Elections http://wesa.fm en Allentown Mayor Announces Candidacy for Democratic Gubernatorial Primary http://wesa.fm/post/allentown-mayor-announces-candidacy-democratic-gubernatorial-primary <p>As the Democratic field for Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial primary gets more crowded, the chances for lesser-known candidates may increase.<br><br>Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is the latest to jump into the fray, becoming the seventh Democratic candidate to throw a hat in the ring, and the first to come from the northeastern part of the state.<br><br>Thomas Baldino, a political science professor at Wilkes University in Luzerne County, said with more candidates expected to enter, Pawlowski actually does stand a chance.<br> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:24:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 16247 at http://wesa.fm 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 State Senate Hearing Focused on Changes to Voting Procedure, Registration http://wesa.fm/post/state-senate-hearing-focused-changes-voting-procedure-registration <p>The Senate Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Pittsburgh Thursday to hear from the public and other elected officials on proposed changes to voting in the commonwealth. State lawmakers are considering measures that would allow for online voter registration and expand early voting.</p><p>“Also same-day voter registration, so you can just go to the poll, register to vote, and then vote on that particular day,” said Sen. Matt Smith (D-37). “No fault absentee voting would allow people to get their absentee ballot and then send it back in to their local county division of elections.”</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:56:52 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9265 at http://wesa.fm State Senate Hearing Focused on Changes to Voting Procedure, Registration Wagner Gets Backing From Former Congressman Coyne, Unions http://wesa.fm/post/wagner-gets-backing-former-congressman-coyne-unions <p>Just a day after mayoral candidate Bill Peduto assembled his coalition of supporters on the steps of the Pittsburgh City-County Building, Jack Wagner gathered those endorsing him to become the next mayor of Pittsburgh in the same place.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:03:19 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8551 at http://wesa.fm State, City Elected Officials Voice Support for Peduto http://wesa.fm/post/state-city-elected-officials-voice-support-peduto <p>With less than a month before the primary election, Bill Peduto shored up support Thursday for his bid to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.</p><p>Peduto was joined by representatives from 22 unions and organizations, as well as 15 elected officials on the steps of the Pittsburgh City-County Building.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:32:05 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8484 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Black Political Convention Throws Support Behind Wheatley http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-black-political-convention-throws-support-behind-wheatley <p></p><p>The Pittsburgh Black Political Convention has voted to endorse State Rep. Jake Wheatley in the city's upcoming mayoral election.</p><p>More than 200 people gathered over the weekend for the city's first-ever convention of black voters. The convention also aimed to create a clear agenda on issues including poverty, unemployment, police/community relations and violence, among other things.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:01:25 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8256 at http://wesa.fm Voter Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching http://wesa.fm/post/voter-registration-deadline-quickly-approaching <p>Voters will choose nominees for mayor of Pittsburgh, four city council seats and in seven Allegheny County council districts in the May 21st primary.</p><p>If you want to vote in that primary election, you must submit your registration forms by the close of business Monday. Registered voters who have moved or changed their name or party affiliation must also notify the Allegheny County Elections Division by that same deadline.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:45:04 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8152 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Students Mobilize to Bolster Campus Voter Turnout http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-students-mobilize-bolster-campus-voter-turnout <p>Citing students' abysmal voter turnout numbers in the last mayoral primary, a few dozen students at the University of Pittsburgh have formed a new group meant to forge a stronger student voting bloc for the May 22 primary election this year.</p><p>Students for Building Power (SBP) said it has secured 1,500 commitments to vote since its campaign began about three weeks ago. The group has a goal of 3,000 confirmed student voters by election day.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:46:56 +0000 Noah Brode 7954 at http://wesa.fm Black Pittsburghers Challenge Mayoral Candidates on a 'Black Agenda' http://wesa.fm/post/black-pittsburghers-challenge-mayoral-candidates-black-agenda <p>A newly formed group hoping to improve the political clout of Pittsburgh’s black community is calling out the four remaining Democratic mayoral candidates to respond to what it is calling a “Black Agenda.”</p><p>The Pittsburgh Black Political Convention was formed this year and will send to each candidate its “Black Agenda” later this week. The candidates will then be asked not only for a written response, but also to appear for what will amount to an oral test before a community gathering in the Hill District on April 19.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:59:14 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7316 at http://wesa.fm Black Pittsburghers Challenge Mayoral Candidates on a 'Black Agenda' Out Like a Lamb: City Controller Exits Pittsburgh Mayoral Race http://wesa.fm/post/out-lamb-city-controller-exits-pittsburgh-mayoral-race <p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday, instead opting to endorse former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.</p><p>With five Democrats vying for the party's nomination before today's announcement, Lamb cited the need for clarity in a race that has been "muddied" since the March withdrawal of incumbent mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p><p>"I don't want the conversation for our next leader to be generalities," said Lamb. "We need a real dialog to ensure we get the best possible candidate for the job."</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:42:11 +0000 Noah Brode 7120 at http://wesa.fm Out Like a Lamb: City Controller Exits Pittsburgh Mayoral Race Former PA Governors Call for Judges to be Appointed, Not Elected http://wesa.fm/post/former-pa-governors-call-judges-be-appointed-not-elected <p>For years, a dogged group of advocates has called for appointing appellate court judges in a multi-step process called merit selection, instead of holding partisan elections.<br><br>Supporters say relying on judicial elections all but ensures that judges aren’t independent arbiters of reason, but adept fundraisers. &nbsp;<br> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:06:14 +0000 Mary Wilson 3546 at http://wesa.fm Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off http://wesa.fm/post/six-dems-pittsburgh-mayor-face <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.&nbsp; It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:06:27 +0000 Emily Farah 3472 at http://wesa.fm Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off Jim Ferlo Withdraws from Pittsburgh Mayoral Race http://wesa.fm/post/jim-ferlo-withdraws-pittsburgh-mayoral-race <p>Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for Pittsburgh mayor.</p><p>Ferlo's decision comes three days after he filed his nominating petitions to get on the May 21 Democratic primary.</p><p>In a statement released Friday afternoon, Ferlo thanked supporters and acknowledged the challenge a mayoral run presented.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:26:42 +0000 Kevin Gavin & Ryan Loew 3418 at http://wesa.fm Poll Shows Corbett Losing to Potential Democratic Challengers http://wesa.fm/post/poll-shows-corbett-losing-potential-democratic-challengers <div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/pennsylvania/release-detail?ReleaseID=1865">A new statewide poll</a> measuring how Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett would fare against several possible Democratic challengers in 2014 finds Corbett might need all the time he can get between now and the general election.&nbsp; That vote is more than a year and a half&nbsp;away.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:08:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 3292 at http://wesa.fm Michael Lamb will get Allegheny County Democratic Committee Endorsement – by Default http://wesa.fm/post/michael-lamb-will-get-allegheny-county-democratic-committee-endorsement-default <div class="field-item even"><p>The Allegheny County Democratic Committee meets this weekend for its endorsement meeting. Before Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he was leavening the race for reelection, he was on the endorsement ballot along with City Controller Michael Lamb. Lamb now remains the only name on the&nbsp;ballot.</p><p>“I understand that there are several other people running in the primary, but for the actual endorsement of the party, there will only be one,” said Committee Chair Nancy Patton&nbsp;Mills.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:33:17 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2220 at http://wesa.fm