Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.

Pennsylvania’s new legislative maps OK-ed by state Supreme Court

By: - March 16, 2022

The 4-page order found that the new lines, approved in a bipartisan 4-1 vote last month, are constitutional.

GOP Family Feud: Conservative group targets Pa. House leader Saylor for gas tax, budget votes

By: - March 16, 2022

'After 28 years, it is time to retire Harrisburg Stan Saylor,' the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania argues in a new ad.

An early guide to Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate and governor’s primary election

By: and - March 15, 2022

A TV star, an attorney general, a lt. governor, and a former member of Congress will be among those competing for voters' attention this spring.

Pa. passed a tax break for data centers. Now crypto-miners are taking advantage

By: - March 13, 2022

The cost of the program is expected to grow from $5 million in 2021 to almost $90 million by 2027.

Pa.’s new congressional map is reflective of the commonwealth’s voters, justices argued

By: - March 9, 2022

All seven Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices made clear their thoughts on redistricting Wednesday, as in a rare move, each released their own individual opinion outlining where they fell on the recently enacted congressional map. The court, in a February order, picked the so-called “Carter Map,” named for a group of voters represented by Democratic attorney […]

Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law has its day in Supreme Court

By: - March 8, 2022

Roles were reversed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, as attorneys argued over the fate of the state’s three-year-old mail-in voting law, with lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf arguing to protect legislative power, and lawyers for 14 dissident lawmakers arguing to undo a law that 11 of them had voted to approve. The law, […]

SCOTUS denies emergency injunction, kicks Pa. congressional map challenge back to lower court

By: - March 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency request from a group of Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to block the commonwealth’s new congressional map. The one-page order issued Monday evening, instead keeps the case, whose plaintiffs include two GOP congressional hopefuls, in front of a panel of three U.S. district judges. The order did not note […]

Capital-Star Q+A: Reentering public life for governor run, Melissa Hart talks regulations, abortion

By: - March 4, 2022

'Looking at what unfortunately, oftentimes what government does to [people], instead of for them, are the things that drive me to be a candidate,' Hart said.

With Wolf’s encouragement, Pa.’s teachers’ pension fund dumps Russian investments

By: - March 3, 2022

'We must do what is within our power to bring an end to the suffering of the people of Ukraine,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Wolf, GOP spar over Pa. gas exports, Russian imports

By: - March 3, 2022

In a slew of legislative memos and press releases earlier this week. Top House Republicans Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, and Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, all called for the expansion of natural gas drilling and the extension of pipelines through neighboring states that have opposed their construction.

Harrisburg School Board director Carrie Fowler collects signatures for nomination petitions at Harrisburg's Broad Street Market in March. Seven candidates petitioned to challenge five incumbents, all Democrats, in the May 21 primary. Photo source: Citizens to elect Jayne Buchwach to School Board.

County party committee members can start collecting signatures, Pa. high court rules

By: - March 2, 2022

These officials will have until March 15 to get their signatures, aligning with congressional and statewide candidates, the high court said.

GOP appeals to SCOTUS to overturn new Pa. congressional map

By: - February 28, 2022

A group of Pennsylvania voters, including two Republican congressional candidates, are asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to override the state Supreme Court’s choice for the commonwealth’s new congressional map.  Ending months of uncertainty, justices picked a map last week submitted by a national group aligned with the Democratic Party, and represented by Democratic attorney […]