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.

Poll: Half of registered Pa. Republicans say they approve of Jan. 6 votes against Electoral College

By: - March 11, 2021

Pennsylvania voters were split on partisan lines when they were asked whether they approved or disapproved of the eight members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation who objected to the electoral college vote.

What the federal stimulus package means for Pa.’s local governments

By: - March 10, 2021

The federal stimulus that the U.S. House is expected to send to President Joe Biden this week still could offer local governments a lifeline, officials say.

Mass clinics and mobile vaccine sites: How Pa. plans to vaccinate school employees against COVID-19

By: - March 5, 2021

Mass vaccination clinics dedicated solely to Pennsylvania’s school employees should be fully operational starting March 10, with many on track to administer 500 to 1,000 vaccines each day, Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday. 

Educators first in line for one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine under new statewide plan

By: - March 3, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf estimated that the bulk of those educators should be vaccinated and able to return to classrooms by the end of the month. 

While state drags its feet on vaccine sign-ups, Pennsylvanians bootstrap their own improvements 

By: - March 3, 2021

In the absence of a centralized, state-supported registry to help people sign up to receive vaccines, grassroots initiatives are cropping up across the state to help Pennsylvanians navigate a patchwork registration system that many say is cumbersome and inequitable.

Pa. eases limits on large gatherings as one-year anniversary of pandemic approaches

By: - March 1, 2021

Pennsylvania eased restrictions limiting the size of large gatherings on Monday, a sign of cautious optimism as the state sees a declining number of new COVID-19 cases and a growing vaccine supply.  Under a revised public health order signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, indoor event venues will be allowed to admit crowds that fill up […]

Citing emergency powers, Wolf admin skirts public bidding requirements to award $11.5M consulting contract 

By: - February 25, 2021

Officials said said the Boston Consulting Group is “uniquely situated” to help Pennsylvania because it’s been hired to improve vaccine programs in other states.

Bill mobilizing National Guard for COVID-19 vaccines headed to Wolf’s desk

By: - February 24, 2021

The state Senate voted 46-0 on Wednesday to send Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that mobilizes the state’s National Guard units to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies and health centers; operate vaccination sites; and let trained guardsmen administer injections to patients. 

GOP lawmakers accuse Wolf admin of trying to fix results of ballot question limiting governors’ emergency powers

By: - February 24, 2021

The bill that Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, described at a press conference would mark another attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature to curb executive branch powers with policies that would outlast the current Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration. 

Wolf: Centralized registration for vaccines could come when supply grows

By: - February 23, 2021

Wolf told reporters during a press briefing Tuesday that the state may roll out such a system when it begins to establish mass vaccination clinics.

Amid partisan acrimony over pandemic, a bipartisan vaccine team says it’s hopeful for the future

By: - February 23, 2021

“I certainly understand the frustration, but I am cautiously optimistic that we’re pointing in the right direction,” Rep. Tim O’Neal, R-Washington, told the Capital-Star on Monday. 

U.S. Supreme Court declines to weigh in on Pa. GOP’s mail-in ballot challenges

By: - February 22, 2021

The decision from the nation’s high court came down among a slew of judicial orders on Monday morning.