Smart Talk

Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Listen to Smart Talk live online from 9-10 a.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. (Repeat of 9 a.m. program)

Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Abramoff associate talks mandatory sentence reform; Budget impass may force Erie schools to shut down

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 24, 2015 9:25 AM
prison cell 600 x 340.jpg

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, September 24, 2015:

Kevin Ring was a conservative Republican who worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and was a Congressional staffer.  He then went on to become a lobbyist with Jack Abramoff, the powerful lobbyist who was convicted of conspiracy to bribe public officials.

Ring was also caught up in the scandal and was sentenced to 20 months in prison for attempting to bribe members of Congress with meals and tickets to special events.

After serving his time in a federal prison, Ring came out lobbying for sentencing reform.

Today, he is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

Ring appears on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss why he feels mandatory sentencing laws aren't working and justice is not being served.

Also, there's still no end in sight to the 86 day-old state budget impasse.  Social service agencies and schools across Pennsylvania are scrambling for money since they're not receiving funding from the state.

Dr. Jay Badams, the Superintendent of the Erie School District is threatening to shut down his schools if the district doesn't get money soon.

Dr. Badams explains on Thursday's program.

Published in News, Smart Talk

Tagged under , , , , ,

back to top
  • jjones img 2015-09-24 09:39

    Stop the for-profit prison system!! It would be less expensive for most of us if we educated children properly, etc., to have fewer people breaking the law in the first place, but as long as for-profit prisons make money (you can buy stock in them, if you so desire!), there will be powerful people who prefer the status quo.

  • Linda img 2015-09-24 12:40

    The Erie School District Superintendent stated that Erie taxpayers have until the end of September to receive a discount when paying their school tax. I live in the Pequea Valley School District in Lancaster County and we only have until the end of August to take advantage of the whopping 2% discount. Why the inconsistency within the state's school districts?