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Get the inside scoop on what's really happening with Pennsylvania politics -- from the editors of PoliticsPA, the state's longest-standing political news website. Hear from Pennsylvania’s biggest power players – from elected officials and political insiders to campaign gurus and journalists. Find out who’s gaining power, who’s losing it – and why. And understand the issues that are driving the conversation across the commonwealth and inside the halls of power.

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Get the inside scoop on what's really happening with Pennsylvania politics -- from the editors of PoliticsPA, the state's longest-standing political news website. Hear from Pennsylvania’s biggest power players – from elected officials and political insiders to campaign gurus and journalists. Find out who’s gaining power, who’s losing it – and why. And understand the issues that are driving the conversation across the commonwealth and inside the halls of power.

    All Your Redistricting Questions Answered!

    All Your Redistricting Questions Answered!

    As the redistricting process in Pennsylvania comes to a head, SpotlightPA journalist Kate Huangpu (@KateHuangpu13) details where we've been and where we're headed when it comes to redrawing the maps for Congressional and state legislative seats in the commonwealth.  Huangpu discusses various moves by Republican and Democratic officials throughout the process -- and how redistricting will change the balance of power in Pennsylvania. 

    • 32 min
    Val Arkoosh Says the U.S. Senate Needs a Doctor (Just Not Dr. Oz)

    Val Arkoosh Says the U.S. Senate Needs a Doctor (Just Not Dr. Oz)

    In this episode Montgomery County commissioner Val Arkoosh, a longtime physician, talks about her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2022. Arkoosh, a Democrat, discusses her experiences with women having abortions, the frailty of America’s public-health infrastructure, why she’s in favor of banning fracking in Pennsylvania, and what distinguishes her from her fellow Democratic Senate candidates. Arkoosh also shares her thoughts about the other physician in the Senate race,  controversial Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. Says Arkoosh: “It's hard for me to believe we even took the same oath when we graduated from medical school."

    • 41 min
    The Case for Moving Pennsylvania's Presidential Primary Earlier in 2024

    The Case for Moving Pennsylvania's Presidential Primary Earlier in 2024

    In this episode, state senators John Gordner and Sharif Street talk about recent legislation, passed unanimously by the state Senate, that would move Pennsylvania's Presidential primary earlier, giving Pennsylvanians a greater voice  in selecting who the parties' nominees are. Gordner and Street discuss the politics of the bill, as well as the potential benefits of having the primary earlier in the 2024 cycle.

    • 30 min
    Is Trump's Influence Fading in Pennsylvania?

    Is Trump's Influence Fading in Pennsylvania?

    How much influence will former president Donald Trump have on Pennsylvania's high-profile races in 2022? Will he endorse a candidate for governor? Will there be a Trump rally boosting a U.S. Senate candidate? Will Democrats try to tie every GOP candidate to Trump -- and if they do, will it help or hurt? Muhlenberg political scientist Chris Borick and Politico reporter Holly Otterbein talk with host Tom McGrath about what November's election tells us about Trump and how much clout the former president does -- or doesn't -- have heading into next year's election.

    • 39 min
    Jake Corman on Running for Governor, the Election Audit and Donald Trump

    Jake Corman on Running for Governor, the Election Audit and Donald Trump

    Pennsylvania state Senate President Jake Corman, ranking Republican in the legislature and now a candidate for governor, discusses why he's running for the commonwealth's top job, the 2020 election audit his party is leading, his conversations with Donald Trump and other issues relevant in the campaign.

    • 48 min
    What We Learned On Election Day

    What We Learned On Election Day

    What are the big takeaways from Election Day 2021 in Pennsylvania?  Host Tom McGrath talks with journalists John Baer (@jbaernews) and Marc Levy (@timelywriter) about Republican enthusiasm, Democratic wokeness, the influence of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, what the election means for John Fetterman, Conor Lamb and Jeff Bartos, what's going on in Camp Hill, and Tom Wolf's voting gaffe.

    • 44 min

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