Tom Wolf

Government & Politics
10:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Wolf Hits the Road to Underscore PA’s Money Problems

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is on a statewide tour of sorts, though not exactly spreading a message of cheer as he lays the groundwork for his budget proposal in about three months.

Wolf’s Thursday stop in Kingston, Luzerne County marked the third news conference he’s held this month to talk to reporters about the state’s looming deficit, projected to be about $1.85 billion. Wolf has held similar Q&A sessions in Philadelphia and York.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Wolf Sets Up Self-Policing Measures For Inauguration, Transition

Governor-elect Tom Wolf plans to publicize some of the private donations that'll cover the costs of his inauguration day and transition team.

On Tuesday, the transition team scheduled two disclosure dates - January 15 and March 30 - when Wolf will share who ponied up to pay for his inauguration day festivities and his transition team's costs.

It's typical for governors to get private sponsors to underwrite inauguration day, but Wolf said he didn't want to burden taxpayers with his transition, either.

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Government & Politics
9:47 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Spokesman: Private Donors Will Bankroll Wolf Transition

In a break with recent history, Governor-elect Tom Wolf's transition will be paid for by private donations, not tax dollars.

A spokesman said Wolf will not take the $250,000 estimated by the state budget secretary to cover the costs of setting up offices for the changeover.

Instead, private donations will be accepted and disclosed on the Wolf's transition website by inauguration day, January 20. Late donations will be disclosed 30 days after the fact, said spokesman Jeff Sheridan.

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Government & Politics
4:13 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Fitzgerald Announces Re-Election Bid For Allegheny County Executive

Governor-elect Tom Wolf introduces Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald as he announces his bid for re-election.
Credit 90.5 / Michael Lynch

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, with the support of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf, announced his bid for re-election Thursday.

The Squirrel Hill Democrat is seeking a second four-year term, and his campaign can be summed up in two words: jobs and transportation.

With desirable jobs come young talent, and according to Fitzgerald, that talent leads to progress.

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Government & Politics
10:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Budget Report Creates Another Source of Tension in Gubernatorial Transition

A mid-year progress report on the state's budget outlook is giving the outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett and incoming Governor-elect Tom Wolf a chance to put each other on notice, becoming the latest chapter in what's becoming a rocky gubernatorial transition.

With his legally mandated mid-year budget report Wednesday, Budget Secretary Charles Zogby confirmed what independent agencies have said for months: Next year's budget situation will be tough, due to rising mandated costs, weak revenues, and the amount of one-time funding sources used to balance this year's spending plan.

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Government & Politics
7:13 am
Wed December 3, 2014

PA's Latest Legislative Session, By the Numbers

State lawmakers are spending the next month getting ready for the new legislative session beginning this month, lining up committee assignments and preparing the proposals they’ll introduce.

A bird’s eye view of the two-year session that just wrapped up in November finds that a total of 369 proposals were enacted.

House lawmakers introduced 3,610 measures (and 1,091 resolutions), and senators introduced 1,981 proposals (and more than 500 resolutions).

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Government & Politics
7:48 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Wolf Fills In More Slots On His Transition Team

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is fleshing out another part of his transition team.

Wolf announced his steering committee Tuesday, a group that includes a former U.S. attorney who worked in Gov. Bob Casey's administration, a diversity consultant, current and former university presidents and the head of the state's largest health care workers union.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto's Take on the August Wilson Center, Tom Wolf, Jagoffs and More

Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

It’s been about 2 months since Mayor Bill Peduto has sat down in studio A for his monthly live interview.

We catch up with him and his take on the recent purchase of the August Wilson Center, what the election of Tom Wolf for governor means for Pittsburgh, his recent budget address and we’ll follow up on last month’s live community and police forum.

Oh, and what's up with this "Jagoff" in the dictionary thing???

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Election 2014
5:44 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Wolf to Hold Transition Team to Ethics Pledge

Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf (seen at a campaign event in in Chester this fall) is looking to impose an ethics pledge on his transition team.
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is imposing an ethics code on the people tasked with shaping his administration.

The code of ethical conduct is a relatively recent pre-requisite for gubernatorial transition teams. Governor Corbett had his 400-person team pledge a similar oath. Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna said it's a sign of the times.

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Election 2014
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Wolf Names Katie McGinty Chief of Staff

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has tapped former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty to be his chief of staff.
Credit Katie McGinty / facebook

Former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty failed to win the Democratic nomination for Governor this spring, but she has nabbed one of the top spots in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s administration. Wolf on Monday named McGinty his chief of staff.

McGinty said she’s anticipating a stark and sobering report from the Independent Fiscal Office on Thursday.

