After historic election, historic challenges await Pa. Gov. Shapiro | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 18, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro said he wants to be a governor for all Pennsylvanians. He has his work cut out for him.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The Pa. Legislature returns: Three storylines to follow today | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 3, 2023

Welcome to the first Tuesday of 2023. At high noon today, incoming members of the state House and Senate will take the oath of office, officially kicking off the new, two-year legislative session. And while last November’s general election is squarely in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean the coming weeks and months are going […]

GOP warns members against accepting deals from Dems ahead of House speaker vote

BY: - January 2, 2023

Democrats did not confirm or deny whether they had made any offers to Republican members.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

The four political storylines that defined 2022 | Analysis

BY: - December 26, 2022

From the fight over abortion rights to nationally watched campaigns, these are the stories that set the tone for the year.


Who’s taking the ‘special’ out of Pa.’s special elections? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - December 24, 2022

Pa. House Democrats and Republicans are fighting in court over who gets to call special elections for three vacant seats.


The best — and worst of times — a tale of two Pa. transitions | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - December 22, 2022

The transition of power in the executive branch appears to be going off without a hitch. In the state House? Not so much.


Cutler’s power-grab on special elections disenfranchises W. Pa. voters. Here’s why | Marc Stier

BY: - December 19, 2022

The GOP wants to cling to the majority as long as it can to ram through a constitutional amendment attacking abortion rights.

House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks to reporters beside a map of three vacant Allegheny County legislative districts that will be the subjects of special elections next year. (Capitol-Star photo by Peter Hall)

House Republicans call for special elections in Democratic strongholds on primary day

BY: - December 15, 2022

In the battle over special elections that will decide control of the state House, Republicans said they should be delayed until May.

Cutler takes oath as House Republican Leader days after Dems declare control of special elections

BY: - December 12, 2022

Cutler was sworn in as House Republican leader days after Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton declared control of special elections.


The fight over control of the Pa. House is Harrisburg high-stakes lunacy at its worst

BY: - December 12, 2022

Democrats likely will control the House next session. The real fight is over the 'what' that occurs before the seemingly inevitable happens.

Legislative agency says Democrats lack a majority in the Pa. House

BY: - December 9, 2022

House GOP leader Bryan Cutler's office sought an opinion from the Legislative Reference Bureau.

With no majority in the Pa. House, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over who calls the shots

BY: - December 1, 2022

(This story was updated at 10:56 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.) Foreshadowing contentious times to come, Democrats and Republicans in the evenly-divided state House sparred Thursday over who has the power to call a special election for a vacant seat in western Pennsylvania. Caucus leaders took umbrage at each others’ positions on the unusual circumstances […]