Election 2013 http://wesa.fm en Gilman Says He Won't be a 'Rubber Stamp' for Former Boss Peduto http://wesa.fm/post/gilman-says-he-wont-be-rubber-stamp-former-boss-peduto <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is sworn in as mayor of Pittsburgh, his former chief of staff will move into his old City Council seat.</span></p><p>Dan Gilman won the District 8 seat in a landslide victory in November, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/gilman-rudiak-smith-lavelle-gain-voter-approval">clinching 89 percent of the vote</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 21117 at http://wesa.fm Post-Election Day Wrap Up http://wesa.fm/post/post-election-day-wrap <p>It may be no surprise that Bill Peduto is now Pittsburgh mayor-elect. But some may be surprised that Peduto celebrated in Homewood last night as the results were tallied.</p><p>According to 90.5 WESA's Mark Nootbaar and Kevin Gavin, the Homewood location could be an attempt to show a focus on neighborhoods that Peduto feels have been ignored by previous administrations. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:24:36 +0000 Nick Frost 19385 at http://wesa.fm Post-Election Day Wrap Up Gilman, Rudiak, Smith, Lavelle Gain Voter Approval http://wesa.fm/post/gilman-rudiak-smith-lavelle-gain-voter-approval <p>Pittsburgh City Council will get two new faces as a result of Tuesday’s election. One is a political outsider, the other is no stranger to Grant Street.<br /><br />The voters of District 8 overwhelmingly chose Democrat Dan Gilman (89 percent) to represent the district over Republican Mordecai D. Treblow (10 percent). Gilman is the chief of staff for current District 8 Councilman Bill Peduto, who opted not to run so he could focus on his mayoral campaign. &nbsp;<br /><br />Gillman said he knows this will not be an easy job.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:58:42 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19346 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Home Rule Charter Amended http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-home-rule-charter-amended <p>Once the vote count is made official by the Allegheny County Elections Division later this month the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter will have a new amendment. By an 80-20 majority Tuesday, voters approved a ballot question that would amend the charter to require all city employees to live in the city for which they work.</p><p>“It’s important that they live in the city and be part of the city and have a commitment to the city which they control,” said Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess.</p><p>That includes police and firefighters.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:50:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19349 at http://wesa.fm Democrats Hold Onto Control of Allegheny County Council http://wesa.fm/post/democrats-hold-control-allegheny-county-council <p>The voters of Allegheny County are sending three new members to County Council, while four incumbents were able to hold onto their seats on Election Day, leaving the body with 10 Democrats and five Republicans.</p><p>Republican Tom Baker won the District 1 Council seat over Democrat Daniel A. McClain Jr. and Constitution Party candidate Jim Barr, taking 50 percent of the vote. Current District 1 Councilman Matt Drozd was defeated by Baker in a primary fight.</p><p>After giving his victory speech around 10 p.m., Baker said he was “elated” over the win.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:11:42 +0000 Haldan Kirsch & Tim Camerato 19348 at http://wesa.fm Stabile Overtakes McVay for Appellate Court Seat http://wesa.fm/post/stabile-overtakes-mcvay-appellate-court-seat <p>Lawyer Vic Stabile has beaten Allegheny County judge Jack McVay Jr. to win a seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court.<br /><br />The battle for the mid-level appeals court was the only statewide race on Tuesday's ballot.<br /><br />Stabile shook up the race last week by airing a TV ad criticizing McVay because his fiancee and sister-in-law are on the Allegheny County court payroll.<br /><br />McVay called the ad unfair because he did nothing wrong, and a Pennsylvania Bar Association panel asked Stabile to take down the ad, but he has refused,<br /> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:38:53 +0000 The Associated Press 19347 at http://wesa.fm Voters Favor Keeping 4 PA Appellate Judges In http://wesa.fm/post/voters-favor-keeping-4-pa-appellate-judges <p>Pennsylvania voters have approved additional 10-year terms for four state appellate judges.</p><p>Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille and Justice Max Baer and Superior Court judges Susan Gantman and Jack Panella faced up-or-down "retention" votes to decide if they should stay on the bench.</p><p>Judges are unopposed in retention elections.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:09:49 +0000 The Associated Press 19344 at http://wesa.fm Peduto's Night: Democrat Easily Beats 2 Opponents for Pittsburgh Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-night-democrat-easily-beats-2-opponents-pittsburgh-mayor <p>“Let’s build a new Pittsburgh!”</p><p>Newly elected mayor Bill Peduto proclaimed those words as he addressed a crowd at his victory party in Homewood Tuesday night. The Democrat handily defeated Republican challenger Josh Wander and third party challenger Les Ludwig.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:34:31 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19343 at http://wesa.fm Peduto's Night: Democrat Easily Beats 2 Opponents for Pittsburgh Mayor Reports of Light Turnout in Off-Year PA Balloting http://wesa.fm/post/reports-light-turnout-year-pa-balloting <p>Pennsylvania's polls are now closed and the ballot counting is under way.</p><p>Spot checks at polling places revealed a light turnout Tuesday in an election featuring only one statewide race. That was the Superior Court contest between Harrisburg lawyer Vic Stabile, a Republican, against Democrat Jack McVay Jr., an Allegheny County judge.</p><p>Other closely watched races included mayoral contests in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, Lancaster and State College, as well as numerous races for local offices, school boards and county judgeships.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:25:40 +0000 The Associated Press 19342 at http://wesa.fm Election Day Mostly Quiet in Pittsburgh Area http://wesa.fm/post/election-day-mostly-quiet-pittsburgh-area <p>The polls are open across the country for the 2013 general election, and in Allegheny County things are reportedly very quiet.