State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
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Episode 32: Health scares, campaigns, gerrymanders and salamanders

Written by Katie Meyer | Nov 17, 2017 5:14 PM
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Angela Couloumbis of the Philly Inquirer stops by to review a week that may not have seen much significant legislative action, but certainly made up for it in scattershot news items.

First up, Tom Ridge (former governor, Vietnam veteran and the country's first Homeland Security Secretary) had a sudden heart attack this week and, as of this posting, remains in critical condition. We discuss what he means to PA politics, as well as the outpouring of support he's received from across the country.

We also dig into a new report on next year's (not great) budget prognosis, talk about Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai's newly-announced gubernatorial campaign, and explain the latest legal twists in the commonwealth's unfolding gerrymandering cases.   

Plus, lest we forget, we'll take a serious look at the latest dispute to grip the Capitol: which semi-aquatic creature deserves to be named state amphibian?


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