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Gov. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf
What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, September 23, 2014:
The first face-to-face debate of the 2014 race for governor in Pennsylvania is taking place Monday night in Hershey.
With Republican incumbent Tom Corbett trailing his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf in the polls, Corbett probably needs an outstanding performance to mount a comeback.
Were there any surprises and on what issues did the candidates differ the most?
On Tuesday's Smart Talk, Muhlenburg College political science professor and pollster Dr. Christopher Borick and WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson appear to provide analysis of the Corbett-Wolf meeting.
Also, an assault on two gay men in Philadelphia earlier this month that police believe was motivated by the victims' sexual orientation has prompted several Pennsylvania lawmakers to push for expansion of the state's hate crimes law.
Legislation is being considered in both the senate and house that would extend protection under the state's ethnic intimidation law to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
Democratic State Senator Larry Farnese appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss why he believes the law should be changed.
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