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Smart Talk: PA population trends; Moving PA presidential primary; Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Fest

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 28, 2015 5:08 PM
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What to look for on Smart  Talk Friday, May 29, 2015:

Twenty-eight states will hold their presidential primaries or caucuses before Pennsylvania's primary in 2016.  Currently, the Pennsylvania primary is scheduled for April 26, 2016.

Would moving the state's primary to an earlier date give Pennsylvania voters more say in who the Republican and Democratic nominees are next year?

Republican State Rep. Keith Greiner of Lancaster County thinks so.

Greiner is proposing legislation that would move the Pennsylvania primary to the third week in March, 2016. 

Greiner says that as it now stands, the nominees will have been selected before Pennsylvania voters go to the polls and in effect the late date disenfranchises the state's voters.

The argument against Greiner's bill is that too manhy other candidates are impacted by any move, especially state legislative candidates who would have to circulate nominating petitions sooner.

Rep. Greiner appears on Friday's Smart Talk.

Also, Pennsylvanians are slowly moving back toward cities after decades of dispersion and clustering in new, smaller population centers.  Do we know why?  Is it due to the price of fuel or does technology play a role?  Or maybe there's not one explanation. 

Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti is on Smart Talk to discuss the state's population trends.

Finally, there are several arts festivals throughout the Central Pennsylvania region this spring and summer.  One of the most unique will be held in Camp Hill, Cumberland County this weekend.  It is the fifth annual Plein Air Camp Hill Arts Festival. 

Craig Bachik, Executive Director of the Camp Hill Economic and Cultural Development Group tells us about it.

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  • Rich img 2015-05-29 09:42

    Of the 13 counties with the most gas drilling,10 have lost population since 2000. Contrast with the rest of the state

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-05-29 10:12

    Pat asked...
    Why doesn’t Pennsylvania have open primaries?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-05-29 11:25

    Blaine comments...
    I would be much more impressed if he was pushing for an open primary so I could vote for the most qualified person R, D, I or non-aligned.

  • TeddyBGame img 2015-05-29 12:22

    Why do so many Republicans persist in calling the Democratic party the "Democrat party?" Is it ignorance or intended as some kind of derogatory reference? Sigh. Perhaps I'm the only one it offends. When a state representative is unable (or unwilling) to refer to the opposition party by its correct name, I tend to discount the intelligence, value, and logic of the rest of the conversation.

  • HankJ img 2015-06-04 02:11