Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums

BY: - June 30, 2021

Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.

GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree

BY: - June 29, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]

Pa. House votes to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency

BY: - June 8, 2021

Using the powers that Pennsylvania voters gave to the Legislature during last month’s statewide referendum vote, the lower chamber voted 113-90 along party lines to permanently end Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency, and the executive powers that come with it. 

To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season

BY: and - May 28, 2021

The question of how to spend $7.3 billion in federal stimulus funds has quickly -- and predictably -- cleaved along party lines.

Empowered by referendum, Harrisburg GOP moves to terminate some — but not all — of Wolf’s pandemic powers

BY: - May 25, 2021

The flexing of these new emergency powers comes after voters empowered the 253-member General Assembly to end or edit gubernatorial powers during a disaster.

Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?

BY: - May 17, 2021

A new package of bills could tighten the guidelines for Pennsylvania lobbyists. Though it’s a step toward reform, advocates say they need more details. In a statement released Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure […]

Pa. House Republican leadership set to fundraise with lawmaker they called to resign

BY: - April 23, 2021

Admission to the event at Cafe Fresco in Harrisburg runs $250 to $1,000.

Already quarantining, Pa. House Speaker Cutler tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - April 15, 2021

Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Thursday. His office had already announced Monday that he was quarantining at home due to exposure to a confirmed positive case.  Cutler’s symptoms are mild, and he will continue to work from home, he said in a statement.  “My exposure […]


Pa. to award $2.7M in grants to help fight addiction | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 13, 2021

Communities are still struggling against the opioid epidemic even as Pa. fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pa. House Speaker Cutler quarantining after exposure to COVID-19

BY: - April 12, 2021

In a statement, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, did not say whether he had tested positive or where the exposure had occurred.

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler talks misinformation, amendments and marijuana

BY: - March 9, 2021

The Capital-Star spoke with House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, recently. Among the youngest people to oversee the Pennsylvania House, the upcoming two years will be his first full session as the Republican-controlled chamber’s presiding officer.


Wolf’s budget calls for 3rd round of funding for Pa. Farm Bill | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 15, 2021

The Democratic administration is seeking $13.6 million in funding for a variety of agricultural programs.