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Generations Yet to Come / voter registration trends / Candidate Jess King, 11th district

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Oct 25, 2018 4:29 AM

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park is among the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. It's comprised of 13,050 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia counties. October 15, 2018, Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 25, 2018:

Pennsylvanians have the right to clean air and water, thanks to the efforts of a young legislator named Franklin Kury. Nearly 50 years ago, Kury and other environmental advocates led the initiative to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution guaranteeing these rights. 

The Environmental Rights Amendment was added to the state Constitution in 1971, as article 1, section 27. A new documentary produced by StateImpact Pennsylvania called Generations Yet to Come: Environmental Rights in Pennsylvania airs Thursday, October 25 on WITF-TV at 8pm and Friday, October 26 on WQED-TV at 8:30pm.

"Generations Yet to Come: Environmental Rights in Pennsylvania"- Promo

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter and documentary producer Marie Cusick is in the studio to talk about the program. 

Also, enthusiasm for the upcoming election is translating into an increase in voter registrations.

Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated or third-party voters' registration increased during 2018, which hasn't happened for any other midterm in at least the past two decades, according to a PA Post analysis of Pennsylvania Department of State archived registration data going back to 1998.

Pa Post reports the trend seems to "quantify excitement among voters in Pennsylvania and across the country amid national political polarization."

Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti joins Smart Talk to discuss the trend. Previti produces The Context, a PA Post daily newsletter and is the senior reporter for statewide public media collaboration Keystone Crossroads

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Emily Previti and Marie Cusick

Also, Smart Talk invited the candidates for the U.S.Senate, House of Representatives and the Governor's office to appear on the program so that voters can hear where they stand on the issues.

Hear the candidates here

Appearing on Thursday's Smart Talk is Democrat Jess King, running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional district that encompasses Lancaster County and the southern part of York County.

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Candidate Jess King

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