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Smart Talk Friday: budgets, elections and historical kitsch

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Feb 13, 2014 7:20 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:


It was a weather-shortened first week of budget hearings at the state Capitol. witf Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson was there, and she’ll share with us her observations from the opening salvos in the House and Senate.

The discussion follows Governor Corbett’s appearance on Smart Talk Friday last week.

Later in the show, we’ll take a closer look at the field of seven Democratic candidates vying for the opportunity to challenge Corbett this November.

State Treasurer Rob McCord may have surged into the frontrunner’s position after netting the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s endorsement this week, and a strong showing at the Democrats’ State Committee meeting last week – even though no candidate earned the needed super majority for the official party endorsement.

Widener University Political Science Professor Wes Leckrone will help us break down the candidates and sift through their hefty campaign finance reports.

We’ll also be joined by StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colenari, who’s been monitoring a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania all week. A worker is still missing and a fire is still burning at the Chevron well pad in Greene County following Tuesday morning’s explosion.

Before the hour is up, we’ll also take a sneak peak at tomorrow’s Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s surplus auction in Harrisburg.


Just two of the items the PHMC is auctioning off tomorrow

They may not have historical significance, but this antique fire hose and railroad paraphernalia could prompt some itchy bid fingers…

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-14 12:00

    Richard emails:

    I was listening to your show. You decided to snub John Hanger.

    I know big money seems to mean everything in this world. The funny thing is people who know John Hanger or "volunteer" for him know that John is the most qualified candidate to fix this mess Corbett will be leaving us with.

    Every other candidate speaks with vague answers to all the problems. When you speak to John ,or visit his website you quickly find out John has actual "plans".

    Not just the normal political hogwash that most politians mumble.

    You should consider giving John some time on your show. Thank you for your time.

  • Matt Paul img 2014-02-14 12:07

    Hi Richard,

    I certainly did not mean to snub any candidate in my conversation with Dr. Leckrone. We were using campaign finance reports as the jumping off point for the conversation, and didn't wind up having the time to get to everyone.

    John Hanger was a guest on Smart Talk just about a month ago. Here's the link for anyone who'd like to check it out: