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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.

Shapiro taps Pat Browne for revenue secretary among four more cabinet nominees

By: - January 12, 2023

Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro has nominated former state Sen. Pat Browne as revenue secretary among four nominations for cabinet positions.

‘Is this ever going to end?’ Abuse survivors still waiting for statutory window

By: , and - January 10, 2023

The latest effort to amend the state Constitution to open a retroactive window for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their attackers became mired in a partisan dispute in the state House on Monday. 

Rozzi to appoint working group on legal relief for abuse survivors after special session stalls

By: - January 9, 2023

‘We will be judged based on what we did for the children of this Commonwealth,’ House Speaker Mark Rozzi said.

Rozzi vows to halt all other legislation until General Assembly passes abuse survivors’ amendment

By: - January 6, 2023

In his first act at the helm, Pennsylvania’s newly elected independent state House speaker vowed to halt all other legislative action until a constitutional amendment to provide legal relief for victims of childhood sexual assault passes both chambers of the Legislature. On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state House and Senate to convene […]

Pa. House Democrat’s flip to end leadership limbo stemmed from a GOP leader’s quip

By: - January 5, 2023

Democratic Rep. Mark Rozzi agreed to become an independent and was elected speaker after a Republican ally told a colleague to "just ask."

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he has prostate cancer but has an ‘excellent prognosis’

By: - January 5, 2023

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said Thursday that he was diagnosed last month with prostate cancer. Casey, Pennsylvania’s senior senator, said he has been given an “excellent prognosis” and has exceptional medical treatment and the unwavering support of his family.  In a statement Thursday morning, Casey said he will undergo surgery in the coming months […]

Pa. Legislature welcomes new members, House elects Rozzi as speaker

By: and - January 3, 2023

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2023-24 session started Tuesday with the swearing-in of new lawmakers and the resolution of a leadership quandary in the lower chamber.  

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Education, lobbying reform and abortion among issues on lawmakers’ agendas in next session

By: and - December 29, 2022

The Pennsylvania General Assembly starts a new two-year legislative session when members return in January. And lawmakers have been busy circulating plans to introduce and reintroduce bills since Dec. 1 — addressing election reform, education, health, safety, and economic development. Here is a look at some of the legislation the Capital-Star is watching so far […]

Shapiro’s top aides have close ties to the governor-elect

By: - December 29, 2022

Shapiro has a track record of keeping trusted aides at his side, and four appointees to the governor's office are no exception.

Gov. Tom Wolf reflects on eight years of successes, stumbles and standoffs

By: and - December 27, 2022

Looking back over his eight years in office, Gov. Tom Wolf said he hopes he will be remembered for making Pennsylvania a better place and for doing it honestly and efficiently. Wolf took office in 2015, defeating the unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett after a campaign where he spent $10 million of his own money. […]

GOP is ‘bigger’ than one man, Pa. Sen. Toomey says in farewell remarks | Friday Morning Coffee

By: and - December 16, 2022

The Lehigh Valley lawmaker, who is retiring, reflected on his 12 years representing the state.

House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks to reporters beside a map of three vacant Allegheny County legislative districts that will be the subjects of special elections next year. (Capitol-Star photo by Peter Hall)

House Republicans call for special elections in Democratic strongholds on primary day

By: - December 15, 2022

In the battle over special elections that will decide control of the state House, Republicans said they should be delayed until May.