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Smart Talk: PA Attorney General candidates

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 13, 2016 9:30 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 13, 2016:

The presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have garned so much attention during this election year that many of the candidates for other important offices have been drowned out.

And that shouldn't be the case, especially when it comes to the Pennsylvania's Attorney General race.

The office has been embroiled in controversy for the past two-and-a-half years under former Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Kane was convicted this summer of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it under oath.  She resigned but not before the office of Attorney General went through numerous personnel changes and reportedly law morale.

So it would seem that job one for the candidates running would be to clean up the office and establish policies to ensure it operates ethically and efficiently.

Both Republican John Rafferty and Democrat Josh Shapiro have promised to do just that.

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John Rafferty, Pennsylvania State Senator (R-44th), Pennsylvania Attorney General candidate

Both candidates have also zeroed in on aggressively prosecuting the suppliers of opioids and heroin that have reached crisis stage in Pennsylvania. 

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Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General Candidate

Both Shapiro and Rafferty appear on Thursday's Smart Talk in separate conversations.


for John Rafferty:

Sen, Tomey voted for the McCain amendment, an amendment designed to allow the government warrantless access to internet browsing histories. He obviously does not believe that Americans deserve privacy, where are you on the state level?      - Thomas


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