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Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.

Former Sen. Browne’s last win for his Lehigh Valley district draws criticism of state hospital sale

By: - December 7, 2022

Browne sponsored legislation to sell the Allentown State Hospital property directly to a developer with whom the GOP lawmaker has strong ties.

Austin Davis resigns from Pa. House to focus on lt. gov.-elect role during transition

By: - December 7, 2022

Davis' resignation is one of two that will erase the Democrats' slim majority in the state House, at least temporarily.

Krasner impeachment committee racked up $372K in legal bills and other expenses

By: - December 6, 2022

The House select committee formed to gather evidence in support of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s impeachment amassed more than $360,000 in attorney fees from two law firms from July to the end of September, records from the state House Controller’s Office show. Combined with travel expenses, lodging, meals, renting a hearing room, and catering […]

Monroe County district judge lied to secure appointment, district attorney’s office alleges

By: - December 2, 2022

The investigation by the Monroe County district attorney’s office showed that Caffese changed his voter registration from a home he owns in Stroudsburg to the Tobyhanna address on June 13, the day Wolf nominated him. 

With no majority in the Pa. House, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over who calls the shots

By: - December 1, 2022

(This story was updated at 10:56 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.) Foreshadowing contentious times to come, Democrats and Republicans in the evenly-divided state House sparred Thursday over who has the power to call a special election for a vacant seat in western Pennsylvania. Caucus leaders took umbrage at each others’ positions on the unusual circumstances […]

Shapiro names longtime aide Dana Fritz as chief of staff

By: - December 1, 2022

Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro has tapped a former aide in the attorney general's office and gubernatorial campaign manager to lead his staff.

Rendell fundraiser, Casey campaign manager among leaders of Shapiro’s inaugural committee

By: - November 30, 2022

A prominent Democratic fundraiser, a former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and a Philadelphia securities lawyer are among the co-chairs of Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro’s inaugural committee. The group will lead the planning and fundraising efforts for the inauguration of Shapiro and Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis on Jan. 17.  “This inauguration will be a […]

Shapiro transition team pulls in experience from Democratic and Republican administrations

By: - November 23, 2022

“It obviously sends a very strong and sincere message that he’s wanting to get stuff done,” former Democratic Party chair T.J. Rooney said.

Pa. House Republican leadership gets a shakeup as control of the chamber is in limbo

By: - November 22, 2022

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, is bowing out of his leadership role with control of the lower chamber uncertain.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

A lone Republican voted against impeaching Philly DA Larry Krasner

By: - November 19, 2022

When the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Democratic Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a lone Republican voted “no.” Although the historic measure passed 107-85 over the objections of Democrats, state Rep. Mike Puskaric, R-Allegheny, broke ranks and voted against the action, which he said he believed would set a disastrous precedent for […]

Pa. House Democrats secure majority with Rep. Todd Stephens’ concession in close race

By: - November 17, 2022

(*This story was updated at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, 11/17/2022 to include the vote total) Democrats secured control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday when incumbent Republican state Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery, conceded his loss to Democratic challenger Melissa Cerrato.  Montgomery County elections officials counted provisional ballots on Thursday after lawyers for the Democratic […]

You need to be prepared so you can vote on Election Day. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Challenges to Montgomery County ballots likely to determine Pa. House control

By: - November 16, 2022

Control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives likely will be determined by 59 provisional ballots in Montgomery County’s closely contested 151st Legislative District.