Governor's Race

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 A report out this month from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a pretty dire picture. By 2040, the world faces myriad crises — including food shortages, extreme weather, wildfires and a mass die-off of coral reefs — unless emissions are cut sharply.

Where Pennsylvania's Candidates For Governor Stand On Issues

Oct 22, 2018
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A look at where the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Scott Wagner — stand on some key issues, from abortion rights to taxes. 

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Pennsylvania's Republican candidate for governor has released a video of himself saying he wants to stomp on the sitting governor's face with golf spikes.

Wolf Runs 'Ball-Control' Campaign In Staying Ahead Of Wagner

Oct 8, 2018
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Tom Wolf was in the midst of telling a Democratic Party dinner crowd last month how important it is for Democrats to tell voters what they stand for in this mid-term election campaign when he interrupted himself.

Matt Rourke

In the only scheduled debate of the gubernatorial race Monday night, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and former GOP state Senator Scott Wagner worked to stake out their positions on the issues that will likely define their campaigns over the next month.

However, the topics they discussed—and often the candidates themselves—frequently took a backseat to the moderator: Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

Releasing Tax Returns An Issue Again – In Governor’s Races

Sep 20, 2018
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The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won't you release your tax returns?

It wasn't a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year's campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger who has made millions from his trash-hauling business has refused to release his tax returns.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner on Tuesday accused public officials, and Democrats in particular, of failing to combat urban poverty.

Wagner told a Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia event at the downtown Pyramid Club that he would establish a low-interest loan fund through community banks for people wanting to start a business and partner with firms like Uber and Lyft if necessary to make mass transportation more accessible.

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A new plan to combat the opioid crisis was released this week by gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. The Republican discussed the plan on Thursday at an event outside Pittsburgh, and said that Gov. Tom Wolf has not done enough to combat the opioid epidemic.

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The political arm of Planned Parenthood plans to pour $2.5 million into Governor Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign. According to the Planned Parenthood PAC, that's the largest-ever investment the organization has spent in any state on a midterm race.

Wolf Reports $414K In 2017 Income, $1.3M In Charitable Gifts

Sep 7, 2018
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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is reporting about $414,000 in adjusted gross income in 2017 and nearly $1.3 million in charitable donations in a federal tax return.

Wolf made the two-page form 1040 public Friday and let The Associated Press review the rest of his 102-page federal tax return in a campaign office.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner, who has made millions in waste-hauling, has declined to release his tax return.

Wolf Calls Wagner’s New Education Funding Proposal ‘Abracadabra Math’

Aug 29, 2018
Emma Lee / WHYY

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner has a plan to pump an additional $1 billion into public schools without raising taxes.

He says he’d do four things to make that happen: privatize the sale of alcohol, lease its liquor wholesale system, slash corporate welfare “that has no positive economic impact,” and reform the welfare system.

His campaign says the numbers add up, and at least one think tank backs that assertion.

Wagner Says Wolf Wants To 'Run Out The Clock' On Answers

Aug 27, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is criticizing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for avoiding debates before the Nov. 6 election.

Wolf Says 'No' To All But One Debate In Governor's Race

Aug 23, 2018
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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is agreeing to participate in just one debate before the November election with his Republican rival, an event to be moderated by "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

Wolf, Wagner Spar Over Funding Formulas As Education Surges To Center Of PA Governor's Race

Aug 2, 2018
Emma Lee / WHYY

Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner released an attack ad Wednesday ripping Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over education policy.

Abortion Politics May Shadow Final Weeks Of Governor's Race

Jul 29, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

The politics of abortion could be especially prominent this fall as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner hit the final stretch of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign.

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Pennsylvania Democrats are pressuring Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner to release his tax returns. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign said in a statement Monday that voters deserve to know more about the Republican’s business interests.

Wagner owns the York-based trash hauling company, Penn Waste, and his financial disclosure suggests he also has holdings in hotels, freight companies, and other enterprises.

Wagner, Wolf Tangle Over Politics Of Funding Public Schools

Jul 12, 2018
Chris Knight / AP

Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor, on Thursday accused Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of proposing a policy that would result in deep funding cuts to certain school districts, a claim that Wolf called absurd while pointing to his record of winning more education funding across Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Scott Wagner says he's resigning from his Senate seat on Monday to focus on the governor's race.

