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.
Everything you need to know about Pennsylvania’s gun laws and the debate to expand them
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - September 17, 2019
Gun violence will be on the Legislature's agenda this fall.
‘People can’t afford to bathe themselves’: What life is like for Pennsylvanians who lost cash assistance
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - September 11, 2019
Dalia is working toward some big goals, including securing a place to live. That got harder on Aug. 1, when General Assistance ended for a second time. Dalia is a former beneficiary of the state-run program, which provided a $205-a-month stipend to more than 12,000 people with disabilities, in treatment for addiction, and fleeing domestic […]
Pennsylvania foster kids will be able to attend college tuition-free in 2020. But the law could be even stronger, advocates say
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - September 10, 2019
Experts says Pennsylvania colleges and universities could help foster youth by waiving the cost of room and board.
Starting Sept. 16, Pennsylvanians can apply for absentee ballots online
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - September 9, 2019
Currently, you must apply by mail or in person.
‘We’ve got to keep [food stamps] whole’: Wolf administration begins Hunger Action Month
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - September 4, 2019
More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians experience hunger. Roughly two out of seven of those people are children.
More states are letting candidates use campaign dollars for childcare. What about Pennsylvania?
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 30, 2019
Pennsylvania law is vague — and unhelpful — in this area.
Pa.’s Shapiro one of 20 attorneys general suing Trump administration over proposed family detention policy
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 26, 2019
Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced last Wednesday that the administration is moving forward with a new rule that would essentially end the Flores agreement.
How the Trump administration’s regulatory changes are touching everything from family planning to food stamps
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 25, 2019
Rule changes are behind some high-profile immigration news and Planned Parenthood's withdrawal from Title X.
New Trump administration rule would OK indefinite detention of migrant families in Berks facility
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 21, 2019
The rule would effectively end the Flores settlement, a landmark 1997 order that established certain standards for family detention centers and a 20-day limit for detaining children.
#400yearsPA: Social media campaign will highlight black history as U.S. observes slavery anniversary
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 20, 2019
Between now and February 2020, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission will use the hashtag #400yearsPA to highlight moments in black history as the U.S. observes the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in America. The year 1619 was not the first year Africans, “both free and enslaved,” could be found in North America. […]
Get ready for another special election | Monday Morning Coffee
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 19, 2019
Two big things are happening tomorrow: John is coming back from vacation, and Pennsylvania is hosting yet another special election.
‘This is about organizing government’: Gov. Wolf signs executive order on gun violence
By: Sarah Anne Hughes - August 16, 2019
Joined by state lawmakers and advocates, Wolf on Friday signed what was called an unprecedented executive order to address gun violence. The governor said the plan aims to "strike a balance between freedom and safety."