Gubernatorial race http://wesa.fm en Are PA's Campaign Finance Rules in Need of Reform? Depends Who You Ask http://wesa.fm/post/are-pas-campaign-finance-rules-need-reform-depends-who-you-ask <p>If you ask any of the Democratic candidates for governor, Pennsylvania’s campaign finance rules are atrocious. If you ask the sitting governor, Republican Tom Corbett, the wells of donor and financial information are a click away and need no reforming.<br /><br />The field of gubernatorial candidates shrank once more last week with the exit of John Hanger. His parting words included a diatribe on the effect of big spending in political campaigns.<br /> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 25945 at http://wesa.fm RMU Poll Shows High Unfavorable Rating for Gov. Corbett http://wesa.fm/post/rmu-poll-shows-high-unfavorable-rating-gov-corbett <p>A new poll by Robert Morris University (RMU) shows November's gubernatorial election might be an&nbsp;historic event.&nbsp; According to the survey, Gov. Tom Corbett faces an uphill reelection challenge in a race that’s historically dominated by the incumbent. Of those questioned, 29.4 percent of likely voters currently hold a favorable impression of the Republican governor.<br /> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 25436 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 More Than Two Months Before Primary, Democratic Candidates Are Still On The Same Page http://wesa.fm/post/more-two-months-primary-democratic-candidates-are-still-same-page <p>There’s still little daylight between the positions espoused by the Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor, as evidenced by the Friday debate in Harrisburg hosted by Keystone Progress, a progressive Democrats’ group.<br /><br />Most all of the six Democratic candidates who participated in the two-hour long debate could have pulled a muscle being nice. They poured water for one another from the shared pitchers on stage and shared off-mic jokes. They complimented, echoed each other’s policy positions, and rarely asked for time to give a rebuttal to someone else’s answer.<br /> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:00:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 25251 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 Allentown Mayor Pawlowski Exits Gubernatorial Race http://wesa.fm/post/allentown-mayor-pawlowski-exits-gubernatorial-race <p>Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has ended his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.<br /><br />In so doing, he’s trumpeting his support for Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord.<br /><br />Pawlowski said he hopes the now seven-person field thins to minimize any intra-party bickering that he says would make it more likely that incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett secures a second term.<br /><br />He says his decision comes down to money.<br /> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:57:11 +0000 Mary Wilson 23814 at http://wesa.fm McGinty Brings Environmental Experience to the Gubernatorial Race http://wesa.fm/post/mcginty-brings-environmental-experience-gubernatorial-race <p>Today <a href="http://www.katiemcginty.com/">Katie McGinty</a> is scheduled to be the first of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates to go on air with a statewide advertisement.</p><p>As a former State Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, she has a unique insight of the environmental issues facing Pennsylvania as well as a plan for approaching a number of other topics in the Commonwealth including education, tax credits and manufacturing.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:35:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23500 at http://wesa.fm McGinty Brings Environmental Experience to the Gubernatorial Race Millionaire Tom Knox Won't Run for Pa. Governor http://wesa.fm/post/millionaire-tom-knox-wont-run-pa-governor <p>Millionaire business executive Tom Knox says he won't run for Pennsylvania governor and is instead considering another bid for Philadelphia mayor.</p><p>Knox said in a statement Thursday he has decided not to run for governor. In recent weeks, other Democrats have been announcing plans to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his expected 2014 re-election bid.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:15:42 +0000 The Associated Press 7294 at http://wesa.fm Schwartz Run for Pa. Governor Appears More Certain http://wesa.fm/post/schwartz-run-pa-governor-appears-more-certain <p>U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz appears close to formally announcing a run Pennsylvania governor in 2014.</p><p>A fellow Democrat, Sen. Daylin Leach, said Tuesday he's running for the Philadelphia-area congressional seat that Schwartz has occupied since 2005.</p><p>A Schwartz political spokeswoman isn't definitively saying what the fifth-term congresswoman is up to. Schwartz has said she plans to run for governor, and Leach says he's convinced she will.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:25:34 +0000 The Associated Press 7169 at http://wesa.fm