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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.

How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state

By: , and - March 21, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have a story to tell? Email us. Pennsylvania is getting older. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 […]

State Police attempt to assuage GOP concerns on new immigration policies

By: - March 20, 2019

In February, Republicans expressed grave concerns over new Pennsylvania State Police policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Some state House Republicans went as far as saying Pennsylvania had been made a de-facto “sanctuary state.” In a follow-up hearing Wednesday, State Police officials told the House Judiciary Committee that their policies do not prevent […]

Special election to replace resigning Ellis to take place on primary day

By: - March 20, 2019

The open Butler County house seat once held by Republican Rep. Brian Ellis, who resigned earlier this week following sexual assault allegations, will be filled in a special election May 21st — the same day as the state’s municipal primaries. House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, announced the date Wednesday. Candidates will be chosen the local […]

House panel hears from judges on how to fix state criminal justice system

By: - March 19, 2019

A panel of state judges met with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to discuss the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. Inside the state Supreme Court building, seven judges from counties across the commonwealth expressed support for reforming mandatory restitution, probation and parole, and bail practices.  Judge Kai Scott, of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, […]

Former Pa. Rep. Miccarelli lands job at Delaware County nonprofit that receives public dollars

By: - March 19, 2019

After leaving the General Assembly last year under the shadow of domestic violence and sexual assault accusations he denies, former Republican Rep. Nick Miccarelli has found a new job. As first reported by the Delaware County Daily Times, Miccarelli is now executive director of Community Transit, a nonprofit company that transports Delaware County residents who have […]

Republicans on Pa. House committee advance bill to make sure new public hires know post-Janus rules

By: - March 18, 2019

Pa. House Republicans are trying to enshrine some provisions of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in state law.

Under investigation for sexual assault, Butler County GOP Rep. Brian Ellis resigns from state House

By: - March 18, 2019

Republican state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, has resigned from the state House effective immediately. In a letter to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Ellis said that he has “concluded for the best interests of my family, the residents of the 11th House district and my own health” that he leave office. Ellis is under […]

Family, cost, and community: What keeps young people in Pennsylvania

By: - March 18, 2019

On a whole, the state’s population is graying.

‘We have reached a crisis point:’ Montgomery County Democrats call on Sen. Daylin Leach, who’s fighting sexual assault allegations, to resign

By: - March 16, 2019

Without exaggeration Party members have described your lashing out, lack of judgment, and tone-deafness as examples of behavior not becoming a state senator and leader of our Party,” the letter reads.

Picking candidates for special elections can be a covert and complicated process. A state lawmaker wants to change that

By: - March 15, 2019

By primary day in May, Pennsylvania will have seen more special elections than months in 2019.

Sexual assault complaint against Butler County lawmaker filed with Pa. House GOP

By: - March 13, 2019

A woman who has accused state Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler, of sexual assault has sent a formal complaint against him to a lawyer working for the House Republican majority, according to reporting by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer. The complaint stems from an incident in October 2015, when the victim went out to a […]

‘Our diversity is our strength’: Movita Johnson-Harrell will be Pa. Legislature’s first female Muslim lawmaker

By: - March 13, 2019

“I think this is a good sign for Pennsylvania,” Johnson-Harrell told the Capital-Star after her win. “Our diversity is our strength.”