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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.

Pa. lawmakers are skeptical of a proposed nuclear rescue. Could more solar panels and wind turbines get the job done?

By: - March 11, 2019

The plan by Rep. Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, would add the nuclear industry into the state’s existing alternative energy portfolio.

Should parents be allowed to raid retirement funds to pay for their kids’ needs today?

By: - March 11, 2019

At the state and federal level, politicians who want to address pressing issues without spending public dollars are looking to let individuals mortgage part of their own future for the good of their kids. One of Pennsylvania’s few remaining moderate southeast Republicans and an arch-conservative former U.S. senator are both pushing plans that would let […]

Western Pa. state Senate candidates trade second round of attacks in new ads

By: - March 8, 2019

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to reflect that Democrat Matt Smith held the 37th from 2013 to 2015.* Candidates vying for a state Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh released dueling attack ads Friday, less than a month before a highly watched special election. Pam Iovino, a Democratic Navy veteran and former cabinet assistant secretary, […]

In a new ad, a progressive super PAC is going on the attack against Republican Frank Scavo for anti-Muslim social media posts

By: - March 8, 2019

Republican Frank Scavo has apologized for his comments - but insists they 'pale in comparison' to the statements of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Oman, D-Minn.

Redistricting reformers have one more shot at preventing a 2021 gerrymander

By: - March 7, 2019

The fight to change how Pennsylvania draws its political boundaries is going into overtime.

Facebook post calling for Pelosi, Schumer to ‘be shot’ seen on Democratic Pa. mayor’s account

By: - March 6, 2019

A post on a Facebook page that belongs to the Democratic mayor of a Lackawanna County borough called for several prominent elected officials to “be shot” because of their support for abortion access. Old Forge Mayor Robert Legg’s Facebook account is private and cannot be accessed by the Capital-Star. A screenshot of the post, dated […]

The fight in a western Pa. special election heats up: Democrat Iovino, Republican Raja trade barbs in new ads

By: - March 5, 2019

Things are getting nasty in the special election battle between Democrat Pam Iovino and Republican D.Raja in the special election fight for western Pennsylvania’s open 37th Senate District seat. In an ad launched last week, Raja, businessman and chairman of the Allegheny County Republicans, derides Iovino as a “liberal extremist.” It also touts the 500 […]

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County Commissioner

By: - March 5, 2019

After 24 years in the General Assembly, the southeastern moderate is looking at a career change.

Falling Back: Rep. Russ Diamond wants to end Daylight Saving Time in Pennsylvania

By: - March 4, 2019

A Lebanon County Republican wants Pennsylvania to fall back — or is it spring forward? — from the twice yearly time changes that have been the norm for the past century. State Rep. Russ Diamond circulated a co-sponsorship memo Monday looking for allies to eliminate the custom, first implemented in 1918. At the time, proponents […]

February revenues slightly below expectations for PA

By: - March 1, 2019

Pennsylvania collected $2 billion in tax revenues in February, or just a tenth of a percent less than expected. Tax revenue, compared to last year, is up $1.1 billion on 2018 — or 5.7 percent greater. Both corporate taxes and sales taxes were larger than expected in February. Corporate taxes brought in $116.4 million — […]

GOP state House candidate Scavo apologizes for anti-Muslim Facebook posts

By: - March 1, 2019

Frank Scavo, a Lackawanna County school board chair, businessman, and Republican candidate for state House, apologized this week for posting anti-Muslim statements on his personal Facebook page. A review of Scavo’s social media from March 2018 to the present by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star revealed he posted anti-Muslim scaremongering and shared an unsubstantiated Clinton conspiracy theory. READ […]

It’s not just Republicans talking about cutting regulations in Harrisburg

By: - March 1, 2019

(*This story was updated to reflect that the bill language while modeled after Virginia, does not have a set percentage of regulations to cut yet. It was also updated with comment from the the Department of State.) Two freshmen lawmakers are proposing a bill, modeled of one recently passed in Virginia, to slash state regulations […]