Election 2014

Government & Politics
3:09 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Corbett Has Spent $1.7 Million on TV Ads Since the Primary

Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.
Credit Pennsylvania National Guard, Tom Wolf via Flickr

Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.

That’s more than one-third of the $4.8 million in campaign funds Corbett had left over from the primary.

A Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered voters in late June showed Corbett, a Republican, trailing Democrat Wolf 47 percent to 25 percent.

Wolf has spent no money on ads this month.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:47 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Examining Mike Fleck's Plans To Run Despite Losing The Republican Primary

Current State Representative of District 81, Mike Fleck failed to win the Republican primary this year, but he still plans on running for re-election.
Credit Pennsylvania House of Representatives / http://www.house.state.pa.us/

Pennsylvania's first openly gay Republican legislator, State Rep. Mike Fleck, says he still will appear on the ballot in November's general election, even though he lost the Republican nomination in the primary.

John Micek, long-time Capitol reporter and now editor of the editorial and opinion pages for the Patriot-News and PennLive, explained that this is situation for Fleck is very unusual. When asked to rank it on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, Micek ranked it a 12. 

"This is one of the great stories to come out of Election Day 2014, Primary Day 2014," he said. "Ironically, the same day that, you know, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones, here in Harrisburg, struck down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Law. It was not an irony that went unobserved by a lot of people."

Some people did not even realize that someone could be on the Republican ballot and win the primary for the Democratic party as a write-in.

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Election 2014
11:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

RMU Poll Shows Corbett Losing Favor With Key Demographic

Gov. Tom Corbett is losing favor with a key demographic, those 50 and older, that helped him get elected in 2010.

An online survey conducted by Robert Morris University shows 30.8 percent of the 508 registered PA voters who were questioned said that they favored the governor. The poll was conducted from May 6th-13th—before the May 20th primary election.

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Government & Politics
9:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Fleck Says His Primary Close-Call Was About His Sexual Orientation, Not His Voting Record

Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state lawmaker says he nearly lost his reelection effort because of voters’ reaction to his sexual orientation, not his voting record.

Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon) has unofficially lost the Republican primary for his House district, but has won the Democratic primary by a margin of 15 write-in votes. The Department of State, which oversees elections, is expected to certify the results next week, making them final.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Election Wrap Up - Tom Wolf Victorious

Tom Wolf voted Pennsylvania democratic gubernatorial nominee for governor.
Credit Tom Wolf Campaign

Pennsylvania Democrats have chosen York County businessman Tom Wolf as Governor Tom Corbett’s opponent in the fall. Wolf hopes to be the first to unseat an incumbent governor in Pennsylvania.

90.5 WESA Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar anchored election night coverage of the political races, and talked about what he thought of Wolf winning the election by such a large margin.

“I think where he stole most of those votes was from Allyson Schwartz. If we were talking about this a few months ago, it was her race to lose. Tom Wolf came in and flooded the airwaves and got out there and rode his Jeep around the state. It just can’t be name recognition, something must have resonated somewhere, but 58% is a very big number.”

Allyson Schwartz was not able to win Philadelphia from Wolf. Even though Schwartz spent five years representing Pennsylvania's 13th district in Congress, Nootbaar said she failed to gain support from Ed Rendell and others in Southeast PA.

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Election 2014
12:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Corbett Set For Fight To Retain Governorship

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to supporters in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Corbett took the stage at his primary election night headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday night to chants of “four more years!” from supporters.

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Election 2014
11:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

State House Races Yield Results Both Narrow And Wide

The races for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have come to a close. Some were neck-and-neck, and others — not so much.

In District 20, incumbent Adam Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh’s North Side held off challenger and Avalon public school teacher Tom Michalow with just 52.26 percent of the vote. Ravenstahl, the brother of former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, will take on Republican Tom Fodi in the fall.

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Election 2014
11:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Readshaw Carries the 36th Legislative District

With the election in hand for the 36th Legislative District, State Rep. Harry Readshaw said he felt a deep sense of gratitude and respect for his constituents and knows they feel the same way about him.

“I think they appreciate what I’ve done during the last 10 legislative sessions,” Readshaw said, “and I just love these people.”

