Gubernatorial race

Essential Pittsburgh
2:08 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Post-Election, Governor-Elect Tom Wolf Heads Into a Difficult Future

Tom Wolf speaking with Essential Pittsburgh producer Marcus Charleston at the Community Broadcast Center on the South Side.
Credit Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

The political ads are gone, the polls have closed and the votes have been tabulated. We'll get analysis of yesterday's gubernatorial race from John Baer, political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. And WESA Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar joins us with a wrap-up of local races.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Round One: Pennsylvania Gubernational Debate

Credit Matt Rourke / The Associated Press

The first of three Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate debates were held last night. Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf had their face off at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey. We'll talk with journalist John Baer of Philly.com who covered round one.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Reading Between the Lines of Political Messaging

As campaign season shifts into high gear, Pennsylvania voters are being inundated with political messaging. From television commercials to social media to live debates... it can be hard to find the truth behind messages so carefully crafted to win hearts and minds... and ultimately votes. 

Jerry Shuster teaches Political Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He talks about the strategy and the psychology behind political messaging.

Watch some of the positive and negative campaign ads from this year's Gubernatorial candidates

Governor Tom Corbett's ad against Tom Wolf

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Attack Ad Keeps Spotlight on Education Funding in Governor's Race

Education funding cuts are front and center once again in a tiff between Pennsylvania’s candidates for governor.

A recent television attack ad highlights the issue, which has dogged Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett in the polls for years.

In the spot, a narrator says Corbett “cut nearly a billion dollars from education, forcing schools districts to fire 20,000 teachers and staff.”

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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
Dem Campaign Websites and Facebook

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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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Are PA's Campaign Finance Rules in Need of Reform? Depends Who You Ask

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
1:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

RMU Poll Shows High Unfavorable Rating for Gov. Corbett

A new poll by Robert Morris University (RMU) shows November's gubernatorial election might be an historic event.  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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Wagner: Campaign Finance Reform, Education Funding Top Priorities

Gubernatorial candidate Jack Wagner
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

After an unsuccessful run for mayor of Pittsburgh, former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner has thrown his hat into the gubernatorial ring.

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.

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.

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Government & Politics
10:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

More Than Two Months Before Primary, Democratic Candidates Are Still On The Same Page

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.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Straight Talk with Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McCord

Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

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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Government & Politics
2:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski Exits Gubernatorial Race

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has ended his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

In so doing, he’s trumpeting his support for Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord.

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.

He says his decision comes down to money.

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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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Pennsylvania
10:15 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Millionaire Tom Knox Won't Run for Pa. Governor

Millionaire business executive Tom Knox says he won't run for Pennsylvania governor and is instead considering another bid for Philadelphia mayor.

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.

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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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