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.

Your cheat-sheet to Tuesday’s special election in the 48th Senate District

By: - January 13, 2020

Voters in York, Dauphin and Lebanon counties will choose between a county prosecutor and an historian on Tuesday in a special election that will send its winner to the state Senate.  The Jan. 14 race in the 48th Senate district pits Republican nominee Dave Arnold, the Lebanon County District Attorney, against Democrat Michael Schroeder, a […]

Map: 100 Pa. schools found lead in their drinking water. Here’s how they responded.

By: - January 12, 2020

Water at more than 100 buildings in 32 districts across Pennsylvania had unsafe levels of lead in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a list the Pennsylvania Department of Education published in late November.

Maryland Gov. Hogan moves to sue Pa. for ‘falling short’ in Chesapeake clean-up

By: - January 9, 2020

Saying that it’s repeatedly failed to uphold its commitments to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s Republican governor has directed his state’s top prosecutor to sue Pennsylvania in federal court. 

Despite progress, Pa. still has work to do to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, environmental experts tell lawmakers

By: - January 9, 2020

When conservationists and farmers convened at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on Wednesday, they had good news and bad news for a panel of state lawmakers that spearheads environmental legislation. The good news? The Keystone State has made big strides to reduce the agricultural pollutants it sends to the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in […]

Exclusive: ex-Democratic Congressional candidate George Scott is running for state Senate seat in Harrisburg

By: - January 8, 2020

The campaign marks Scott’s return to politics since his Congressional bid, where he emerged from a crowded Democratic primary to come within two points of unseating Perry in the November general election. 

New Wolf admin plan aims to reduce stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek help

By: - January 2, 2020

The goal of the initiative is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encourage people to seek treatment and analyze the factors that prevent Pennsylvanians from receiving care, Wolf said. 

What’s the top-selling liquor in your Pennsylvania county?

By: - December 31, 2019

We’ve put data from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to use here, where you can see the three highest-grossing alcohol products among retail consumers in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and its 10 largest cities. 

How choices by Trump’s Justice Department could jeopardize domestic violence and rape crisis services across Pennsylvania. 

By: - December 24, 2019

The VOCA fund, as it’s commonly known, is one of the largest sources of grant money for local agencies and nonprofits that provide services to crime victims.

Pardons board rejections leave Lt. Gov. John Fetterman ‘dismayed’

By: - December 21, 2019

A watershed year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons ended in disappointment for many criminal justice advocates on Friday, when the panel denied bids from nearly a dozen people seeking release from prison. The Board of Pardons heard 15 cases on Friday from inmates hoping to have life sentences commuted. It denied all but two, and […]

GOP Senate aide’s appellate court appointment puts new scrutiny on judicial nominations.

By: - December 19, 2019

When a judge on one of Pennsylvania’s two appellate courts announced his retirement in August, an office within the Wolf administration began to solicit applications from people who wanted to replace him.  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has never said who threw their hats into the ring, even after reporters requested a list of all the […]

Wolf signs cost-cutting criminal justice bills into law

By: - December 18, 2019

The bills will reduce state prison populations by 600 inmates over the next five years, saving taxpayers an estimated $48 million in corrections costs

After years of negotiation, cost-savings criminal justice bills head for final approval

By: - December 18, 2019

The Wolf administration has championed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative since 2017.