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.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

State House passes COLA legislation for retired public school teachers and state workers

By: - November 14, 2023

Retired teachers and public servants would receive a cost of living adjustment in their monthly pension payments for the first time in more than 20 years under legislation passed by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday. House Bill 1416 would provide increases of 15% to 24.5% to about 69,000 retired public school educators and other state […]

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Voting rights groups call for investigation of Election Day problems in Northampton County

By: - November 14, 2023

Northampton County voters were affected by a programming error and lack of contingency plan, the groups say.

Gun safety measures head to Pa. House over GOP objections

By: - November 14, 2023

GOP lawmakers argued that measures holding parents responsible when children access guns and safe storage requirements would punish gun owners.

Pa. House panel considers how hydrogen hubs can help meet climate goals

By: - November 13, 2023

Robust regulation is key to ensuring Pennsylvania's hydrogen hubs contribute to the commonwealth's climate goals, a state House committee heard Monday.

Pennsylvania musician asks U.S. Supreme Court to decide if he has to pay union dues

By: - November 10, 2023

A Lehigh Valley percussionist has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether government-funded nonprofit workers can opt out of union dues.

Historic flip of Dauphin County commissioners hangs on Democratic challenger’s narrow lead

By: - November 9, 2023

Control of the Dauphin County board of commissioners would change parties for the first time in at least a century if Democratic candidate Justin Douglas holds on to a razor-thin lead over incumbent Republican Chad Saylor. Dauphin County elections officials were counting about 250 provisional ballots and just over a dozen military and overseas ballots […]

Pennsylvania Democrats sweep statewide court races amid Supreme Court focus

By: - November 8, 2023

Democrats won elections for four statewide court seats, flipping the partisan make up of the Superior Court.

McCaffery wins open seat on Pennsylvania Supreme Court

By: - November 7, 2023

The campaigns for four openings on the statewide appellate courts have attracted millions in outside spending.

Contributions to Commonwealth, Superior court candidates total at least $2.8 million

By: - November 3, 2023

Contributions to Commonwealth and Superior court candidates adds up to at least $2.8 million this year, according to state reports.

Shapiro administration hires cyber-security chief to oversee defense of state computer systems

By: - November 3, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s office has hired a cybersecurity expert who previously worked with Amazon Web Services to oversee the defense of Pennsylvania’s information technology systems.  James Sipe will serve as the state’s next chief information security officer leading the team that protects state IT systems and data from cyberattacks and maintains cybersecurity strategy and standards […]

Lawmakers take a bipartisan first step toward repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty

By: - October 31, 2023

Legislation to repeal Pennsylvania's death penalty passed out of a state House committee in what the bill's sponsor called a historic vote.

Pennsylvania House passes state-related university funding and requires schools to freeze tuition

By: - October 31, 2023

The state House passed legislation to pass tuition aid that has been stalled since June on the condition that state-related universities freeze tuition.