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Smart Talk: PA protected against terrorism?; Historic perspective on today's politics

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 23, 2016 8:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, March 23, 2016:

Our collective sense of security wears away -- maybe ever so slightly -- every time Americans hear of another terrorist attack overseas.

That may be the case once again with the deadly bombings in Brussels Tuesday.  More than 30 people have been killed and over 200 wounded in three separate attacks.  The Islamic State or ISIS claimed responsibility.

Security was stepped up around the world, including here in Pennsylvania.  Transportation hubs like airports and passenger rail stations got extra attention.

Gov. Tom Wolf said there are no known threats to Pennsylvania.  However, there is heightened security.

The Director of the Governor's Office on Homeland Security Marcus Brown appears of Smart Talk to explain.

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Marcus Brown

Also, Pennsylvania has not had a complete state budget for almost nine months now.  Gov. Tom Wolf has threatened to veto a spending plan approved by the Senate and House and their Republican majorities last week.  The budget debate has been especially harsh. 

Many are concerned that Harrisburg is becoming as polarized as Washington. 

Our second guest Wednesday retired as a lobbyist two weeks ago after a long career in the legislature - a time that was different under the Capitol Dome.

Former State Senator Franklin Kury joins us with his take on history and today's politics.

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Franklin Kury

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