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Smart Talk: Gov. Wolf's 1st days in office; Can parties agree on anything?; Garrison Keillor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 22, 2015 4:09 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, January 23, 2015:

On Friday's Smart Talk, WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson provides insight into newly sworn-in Gov. Tom Wolf's first few days in office.  The new governor immediately signed two executive orders but his first bold step was taken Thursday.  That's when Wolf rescinded 11th hour appointments made by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett, including the appointment of Erik Arneson to head up the Office of Open Records.

President Obama's State-of-the-Union Address included several lofty proposals.  The real question though is whether the president can get anything passed through new Republican majorities in the House and Senate, especially at a time when the two parties are so divided.

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Ed Uravic

Ed Uravic, a former manager for several political campaigns, lobbyist, and Congressional staffer weighs in.

Finally, legendary Prairie Home Companion star Garrison Keillor speaks with WITF's Arts and Culture reporter Cary Burkett on Friday's show.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-01-23 09:35

    Matt emails:

    Mary just said, the tone in hbg changed when gov wolf removed the director. Um... gov corbett didn't "change the tone" when he appointed this guy at the last possible second after refusing to appoint anyone permanent for years? It's great how the gop seems to always be able to get away with pinning their own bad behavior on democrats... thanks for helping them out mary! :-/

    • jjones img 2015-01-23 09:42

      Matt has a good point. It would be great, too, if Mary would remain a reporter and get rid of her snarky commentary, no?

  • Mary Wilson img 2015-01-23 09:56

    Great points, Matt and JJones:

    Gov. Corbett did wait several months to appoint a new director to run the Office of Open Records, but the position was up for renewal under his term. Lawyers I've asked say civil appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor. That said, the OOR director serves a six-year term -- it's designed not to turn over with each administration. It looks like that design will be tested.

    My apologies for the snark! Please call or write me if you'd like to discuss this further. Thanks for listening!