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

For Shapiro, lawmakers a budget season full of surprises | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - July 7, 2023

A debate over school vouchers was a test of the Democratic governor's leadership style.

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).

In 2019, Doug Mastriano said women who violated his abortion ban should be charged with murder

BY: - September 28, 2022

The Republican gubernatorial candidate's comments were made in a radio interview.


This Pa. Senate bill will shortchange app-based workers. We can’t let that happen | Opinion

BY: - June 9, 2022

Corporations built their businesses on the backs of app-based workers who risked their lives during the pandemic.


DNC, Planned Parenthood launch major Pa. blitz ahead of Nov. 2 election | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 22, 2021

A pair of six-figure buys are a reminder that there's no such thing as the off-season in U.S. politics.

Philly Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested

BY: - September 25, 2021

(*This breaking story was updated at 3:21 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 9/25/21 with additional information.) State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, was arrested Friday for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order. He’s been charged with breaking the order and harassment, according to a court document reviewed by the Capital-Star. Boyle, a six-term state representative from […]


Pa. is reopening, but the pandemic continues in nursing homes. We need help in the state budget | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2021

We are still dealing with a deadly virus every single day because our resident population continually changes, as does our workforce.

GOP lawmakers in 28 states, including Pa., have introduced more than 100 bills seeking to restrict ballot access | Analysis

BY: - February 16, 2021

After a record turnout in 2020, Republican state lawmakers across the country are making a concerted attack on ballot access.


It was already awkward between Wolf and lawmakers. The Boockvar blow-up just made it worse | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 2, 2021

Wolf and lawmakers already had trust issues. Did the gap just get unbridgeable?

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Reform, don’t defund, the police. This is why | Opinion

BY: - July 10, 2020

“Defunding police” means something different to everyone, but the common theme involves cutting funding from police department budgets.  

In Philly, progressive candidates slug it out with Democratic incumbents

BY: - February 20, 2020

After a wave of retirements from Pittsburgh’s South Side to Reading, many of progressives’ top incumbent targets are headed out the door. It’s left a slate of primary challenges coming at reliably liberal — even progressive — lawmakers more over tone than substance.

Allegheny County Dems facing pushback after making a pair of controversial endorsements

BY: - February 17, 2020

The Pittsburgh Current  first reported about controversial posts from South Hills Candidate Heather Kass in mid-January, a day after she paid her $2,500 fee to compete for the committee’s endorsement. Kass jumped in the race a short time after registered Democratic state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced he was retiring. Kass was also supported at that time by Readshaw and South Hills City Councilor Anthony Coghill.

In Hershey, Trump, Pence ask Pa. for ‘4 more years’ as Dems move forward on impeachment

BY: - December 10, 2019

A defiant President Donald Trump rallied the faithful in a critical swing state on Tuesday, even as the majority-Democrat U.S. House pushes ahead with an inquiry that could end with him being just the fourth president in American history to be impeached.