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RST: Lack of progress in Harrisburg not the same as D.C.; Local students search for 15 million year old whale

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 11, 2013 2:37 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Monday, August 12, 2013:

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The nation seems to be growing weary of the political gridlock and partisan bickering in Washington.  Congress is one the country's least popular institutions right now in part because the members can't seem to agree or compromise on meaningful solutions to problems.

Pennsylvania state lawmakers also have been criticized for not passing legislation that could affect the state and its people.  Transportation infrastructure funding and a looming huge bill for pensions are two mentioned most often.

The difference between the two bodies though is in Harrisburg, one party -- Republicans -- have majorities in both the House and Senate with a Republican governor in office.

On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, Franklin and Marshall College political analyst, Dr. G. Terry Madonna, breaks down the differences between the two chambers, looks ahead to the fall legislative session, and describes how marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples in Montgomery County could a large impact on the state.

Also, students from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology join in the search for the bones of a 15-million year old whale in Virginia.

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Dr. Terry Madonna

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