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Smart Talk: 3rd party candidates; blight; Travel Club in France

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 7, 2014 3:17 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, August 8, 2014:

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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..

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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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Comments: 3

  • John H. img 2014-08-08 08:15

    I like Folmer, but this will never happen, because it makes too much sense.

    • John H. img 2014-08-08 12:45

      Correction: should be Fulmer, not Folmer...sorry

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-08-08 08:52

    Benjamin emails:

    Thank you State Senator Mike Fulmer. As a young, registered Libertarian who is sometimes forced to pick a Democrat or a Republican, this is a refreshing addition. More choices equals more freedom. On another note, this is even worse on the Federal level with the Federal Election Commision. Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico, is currently trying to change this. Again, thank you Mike Fulmer for standing up for government that answers to we the people.

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