Host Alan Jennings welcomes Easton Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. to Lehigh Valley Discourse.
Sal Panto's name is almost synonymous with "mayor" in the city of Easton between his stint in the 1980's and his current term. He is a booster of the city while being one of the most outspoken advocates for regionalism, even when the benefits for the city are not so apparent.
Host Alan Jennings speaks with longtime Bethlehem city council member Bob Donchez just three months into his term as mayor talking about his plans for his mayoral term and the city's health and vitality.
Alan Jennings will also be speaking with Tom Perez, Secretary of US Dept. of Labor, talking about long-term unemployment benefits.
U.S. Representative Charlie Dent has catapulted to the national political stage because he has tried to bring some moderation to his caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The so-called Tea Party conservatives' strident rhetoric and extremist tactics such as forcing a government shut-down placed many Republican Members of Congress at risk of losing the off-year elections in 2014. Congressman Dent is Alan Jennings' guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse. (Original air-date February 13, 2014).
Host Alan Jennings speaks with PA Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg about finishing their rookie years as legislators. These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished. The conversation includes such topics as a reflection on their first year in office, their assessment of Pennsylvania politics and their peers in the legislature, some prognostication on the session ahead, including the 2014 elections, and much more. (Original air-date January 9, 2014).
After turkey and football, it’s time to talk politics! Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome Dr. Jack Treadway, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown University to the program to talk about trends in local and state politics, and analyzes the climate of both. Join us Thanksgiving evening to learn more. (Original air date November 28, 2013.)
Hosted by Pamela Varkony, the program begins with Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. Jim Crawley. He calls into the program to discuss the changes associated with the transportation bill. Here is a map of highways and bridges that will see improvements, as referenced in the program. Lt. Gov. Crawley discusses other issues facing our state.
Some very interesting local elections this year will lead to major changes in how we are governed. And, yet, too few of these races are determined by anything even close to a majority of voters. Consequently, only a handful of them will determine who will guide us for the next several years. Host Alan Jennings will be joined by Jim Flagg, editor of The Express-Times, and Bernie O'Hare, whose blog, "Lehigh Valley Ramblings," is the most-watched in the region. They will discuss who won, who lost, who really won, who really lost and how our lives will be affected over the next few years.
Our topic this week is young immigrants, immigration reform and our nation's future." Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome as their guest Dr. Erika Sutherland of Muhlenberg College. She has been active in the Lehigh Valley's Latino community for 15 years, and brings her perspective on the important issue of immigration to the USA. Join us for much information and thoughtful discussion. (Original air date October 24, 2013.)
Matt Cartwright is nearing the end of his first year representing a gerrymandered congressional district that includes Easton and the Slate Belt. His voting record is as Democratic as the other congressman who represents the region, Charlie Dent, is Republican. Join Alan Jennings as he hosts Congressman Matt Cartwright on Lehigh Valley Discourse. They will talk about his impressions of Congress as an institution, the issues of our time and where he stands on them and what makes him tick. (Original air date October 17, 2013.)