Government & Politics
8:24 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Allentown Mayor Announces Candidacy for Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

As the Democratic field for Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial primary gets more crowded, the chances for lesser-known candidates may increase.

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.

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.

Read more
Election 2013
6:33 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Candidates Talk City Finances, Transportation and Corruption in Mayoral Forum

Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Bill Peduto, Jack Wagner and Jake Wheatley (left to right) participate in a public forum at 90.5 WESA on Tuesday.
Credit Haldan Kirsch / 90.5 WESA

One week before Pittsburgh’s primary election, three of the city's mayoral candidates gathered at 90.5 WESA for an issues forum.

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.

Read more
2:56 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State Senate Hearing Focused on Changes to Voting Procedure, Registration

The state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on changes to voting procedures and voter registration.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5/WESA

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.

“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.”

Read more
Mayoral Election
3:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Wagner Gets Backing From Former Congressman Coyne, Unions

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.

Read more
Mayoral Election
4:32 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

State, City Elected Officials Voice Support for Peduto

With less than a month before the primary election, Bill Peduto shored up support Thursday for his bid to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.

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.

Read more
Election 2013
1:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Pittsburgh Black Political Convention Throws Support Behind Wheatley

The Pittsburgh Black Political Convention has voted to endorse State Rep. Jake Wheatley in the city's upcoming mayoral election.

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.

Read more
Voter Registration
4:45 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Voter Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching

Voters will choose nominees for mayor of Pittsburgh, four city council seats and in seven Allegheny County council districts in the May 21st primary.

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.

Read more
Primary Election
2:46 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Pitt Students Mobilize to Bolster Campus Voter Turnout

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.

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.

Read more
Election 2013
4:59 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Black Pittsburghers Challenge Mayoral Candidates on a 'Black Agenda'

The newly formed Pittsburgh Black Political Convention will send to the four remaining Democratic mayoral candidates its “Black Agenda” later this week.
Credit Mark Nootbar / 90.5 WESA

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.”

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.

Read more
Mayoral Race
4:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Out Like a Lamb: City Controller Exits Pittsburgh Mayoral Race

City Controller Michael Lamb withdraws from the Pittsburgh mayoral race at his campaign HQ in Greenfield, choosing to support Jack Wagner instead.
Credit Noah Brode / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday, instead opting to endorse former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.

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.

"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."

Read more
Government & Politics
9:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Former PA Governors Call for Judges to be Appointed, Not Elected

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.

Supporters say relying on judicial elections all but ensures that judges aren’t independent arbiters of reason, but adept fundraisers.  

Read more
Mayoral Race 2013
6:06 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off

Credit Emily Farah/90.5 WESA

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 Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.  It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.

All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race. 

  Each participant had a maximum of 60 or 90 seconds to answer the questions posed to them, one by one.

Read more
Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
3:26 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Jim Ferlo Withdraws from Pittsburgh Mayoral Race

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for Pittsburgh mayor.

Ferlo's decision comes three days after he filed his nominating petitions to get on the May 21 Democratic primary.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Ferlo thanked supporters and acknowledged the challenge a mayoral run presented.

Read more
Election 2013
10:08 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Poll Shows Corbett Losing to Potential Democratic Challengers

A new statewide poll 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.  That vote is more than a year and a half away.

If the gubernatorial election were tomorrow, a Quinnipiac University poll predicts Corbett would lose by nine points to former Democratic congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak.

Read more
Pittsburgh Politics
4:33 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Michael Lamb will get Allegheny County Democratic Committee Endorsement – by Default

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 ballot.

“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 Mills.

Read more