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.

Biden still Pennsylvania Democrats’ top choice to face Trump in 2020, new poll finds

By: - October 31, 2019

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, polled at 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively. 

Pa. Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier for people with criminal records to get a job

By: - October 30, 2019

The bill would prohibit the state’s 29 professional licensure boards from automatically denying licenses to anyone with a criminal record.

Judge blocks Pennsylvania elections officials from tallying Nov. 5 votes on Marsy’s Law

By: - October 30, 2019

Voters will still be able to cast ballots on the amendment in the general election on Nov. 5.

A new policy would level the playing field for educators whose students live in poverty. Why isn’t Philadelphia on board?

By: - October 30, 2019

Pennsylvania may become the first state to use these weighted scores to judge a teacher’s performance in the classroom. 

Bill that overhauls how Pennsylvanians can vote is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf

By: and - October 29, 2019

Wolf supports a bill that allows any Pennsylvanian to vote by mail, provides millions of dollars in state funding for new voting machines, and eliminates straight-ticket ballots.

‘This is about using our budget dollars wisely’: Pa. Corrections Dept. establishes new guidelines for former inmates seeking help

By: - October 29, 2019

The state spent $18 million on those services in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. It hopes to shave that figure down this year by $2 million.

Top. Pa. Senate Democrat introduces campaign finance reform bill

By: and - October 25, 2019

The bill comes in response to a year-long investigation by two Harrisburg-based investigative journalism organizations

Will Marsy’s Law votes count? State judge to rule soon on November crime victims amendment

By: - October 23, 2019

A Commonwealth Court judge expects to decide this week whether or not to allow Pennsylvania’s top election official to count votes on Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that grants new legal rights to crime victims. 

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

‘Bizarre’ circumstances have a charter school appeal stuck in limbo in Harrisburg, with taxpayers footing the bill

By: - October 22, 2019

On three separate occasions since June, two teams of lawyers from Pittsburgh have traveled to Harrisburg to argue the same exact case before a powerful state board. And on three separate occasions, the board has told the lawyers the same exact thing: It doesn’t have enough members to render a legitimate verdict. “We’re like Bill […]

How a debate over mandatory sentences for gun crimes could sink savings gleaned from a criminal justice reform bill

By: - October 22, 2019

The state has saved more than $20 million and seen crime rates drop since 2015, when the Pa. Supreme Court threw out mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

Your guide to Pennsylvania’s Nov. 5 general election

By: and - October 21, 2019

Here's what you need to know about Pa.'s statewide judicial races as well as a ballot question concerning Marsy's Law.