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January 28, 1987
Gov. Casey, speaking at an informal news conference Monday, put proper focus on the tragic upheaval in the Pennsylvania treasurer's office when he said, "We've got to put that whole chapter in our history behind us as quickly as we can and re-establish the confidence of our people in the integrity of the state treasurer's office. " The most effective way to do that is through early Senate confirmation of the governor's nominee for treasurer, G. Davis Greene Jr. He would serve the two remaining years in the term of R. Budd Dwyer, who committed suicide just one day before he was to be sentenced for his bribery- related conviction.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As James J. Florio's campaign manager, political professional Douglas C. Berman helped steamroller a hapless Republican opponent last year. Now, as state treasurer, he may face a much tougher foe: the gathering New Jersey fiscal crisis. Still, the hard times will come later. Yesterday, Florio and Berman were all smiles during a news conference at which the Democratic governor-elect announced that Berman would serve as the state's next treasurer. Both Florio and Berman continued to take a low-key stance yesterday about the state's finances, with Florio repeating his refrain that the numbers he has seen so far were sobering.
NEWS
October 25, 1996
Every now and then the voters get really lucky: They face the choice between two first-rate candidates for an important state office. That's the case in the election for state treasurer on the Nov. 5 ballot. Barbara Hafer, 52, was unchallenged in the Republican primary, in no small part because she has done a stellar job as the present state auditor general. Mina Baker Knoll no doubt was buoyed to the Democratic nomination by the name recognition of her mother, incumbent Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
At the posh Metropolitan Club on E. 60th Street, the alphabetized luncheon guest list had "Rizzo, Frank L. " at No. 252. But just by showing up, he became the No. 1 discussion topic. The usually stay-at-home Rizzo joined the annual gathering of Pennsylvania's political power brokers and would-be candidates Saturday, adding fuel to speculation he'll run for state treasurer next year. Even though Rizzo is coming off a close 17,000-vote loss to Wilson Goode in Philadelphia's mayoral race, Republicans say he's a political legend who would bring star quality to the normally dull race for treasurer.
NEWS
February 1, 1988 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, who had said last week that he was "leaning" toward seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer, has decided against doing so, political sources said yesterday. Rizzo, 67, told aides from his recent unsuccessful mayoral campaign that he had decided not to seek the state treasurer's job, the sources said. "Basically, the office never felt right," Rizzo told the aides, according to a source close to the former mayor. "I'm not going to go for an office that doesn't feel right.
NEWS
November 5, 1988 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Four days before voters elect a new state treasurer, the current officeholder has issued a revised code of conduct for Treasury employees, strengthening financial-disclosure requirements. Greg Penny, a spokesman for Treasurer G. Davis Greene Jr., said the timing of the new requirements did not reflect a lack of confidence in either Catherine Baker Knoll or Philip S. English, the candidates seeking the office. "It's been on the to-do list for a long time," said Penny. "If you waited until after the election, it would appear that it was directed toward one of the individuals.
NEWS
June 10, 2011 | By Beth Defalco, Associated Press
TRENTON - Some New Jersey lawmakers are taking a critical look at a deal to transfer operations of the state-owned New Jersey Network to one of New York's largest public broadcasting stations. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to determine whether the deal is "consistent with the public interest and with FCC rules governing broadcast licenses. " He questioned whether the deal is in the best interests of New Jerseyans.
NEWS
January 17, 1986 | By Chris Conway, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Kean announced yesterday that he would nominate Feather O'Connor, executive director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, to be the state's next treasurer. If confirmed by the Senate, O'Connor, 39, would succeed Treasurer Michael Horn, who announced his resignation last month to return to a private practice of finance and law. Horn's resignation is effective Tuesday. Kean said in a prepared statement that O'Connor would "bring an expertise in public financing and bonding to the post of state treasurer which will serve the government and the people of New Jersey exceptionally well.
NEWS
April 15, 1996
Somebody's got to manage the billions that the state of Pennsylvania takes in and pays out every year. That's the job of the state treasurer. With incumbent Catherine Baker Knoll at the two-term limit, the state needs a new money manager. The Republican nominee is Auditor General Barbara Hafer. To oppose her, the Democratic machine lined up behind the treasurer's daughter, Mina Baker Knoll, a CPA with experience at a major accounting firm. The other two candidates in next week's primary are former state legislator Franklin L. Kury and attorney Richard Orloski.
