Rob McCord http://wesa.fm en Wolf Wins Four-Way Democratic Primary For Governor http://wesa.fm/post/wolf-wins-four-way-democratic-primary-governor <p>Tom Wolf, the man in the Jeep from York County, has won the Democratic nomination to face <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-set-fight-retain-governorship">incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett</a> in the November general election.<br /><br />Wolf took roughly 58 percent of the Democratic vote, with none of his opponents cresting the 20 percent mark.<br /> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:26:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 29570 at http://wesa.fm Wolf Wins Four-Way Democratic Primary For Governor What to Know About the Four Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-about-four-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Throughout the past year Allyson Schwartz, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord&nbsp;and Katie McGinty have all made their way to the 90.5 WESA Community Broadcast Center to talk about why Southwestern Pennsylvanians should choose them to be the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">On Tuesday p</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">olls open for the Democratic primary election, so we've</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;rebroadcast&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">portions of those candidate conversations.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:02:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29331 at http://wesa.fm What to Know About the Four Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Where Do The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Issues Important To You? http://wesa.fm/post/where-do-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-stand-issues-important-you <p>Candidates in a field of four Democrats are fighting to earn the right to take on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November General Election. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to make the selection.</p><p>Western Pennsylvania could play a major role in the outcome. None of the candidates have ties to the region but many political insiders think the way Allegheny County falls will dictate who wins the election.</p><p>Funding for education, taxing gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale, and growing the economy were among some of the topics that played large during the run up to the election.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:55:09 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 29334 at http://wesa.fm Where Do The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Issues Important To You? Democrats For Governor Map No Clear Path Out Of Pension Debt http://wesa.fm/post/democrats-governor-map-no-clear-path-out-pension-debt <p>The four Democratic gubernatorial candidates have talked about their personal stories, their support for greater education funding, and finding ways to generate revenue.</p><p>But judging by the warnings from credit rating agencies, the largest financial headache facing the commonwealth is what it owes in future pension payouts to state and school retirees. And when it comes to paying off that debt, the Democratic candidates aren't exactly bubbling over with ideas.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:29:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 29324 at http://wesa.fm Democrats For Governor Map No Clear Path Out Of Pension Debt In Final Debate, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Assume Familiar Roles http://wesa.fm/post/final-debate-democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-assume-familiar-roles <p>With few policy differences among them, the four candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor assumed familiar positions at their final debate before the May 20 primary.<br /><br />Tom Wolf, far ahead of the competition according to recent polls, offered high-brow answers to challenges that he’s not qualified to be governor after running a business in York and being state revenue secretary for two years.<br /><br />“I think if I’m unqualified — someone like me is unqualified — that’s a serious indictment of our democracy,” Wolf said.<br /> Tue, 13 May 2014 08:09:16 +0000 Mary Wilson 29117 at http://wesa.fm McCord Calls On Wolf To Explain Support For Admitted Racist http://wesa.fm/post/mccord-calls-wolf-explain-support-admitted-racist <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer Rob McCord is raising the stakes in the four-way campaign for the party's nomination.<br /><br />McCord called on one of his opponents, York County businessman Tom Wolf, to explain why he stood by a former York mayor who participated in the city’s 1969 race riots as a police officer and was implicated, and ultimately acquitted, in a black woman’s murder decades later.<br /><br />McCord raised the issue in his opening remarks during a debate on education issues in Philadelphia.<br /> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:36:51 +0000 Mary Wilson 28514 at http://wesa.fm Education the Focus of PA Governor Debate http://wesa.fm/post/education-focus-pa-governor-debate <p></p><p></p><p>Being “pro-recess” earned businessman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf the biggest laugh of the night, but it was PA Treasurer Rob McCord, who is also running in the May 20 primary, who picked up the widest applause when he stepped to the microphone in Tuesday’s debate and simply said, “I’d kill ‘em” to the question of what each candidate would do with the high-stakes Keystone Exams.