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Smart Talk: Wolf 1st year, AG Kane, and voters elect Supreme Court justices in 2015

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 12, 2015 6:43 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

"Governor-elect Tom Wolf is going to have a rough first year in office. He faces enormous fiscal and policy challenges, is only the second governor in modern times to have both legislative chambers controlled by the opposition party, and has to work with a legislature more ideologically conservative than any of his predecessors." 

That's from the latest Politically Correct column written by political analysts Dr. G. Terry Madonna and Dr. Michael Young.

Madonna appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss Wolf's first year and why the Democrat's ultimate fate may not be decided by when he proposes change but what he proposes.

Also, the lawyer for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said over the weekend that Kane didn't break any laws when her office provided information to a newspaper on a five-year-old investigation last summer.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week that a Grand Jury recommended criminal charges be filed against the attorney general relating to secret testimony from a previous Grand Jury.  Dr. Madonna provides some context on Kane's future.

Finally, it may not be the kind of election that excites Pennsylvanians, but voters will choose three state Supreme Court justices in 2015. Smart Talk probes what voters should be thinking about.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-01-13 09:05

    Does anyone find it ironic that the report that Kathleen Kane has been recommended for indictment for leaking information from a secret grand jury was itself leaked from a grand jury?

    Lee from York

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-01-13 09:29

    I'd like to hear Mr Madonna's on the sexism that seems to still exist in politics. I'm thinking of Kathleen Kane and wondering if she would be attacked as much as a male in that same job. I feel that more needs to be done to encourage females to be candidates, or just to be politically active. I also think the political climate could be more friendly or welcoming to females in office.


  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-01-13 09:56

    Perhaps the most egregious aspect to AG Kane was probable her unwillingness to uphold the law for the defense of marriage act. Not withstanding whether the law is on the right side of history... when AGs start deciding which laws they personally like and whether they will up hold their constitutional responsibilities is scary. Legislators make the laws; AGs uphold the passed laws through the courts -- the courts rule on whether they are constitutional as passed.


  • John D. Laskowski img 2015-01-13 09:59

    I coined the term during the campaign - "Toma Wolfama". The Corbett administration didn't use it. It seems to me that there is a another parallel - Eric Holder and Katherine Kaner !Similar minds work together.