A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.
What you need to know about the GOP-backed audit of Pa.’s elections
By: Stephen Caruso and Marley Parish - July 11, 2021
Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate took steps to review the 2020 election last week, requesting thousands of documents from three counties across the state.
Pa. families can opt for an additional year of learning. What to know before July 15 deadline
By: Marley Parish - July 9, 2021
With a new option to hold their kids back a grade to address pandemic-related learning losses, Pennsylvania families will have to make a decision soon.
As child advocates plan for action, top Senate GOP lawmaker Ward considers the ‘best legal path’ to justice
By: Marley Parish - July 8, 2021
When state lawmakers return to Harrisburg in September, Marci Hamilton will be waiting to greet them.
Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections
By: Marley Parish, Stephen Caruso and Cassie Miller - July 7, 2021
Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.
Following Cosby’s release, two Pa. senators want to mandate written non-prosecution agreements
By: Marley Parish - July 6, 2021
In the aftermath of Bill Cosby’s release from prison, the top members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee are drafting legislation that would require all future non-prosecution agreements to be in writing in order to be enforceable. It’s a proposal Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, the panel’s chairperson, and Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, its ranking Democratic member, […]
Will six Pa. State System universities merge? A vote is expected this month.
By: Marley Parish - July 4, 2021
The merger would result in lay-offs and some online classes to accommodate students spread out across the campuses.
Cocktails to-go helped Pa. businesses stay afloat. Now they’re in for an even slower recovery
By: Marley Parish - July 1, 2021
Anticipating a busy summer for takeout boozy drinks, Thomas Tell — a Lackawanna County bar owner — stocked up on sealable containers and drink carriers.
‘We’re still in the game.’ Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf praises $40.8B budget for education investments
By: Marley Parish - June 30, 2021
“We’re still in the game,” he said. “We still have the ball, but I don’t think anybody — including me — has said that this is where we want to be. It’s a step.”
Legal recognition for transgender, nonbinary Pennsylvanians doesn’t come easy. Here’s why some are calling for change
By: Marley Parish - June 29, 2021
But the best way to make the name and gender identity change process easier in Pennsylvania is to establish a simplified, statewide process, an expert said.
Former Pa. Gov. Ridge discharged from hospital, recovering from stroke
By: Marley Parish - June 28, 2021
The 75-year-old former governor suffered a stroke earlier this month and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot.
Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future
By: Marley Parish and Stephen Caruso - June 25, 2021
“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.
Pa. Senate sends election law rewrite to Wolf, who promises veto over Voter ID language
By: Marley Parish - June 25, 2021
The bill sponsored by House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, is the product of 10 hearings on election reform held after the 2020 General Election.