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Friday Rundown: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, Politics in 2015

Tom Wolf

These topics air Friday January 2, 2015 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. 

Today we look at the political events that shaped 2014 at the local and national level, and what they can mean for us in 2015.  

A Year of Change for Pittsburgh

From a new Mayor to a new Police Chief, the City of Pittsburgh saw sweeping change among its leadership. Chris Potter of the Post-Gazette joins us to talk about Bill Peduto ushering in a new era of transparency in city government and how the hiring of Police Chief Cameron McLay will impact community/police relations.

A New Governor in Pennsylvania

Patriot News and Penn Live Editorial and Opinion Page Editor, John Micek joins us to look back at a year that saw the election of a new governor in Pennsylvania. When Democrat Tom Wolf takes over for Tom Corbett this month, he will face a host of challenges as he tackles an ambitious agenda.

How 2014 Compares with 1968

Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman says when it comes to 2014, we probably haven't experienced as much turmoil in a single year since 1968. From the riots in Ferguson and the nationwide demonstrations in reaction to police violence inflicted on African Americans, to the debate over gay rights in the U.S., the American landscape was filled with social upheaval. 

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