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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is the Capital-Star's House reporter. He previously covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter. You can reach him at 845-891-4306.

Pa. General Assembly’s disaster response faces first test with Hurricane Ida

By: - September 17, 2021

Wolf asked that the Ida declaration be extended until Nov. 29. Such an extension must be approved by a majority vote of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

Capital-Star Q+A: RINO hunter Joe Gale wants to make sure conservatives are energized for 2022

By: - September 17, 2021

After an aborted run for Lieutenant Governor in 2018 — he was too young to hold statewide office — Gale is now running for the Republican nomination for governor. Though a magnet for controversy, he argues his uncompromising ideology and equal disdain for both party’s institutions make him the right man for the job.

To kick off election investigation, Pa. Senate GOP subpoenas voters’ social security numbers

By: - September 15, 2021

The legal requests are the opening shots in what could be a long, messy fight over legislative Republicans efforts to review former President Donald Trump’s reelection loss.

To block school mask order, House GOP appeals to arcane committee

By: - September 14, 2021

Majority House Republicans have asked an obscure state regulatory oversight committee to review the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate.  In a 15-5 vote on Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House Health Committee’s lawmakers approved a six-page letter laying out their legal objections to the order.  It goes on to request that the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents […]

Wolf business waiver program inconsistent and could be gamed, audit finds

By: - September 14, 2021

The report, however, ruled out any foul play, Auditor General Tim DeFoor's office concluded

Wolf pulls election chief’s nomination amid legislative election review row

By: - September 13, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf argued that confirmation hearings would give GOP lawmakers the chance to make bad faith arguments attacking the integrity of the 2020 election.

Pa. prison guards union sues to block Wolf’s vaccine policy

By: - September 13, 2021

The union representing 11,000 Pennsylvania prison guards and other corrections staff has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine policy. The policy, announced last month, required thousands of state employees working in congregate settings — such as state-run hospitals, homes for the disabled, and prisons — to get vaccinated or be tested for […]

Capital-Star Q+A: Longtime GOP activist Charlie Gerow thinks he’s the man to beat in 2022

By: - September 10, 2021

'Pennsylvania needs help. And I believe that I know what needs to be done,' the veteran operative said.

‘It’s a Rubik’s Cube’: Pa. grapples with competing redistricting priorities

By: - September 9, 2021

Some advocates organized a coalition of dozens of academic and civic groups known as Draw the Lines PA, which is led by the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based good government organization, have already released their own map as a starting point.

As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order

By: - September 7, 2021

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back early from its summer recess to challenge the Wolf administration’s new school mask mandate. The move by the Republican-controlled lower chamber is the latest legislative challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s health orders. The lower chamber scheduled four new session days for next week and the week after, […]

From librarians to Uber drivers: This is the changing face of the Pa. labor movement

By: - September 5, 2021

“I think we're starting to see more of an awareness that labor’s everybody, because everybody's a worker,” Penn State University labor relations lecturer Valerie Braman said.

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama

By: - September 3, 2021

"I realized that Pennsylvania is dying. And if Pennsylvania’s dying, it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery."