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Election 2014
9:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Wolf Wins Four-Way Democratic Primary For Governor

Pennsylvania Democrats have chosen millionaire businessman Tom Wolf to take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

Tom Wolf, the man in the Jeep from York County, has won the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the November general election.

Wolf took roughly 58 percent of the Democratic vote, with none of his opponents cresting the 20 percent mark.

To a few hundred supporters at Santander Stadium in York, Wolf said he’s running against the established record of the Corbett administration, which he said has made funding decisions that “hollow out” the commonwealth’s schools.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:02 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

What to Know About the Four Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

The Primary for the four Democratic Candidates for Governor (Katie McGinty, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz) is Tuesday.
Credit Essential Pittsburgh Staff / 90.5 WESA

Throughout the past year Allyson Schwartz, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty have all made their way to the 90.5 WESA Community Broadcast Center to talk about why Southwestern Pennsylvanians should choose them to be the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. 

On Tuesday polls open for the Democratic primary election, so we've rebroadcast portions of those candidate conversations.

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Election 2014
12:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Where Do The Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Issues Important To You?

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates, from Left to Right: Rob McCord, Allyson Schwartz, Tom Wolf, Katie McGinty
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Candidates in a field of four Democrats are fighting to earn the right to take on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November General Election. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to make the selection.

Western Pennsylvania could play a major role in the outcome. None of the candidates have ties to the region but many political insiders think the way Allegheny County falls will dictate who wins the election.

Funding for education, taxing gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale, and growing the economy were among some of the topics that played large during the run up to the election.

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Election 2014
8:29 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Democrats For Governor Map No Clear Path Out Of Pension Debt

The four Democrats running for Pennsylvania Governor (upper Left to lower right- Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty, Rob McCord) make one last push for votes ahead of Tuesday's primary.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

The four Democratic gubernatorial candidates have talked about their personal stories, their support for greater education funding, and finding ways to generate revenue.

But judging by the warnings from credit rating agencies, the largest financial headache facing the commonwealth is what it owes in future pension payouts to state and school retirees. And when it comes to paying off that debt, the Democratic candidates aren't exactly bubbling over with ideas.

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Election 2014
4:09 am
Tue May 13, 2014

In Final Debate, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Assume Familiar Roles

With few policy differences among them, the four candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor assumed familiar positions at their final debate before the May 20 primary.

Tom Wolf, far ahead of the competition according to recent polls, offered high-brow answers to challenges that he’s not qualified to be governor after running a business in York and being state revenue secretary for two years.

“I think if I’m unqualified — someone like me is unqualified — that’s a serious indictment of our democracy,” Wolf said.

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Government & Politics
5:02 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Schwartz Keeps Up Scrutiny Of Her Perceived Only Competition

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz isn’t satisfied with opponent Tom Wolf’s responses to questions about his campaign financing.

The congresswoman is on week three of prodding Wolf about the nearly $4.5 million personal loan he took out to help fund his campaign. But she won’t say how she thinks he might be compromised, or what would be the worst-case scenario of a gubernatorial candidate with a loan to repay.

“Well it could be a distraction, for one,” Schwartz told reporters after delivering remarks to the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg Monday.

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Governor Elections
3:24 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Coalition of African American Groups Hold Forum for Democratic Gubornatorial Candidates

The coalition wants the Democratic gubernatorial candidates to address issues in the African American community.
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How are the candidates for governor planning to take on the issues in the commonwealth’s African American community?

That’s what a coalition of African American organizations want to find out during its forum April 22nd.

The coalition invited the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates - Robert McCord and Kathleen McGinty accepted, but Thomas Wolf and Allyson Schwartz were unable to clear their schedules.

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Government & Politics
8:05 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Wolf Says Loan For Millions Backed By Personal Money, Not Company’s

The front-runner in the Democratic race for governor is acutely feeling the target on his back. Tom Wolf continues to receive demands from opponent Allyson Schwartz for more details of his campaign’s financing.

Wolf, who said he gave $10 million of his own money to his campaign, has released a summary of a $4.45 million loan he took out as part of that self-financing effort.

The disclosure came at the behest of fellow gubernatorial candidate Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. During a debate last week, Schwartz said voters deserve to see loan documents, not a mere summary.

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Election 2014
11:48 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Education the Focus of PA Governor Debate

Tom Wolf stands at the mic Tuesday night at a debate featuring all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates. (L-R) Rob McCord, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz wait their turn to speak.
Credit Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

Being “pro-recess” earned businessman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf the biggest laugh of the night, but it was PA Treasurer Rob McCord, who is also running in the May 20 primary, who picked up the widest applause when he stepped to the microphone in Tuesday’s debate and simply said, “I’d kill ‘em” to the question of what each candidate would do with the high-stakes Keystone Exams.

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Government & Politics
7:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Group Scores Dems For Governor On Gun Control Issues

It’s the one survey in the past two months that Tom Wolf isn’t winning: CeaseFirePA’s “voter guide,” a report of the gubernatorial candidates positions on nearly 20 different gun safety measures and an accompanying assessment.

Democratic candidates Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz are 100 percent aligned with CeaseFirePA’s positions. Rob McCord scored 84 percent, and Wolf scored 79 percent.

The two Republican candidates didn’t respond to the survey.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:55 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Dem. Candidate Schwartz: Corbett's Affordable Care Act Response a Failure

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Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Pennsylvania is looking for someone with a proven track record to replace Gov. Tom Corbett and his “failed leadership.”

On Tuesday, she said one of his “failures” was his response to the Affordable Care Act, which she wrote provisions to as a U.S. Representative.

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Government & Politics
10:32 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Facing a Crowded Field in Governor's Race, Dems Shore Up Support at PA Society

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls took to New York over the weekend for the 115th Pennsylvania Society, a series of parties and networking with other big names in politics and industry.

Among the expected frontrunners is Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who was one of the candidates to speak at an event before a largely Republican audience.

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Government & Politics
11:13 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Schwartz Adds to List of Things Natural Gas Tax Could Buy

The early frontrunner in the Democratic race for governor is adding to the list of things a tax on natural gas could buy.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz says she would set aside money for large-scale transportation projects that can attract private investment.

Schwartz says the so-called infrastructure bank would not substitute PennDOT, but it would supplement the agency in order to launch things like rail and subway expansions as well as port development.

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Government & Politics
11:51 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Congresswoman Schwartz Unveils Beginnings of Education Plan

One of the expected front-runners among the eight Democratic candidates for governor is unveiling the beginnings of an education plan that focuses on early learning.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that, if elected, she would build on state and federal programs in place to encourage pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds and expand access to full-day kindergarten.

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Environment & Energy
2:41 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in PA

When lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week they will be faced with a new proposal to put a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing. 

State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he is introducing legislation during a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday.

Senate Bill 1100 would also create a commission to analyze the agricultural, economic, environmental and social effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.

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Marcellus Shale
2:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Democratic Frontrunner for Governor Proposes Severance Tax On Shale Gas

Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz announced Wednesday that as governor, she would impose a 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale production.

Schwartz told reporters on a conference call that her plan for what she called a “reasonable, fair, moderate tax” would generate $612 million this year and nearly triple to $2 billion in about 10 years. She said she wants to use the money to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.

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Pennsylvania
12:25 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Schwartz Run for Pa. Governor Appears More Certain

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz appears close to formally announcing a run Pennsylvania governor in 2014.

A fellow Democrat, Sen. Daylin Leach, said Tuesday he's running for the Philadelphia-area congressional seat that Schwartz has occupied since 2005.

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.

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