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Smart Talk: Domestic violence; Drones and hunting; PA Senator smokes pot to observe Colorado laws

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 31, 2014 3:10 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday August 1, 2014:

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The National Football League last week suspended Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice for two games without pay for assaulting a woman who is now his wife in an Atlantic City elevator.  The incident was caught on video tape.  Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault and has entered a diversionary program that will keep him out of jail and possibly expunge his criminal record.

Critics said the suspension wasn't enough considering the NFL suspends players twice as long for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The situation rose to another level when ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said on a network program that women have to make sure they don't "provoke" men.

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Peg Dierkers of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

On Friday's Smart Talk, Peg Dierkers of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence addresses whether the Rice suspension is indicative of an attitude toward domestic violence and Smith's comments about blaming the victim.

Also, State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use. 

Leach recently visited Colorado, at taxpayers' expense, to observe a state where pot is legal. He appears on Smart Talk to discuss what he found.  Leach admits he legally smoked marijuana while in Colorado.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are reviewing legislation that would ban drones from being used to hunt game and to also make it illegal to observe hunters with drones.  Sen. Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette) joins us.

Finally, WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson has the week at the capitol and Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie will be with us too.

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  • John H. img 2014-08-01 08:07

    Didn't Scott recently have a Republican Representative that said the Delaware Loop Hole was closed...

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-08-01 08:46

    Manuel emails:

    In my first marriage, I was in a abusive relationship and was physically abused. And frequently, with myself, I was ashamed of being abused by a woman, and when I went to WIN, as instructed by my local State Police department, I was treated as an abuser, and asked repeatedly about what I’d done to cause it, and whether I’d struck back. After that, I never went for assistance again, and ended up staying 20 years in a physically abusive relationship. Men CAN BE and ARE abused by women, but nobody ever speaks about, and those who seek assistance are marginalized.

  • Walt img 2014-08-01 10:20

    Scott, I wanted to comment on the State Legislator who travelled to Colorado on the taxpayer dime to study the pot industry. Although I understand the logic of what he did, your interview was short, and I would like to know if the pot he bought to sample potency was paid for with taxpayer money or out of his own pocket. It seems that, because pot remains illegal in PA, it would be illegal to spend taxpayer money to buy pot. Just a thought.

    • Scott LaMar img 2014-08-01 10:30

      You're right, I wish we had more time with Sen. Leach. I checked with the senator. He indicated the marijuana that he used was from a gift bag given to him by the first facility they visited. Sen. Leach sais no taxpayer money was used to purchase marijuana.

      • Walt img 2014-08-01 14:42


        Thanks for clearing that up. But now I wonder if everyone who visits that facility gets a free gift bag, or is that just reserved for visiting legislators, and either way, it seems just a bit out of line for a legislator from PA to accept free gifts while on an official fact finding mission paid for by we taxpayers, especially considering that the gift contained, what would be illegal contraband if transported back to PA.