Governor's Race

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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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.
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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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Government & Politics
4:51 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Jack Wagner Drops Out of PA Governor's Race

Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner is dropping out of the governor's race.

Wagner formally withdrew from the Democratic primary race Wednesday, the last day he could have his name removed from the ballot.

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.

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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Essential Pittsburgh
5:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Straight Talk with Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McCord

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While there is no clear cut favorite in the Pennsylvania Democratic race for governor, polls indicate that State Treasurer Rob McCord has emerged as the “de facto” front runner.

The Ardmore, PA native says he is fortunate to have a useful blend of knowledge when it comes to running the Commonwealth.

He says his financial cognizance along with his desire and ability to communicate with constituents statewide will set him apart from the other candidates.

“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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

McGinty Brings Environmental Experience to the Gubernatorial Race

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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
4:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Tom Wolf Hopes to Bring Diverse Experiences to Governor's Office

PA Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf speaks with Essential Pittsburgh producer Marcus Charleston
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Nicknamed “the compassionate businessman,” Tom Wolf is one of eight people looking to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

He plans to spend $10 million dollars of his own money to achieve that goal. While he has never held elected office, the York County businessman is the former secretary of revenue under Governor Ed Rendell. He talks about why his diversity of experiences make him suited to be the next Governor.

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Election 2014
6:28 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate John Hanger Releases Agenda for Women

Self-described Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger has released his policy agenda for women, which includes initiatives to expand healthcare, close the wage gap, legalize same-sex marriage, and protect women from domestic and sexual violence.

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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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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.

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