&nbsp;</p><p>The Allegheny County Elections Division says a few polling places were slow to start taking voters due to problems with buildings not being open on time and poll workers calling in sick. All of those locations opened shortly after 7 a.m., and the division said replacement workers were found where needed.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:05:06 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19312 at http://wesa.fm Election Day Mostly Quiet in Pittsburgh Area Five Candidates Vie for Open Seat on Pittsburgh City Council http://wesa.fm/post/five-candidates-vie-open-seat-pittsburgh-city-council <p></p><p>The race for the District 7 Pittsburgh City Council seat looks to be wide open heading into the election Tuesday.&nbsp; Five candidates are vying for the spot vacated by Patrick Dowd in July.&nbsp; Politically, the candidates are as diverse as the district.</p><p>A Democrat, a Libertarian, and a handful of independents all want to represent District 7, which runs from the Strip District to Highland Park and includes Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Polish Hill, Friendship, Morningside, and Stanton Heights. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Strip District Redevelopment</strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:36:00 +0000 Liz Reid 19206 at http://wesa.fm Five Candidates Vie for Open Seat on Pittsburgh City Council Voter ID Fight Resumes in Pennsylvania Court http://wesa.fm/post/voter-id-fight-resumes-pennsylvania-court <div><p>Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law is back in Commonwealth Court this week, but it's unlikely to be decided conclusively any time soon.<br><br>Voting rights advocates are seeking a permanent injunction against the 2012 law, which requires Pennsylvania voters to present state-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot. Implementation was postponed ahead of last year's general election and again in 2013 in advance of the May primary.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 02:20:34 +0000 Josh Raulerson 13102 at http://wesa.fm Voter ID Fight Resumes in Pennsylvania Court It's Peduto: City Councilman Clinches Mayoral Primary Win http://wesa.fm/post/its-peduto-city-councilman-clinches-mayoral-primary-win <p>City Councilman Bill Peduto beat out three other Democratic contenders Tuesday for a win in Pittsburgh's hotly contested mayoral primary.<br><br>Peduto is hoping to win the seat currently held by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who announced in March he was not seeking re-election. While this was a primary race, Peduto’s victory all but guarantees him the seat. Democrats outnumber Republicans in Pittsburgh by a wide margin, and the city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1934.<br> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:59:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia, Noah Brode & Larkin Page-Jacobs 9972 at http://wesa.fm It's Peduto: City Councilman Clinches Mayoral Primary Win The Results Are In: Analysis of the Pittsburgh Primary Races http://wesa.fm/post/results-are-analysis-pittsburgh-primary-races <p></p><p>The polls opened at 7am Tuesday for the Pittsburgh Democratic Primary election.&nbsp; Turnout at most voting places was light, despite a hotly contested mayoral race and contested city council positions.</p><p>At the end of the night, City Councilman Bill Peduto accepted the democratic nomination for Mayor, incumbent City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak kept her place in Pittsburgh's southern neighborhoods, Daniel Lavelle kept his city council seat in district 6, and Bill Peduto's former council seat went to his former Chief of Staff, Dan Gilman. Wed, 22 May 2013 01:05:00 +0000 Heather McClain 9965 at http://wesa.fm The Results Are In: Analysis of the Pittsburgh Primary Races Polls Open But Not Busy for Primary Election http://wesa.fm/post/polls-open-not-busy-primary-election <p>The polls are open in Pennsylvania, and so far there have been no reports of voting abnormalities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Turnout at most voting places has been light.<br><br>Officials expect to see about 20 percent of registered voters across the state cast a ballot. That number is expected to be a bit higher in Pittsburgh where a <a href="http://www.wesa.fm/post/primary-primer-learn-more-about-pittsburghs-mayoral-candidates">hotly contested mayoral race</a> could boost the numbers. &nbsp;<br> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:58:35 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9927 at http://wesa.fm Polls Open But Not Busy for Primary Election Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates http://wesa.fm/post/learn-more-about-pittsburghs-mayoral-candidates <p><strong>Elected Positions Held:</strong> District 8 Pittsburgh City Councilman, 2002-Present<br><br><strong>Other Occupations of Note:</strong> Chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen.<br><br><strong>Education:</strong> BA Penn State University, MA University of Pittsburgh<br><br><strong>Top Issues:</strong><br><em>Economic Development:</em> Peduto plans to take the model of community-based development to all city neighborhoods by landing state and federal grant support, modernizing zoning laws and improving transit.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:02:08 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9775 at http://wesa.fm Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Candidates Talk City Finances, Transportation and Corruption in Mayoral Forum http://wesa.fm/post/candidates-talk-city-finances-transportation-and-corruption-mayoral-forum <p>One week before Pittsburgh’s primary election, three of the city's mayoral candidates gathered at 90.5 WESA for an issues forum.</p><p>City Councilman Bill Peduto, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner and state Rep. Jake Wheatley participated in the Tuesday evening forum. The first question was what the candidates, if elected mayor, would do to keep Pittsburgh on strong economic footing if the city were to exit Act 47 fiscal oversight status. The city has petitioned to be removed.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:33:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9512 at http://wesa.fm Candidates Talk City Finances, Transportation and Corruption in Mayoral Forum