Jack Wagner http://wesa.fm en Jack Wagner Drops Out of PA Governor's Race http://wesa.fm/post/jack-wagner-drops-out-pa-governors-race <p>Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner is dropping out of the governor's race.<br /><br />Wagner formally withdrew from the Democratic primary race Wednesday, the last day he could have his name removed from the ballot.<br /><br />His departure leaves four candidates in the race — York businessman Tom Wolf, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:51:46 +0000 The Associated Press 26534 at http://wesa.fm Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities http://wesa.fm/post/wagner-campaign-finance-reform-education-funding-top-priorities <p>After an unsuccessful run for mayor of Pittsburgh, former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner has thrown his hat into the gubernatorial ring.</p><p>Currently, he is the only candidate from Western Pennsylvania seeking the Democratic nomination, but he said he plans to focus his campaign on the entire state.</p><p>He’s late to the race and behind in fundraising. He acknowledged he’s up against candidates with much more personal wealth than he has, but said he intends to work hard on fundraising. He went on to say that if elected, one of his priorities would be campaign finance reform. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:00:12 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25384 at http://wesa.fm Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities State Senators Unveil Legislation to Reform Penn State Board http://wesa.fm/post/state-senators-unveil-legislation-reform-penn-state-board <p>The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees would be decreased from 30 voting members to 23 under legislation unveiled by state Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne County) and John Corman (R-Centre County).</p><p>Yudichak said, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school is facing its greatest challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:15:55 +0000 Tim Camerato 20138 at http://wesa.fm Jack Wagner Weighs Possible 2014 Bid for PA Gov http://wesa.fm/post/jack-wagner-weighs-possible-2014-bid-pa-gov <p>Former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says he's giving serious thought to entering the already crowded 2014 Democratic race for governor.</p><p>Wagner said Monday that his 20 years in state government has instilled in him a passion for good government and that he would offer common-sense solutions to politically thorny issues like transportation funding and public-school reform.</p><p>The 65-year-old Wagner won two statewide races as auditor general but lost the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nomination to former Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:08:09 +0000 The Associated Press 15096 at http://wesa.fm 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 Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-mayoral-candidates-weigh-one-week-primary <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Former state Auditor General <a href="http://jackwagner.org/">Jack Wagner</a>, City Councilman <a href="http://www.billpeduto.com/">Bill Peduto</a>, and State Representative <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/wheatley/">Jake Wheatley</a> recorded a public radio mayoral forum Tuesday night in front of a live audience at the WESA/WYEP Community Broadcast Center.</p><p>With the help of listener submissions, WESA's <strong>Kevin Gavin</strong> asked the candidates a range of questions: How would you address large tax exempt nonprofits? What would you look for in a new police chief? How do we improve public transit for Oakland and Downtown? The candidates weighed in at one of the last&nbsp; public forums before the May 21st primary.</p><blockquote><p>GUESTS: <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/">City Paper </a>Editor<strong> Chris Potter</strong> and <a href="http://pghcomet.blogspot.com/">Pittsburgh Comet</a> blogger <strong>Bram Reichbaum</strong> offer post forum analysis and reaction on Essential Pittsburgh. Tue, 14 May 2013 19:47:20 +0000 Heather McClain 9539 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary Peduto's Lead over Wagner Grows in Mayoral Race http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-lead-over-wagner-grows-mayoral-race <p>The gap between the front runners in the Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral primary has widened beyond the margin of error in the latest poll, but it is still far less than the percentage of those who are still undecided.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto leads former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner 39 percent to 32 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent in the latest Keystone Analytics poll.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 18:39:48 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9454 at http://wesa.fm 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 Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mayoral-candidates-offer-opinions-gun-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday more than 100 events, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, hoped to bring attention to the country's gun violence policies</span>.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty of those events were in Pennsylvania, including one in the Hill District, organized by advocacy group </span><a href="http://www.ceasefirepa.org/" target="_blank">CeaseFirePA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:40:28 +0000 Emily Farah 6946 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws Ferlo, Four Unions Endorse Wagner for Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-four-unions-endorse-wagner-mayor <p>Citing his long record of public service, a local state senator and four labor unions endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner for the Pittsburgh mayoral race.<br><br>On the steps of the City-County Building on Grant Street Wednesday morning, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced his support for Wagner. Ferlo had filed nominating papers for the mayoral race but withdrew less than a week later.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:23:07 +0000 Noah Brode 6869 at http://wesa.fm Ferlo, Four Unions Endorse Wagner for Mayor 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