Glenn Thompson

A spokesperson for Rep. Glenn Thompson says that as it stands now, the Congressman is not fully committed to voting in favor of the new health care bill scheduled for a house vote this week.

Thompson is one of a number of Republicans who has said they can’t support the American Health Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Thompson’s major concern is the anticipation of premium increases to older populations above and beyond what they are already facing under the current healthcare law.

Marc Friedenberg and Glenn Thompson cutout
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Representatives are in their home districts right now, but many are refusing to hold town halls with constituents. Around 350 people showed up to a town hall in State College Saturday even though representative Glenn Thompson had said he wouldn’t attend.

Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson is seeking a 5th term in  Congress, representing Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District.  The former health care administrator is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry. He also serves on the House Natural Resources Commitee and the House Education & Workforce Commitee.  

His Democratic challenger is Brookville Attorney, Kerith Strano Taylor, who is running against Rep. Thompson for the second time.  

Democratic challenger Kerith Strano-Taylor (left) and Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson appear in a debate on October 15, 2016.
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With Election Day fast approaching, the candidates for Pennsylvania's fifth congressional district squared off in a debate.

Speaking from WPSU’s studio on Penn State’s University Park campus, Democratic challenger Kerith Strano-Taylor spoke about how she’d handle the current student debt crisis. She said, “I’m a huge proponent that students that come from families that earn under $125,000 a year get to go to college tuition-free.”

Mid-term elections are this Tuesday. To take a look at the races, our guest this week is political commentator Terry Madonna. Madonna is a professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs. He’s also director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, which came out with new polling numbers on Wednesday. Madonna talks about the status of the governor’s race and about other interesting match ups across the state.