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.

Why some environmental groups oppose a bill to help out low-carbon nuclear plants

By: - April 5, 2019

After Sen. Ryan Aument revealed his version of a plan to prop up the state’s nuclear power plants on Wednesday, it didn’t take long for the criticism to start rolling in. “We don’t need to see the forthcoming bill to know that any proposed legislation would rob ratepayers, including Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, to support […]

Democrats want to flip Pennsylvania’s state Senate in 2020. They’ll need the suburbs to do it

By: - April 4, 2019

A Democratic victory in a contested special election in the Pittsburgh suburbs on Tuesday has political observers across Pennsylvania asking the same question: Can the party flip the Republican-controlled Senate in 2020?

Democrat Pam Iovino wins special election to represent Pittsburgh suburbs in Pa. Senate

By: - April 2, 2019

Democrat Pam Iovino won a highly contested race to represent the 37th Senate District in the Pittsburgh suburbs Tuesday, flipping a Republican-held seat and moving her party closer to control of the chamber. Iovino, a Navy veteran and former Veterans Affairs aide to President George W. Bush, defeated businessman D. Raja, a Republican who was […]

In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a doctor’s office

By: - April 2, 2019

When it comes to improving the health of an entire community, it takes a lot more than just medical insurance and proximity to doctors. Rep. Joanna McClinton, the youngest woman to be elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus, knows that firsthand. Growing up in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood that she now serves as a […]

It’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage gap

By: - April 2, 2019

April 2 marks Equal Pay Day in the United States, an occasion that calls attention to the fact that women in America earn less on average than men. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, the symbolic holiday indicates how long a woman has to work into 2019 to earn what an average man […]

Sarah Hammond, left, and Doug Mastriano. (Courtesy campaign websites)

Pennsylvania’s busy special election season continues as parties pick nominees for 33rd Senate District

By: - April 1, 2019

Local Democratic and Republican party activists in south-central Pennsylvania have selected their respective nominees for a special election in Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District, a reliably Republican seat that was most recently held by Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Adams. Republican nominee Doug Mastriano, a military historian and veteran, will face Democratic contender Sarah Hammond, a local government […]

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than just tradition.

By: - March 30, 2019

When a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives gave a fiery Christian prayer before the chamber welcomed a new Muslim lawmaker on Monday, critics were quick to denounce it as Islamophobic and unconstitutional. In a two-minute prayer, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, called Jesus “our only hope” and willed “every knee” to bow to God. Minutes […]

It’s harder than ever to conduct polls. Should we still believe what they say?

By: - March 29, 2019

Over the course of six days in March, researchers from Franklin & Marshall College surveyed 540 Pennsylvania voters to get their opinions on everything from gun control and nuclear energy to President Donald Trump and Gov. Tom Wolf’s job performance. Their findings were released Thursday, in the latest installment in F&M’s oft-cited public opinion survey. […]

Poll finds support for new gun laws rising among Pa. voters after brief decline

By: - March 28, 2019

Pennsylvanians have strong views on guns, and a new poll finds that support for regulation is growing once more after falling from a five-year high last June. Forty-six percent of people who responded to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll said they favor creating more laws to regulate gun ownership, according to data released […]

Poll: Pennsylvania voters strongly support nuclear energy as Legislature debates bailout

By: - March 28, 2019

Lawmakers may be skeptical about a plan to keep the state’s nuclear power plants afloat, but a new poll has found it has broad public support despite its anticipated cost to consumers.

Senate committee advances bill to ban sale of vaping products to minors

By: - March 27, 2019

Lawmakers split on another measure that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum age to buy tobacco.