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Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.

Veterans call out Mastriano for ‘shameful’ Confederate Army uniform photo

By: - September 19, 2022

Dozens of veterans, including five Pennsylvania elected officials, have signed a letter calling out Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano for wearing a Confederate Army uniform in a faculty photograph at the U.S. Army War College. Calling Mastriano’s decision to wear the uniform of the 11 Confederate states that fought to keep Black people enslaved shameful, […]

Fixing one problem with Pa.’s elections could bolster public confidence, Democrats say

By: - September 15, 2022

As Pennsylvania heads toward an election the nation will be watching, state lawmakers have proposed dozens of changes to the state Election Code aimed at improving ballot access, security, and modernizing the process.  Among those bills, Democratic state representatives said Wednesday, is one that would fix a legislative oversight leading to delays in counting mail-in […]

Pa. House holds Philly DA Krasner in contempt for refusing to respond to select committee subpoena

By: - September 13, 2022

(*This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, 9/13/22, to include a House vote on the contempt resolution.) The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to hold Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in contempt for refusing to respond to a subpoena issued by the select committee investigating Krasner’s approach to prosecuting crime.  The 162-38 vote to hold […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Supreme Court tells Wolf to bring abortion amendment challenge to Commonwealth Court

By: - September 12, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s request to hear his challenge of Republican-backed legislation that includes a proposal to amend the state constitution to say there is no right to abortion services in the commonwealth. The high court’s order left open the possibility for Wolf to bring its case to Pennsylvania  […]

Philly DA Krasner not alone among progressive prosecutors fighting GOP attacks

By: - September 11, 2022

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner won a hard-fought campaign in 2017 amid a rising wave of dissent over police shootings of unarmed people of color and calls to reform criminal justice policies that harm the nation’s most vulnerable communities. Five years later, following a resounding reelection victory in 2021, Krasner is among progressive prosecutors across […]

Wolf, Philadelphia lawmakers announce more than $100M for violence prevention grants

By: - September 8, 2022

At a Philadelphia playground in a neighborhood marred by gun violence, Gov. Tom Wolf announced more than $100 million in funding for two grant programs to fund efforts to prevent violence before it begins.  The grants are part of a record funding package for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which will administer the […]

Audit recommends lawmakers act to ease Pa. Turnpike’s financial squeeze on motorists

By: - September 8, 2022

Despite a reduction in its annual payments to the state Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission faces significant financial challenges to repay its debts and fund capital projects, state Auditor General Timothy DeFoor said in an audit report. In the audit released Tuesday, DeFoor said the annual toll increases required to meet the commission’s […]

Casey urges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to safeguard seniors against payment app scams

By: - September 6, 2022

Citing an increase in scams involving peer-to-peer payment apps during the pandemic, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to increase protections for those who use the services. Apps such as Venmo, Zelle, CashApp and PayPal  have become more popular, and are increasingly being used by scammers to defraud older […]

Candidates, mostly Republican, skip debates, bar press during midterm campaigns

By: and - September 4, 2022

“If we are to hold our elected officials accountable on their policy stance(s), we have to know what they are,” said Nicholas Valentino, a political science and research professor in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.

Returning to Pa., Trump calls Mastriano and Oz vital to a Republican takeover in 2022 and 2024

By: - September 3, 2022

WILKES-BARRE TWP., Pa. –  Campaigning for Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial and U.S. Senate nominees on Saturday, former President Donald Trump cast Doug Mastriano and Dr. Mehmet Oz as vital leaders in a fight to take back the state and country starting with this year’s midterm election. Trump spoke for nearly two hours at the rally outside […]

Mastriano sues Jan. 6 committee claiming it can’t compel him to testify

By: - September 2, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol doesn’t have the authority to compel Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano to testify, Mastriano claims in a lawsuit. The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claims the select committee is not properly constituted with […]

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends the Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Republican endorsements of Shapiro could give conservatives cover to reject Mastriano, analysts say

By: - September 1, 2022

'It sends a signal that if you’re not comfortable with the choice you don't have to vote for them,' Franklin & Marshall pollster Berwood Yost said.