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.

A running list of candidates vying for former state Sen. Mike Folmer’s seat

By: and - October 7, 2019

Voters in the 48th district, which includes all of Lebanon and parts of Dauphin and York counties, will choose Folmer’s replacement in a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14. 

Pennsylvanians with minor cannabis convictions can apply for an expedited pardon

By: - October 2, 2019

The announcement comes less than a week after Wolf said for the first time he backs legalizing cannabis for recreational adult use.

Can reporters prevent gun violence? This Philadelphia journalist wants to find out

By: - October 2, 2019

Veteran journalist Jim MacMillan has founded The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting to focus on how reporters can offer solutions.

CNN’s Van Jones on what unifies America: ‘We have to fix the probation system’

By: - September 29, 2019

On Tuesday, the CNN host joined with more than 100 activists affiliated with REFORM and the D.C.-based Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in the Capitol to explain how the probation system is broken and call on lawmakers to fix it.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he supports legalizing cannabis

By: - September 27, 2019

"Continuing to criminalize adult personal marijuana use is a waste of limited law enforcement resources, it disproportionately impacts our minority communities and it does not make us safer," the Democrat said.

Veteran conservative activist Matt Brouillette says he’s running for Folmer’s state Senate seat

By: - September 25, 2019

Matthew J. Brouillette, the former head of Harrisburg's preeminent rightwing think tank, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the nomination for the state Senate seat last held by Mike Folmer.

Gov. Tom Wolf backs marijuana legalization, says Legislature should ‘seriously debate’ the issue

By: - September 25, 2019

For the first time, Gov. Tom Wolf said he supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use and called on the Legislature to “seriously debate” doing so. The Democrat’s change of heart was the result of a 67-county tour undertaken by his lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, which found a “substantial majority” of Pennsylvanians are for legalization. Fetterman […]

Seniors, people with disabilities would be ‘disproportionately’ hurt by Trump’s food stamp change, Wolf admin says

By: - September 23, 2019

A change in food stamp eligibility proposed by the Trump administration would “disproportionately” hurt seniors and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, two top Wolf administration officials said Monday. More than 200,000 people would be affected by the change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a letter from Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller and […]

Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to a ‘silent crisis’

By: - September 23, 2019

Every month, the Healthy Steps Diaper Bank in Dauphin County distributes more than 25,000 diapers to nonprofits in Central Pennsylvania. Those diapers then ensure that more than 400 babies and toddlers in four counties are “clean, dry, and healthy,” Executive Director Amanda Barnes said. Those three words — clean, dry, and healthy — are a […]

Leach calls report on harassment allegations ‘fair’ and ‘thoughtful’

By: - September 20, 2019

"The report did not find that I was a perfect person," Leach said. He apologized for "participating in off-color conversations and making off-color jokes" during his 2008 campaign.

Final report into harassment claims finds Leach did not violate federal law as leadership again calls for his resignation

By: - September 19, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is again calling on state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign.

Treating people with addiction and pain is one of the most ‘difficult’ areas of medicine. There are new guidelines to help

By: - September 18, 2019

A task force of health care providers convened by the Wolf administration released guidelines for treating patients with opioid use disorder and pain on Wednesday.