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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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Election 2014
6:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

What To Know About Tuesday's Primary Election

Voters in Pennsylvania go to the polls Tuesday. Along with state Senate and House races, Democrats will be asked to choose from among four candidates vying for a chance to run for the governor's office in the November election.

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Election 2014
3:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Democratic Candidates For Lt. Gov. Make Their Pitches

The Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor sit fairly high on the ballot, right below those for governor. But for all the attention they get, you'd think they're at the bottom of the ticket.

One of the benefits of the relative anonymity of the lieutenant governor is that all five Democratic candidates have different ideas of what the position should entail.

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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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Election 2014
3:30 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Corbett: Wolf Is Not a Target

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his use of campaign ads that focus on his would-be Democratic opponents, despite the fact that the primary has not yet been held.  

“If you look at the (Democratic) debates that have been going on and you look at the ads that are going on, they are running ads against me,” said Corbett, who calls his ads education pieces.

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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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PA Governor's race
7:53 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Poll Shows Plenty Of Democratic Voters Still Undecided On Gubernatorial Candidates

A new poll of Democratic voters in Pennsylvania shows a big chunk of the electorate still hasn't made up their minds about their party’s candidates for governor.

“Locked in place” is how Franklin and Marshall Poll Director Terry Madonna describes the Democratic field less than two months from the primary.         

Forty-six percent of surveyed Democrats remain undecided, a small drop from the 48 percent who didn’t pick a favorite when asked in a poll in late February.

But Madonna said it’s not clear those undecided voters will really matter on election day.

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Election 2014
10:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Hanger Out of Democratic Race for PA Governor

John Hanger has withdrawn as a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor. The former Secretary of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection made the decision official Thursday morning. 

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Keystone Progress Debate 2014
4:04 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Pennsylvania Progressive Summit Hosting Gubernatorial Debate

Six Democratic candidates for governor will debate tonight during the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit hosted by Keystone Progress. According to Executive Director Michael Morrill, this will be the first opportunity for candidates to rebut each other’s arguments unlike earlier forums.

Morrill says the candidates are going to face questions unlike any they have heard before.

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Election 2014
3:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Off to the Races: Candidates Can Get Petitions Tuesday

Current and would-be politicians will be downloading ballot petition forms starting Tuesday as they prepare to run in the May primary. 

Candidates and their supporters can begin collecting signatures next week and then have a little less than a month to get the required number, which changes depending on the office being sought.  At least six candidates have said they plan to run in the Democratic primary for governor.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

McGinty Brings Environmental Experience to the Gubernatorial Race

Credit Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Today Katie McGinty is scheduled to be the first of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates to go on air with a statewide advertisement.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:18 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

A Review of the Pennsylvania Governor Race

Governor Tom Corbett officially announces that he is running for a second term as Pennsylvania's governor.
Credit 90.5 WESA

Governor Tom Corbett officially announced Wednesday that he will be running for a second term.

“Why?" he says "Because we’re not done yet.”

According to John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News, many Democrats may argue that Corbett is done. Corbett is taking a multi-city tour throughout Pennsylvania, which Baer says will make him more visible to the public.

No matter what happens, Baer says Corbett will make history with his re-election campaign.

“He is either going to be the first ever incumbent governor to lose in Pennsylvania or he is going to be the Lazarus of Pennsylvania politics.”

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Election 2014
7:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Corbett Approval Could Hinge on Medicaid

A new statewide poll shows there could be light at the end of a tunnel lined with low job performance ratings for Gov. Corbett.

The Franklin & Marshall College survey indicates Corbett's vision for health care may win over some sorely needed voters in advance of next year's gubernatorial election.

64 percent of respondents support expanding the state's Medicaid program to hundreds of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians using federal money.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Time is on John Hanger's Side

John Hanger plans to run for Governor in 2014.
Credit Hanger for governor website

John Hanger, former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection,  announced his candidacy for Governor shortly after the 2012 Presidential election.  

Hanger says he made his announcement early because he believes an Incumbent is unofficially running for re-election as soon as they take office.

One of Hanger’s biggest issues with the Corbett Administration is  education funding. He says the top two areas of concern for the budget should be education and public safety.

"Pennsylvania schools have never been worse off than they are today,” says Hanger.

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