Politics http://wesa.fm en With Tom Wolf Leading in Polls, Competitors Point to His Political Shortcomings http://wesa.fm/post/tom-wolf-leading-polls-competitors-point-his-political-shortcomings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In one week, Democratic Party members from across the state will choose their candidate to face Governor Tom Corbett in November’s gubernatorial election.</span></p><p>Last night, the remaining Democratic candidates for governor; state treasurer Rob McCord, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty and front-runner Tom Wolf faced each other for a final debate at Drexel University in Philadelphia.</p><p>Capitol correspondent Mary Wilson covered the debate.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:19:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29162 at http://wesa.fm With Tom Wolf Leading in Polls, Competitors Point to His Political Shortcomings Trevor Potter Connects Politics and Market Forces http://wesa.fm/post/trevor-potter-connects-politics-and-market-forces <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H8hE3b-djW0" width="575"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">Former FEC chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and general counsel to John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, speaks on how market forces affect the political process, specifically with regard to campaign financing and Super PACs.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:57:43 +0000 The Chautauqua Institution 25997 at http://wesa.fm Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving http://wesa.fm/post/millennials-rejecting-polarized-politics-changing-nonprofit-giving <p>Nonprofits in the region must redefine their community relevance for the Millennial generation as these young adults enter society with a completely <a href="http://www.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/2013/1013/Pages/1013-managing-millennials.aspx">different approach</a> to giving.</p><p>According to Linda Jones, Vice President of Workplace Campaign for the <a href="http://unitedwaypittsburgh.org/">United Way of Allegheny County</a>, Millennials prefer to give consistently in small amounts as well as volunteer at the organizations they support. They also approach politics differently, rejecting <a href="http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/12/will-disillusioned-millennials-bring-an-end-to-the-reagan-clinton-era/">polarized politics</a> and increasingly registering as independents.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:06:23 +0000 Katherine Blackley 25181 at http://wesa.fm Millennials Rejecting Polarized Politics & Changing Nonprofit Giving How Will History Look at Mayor Luke Ravenstahl? http://wesa.fm/post/how-will-history-look-mayor-luke-ravenstahl <p>As Pittsburghers gear up to elect a new mayor, a week from now, Luke Ravenstahl seems to be ramping up his public appearance schedule in an effort to clean up <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/successes">his image</a>.</p><p>“It’s like he’s almost trying to spin the last seven years into something that reads better on his epitaph,” says Bob Oltmanns, President of <a href="http://opr-group.com/">OPR Group</a>, LLC, an independent public relations consultancy.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:37:36 +0000 Katie Martin 18856 at http://wesa.fm How Will History Look at Mayor Luke Ravenstahl? Madame Presidenta: Why Not Us? http://wesa.fm/post/madame-presidenta-why-not-us <p>As the granddaughter of a woman who fought for women’s rights in the suffragist movement during the early 20th century, the work that Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, has done is enough to make any grandmother proud.</p><p>Her newest project, a documentary titled <a href="http://wgfpa.org/celebrating-women-having-a-global-impact/"><em>Madame Presidentá: Why Not Us?</em></a>, examines the global power of women and specifically, the work of the first female president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.</p><p>The goal for the film, she says, was not to point out how America has not succeeded in putting a woman in the White House. Her aim, as her grandmother so pointedly says in the film, was to figure out “How the hell did they do that?” and look at the eighteen countries worldwide who do have women in power.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/_mIOW5MV2ak</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:30:45 +0000 Katie Martin 18371 at http://wesa.fm Madame Presidenta: Why Not Us? The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective http://wesa.fm/post/crisis-syria-pittsburgh-perspective <p>Dr. Basel Termanini, <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fsams-usa.net%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHfiXmwmRtRpPRJN9flv-D-PEPvnQ">Syrian American Medical Society</a> Pittsburgh Chapter President, was born and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Dr. Termanini has lived in Pittsburgh for 16 years and has visited his home country almost every summer with his family.</p><p>During his most recent visits, he says security and government corruption have been worse than ever before. Dr. Termanini feels much more comfortable in areas that are not controlled by the Syrian government. One of the biggest problems Syrian citizens face is government issued air strikes at medical facilities.