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Sarah Anne Hughes

Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.

Here’s how voting will be different in Pennsylvania by the 2020 primary

By: - October 31, 2019

All Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast a ballot by mail by April 2020.

‘Red flag’ proposal popular among Pennsylvania voters, poll finds

By: - October 31, 2019

Eighty percent of respondents to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday said they strongly or somewhat favor "giving courts the ability to seize a person's firearms if they are judged to be a threat to themselves or others."

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Majority of Pennsylvania voters want legal cannabis, poll shows — just not in state stores

By: - October 31, 2019

The poll released Thursday shows 58 percent of voters support legalization, a number consistent with March polling by the Lancaster-based college.

‘We can’t ignore signs of hate’: One year later, Pittsburgh still healing from Tree of Life shooting

By: and - October 27, 2019

One year ago, on Oct. 27, 2018, a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat services and murdered 11 people.

‘I think it’s baby steps’: One year after the Tree of Life massacre, Squirrel Hill’s state rep. says stronger gun laws are inevitable

By: - October 25, 2019

Rep. Dan Frankel has represented Pittsburgh's center of Jewish life in the state House for 20 years.

Democratic lawmakers call on Pennsylvania to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy statewide

By: - October 23, 2019

Rep. Brian Sims has introduced a bill to do just that, but it hasn't moved in the state House.

Democrats choose history professor for special election in 48th Senate District

By: - October 21, 2019

The state party nominated Annville resident Michael Schroeder at a convention on Sunday, according to a press release.

To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, lawmakers remember 123 Pennsylvanians killed in 2018

By: - October 21, 2019

In June, the General Assembly approved a 10 percent budget increase for domestic violence services.

Wolf wants to expand overtime to 143K Pa. residents. But a commission you’ve never heard of gets the final say

By: - October 18, 2019

The change could potentially raise workers' wages or ensure that they only work 40 hours a week.

‘There is irreparable harm’: Pa. Supreme Court considers temporarily restoring cash assistance for poor Pennsylvanians

By: - October 16, 2019

The program, known as General Assistance, ended on Aug. 1 after the General Assembly voted to eliminate it as part of the summer budget process.

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, explained: Why you should pay attention to this November race

By: - October 14, 2019

While much of the public’s attention is already turned to 2020, there is a general election on Nov. 5 that will affect the future of your hometowns, counties, and Pennsylvania’s courts.  The major statewide race to know about involves two vacant seats on the Superior Court. So what do these judges do, and why should […]

Wolf calls for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians as U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue

By: - October 8, 2019

“For too long to our collective detriment, we kept some of our best, most talented individuals out of the workforce because of nationality, religion, race or gender," the Democrat said in a statement Tuesday.