Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.

Election season court fights have cost Pa. taxpayers nearly $4M and counting

By: and - January 31, 2021

Lawyers who netted lucrative contracts with the state include the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party; an attorney who defended a former Senate leader against federal corruption charges, and even Kentucky’s top elections official, who moonlights as a private attorney.

New state board kicks off ‘nuts and bolts’ review of Pa.’s election laws

By: - January 28, 2021

The state’s newly created Election Law Advisory Board convened its first session Thursday, meeting for an hour over Zoom to elect officers and let its members get acquainted. 

Special elections to fill vacant House, Senate seats to take place May 18

By: - January 25, 2021

Two state lawmakers who succumbed to illnesses this month will be replaced in special elections on May 18, the same day as Pennsylvania’s spring primary.  Lt. Gov. John Fetterman signed the writ of elections on Monday to convene a special election that day in the state’s 48th Senate District, PennLive reported.  That seat has been […]

Pa. Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announces her resignation

By: - January 22, 2021

State victim Advocate Jennifer Storm announced her resignation Friday, two months after her bid to serve a second term was shot down by the state Senate in what she deemed a political witch hunt.  Storm, who has led the state Office of the Victim Advocate since 2013, remained in her post for weeks after the […]

Police accountability panel created by Wolf to hold first meeting Thursday

By: - January 20, 2021

A commission that’s intended to improve policing practices within state-run law enforcement agencies will have its first public meeting this week, nearly six months after Gov. Tom Wolf created it by executive order.  The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission will convene at  2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to hear public comments and […]

Pa. row officers sworn in, bringing diversity, GOP shakeup to Harrisburg

By: and - January 19, 2021

Two Republicans were sworn into Pennsylvania’s row offices Tuesday, breaking eight years of Democratic control in some of the highest ranks of state government and bringing diversity, in more ways than one, to Harrisburg.

Police Chiefs: No specific threats yet against Pa. Capitol, but ‘an abundance of caution’ still necessary

By: - January 14, 2021

The Pennsylvania National Guard also has activated 400 members to provide backup, but only some of them will be in Harrisburg, officials said.

Businesses cut off cash to D.C. after lawmakers challenged election results. Could Harrisburg be next?

By: - January 14, 2021

As U.S. Rep. Scott Perry prepared to cast a vote rejecting Pennsylvania’s certified election results last week, he justified his decision by pointing to a letter he received from 21 state senators.

W. Pa. Sen. Brewster takes oath of office in drama-free ceremony

By: - January 13, 2021

The brief session did not include any remarks from Brewster or from leaders of the Democratic or Republican caucuses.

In wake of federal court ruling, Corman says Sen. Jim Brewster will be seated Wednesday

By: - January 12, 2021

More than 300 voters who made minor errors casting their mail-in ballots will still have their votes counted in a close state Senate race, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. 

Capitol siege lays bare GOP electoral misinformation in Harrisburg

By: and - January 10, 2021

“I do believe words have consequences,” Republican state Rep. Natalie Mihalek, of Washington County, told the Capital-Star. “And those consequences were on full display” at the U.S. Capitol.

As Mastriano faces calls to resign, Senate GOP leaders say they have ‘no cause’ to make him

By: - January 7, 2021

Corman said he would not heed the calls of his Democratic colleagues, who said Mastriano’s attendance at the protest and his embrace of conspiracy theories about the presidential election disqualified him from serving in the Senate.