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Smart Talk: F&M poll provides snapshot of issues; Kane latest; First Pennsylvanians

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 27, 2015 4:37 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday August 28, 2015:

Fifty-four percent of Pennsylvania voters hold the state legislature responsible for the two-month-old state budget stalemate.  That's according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll released this week.  At the same time, 29% blame Gov. Tom Wolf for holding up final passage of a spending plan.

F&M pollster and political analyst, Dr. G. Terry Madonna has more of the poll's findings on Friday's Smart Talk.

At a preliminary hearing earlier this week, a judge determined there was enough evidence for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to be tried on charges of leaking secret grand jury information and then lying about it under oath.  Later in the week, pornographic emails between former prosecutors, investigators, and others in the A-G's office were released.  Kane has said the people who sent those emails and wanted to keep their involvement quiet are behind the charges against her. 

Angela Couloumbis of the Philadelphia Inquirer is one of the journalists who broke many of the stories related to Kane's activities appears on Friday's Smart Talk.

For those interested in native Americans in Pennsylvania, archaeology and anthropology, a new book has been published that is like a museum on paper.  It's called First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania.

One of the book's co-authors, Dr. Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania joins us.



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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-08-28 10:17

    Marty says...
    If the Native Americans would have had the advantage of gunpowder in 1492, they may have fended off aggressive Europeans for 400 years...

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-08-28 10:18

    Manuel ask...
    I live right beside the Carbaugh Run Preservation area where 10,000 years ago, American Indians came to get stone that was used to make stone spear tips, arrow heads and axe heads. What information can you give me in regards to these native Pennsylvanians and what kinds of people these people were?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-08-28 11:11

    NBS ask...
    Most employers have in place rules about the use of the company computer... I would bet that sending porn on the company time with the company computer would not be O.K.. Do we know in this case... if company rules for computer use were in place.. if so.... what has happned to those who sent the porn?? - Thank you - NBS