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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.

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama

By: - September 3, 2021

"I realized that Pennsylvania is dying. And if Pennsylvania’s dying, it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery." 

14 House Republicans file lawsuit to strike down Pa.’s vote-by mail law. 11 voted for it

By: - September 2, 2021

Fourteen Pennsylvania House Republicans filed a new lawsuit this week alleging that the state’s vote-by-mail law, which was passed with near-unanimous Republican support in 2019, is unconstitutional. The 34-page suit filed in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday night asks for the state court to declare the law unconstitutional, and prevent the state from issuing mail-in ballots […]

Pa. set to enter northeastern initiative limiting carbon from power plants

By: - September 1, 2021

“I don’t think anyone would be willing to bet that there won’t be court actions on either side, depending on what the final result is,” the panel’s chairperson, George Bedwick, said.

In change of heart, Wolf admin uses health powers to order K-12 mask mandate in Pa.

By: and - August 31, 2021

The move is a reversal from Wolf's earlier stance. The Democratic governor had said earlier this month that it was up to school districts to mandate masks.

Pa. GOP candidate says he’ll bring ‘strong men’ to intimidate pro-mask school boards

By: - August 30, 2021

Steve Lynch, a personal trainer who is running for Northampton County executive, made the threat during a rally in Harrisburg on Sunday night.

Pa. Sen. Saval, Gov. Wolf, call on Pa. Supreme Court to halt evictions

By: - August 27, 2021

A progressive, first-term state senator has called for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt evictions in the commonwealth, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal moratorium Thursday evening on landlords removing tenants from their homes during the pandemic. State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, said in a statement Friday afternoon that replacing the federal […]

Capital-Star Q+A: 2022 GOP gov. candidate Jason Richey on taxes, hyperloop, and voting

By: - August 27, 2021

The Capital-Star is trying to sit down with as many candidates as possible to ask them about their campaigns, background, and issues impacting Pennsylvanians.

The wrong font, misplaced staples leads to unusual court rebuke of Pa. teachers’ pension fund

By: - August 26, 2021

“I have never seen it before,” Duquesne University law professor, and state court watcher, Bruce Ledewitz said. “That could be because lawyers comply with the rules.”

Gov. Wolf asks Republican lawmakers to mandate masks in K-12 schools, child care centers

By: and - August 25, 2021

Wolf said he was “increasingly concerned about misinformation being spread to try to discredit a school district’s clear ability to implement masking.” 

Pa. redistricting commission to count people in prison at their old home, not in their cell

By: - August 24, 2021

This will effectively mark a small but meaningful shift in population from Pennsylvania countryside to it’s cities, increasing urban representation while reducing rural representation.

Regardless of vaccination status, Wolf orders state employees to wear masks

By: - August 20, 2021

The order only applies to the state’s roughly 115,000 employees, as well as state contractors. It does not apply to school districts.

Pa. barbers, salons to get $20M in belated pandemic relief

By: - August 19, 2021

The $20 million comes from a pool of $370 million in federal stimulus money allocated to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in the 2021-22 budget. He signed the spending plan into law at the end of June.