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Election 2014
7:55 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Voter Turnout Was Down, But Wolf Was Strong Where It Mattered

Unofficial statewide tallies show Tuesday’s voter turnout dipped compared to the last gubernatorial election in 2010. Still, Democrat Tom Wolf was able to beat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett with a 10-point margin by piling up votes in the state’s urban centers.

Both candidates lost their home counties, but for Wolf, winning the populous Allegheny County more than made up for losing his home turf in York County.

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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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Election 2014
12:43 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Conceding PA Governor's Race, Corbett Thanks Supporters

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, center, pauses as he stands with his wife Susan, right, and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, left, as he concedes the election to Democratic candidate Tom Wolf in Pittsburgh. Corbett is the first governor to go down in defeat in the four decades since the state's chief executive was allowed to run for a second term.
Credit AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Even after the governor’s race had been called for Tom Wolf by several major networks, Gov. Tom Corbett’s wife, Susan, addressed supporters, assuring them the night was young, and her husband would come back to win.

That didn’t happen – and shortly before 10 p.m. Tom Corbett addressed a crowd gathered at a downtown Pittsburgh hotel to concede the race.

“The privilege of serving as your governor for the last four years is quite an honor, it’s the honor of a lifetime,” Corbett said.

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Election 2014
8:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Wolf Ousts Corbett In Pennsylvania Governor's Race

Pennsylvania Democratic Governor-elect Tom Wolf reacts to his defeat of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in York, Pa. on Tuesday.
Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Democrat Tom Wolf was elected Pennsylvania governor Tuesday after the businessman and first-time candidate spent $10 million of his own money on an early TV ad campaign that endeared him to voters and helped send unpopular Gov. Tom Corbett to a historic defeat.

When he takes office in January, Wolf will likely face a Republican-controlled Legislature and a yawning budget deficit as he tries to make good on a promise to dramatically increase the state government's share of public school costs.

He said he's ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

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Election 2014
8:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

History-Making Campaign For Governor Comes To Vote

Voters are deciding between Democrat Tom Wolf (left) and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett today in an election that will settle who will govern the state for the next four years after a campaign that smashed the state's spending record.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File

The polls have opened in Pennsylvania's history-making race for governor.

Voters are deciding between Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in an election that will settle who will govern the state for the next four years after a campaign that smashed the state's spending record.

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Election 2014
11:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tom Wolf's Election Bid Fueled By Cash And GOP Stumbles

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf speaks during a rally on Oct. 15 at the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in Philadelphia.
Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania launched his political campaign with a television ad blitz and has never trailed in the polls in the race against incumbent Republican Tom Corbett.

Tom Wolf has been knocked as a tax-and-spend liberal with ill-defined policy plans, but the biggest question is how he’ll work with a Legislature likely to remain in GOP control. The York County businessman points to his experience serving his community in the midstate as his credentials.

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Election 2014
9:28 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Campaigns Hit the Home Stretch, Bracing for Low Turnout

Call it a “prebuttal” — a chance for the state GOP to respond to President Barack Obama’s visit to Pennsylvania before it happens.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is scheduled to appear with Obama in Philadelphia at a rally on Sunday, and Republicans are treating it as an opportunity to make some of the president’s low poll numbers stick to Wolf.

Most polls show Wolf has a wide lead over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, but indicate the president is far less popular.  

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Election 2014
7:52 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Poll: Corbett Gains, But Wolf Keeps Big Lead In Gubernatorial Race

A new Franklin & Marshall poll shows that despite gains by Gov. Tom Corbett (right), Democratic hopeful Tom Wolf maintains a double-digit lead among registered and likely voters surveyed.
Credit Mary Wilson / WITF

A new Franklin & Marshall poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett has made gains in his race for re-election, but Democratic hopeful Tom Wolf maintains a double-digit lead among registered and likely voters surveyed.

The York County cabinet magnate is 13 points ahead of Corbett among self-reported likely voter respondents. It's a narrowing lead, and it reflects the work Corbett has done to appeal to his base. 63 percent of surveyed Republicans say Corbett deserves re-election, up from 39 percent in August.

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Election 2014
3:55 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Bill Clinton Stumps for Wolf in Pittsburgh

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, talks about Democratic party candidate for governor Tom Wolf, right, as he endorses Wolf in the upcoming election against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Monday in Pittsburgh.
Credit AP Photo / Keith Srakocic

Former President Bill Clinton came to Pittsburgh on Monday to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

Clinton addressed several hundred Wolf supporters at a South Side union hall as the first-time candidate tries to knock off Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Those in attendance also heard from other politicians including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) , U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Clinton lauded Wolf, saying he finds it unbelievable that there isn’t a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. 

