Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 45: Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

June 16, 2017

We have a budget-focused podcast this week where we sit down with House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) to discuss where things stand with developing a balanced FY 2017-2018 spending plan, what House Democrats hope to see out of the budget and related bills, and what needs to be done to rid Pennsylvania of its perennial structural deficit.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 44: Wendell Young IV

June 9, 2017

Wendell Young IV, the president of UFCW 1776, joins the podcast this week to argue against further liquor privatization. We talk about the budgetary side of the debate, how further privatization might impact jobs, and what his organization will be up to in order to prevent further privatization legislation from becoming law.

In an overview of the week's news, we discuss the House vote on gaming expansion legislation, the pension reform bill on the governor's desk, and give a budget update.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 43: AFP-PA

June 2, 2017

This episode of the podcast features an interview with Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania State Director Beth Anne Mumford about the organizations "Free Our Spirits" campaign, which seeks to address the issue of liquor privatization from a grassroots level.

We also give a brief of the latest news items.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 42: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks)

April 12, 2017

The podcast this week is joined by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) who talks about his concerns with and opposition to the proposed merger of four human services related agencies--particularly the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs--as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf and included as part of the House GOP-crafted budget that recently made its way to the Senate.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 41: PSERS executive director Glen Grell

April 7, 2017

The podcast this week features a pension reform can't miss as we sit down with PSERS executive director Glen Grell. Also, a recap of the week's budget news and other items.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 40: NFIB

March 31, 2017

The podcast this week features an interview with NFIB State Director Kevin Shivers where we talk his organization's take on current issues. Also, a rundown of the week's news.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 39: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

March 24, 2017

After we do an overview of the week's news, Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down for an interview with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for the feature of the podcast. Mayor Peduto talks about his start in office, the need for state action on municipal pension reform, his vision for Pittsburgh, and what his love of hockey and music.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 38: PA Chamber

March 17, 2017

Our podcast this week features and interview with Sam Denisco, VP of Government Affairs for the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. We talk about Pennsylvania's business climate and their take on legislative issues as they relate to business. Also included is a rundown of the week's news.


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 37: Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster)

March 10, 2017

We sit down with Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) on this week's podcast where we talk about his start in public office, things he's working on this session, and more!


Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 36: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

March 3, 2017

This week the podcast heads out to Pittsburgh, where Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down to talk with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Find out about how he got involved in politics, his love of fish fries, and a some of his favorite moments of being in office. Also, we highlight some of the state's top news items.