools in the Commonwealth that met or exceeded “No Child Left Behind”.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-13 09:18

    Email from Thomas:

    you claim that education has gone down hill under Gov. Corbet, so would you overturn the excellence in education act OR just throw money at the problem?