Judge rules Pa. mail-in ballots returned on time with wrong or missing dates must be counted

BY: - November 21, 2023

In a decision that echoes earlier rulings, a western Pa. federal judge ruled mail-in ballots with wrong or missing dates must be counted.

Trump advisor charged in Georgia fake elector scheme worked on McCormick’s U.S. Senate bid

BY: - August 21, 2023

In the weeks before and after his loss in the 2022 race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, Dave McCormick’s campaign paid nearly $40,000 to a special assistant and political operative for former President Donald Trump. Michael Roman, who reported to former White House counsel Don McGahn and served as Trump’s head poll watcher in […]

John Fetterman back in the U.S. Senate and looking ahead to 2024

BY: - July 23, 2023

BRADDOCK, Pa. — By now, most people are aware that U.S. Sen. John Fetterman has been through a difficult time over the past year, to put it mildly. Pennsylvania’s freshman senator has staged a remarkable comeback and has plenty of things he wants to talk about besides his health issues, but to recap: He suffered a […]

Campaign signs outside the polling station at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill, Pa., on Election Day, Tuesday, 11/8/22 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek).

Pennsylvania midterm results highlight trend toward fewer split tickets

BY: - April 10, 2023

Data compiled from Pennsylvania’s 2022 midterm election results suggest voters are increasingly voting straight-party tickets, according to an analysis by the director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. Only one in seven state legislative districts had winners from both major parties in statewide and legislative races. That’s a stark contrast from 30 years ago, […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The four political storylines that defined 2022 | Analysis

BY: - December 26, 2022

From the fight over abortion rights to nationally watched campaigns, these are the stories that set the tone for the year.

Two Lehigh Valley pols raised more than $1M each for winning state Senate races

BY: - December 18, 2022

The tallies 'certainly signal we are in a new era in terms of the costs of state legislative races,' Muhlenberg College political analyst Chris Borick said.

House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks to reporters beside a map of three vacant Allegheny County legislative districts that will be the subjects of special elections next year. (Capitol-Star photo by Peter Hall)

House Republicans call for special elections in Democratic strongholds on primary day

BY: - December 15, 2022

In the battle over special elections that will decide control of the state House, Republicans said they should be delayed until May.

Cutler takes oath as House Republican Leader days after Dems declare control of special elections

BY: - December 12, 2022

Cutler was sworn in as House Republican leader days after Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton declared control of special elections.


The fight over control of the Pa. House is Harrisburg high-stakes lunacy at its worst

BY: - December 12, 2022

Democrats likely will control the House next session. The real fight is over the 'what' that occurs before the seemingly inevitable happens.


Republicans can’t seem to fathom why they lost | Dick Polman

BY: - December 12, 2022

Bad candidates, no ideas, and the Trump factor added up losses up and down the ballot.


What Georgia’s 2022 runoff can teach us about the 2024 White House race | John A. Tures

BY: - December 12, 2022

Campaign on this -- not that, for starters.

With control of the House in dispute, Republicans go to court as tensions rise

BY: - December 11, 2022

(*The headline on this story was updated at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, 12/11/22 to reflect new reporting on the House GOP’s legal filing) With a lawsuit to halt special elections and talk of a “paperwork insurrection,” little is certain about Jan. 3, when the General Assembly is set to convene to organize itself for the […]