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 lawmakers look to pull public funds from Russia amid war in Ukraine

By: - February 28, 2022

The exact impact of each move will vary, from $1.1 million in Russian-made vodka to potentially billions in retirement funds. But each dollar will count.

Pa. court rejects GOP request to use old legislative lines in midterm; more challenges pending

By: - February 25, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied a preemptive request from Pennsylvania House Republicans seeking to block new legislative lines this year, and instead use the state’s current map in the upcoming midterm election. The one-page, unsigned order is not the end of the legal debate on new boundaries for the state’s 253 House and Senate […]

New congressional map makes Swiss cheese of Swissvale, complicating Pittsburgh primary

By: - February 24, 2022

The architect of the split defended it, saying it was necessary to avoid a court challenge.

Amid Ukraine invasion, 20 Pa. National Guardsmen heading to Lithuania this month for ‘routine training’

By: - February 24, 2022

Since 1993, the Pennsylvania National Guard has had a partnership with the Lithuanian military.

Corman asks for investigation of GOP gov rival Mastriano’s campaign finances

By: - February 23, 2022

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, sent a letter to the Franklin County District Attorney on Wednesday.

Pa. Supreme Court court picks national Dems’ map as new congressional plan

By: - February 23, 2022

(*This breaking story was updated at 12 p.m. with additional information on the plaintiffs, federal legal challenge, nd the justices, at 12:25 p.m. with additional information on the map, and 1:12 p.m. with comment from House Republicans and attorney Adam Bonin and 1:25 p.m. with Gov. Tom Wolf.) Pennsylvania’s highest court has picked a map […]

Federal suit asks to block Pa. judges from picking congressional map

By: - February 22, 2022

The case is being argued by two lawyers, one of whom is former Texas solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell. A conservative legal scholar, Mitchell helped design Texas’ recent abortion ban that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn.

Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope

By: - February 21, 2022

Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.

Can carbon capture fit into Pennsylvania’s climate solutions?

By: - February 20, 2022

After more than two years of trying to block a carbon-pricing scheme for Pennsylvania, legislative Republicans have introduced a counter offer. Earlier this month, GOP lawmakers in the House added an extra provision to a bill blocking the commonwealth from entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The initiative, also known as RGGI, mandates that power […]

Pa. House Republicans ask court to toss proposed legislative maps, reuse current lines in 2022

By: - February 17, 2022

In a Thursday filing,, House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, called for the maps of 203 state House seats and 50 Senate districts to be  redrawn 'without race as a predominant factor'

Ballot access on the docket as courts consider what’s next for Pennsylvania’s maps

By: - February 16, 2022

'“Our candidates are ready to hit the ground running,' Democratic consultant Marty Santalucia told the Capital-Star. 'We’re waiting for the starting pistol.'

New authority meets to tackle broadband expansion across Pennsylvania

By: - February 15, 2022

States are currently flush with broadband funding after Congress passed, and President Joe Biden signed, the $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan last fall.