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Judy Herschel
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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Judy Herschel. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Herschel about why she’s running and what she sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. 

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Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Marc Friedenberg. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Friedenberg about why he’s running and what he sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the 2018 primary is April 16.

Wade Jodun
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Two candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives' 15th Congressional district. One of them is Wade Jodun. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with Jodun about why he’s running to represent Pennsylvania and what changes he wants to see in Washington.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 16.

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A 2nd Amendment rally drew several hundred people to the Grice Gun Shop in Clearfield Saturday. 

“Good morning 2nd Amendment supporters.”

That was Tom Grice greeting the crowd. Grice has been holding the 2nd Amendment rally for at least five or six years. He said this year was the largest turnout yet.

“I think people understand now that it’s really under attack, more than ever, and they want to know what to do, they want to come get information, they want to learn,” Grice said.

I-99 and I-80 interchange
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U.S. Representative Glenn G.T. Thompson says when he drives past the exit where Interstates 80 and 99 meet outside of Bellefonte, traffic can be backed up onto I-80.

A new interchange, Thompson said, will complete the I-99 corridor.

“In the end, if we get this thing done, we’re going to help increase safety," Thompson said. "I think we will attract new businesses to the region through the corridor and we’re going to promote tourism.”

Nathan Geiger holds a sign outside Rep. Glenn Thompson's office.
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A group gathered outside Representative Glenn Thompson’s office in Bellefonte Monday to protest the proposed Republican tax overhaul.

Nathan Geiger, a graduate student at Penn State, held a sign that said, “GT: Listen to Your Community. Vote No.”

Geiger organized the group of about 15 protesters who gathered on the side of the road outside Glenn Thompson’s office. Geiger says the proposed tax bill would triple his taxes.

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.