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:48:30 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 27246 at http://wesa.fm Education the Focus of PA Governor Debate Group Scores Dems For Governor On Gun Control Issues http://wesa.fm/post/group-scores-dems-governor-gun-control-issues <p>It’s the one survey in the past two months that Tom Wolf isn’t winning: CeaseFirePA’s “voter guide,” a report of the gubernatorial candidates positions on nearly 20 different gun safety measures and an accompanying assessment.<br /><br />Democratic candidates Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz are 100 percent aligned with CeaseFirePA’s positions. Rob McCord scored 84 percent, and Wolf scored 79 percent.<br /><br />The two Republican candidates didn’t respond to the survey.<br /> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:39:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 27192 at http://wesa.fm Straight Talk with Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McCord http://wesa.fm/post/straight-talk-gubernatorial-candidate-rob-mccord <p>While there is no clear cut favorite in the Pennsylvania Democratic race for governor, polls indicate that State Treasurer <a href="http://www.robmccord.com/">Rob McCord</a> has emerged as the “<a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/02/rob_mccord_stakes_claim_to_dem.html">de facto</a>” front runner.</p><p>The Ardmore, PA native says he is fortunate to have a useful blend of knowledge when it comes to running the Commonwealth.</p><p>He says his <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2013/12/26/Pa-treasurer-boasts-business-congressional-experience-State-treasurer-boasts-business-political-careers/stories/201312260152">financial cognizance </a>along with his desire and ability to communicate with constituents statewide will set him apart from the other candidates.</p><p>“I intend to be the governor that loves Pittsburgh back,” says McCord. Here are some of his views on energy, green jobs, public schools, and working with Pittsburgh's politicians. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:00:01 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24729 at http://wesa.fm Straight Talk with Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McCord PA Treasurer Weighs in on Corbett's Proposed Changes to Unclaimed Property Law http://wesa.fm/post/pa-treasurer-weighs-corbetts-proposed-changes-unclaimed-property-law <p>The state treasurer says part of the governor’s proposal to change the unclaimed property law should come with ramped-up enforcement of the state’s property law.<br /><br />Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget assumes $150 million from a plan to shorten the holding time of unclaimed and inactive property, like bank accounts and insurance policies.<br /><br />Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat also running for governor, said there are upsides and downsides to the plan.<br /> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 24529 at http://wesa.fm Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea? PA Treasurer McCord Suggests Donating to a 529 http://wesa.fm/post/need-last-minute-gift-idea-pa-treasurer-mccord-suggests-donating-529 <p>While many holiday gift givers will be heading out to the stores Monday and Tuesday for a few last-minute gifts, Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is offering another solution: give to a loved one’s college fund.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 21745 at http://wesa.fm State Treasurer McCord 8th Democrat to Enter Race for Governor http://wesa.fm/post/state-treasurer-mccord-8th-democrat-enter-race-governor <p>State Treasurer Rob McCord is now the eighth Democratic candidate to throw his hat in the ring for governor.<br /><br />But just days into his campaign, he&rsquo;s still aiming most of his venom at Gov. Tom Corbett.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The former venture capitalist has, as treasurer, challenged Corbett&rsquo;s plans to privatize the state lottery and overhaul the public pension systems.<br /><br />He also dings Corbett for signing a &ldquo;no new taxes&rdquo; pledge, saying such promises aren&rsquo;t the source of good public policy.<br /> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:23:47 +0000 Mary Wilson 17190 at http://wesa.fm PA Treasurer Pushes Parents to Open College Funds http://wesa.fm/post/pa-treasurer-pushes-parents-open-college-funds <p>State Treasurer Rob McCord is urging parents to open a Pennsylvania 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) before Sept. 1 to take advantage of last year’s lower cost per college credit.</p><p>529 plans are offered by states that include tax-free earnings growth and withdrawals.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:45:12 +0000 Michael Lynch 15449 at http://wesa.fm State Treasurer Calls for More Diversity on Corporate Boards http://wesa.fm/post/state-treasurer-calls-more-diversity-corporate-boards <p>A recent report from global research firm GMI Ratings found the percentage of female directors in S&amp;P 500 companies rose only one-half of a percentage point since December 2011.</p><p>Smaller companies have even lower representation on boards by women, despite reports that a diverse board is good for business.</p><p>“We have very strong data showing a correlation to having women on boards improving investment performance,” said Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. “For large-cap companies it appears to improve investment performance by more than 25 percent.”</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:03:02 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8905 at http://wesa.fm