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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.

Mastriano courting voters on Gab pushes the GOP further right, experts say

By: - July 20, 2022

Gab founder Andrew Torba endorsed Republican nominee for governor, Doug Mastriano, as Pennsylvania's guy in a movement to "turn this state around for the glory of God."

What legislation did Gov. Tom Wolf approve or veto during budget season?

By: - July 13, 2022

In a flurry of budget season legislation, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Republican-backed bills dealing with poll watchers, transgender athletes, and energy policy and approved laws on election funding, affordable housing and a loophole that can let people who commit serious crimes get away with a ticket.

Two Philly Dems, three suburban Republicans named to Pa. House panel investigating Krasner

By: - July 11, 2022

Reps. Amen Brown and Danilo Burgos, both Philadelphia Democrats from high-crime districts, have been named with three Republicans from outlying counties to investigate the causes of crime in the city.

Pa. General Assembly approves amendment package as reproductive rights advocates protest

By: , and - July 8, 2022

Late Thursday night, the Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill and table a series of amendments proposed by Democrats.

Pa. House approves $45.2B budget, sends it to Senate

By: and - July 7, 2022

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday passed a roughly $45.2 billion budget plan that includes an $850 million increase for K-12 school districts and more money for mental health and environmental protection.

Pa. House passes bill tying funding for Pitt, state-related universities to fetal tissue research

By: - July 6, 2022

House Republicans used an end-run around the requirement for a two-thirds majority vote to pass a ban on fetal tissue research tied to tuition assistance for state-related universities

Former congressmen, House speaker among Republicans endorsing Shapiro

By: - July 6, 2022

Nine prominent Republicans, including former Congressmen Charlie Dent and Jim Greenwood, have endorsed Democrat Josh Shapiro for governor.

York County lawmaker says he will propose truck stop video gambling expansion

By: - July 5, 2022

A proposal to expand video gambling at Pennsylvania truck stops is a bargaining chip in Pennsylvania's ongoing and overdue budget talks.

Pa. takes a back seat as U.S. Supreme Court takes on the independent state legislature doctrine

By: - July 3, 2022

Former Chester County Congressman Ryan Costello's Supreme Court appeal of Pennsylvania's new congressional map will likely take a back seat to a similar case from North Carolina.

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

House and Senate cancel holiday weekend sessions after missing budget deadline

By: - July 1, 2022

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for patience and said budget negotiations were complex and unique as leaders debate how to spend $2.2 billion in pandemic funding.

Commonwealth Court finds PennDOT’s public-private partnership board bridge tolling plan invalid

By: - June 30, 2022

A panel of Commonwealth Court judges said PennDOT's P3 board didn't follow the process laid out for initiating transportation projects, declaring a plan to toll interstate highway bridges invalid.

House adopts resolution to investigate Philly DA Krasner over objections of city lawmakers

By: - June 29, 2022

Over the fiery objections of Philadelphia lawmakers, the state House adopted a resolution to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.