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.

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.

Spending by Jeff Yass-backed PAC tops $4 million in Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

By: - October 26, 2023

Spending by the Commonwealth Leaders Fund on behalf of Republican state Supreme Court candidate Carolyn Carluccio topped $4 million.

Pennsylvania voters’ personal info was not shared with election research group, state officials say

By: - October 25, 2023

Secretary of State Al Schmidt said voters' and motorists' personal data is safe with multi-state election integrity clearinghouse ERIC.

The exterior of the Pennsylvania state Capitol on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Rozzi endorses ex-spouse Jacklyn Rusnock for his Berks County House seat

By: - October 24, 2023

Jacklyn Rusnock is running for the Berks County seat her former spouse, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, is vacating, with his endorsement.

Former Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi announces run for auditor general

By: - October 23, 2023

Former Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi will run against state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta for the Democratic nomination for auditor general.

Shapiro’s office reached settlement of $295,000 with woman who accused top aide of harassment

By: - October 20, 2023

About $45,000 came from the governor’s office and $250,000 from the taxpayer-funded state Employee Liability Self Insurance Program.

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

Here’s what’s still outstanding in Pennsylvania’s budget

By: - October 20, 2023

When Gov. Josh Shapiro signs legislation to unlock state funding for hospitals, emergency medical services, and nursing homes, it will mark the first progress since August in clearing Pennsylvania’s budget impasse. However, the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House must still agree on the largest outstanding part of the $45.5 billion budget and several budget priorities […]

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‘Confusion and delay’ bring unsuccessful end in bid to move Pennsylvania’s presidential primary

By: - October 18, 2023

Pennsylvania’s 2024 presidential primary would be held April 16 under legislation passed by the state House on Wednesday. But the effort to move the election from April 23 to avoid a conflict with Passover appeared likely to end unsuccessfully.