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.

Levine stresses holiday caution as vaccine stock grows

By: - December 21, 2020

Levine issued her warning as Pennsylvania health care facilities continue to struggle under the strain of a month-long COVID-19 surge. The state reported a two-day total of 15,100 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, as well as 156 deaths over the same period. 

Lawmakers send Wolf gun, environment bills on their way out of town – and for some, out of office

By: - November 21, 2020

Bills that tweak environmental regulations, bolster the rights of gun owners during public emergencies, and grant free state IDs to people experiencing homelessness all got final approval from the House and Senate this week, the Legislature’s last in Harrisburg before it kicks off a new legislative session in January. 

Harrisburg GOP to Fetterman: Go fly a kite, not a flag

By: and - November 20, 2020

A temporary budget set to pass this week is on track to include a provision prohibiting any flag except the American flag, Pennsylvania’s state flag, or a flag honoring missing American soldiers from flying over the state Capitol building or Capitol grounds.

Senate Dems reshuffle leadership ranks, promoting two progressive women from the Philly ’burbs

By: - November 19, 2020

Sens. Katie Muth and Maria Collett, who who were among a wave of Democratic women elected to office in 2018, were chosen by their colleagues to serve as policy chair and caucus secretary.

Allegheny County Court judge tosses ballot challenge from GOP Senate candidate, drawing immediate appeal

By: - November 18, 2020

The legal battle could further delay a final vote count in the race for the 45th Senate District, where Ziccarrelli, an attorney, trails incumbent Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster by just 30 votes

‘I spoke truth to power’: Ousted Pa. Victim Advocate Storm slams Senate GOP over vote to deny her another term

By: - November 17, 2020

Pennsylvania’s crime victim advocate castigated the top Republican in the state Senate Tuesday, saying he publicly defamed her and derailed her career after she staked out positions that put her at odds with his office.

Facing opposition on two fronts, the state Senate declines to give Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm another term

By: - November 16, 2020

The state Senate took the rare move on Monday to block an executive nomination sent to them by Gov. Tom Wolf, as a handful of Philadelphia-area Democrats joined Republican colleagues to oust the state’s appointed advocate for crime victims.  The Republican-controlled chamber voted 32-18 to shoot down the nomination for Jennifer Storm to remain at […]

Tapped for leadership, Ward, McClinton shatter 244-year-old glass ceiling in Pa. General Assembly

By: and - November 12, 2020

Women made history in Pennsylvania’s House and Senate Thursday, when lawmakers elected two female legislators as floor leaders for the first time in the General Assembly’s 244-year history.

MAP: Here’s where the Democrats’ expected Blue Wave didn’t break for Pa.’s elected row offices

By: - November 12, 2020

Pennsylvania voters may have been pivotal in sending a Democrat to the White House last week, but unofficial election results show that they were less enthusiastic about Democrats seeking statewide office.

MAPS: The counties that pushed Biden to the presidency in Pa.

By: - November 10, 2020

Biden won 12 Pennsylvania counties, sweeping the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas, the student-heavy area around Penn State in Centre County, and northeastern communities in the Lehigh Valley.

The polls have closed in Pa.: Here’s what happens next.

By: - November 3, 2020

We wrote this guide to help voters better understand how their vote gets counted, and what they can expect from local and state officials in the days and weeks ahead.

Pa.’s new election dashboard will show progress of mail-in ballot count alongside early returns

By: - October 30, 2020

Pennsylvanians who plan to spend Tuesday night glued to the news will find some changes to the state’s website for reporting preliminary election results.