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NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Even as the New Jersey Supreme Court considers whether Gov. Christie violated public workers' rights by slashing this year's payment to their pension system, the state treasurer and the Legislature's top budget analyst said Tuesday that New Jersey doesn't have the money to make a full contribution. "I think, frankly, that ship has sailed," Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told the Senate Budget Committee. "If the Supreme Court were to direct the state to make the additional payment before June 30, I'm not sure that that's fiscally or physically possible," David Rosen, budget and finance officer for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS)
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
During his six years as state treasurer, Rob McCord talked a lot about ethics (and talked a lot in general). His disappointing confession that he shook down state contractors for political support suggests it was mostly talk. In 2010, McCord pushed for reform of the "overtly political organizational culture" of the Delaware River Port Authority. The same year, he fought for unrestricted access to state gambling board meetings in the name of public oversight and transparency. And last year, facing a shellacking in the Democratic primary for governor, he launched a guilt-by-association attack on front-runner Tom Wolf in the guise of another ethical crusade, saying he wanted to bring questions of "character and judgment" into the campaign.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Jeremy Roebuck, and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord said Thursday that he was stepping down after six years in office, as signs emerged that he is under scrutiny by federal authorities. Investigators have been asking about McCord's campaign fund-raising in recent months, according to several sources close to the examination. The focus and extent of the inquiry are unclear. McCord, who submitted his resignation to Gov. Wolf on Thursday morning, did not respond to requests for comment. His spokesman, Gary Tuma, said in a statement that "this is not a matter on which the Treasury Department can comment.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
FOR THE third time in three weeks, Gov. Corbett has surrendered on a controversial public policy that new Democratic nominee Tom Wolf could have used as a potent point of political attack. Coincidence? Or an example of an incumbent candidate moving to the middle of the political spectrum just as the general-election campaign begins in earnest? Corbett on Wednesday said he will not appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III that struck down the state's 1996 ban on same-sex marriage.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
Rob McCord's great verbal volleys can be so relentless that he once joked to a Daily News reporter that he gets worn out listening to himself. But unlike politicians who prattle on at length without ever getting around to the question, the state treasurer and would-be governor tends to answer the question at hand along with half a dozen others. McCord's volubility may have its pitfalls, but it comes from an obviously rich reservoir of intelligence, knowledge, and energy. Along with his substantial experience in politics, government, business, and finance, those qualities make ROB McCORD the best of a strong group of Democrats vying to challenge Gov. Corbett in the fall.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
First of four candidate profiles Rob McCord looked like he'd been dropped into that ubiquitous cellphone commercial, seated in an undersized chair at a too-tiny table in a Philadelphia classroom. But McCord wasn't tossing out inane questions to toddlers. His topic during the visit Wednesday to an early-childhood center near Chinatown was deadly serious: how to keep children - particularly those from struggling families - in school and out of jail. McCord, state treasurer since 2009, was on hand to make his case that if elected governor he would triple the amount the state spends on its youngest students.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
A story Sunday about the potential toxic effects of acetaminophen wrongly included oxycodone in the list of medications that contain the drug. A column Sunday incorrectly identified the agency that cited PATCO about broken elevators and escalators. It is the Federal Transit Administration. A story Monday about Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez wrongly described her husband, Tomas Sánchez. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, but did not take the bar exam and has never practiced law. A story Monday about the Philadelphia Film Society Theater at the Roxy misstated ticket prices.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
OK, SO STATE Treasurer Rob McCord is now the eighth Democrat officially in the race for governor, giving rise to three immediate questions. Who is he? What's he bring to the party? Where does he stack up in the long and possibly still-growing list of wannabes? He is, believe it or not, a twice-elected statewide officeholder; though ask an average voter who the state treasurer is and you'll draw a dead-eyed stare. That's despite the fact that McCord's shown some cojones in a job rarely offering opportunity for macho management.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
State Treasurer Rob McCord jumps into the Pennsylvania governor's race Tuesday, offering himself as a Democrat with business credentials who would reverse cuts that Gov. Corbett has made in public education and other institutions vital to the middle class. "It's personal for me because Pennsylvania was a place of immense educational opportunity and economic opportunity for me," McCord said Monday in an Inquirer interview. "I feel like this bad governor is repealing the investments that are essential to give people the same kind of opportunity I had. " McCord, 54, plans to announce his candidacy at 10 a.m. at Montgomery County Community College, then cross the state for an afternoon visit to an electricians' union training facility on Hot Metal Street in Pittsburgh.
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