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Sen. Mike Folmer talks redistricting/'93 Harrisburg Senators

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 3, 2018 6:02 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, June 4, 2018:

One of the top stories almost halfway through 2018 is Pennsylvania's how and where Pennsylvania's Congressional district boundaries are drawn.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters that the state's Congressional boundaries were gerrymandered after the last census to make it easier for the majority party - Republicans -- to win elections.  The justices on the Democratically-controlled court decided they didn't like alternative maps submitted by Republicans or Gov. Tom Wolf and endorsed a map of their own. 

Many Republicans howled that the Court had overstepped their bounds by creating new districts. 

The whole episode had many from both parties calling for reform. 

Republican State Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County has a plan to do just that. It calls for an 11-member panel made up of a four Democrats, four Republicans and three independents to construct the legislative map.  Sen. Folmer appears on Monday's Smart Talk

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Senator Mike Folmer

Also on the program -- perhaps one of the best teams in minor league baseball history was the 1993 Harrisburg Senators that won 50 more games than they lost and sent 22 players to the Major Leagues.  Eight of those 22 spent in at least 10 years in the big leagues. 

Andrew Linker, author of the new book The Class of '93 - How One Baseball Team Wrecked an Entire League joins us on Smart Talk.

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Author Andrew Linker

 

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