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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is the Capital-Star's House reporter. He previously covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter. You can reach him at 845-891-4306.

Rural Pa. county says it will not willingly hand over election materials for 2020 audit

By: - July 14, 2021

A rural Republican county in north-central Pennsylvania decided Tuesday night to reject a Republican state senator’s request for the county’s voting machines, ballots, and other election materials in connection with his planned audit of the 2020 election. Tioga County’s solicitor said that a legal directive from the Department of State issued last week blocks the […]

‘The Big lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

By: , and - July 13, 2021

“Make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation of our country,” Biden cautioned. 

Pa. redistricting is poised to be transparent. Will it be fair? Advocates think yes.

By: - July 13, 2021

Pennsylvanians will be able to participate in perhaps more than a dozen hearings on their congressional and legislative maps in the coming months, as well as submit their own maps online.

What you need to know about the GOP-backed audit of Pa.’s elections

By: and - July 11, 2021

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate took steps to review the 2020 election last week, requesting thousands of documents from three counties across the state.

State funding for Pa. public broadcasting eliminated in new budget

By: - July 9, 2021

It’s hard to say why the cuts were made and who made them. Legislative Republicans say it matched a request from Wolf., An administration spokesperson claimed Republicans did not agree to the funding.

Pa. to receive $225M from Sackler family opioid settlement

By: - July 8, 2021

This story was updated at 2:50 p.m. on 7/8/21 to correct a spelling error. Pennsylvania is poised to receive $225 million over the next nine years in damages related to the opioid epidemic in a bankruptcy settlement with the family who owned Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin. The settlement comes after 24 states, including […]

Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections

By: , and - July 7, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.

New law could expand 5G’s reach in Pa.

By: - July 6, 2021

At least 25 states have approved legislation smoothing a path for 5G technology, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Wolf vetoes bill banning Pa. primary schools, colleges from requiring COVID vaccines

By: - July 1, 2021

The bill also would prevent any public entity from checking someone’s COVID-19 vaccination status, such as a school district requiring teachers or students to be vaccinated. Such requirements are colloquially known as “vaccine passports.”

Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums

By: - June 30, 2021

Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.

GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree

By: - June 29, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]

Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future

By: and - June 25, 2021

“This year’s budget reflects resilience,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said.