An election guide, a prayer controversy and an ice cream trail: These are your Top 5 most-read stories of 2019

BY: - December 30, 2019

Thanks to the magic of web analytics, here are your Top Five most-read stories of 2019. Thanks for all your support this year. See you in 2020.

McCaffery, King win seats on Pa. Superior Court as Democrat Green-Hawkins concedes

BY: - November 13, 2019

Democratic Superior Court candidate Amanda Green-Hawkins officially conceded Wednesday, eight days after an election whose result led to a split decision to fill two judgeships on the busy appellate panel.  Green-Hawkins, a former United Steelworkers attorney and Allegheny County Councilor, came in a close third among four candidates to fill two open spots on the […]


Republicans remain tethered to toxic Trump | Dick Polman

BY: - November 11, 2019

Reality-based Republicans are well aware that they need to reconnect with educated white-collar suburban voters, especially women.

Republicans have a problem with suburban voters, Democrats have a problem with rural voters. Where does that leave Pa.’s balance of power?

BY: - November 8, 2019

As Democrats romped through the southeast on election night Tuesday — winning control of every county’s government from Allentown to Coatesville — a long foreseen but sudden reckoning came in coal fields and mill towns around Pittsburgh. Democratic county commissioner majorities holding on in three southwestern counties, once home to blue dog Democrats, were flipped […]


‘I don’t think anything’s gone forever’: How Gov. Tom Wolf thinks Dems can regain SWPA | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 8, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. This has to be a very weird time to be Gov. Tom Wolf. With the clock ticking ever closer to 2022, the term-limited, York County Democrat can only watch as his clout with the Republican-controlled Legislature slowly dissolves. But with the White House and Congress on the line in 2020, and […]

The last moderate standing?: Suburban Republicans look to life after Gene DiGirolamo

BY: - November 7, 2019

The ripples from Tuesday night’s Democratic sweep in the Philadelphia suburbs aren’t going to wait until next November to exert their influence on Harrisburg. One of the chamber’s last, and most stubbornly moderate Republican lawmakers, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, ran for, and won, a seat on Bucks County’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night.  He’ll be […]


Exclusive: Downplaying bleed in the west, Wolf donor memo pumps up the ‘burbs for 2020 | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 7, 2019

From a senior Wolf campaign official, a reminder that it's never too early to start planning ahead for 2020 and the prez campaign


The ‘burbs go blue and historic wins in Reading and Scranton — 3 takeaways from Election 2019 | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 6, 2019

Democrats captured control of the Delaware County Council for the first time since the Civil War. Canary, meet the 2020 coal mine.

Controversial victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law wins majority support; still faces court challenge

BY: - November 5, 2019

The amendment expanding rights for crime victims still faces a constitutional challenge that could end up before the Pa. Supreme Court

Democrats, Republicans each appear set to pick up one seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court

BY: - November 5, 2019

Megan McCarthy King, a Republican prosecutor from Chester County, and Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Daniel McCaffery, a Democrat,  won with 26.1 percent and 25.5 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial numbers from the Department of State.

At Philly eatery, Dems ‘Relish’ strategizing and socializing

BY: - November 5, 2019

Candidates and state and local leaders, including Gov. Tom Wolf, socialized and strategized at throughout the late morning and early afternoon over plates of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and other soul food favorites.

Election 2019: Read the Capital-Star’s live blog of the key races around Pa.

BY: and - November 5, 2019

There's no such thing as an off-year election. Stick with the Capital-Star for full coverage of the 2019 general election and campaigns statewide