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Government & Politics
12:19 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

This Week in PA Politics 10/27

The Pennsylvania Capitol building.
Credit Wally Gobetz / Flickr Creative Commons

Animal rights bill fails to move out of state House: A bill that banned the practice of consuming cats and dogs in private received unanimous support in the state House back in December of 2013. Once it was sent to the Senate for approval, however, a pigeon-shooting amendment was added, causing the bill to languish in committee when it was sent back to the House, 90.5 WESA’s Mary Wilson reports.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Social Media and the Gubernatorial Election

Screen shots of the twitter profiles for Candidates Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf
Credit Tom Corbett/Tom Wolf Campaigns / Twitter

Do Governor Corbett and his challenger Tom Wolf have as many followers on Twitter and Facebook as their campaigns would lead you to believe? We’ll look at the role social media is playing in this year’s gubernatorial election with Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter Andrew Conte.

Election 2014
1:05 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Bill Clinton To Campaign In Pennsylvania For Wolf

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Pittsburgh to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

The Wolf campaign said Clinton will lead a mid-day rally Monday at an electrical workers' union hall on Pittsburgh's South Side. Wolf is challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid.

Clinton is the third political celebrity to campaign for Wolf in as many weeks, following separate appearances in Philadelphia by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and first lady Michelle Obama.

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Government & Politics
1:17 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Gubernatorial Campaign Leaves Liquor Privatization Behind

A once popular issue is now falling into the background, especially in the upcoming gubernatorial general election: the privatization of liquor.

Back in January of 2013, Governor Tom Corbett proposed changing Pennsylvania’s liquor laws and joining the already “48 other states,” whose sale and control of wine and spirits rests in the hands of the private market. Utah is the only other state with controls similar to Pennsylvcania's.

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Electon 2014
8:07 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Corbett, Wolf Continue to Trade Blows at Third and Final Debate

Democratic party candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, right and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett debate at the WTAE-TV studio in Wilkinsburg, Pa. on Wednesday
Credit AP Photo/Rodney Johnson,WTAE-TV, Pool

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf met for their third and final debate in Wilkinsburg Wednesday evening.

The tone was less combative than previous debates, which Wolf attributed to the format of the debate, in which each candidate had one minute to respond to questions from an in-studio panel and the public via social media.

The main topics of the evening were education funding and the state’s pension debt shortfall.

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Government & Politics
12:18 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

This Week in PA Politics 10/6

Two Corbett staffers resign with connections to lewd emails. The story surrounding the sending of sexually explicit emails among Tom Corbett’s staffers while he held the position of Attorney General got more interesting. As more information was released to Corbett and news outlets, Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo and his colleague Glenn Parno have resigned from their posts, reports 90.5 WESA’s Mark Nootbaar.

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Election 2014
10:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sparks Fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf Campaign Debate

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf take part in a debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event at KYW-TV and KYW-AM on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The second debate between the two became tense as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers.
Credit AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool

A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers.

Corbett and Wolf met during the one-hour "Breakfast with the Candidates" event at KYW-TV and KYW-AM in Philadelphia.

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Election 2014
4:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Wednesday Brings Second Of Three Corbett-Wolf Debates

Gov. Tom Corbett heads into his second debate with Democratic challenger Tom Wolf with renewed energy, after a strong performance in the candidates’ first debate last week.

But Wednesday morning’s debate will air on radio and TV stations in the Philadelphia area, where most of the state’s Democratic voters reside.

“The geography of this certainly favors Wolf,” said Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll and a political science professor.

It’s not clear how much debates can shake up a statewide gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania.

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Election 2014
1:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Wolf Passes Corbett in Fundraising

Democrat Tom Wolf has moved on from his self-financed primary campaign days according to the most recent campaign finance report.  The numbers from “cycle 4” has Wolf actually out raising his opponent, Republican Tom Corbett, by landing plenty of outside money from wealthy donors and PACs.

Wolf raised an impressive $9.6 million during cycle 4 – stretching from June 10th to September 15th – while carrying over $3.1 million from last cycle.  Wolf spent $6.3 million of that money leaving him $6.5 million on hand two months before the general election.

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Election 2014
8:05 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Corbett Shows Spunk In Debate, But Perhaps Too Late

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of a gubernatorial debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry on Monday in Hershey, Pa.
Credit Matt Rourke / The Associated Press

The stakes were high for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett going into his first debate with Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger.

An averaging of recent polls shows the governor trailing by double digits.

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Government & Politics
7:54 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Wolf: PA Cities Need More Than Pork

It’s not easy being a city in Pennsylvania.

But Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf said part of the problem is inside our own heads.

“We now think cities are sort of basket cases,” said Wolf on Monday. “They’re not. Cities are the wave of the future. Dense population centers are what people really want ... one of the things that we have to start with is the assumption that cities really have a strong future.”

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