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:52:18 +0000 Nick Frost 16287 at http://wesa.fm The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective New State Supreme Court Justice to Be Sworn In http://wesa.fm/post/new-state-supreme-court-justice-be-sworn <p>The newest member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to be sworn in July 30th.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee, Correale Stevens, was confirmed by the Senate on a 50-0 vote on June 30, returning the court to a four-to-three Republican majority and filling the vacant seat left by the resignation of Justice Joan Orie Melvin.</p><p>The 66-year-old judge from&nbsp;Luzerne County will serve through 2016 — the end of Melvin’s term.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 12733 at http://wesa.fm Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/political-commentary-essential-pittsburgh-0 <p></p><p>A former Pittsburgh police detective who served on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's security detail has been approached by the FBI about using debit cards tied to an unauthorized account at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union. Will his <a href="http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/former-ravenstahl-bodyguard-im-going-spill-my-guts/nYDTw/">testimony </a>open Mayor Ravenstahl to federal investigation?</p><p>Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris changed her party affiliation from democratic to independent in April. Many wonder if she's planning to <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4072578-74/harris-council-drozd#axzz2VYFN1msF">make a play for mayor</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>And State Representative Jesse White is <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4152007-74/district-attorney-county#axzz2VYQgtVGG">under investigation</a> for using a fake online identity to bash his political opponents.</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>Guests: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/ericheyl/"><strong>Eric Heyl</strong></a> of the Tribune-Review and <strong>Bram Reichbaum</strong> of the <a href="http://pghcomet.blogspot.com/">Pittsburgh Comet</a> discuss these political topics and more. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:01:57 +0000 Heather McClain 11014 at http://wesa.fm Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/political-commentary-essential-pittsburgh <p></p><p>Law professor and political analyst <a href="http://triblive.com/opinion/josephmistick/"><strong>Joe Sabino Mistick</strong></a> and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist <a href="http://old.post-gazette.com/columnists/norman.asp"><strong>Tony Norman</strong></a> discuss presumptive mayor elect Bill Peduto and his plans for Pittsburgh. Also, with summer recess coming up, it's crunch time for the state legislature. What's the outlook on medicaid expansion? Fri, 31 May 2013 23:34:57 +0000 Heather McClain 10592 at http://wesa.fm The Hubris of Power http://wesa.fm/post/hubris-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Why do we continue to see people in powerful positions behaving badly? Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? We'll post this question to&nbsp; <strong>Bob Oltmanns</strong>, President of <a href="http://opr-group.com/about/bob-oltmanns-president/">OPR Group, LLC</a>, an independent public relations consultancy and <strong>Joseph Sabino Mistick</strong> an associate professor at <a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/joseph-sabino-mistick">Duquesne University School of Law</a>. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6831 at http://wesa.fm The Hubris of Power PA Unemployment Numbers Tell Only Half the Story http://wesa.fm/post/pa-unemployment-numbers-tell-only-half-story <div class="field-item even"><p>Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in January rose to 8.2 percent and is now at its highest point since October 2010 and Democrats in the state are hoping to use the numbers as political&nbsp;fodder.</p><p>The numbers were released Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, Senate Democrats were pointing to the report as all the proof they need to show the Corbett administration’s policies have failed to spur investment and, in turn, job&nbsp;creation.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:40:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 2863 at http://wesa.fm Managing the Media http://wesa.fm/post/managing-media <div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Bob Oltmanns</strong>, President of <a href="http://opr-group.com/about/bob-oltmanns-president/">OPR Group, LLC</a>, an independent public relations consultancy talks about the PR protocol for political figures in crisis situations. What's the best way to overcome an adversarial relationship with the press? And Duquesne University Law Professor <strong>Joseph Sabino Mistick</strong>, talks about his experiences as a former deputy mayor.</p></div><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:30:00 +0000 Heather McClain 1813 at http://wesa.fm Gavin Newsom on Citizenville http://wesa.fm/post/gavin-newsom-citizenville <p>WESA 90.5 reporter <strong>Kevin Gavin</strong> interviews California Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of San Francisco <strong>Gavin Newsom</strong> about his book <a href="http://citizenville.com/">Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government</a>. Newsom discusses how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American&nbsp;democracy.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:54:48 +0000 Heather McClain 1749 at http://wesa.fm Gavin Newsom on Citizenville