Wagner submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday to Senate President Joe Scarnati.

Wagner's spokesman Andrew Romeo says the senator realized the best way to "bring about the most change and do the most good for the commonwealth" is by devoting all of his time and energy to the election.

He will face Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is seeking a second, four-year term.

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The race for governor is only a few days in, but the negative ads are already starting.

Only minutes after Scott Wagner clinched the Republican nomination for governor, the Wolf campaign sent out a press release calling the York County Senator “the worst of Harrisburg.”

They also released an ad deriding Wagner as a bully, and included footage of various speeches in which he used violent-sounding metaphors.

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It's a Tuesday evening in early May, and an elaborately-decorated lobby in Malvern is swarming with Republicans.

A number are state officials, or officers for the Pennsylvania GOP. Many more are members of the Chester County Republican Party--the group behind this particular dinner.

But the keynote speaker, and the name on most of the signs, banners, and lapel buttons, is a guy who still describes himself as a political outsider, even after four years in the state Senate.

Laura Ellsworth Campaign video via YouTube

After being outspent and outshouted for months in the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary, Laura Ellsworth is getting air time, endorsements, and — she hopes — a surge toward the finish line.

Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh attorney, never had the personal wealth to compete with state Sen. Wagner and Pittsburgh businessman Paul Mango, each of whom invested millions in their own campaigns.

GOP Candidates Disagree Over Attack Ads, Unions And Wage Law

Apr 16, 2018
Chris Knight / AP

Laura Ellsworth is trying to take advantage of back-and-forth attack ads in Pennsylvania's Republican gubernatorial primary to win votes in the three-way contest.

Mango, Wagner Put Millions In Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Run

Jan 31, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Republican gubernatorial candidates Paul Mango and Scott Wagner are donating heavily to their campaigns, putting up millions of dollars for the right to challenge Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the November election.

Wednesday is the deadline for campaigns to report how they raised and spent money last year.

Mango, a former health care systems consultant, reports $5.5 million in the bank as of Dec. 31 after spending $2.9 million. Mango gave himself $6.7 million and reported a $1 million loan from a private equity executive.

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The state Republican Party is starting its monthlong series of meetings with candidates for governor and other top offices to decide who it will endorse next month.

It’s still anyone’s guess who the party will back, or even whether members will tap a gubernatorial candidate at all.

In the meantime, endorsements are rolling in from other organizations across the state.

4-Way Gubernatorial Primary Tests GOP’s Endorsement Mettle

Jan 2, 2018
Photos via AP, screengran from Laura Ellsworth for Governor

For the four Republicans who hope to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid next year, the first playoff game before the May 15 primary election will be the state party's endorsement.

That endorsement vote, scheduled for Feb. 10, could determine who stays in the primary race and who gets to brag that they won the endorsement while drawing upon the financial benefits of the party's backing.

Should the party be unable or unwilling to endorse, it would be the first time in 40 years.

Email Scandal and Close of PA Legislative Session

Oct 14, 2014
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We'll talk with Harrisburg Patriot News Editorial Page Editor John Micek about the latest news related to the scandal involving current and former state employees trading raunchy emails. How will it impact the governor's race with three weeks left before election day? And what's on tap in the final days of the legislative session?

Countdown to the Gubernatorial Election

Sep 2, 2014
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In two months Pennsylvanians will head to the polls. As the gubernatorial heads into its final phase, will Tom Corbett break the streak of PA governors serving a second term? And, what would a win by Democratic challenger Tom Wolf mean for the commonwealth? John Micek, opinion editor for the Penn Live website, talks about what we can expect in the upcoming campaign season.

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.

What to Know About the Four Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

May 19, 2014
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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In one week, Democratic Party members from across the state will choose their candidate to face Governor Tom Corbett in November’s gubernatorial election.

Last night, the remaining Democratic candidates for governor; state treasurer Rob McCord, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty and front-runner Tom Wolf faced each other for a final debate at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Capitol correspondent Mary Wilson covered the debate.

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