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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, August 8, 2014:
Friday's Smart Talk features news about Pennsylvania's schools and how they compare with other states, Republican State Senator Mike Fulmer on giving voters more choices, fighting blight in the state's cities, WITF's Travel Club returns from France, and Mary Wilson with This Week at the State Capitol.
Third party candidates in Pennsylvania often find it difficult to get a place on the state's ballot. They have to collect many more signatures on their nominating petitions than Democrats or Republicans. The Green and Libertarian party candidates for governor dropped their campaigns last week because they couldn't gather the almost 17,000 signatures they needed compared to 2,000 for Democrats and Republicans. Republican State Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County has one of the few legislators to propose easier access for third party candidates..
Senator Mike Folmer
Blighted properties and how to get rid of them is a challenge for Pennsylvania's cities. We'll hear from Pittsburgh new Building Inspection Chief on what she's doing to fight blight.
WITF's Travel Club just returned from France. Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert was along and tells the story of their visits to Paris and the Normandy beaches.
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