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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.

Costa: Daylin Leach must resign after law firm finds ‘immature and unprofessional’ behavior

By: and - June 6, 2019

The firm declined to judge the credibility of an assault accusation.

Wolf’s infrastructure plan makes legislative debut with near-majority support

By: - June 5, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s much-hyped plan to expand broadband internet, fight flooding, and invest in natural gas production, among other infrastructure investments, was released Wednesday — with nearly enough support to pass both chambers. According to a statement released by Wolf’s office, 99 House and 25 Senate lawmakers from both parties support the legislation. According to […]

Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that

By: - June 5, 2019

Rep. Joanna McClinton said she expects the bill could pass the House by the end of the month.

Fresh off his second mayoral loss, Philadelphia senator announces plan to transform city’s elections

By: - June 5, 2019

Other Democratic lawmakers introduced a raft of proposals to make it easier for Pennsylvanians to register to vote and cast their ballot.

Compulsory sexual harassment NDAs would be banned under advancing state House bill

By: - June 4, 2019

Update, June 11: The legislation passed the House 199-0 on Tuesday. It will now go the Senate for consideration. Original post By a unanimous vote, the Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee advanced a bill on Tuesday that prevents employers from forcing workers to sign non-disclosure agreements that stifle sexual harassment investigations. The bill, sponsored by […]

Butler County’s Marci Mustello sworn in to state House, expanding historic caucus of female lawmakers

By: - June 4, 2019

State Rep. Marci Mustello, R-Butler, was sworn into office Tuesday, bringing the number of women lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House of Representatives to an historic high of 54 members, or about 26 percent of the 203-member chamber’s total complement. Mustello won a special election 57-42 percent last month to replace Rep. Brian Ellis, who […]

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

This Butler County Democrat lost a House election. But does his race hold a lesson for red district underdogs?

By: - June 4, 2019

Democrat Sam Doctor’s double-digit loss in a special election for a Butler County state House seat could yield lessons for other red district underdogs. 

In first-ever hearing on legalizing cannabis, House GOP focuses on Pa. gun owners

By: - June 3, 2019

"I think there's going to be a lot more discussion and conversation over the next few years prior to acting on any of those pieces of legislation," one Republican said.

Ahead of rumored run for Congress, DePasquale drops campaign cash on Facebook ads

By: - June 2, 2019

The York County Democrat is well positioned to take advantage of a buffet of ballot alternatives  — from governor to senator to congressman — over the next few years.

State legislators want a guaranteed opportunity to defend laws against court challenges

By: - May 30, 2019

The bill, which passed the House in May on a near-party line vote, would let leadership in the General Assembly grant lawmakers standing in court to defend the constitutionality of laws — a decision usually handled by a judge.

Schuylkill County Republican floats censure of Brian Sims for harassing anti-abortion protesters

By: - May 30, 2019

A spokesperson for House Democrats called the attempt "pathetic."

GOP targets House Democrats in Trump districts using viral video of Philly lawmaker harassing anti-abortion protesters

By: - May 29, 2019

The ads linked to a website, paid for by the HRCC, that declared "PA State Rep. Brian Sims is Full of Hate."