Campaign committees raise record $35.4 million to spend on Pa. Legislature in 2020 election

BY: - October 30, 2020

Democratic and Republican campaign committees are smashing records as they vie for control of the Pennsylvania General Assembly this year.

A W. Pa. lawmaker asks for forgiveness at the ballot box, as voters wonder who they can trust

BY: - October 21, 2020

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, a Republican rocked by scandal, hopes voters will give him a second chance. A Democrat and independent have stepped up as alternatives.

As Democrats aim to flip the House, a top lawmaker took $600K from school choice donor trying to stop them

BY: - October 14, 2020

The No. 2 Democrat in the Pennsylvania House has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations from a group that’s funded at least $3.5 million in ads targeting vulnerable Democratic colleagues in an election in which control of the chamber is seen as up for grabs. House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, raked […]

These pro-transgender rights candidates are running for office in red districts. Can they win?

BY: - September 20, 2020

(*This story was updated at 1:11 p.m. on 9/20/20 to note that Janelle Crossley would be Pennsylvania’s first transgender woman elected official if she wins in November.) As she prepared to announce her candidacy for state House, Janelle Crossley was debating with herself — should she reveal she is transgender? On the one hand, Crossley […]

Ahead of primary, taxpayers bankroll questionable COVID ads

BY: - May 12, 2020

Democrats defended the posts, saying “this is simply how a modern legislature strives to connect with real people in their daily lives,”

Republicans claim sweep of three House specials in midst of coronavirus outbreak

BY: - March 17, 2020

Republicans claimed a sweep in three state House special elections Tuesday, keeping the partisan balance of the lower chamber intact, and dashing Democratic hopes of a strong night. The wins came across the commonwealth, from suburban Philadelphia to old milltowns south of Pittsburgh to a rural district in western Pennsylvania, and left the GOP confident […]

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an ‘extremist,’ and challenger Timko, a ‘clown,’ face off in intra-party brawl

BY: - February 21, 2020

A messy primary fight between a former Congressional hopeful and an arch-conservative Harrisburg veteran is brewing north of Pittsburgh.

Pa. Rep. Matt Gabler retires after 11 years in Harrisburg

BY: - January 23, 2020

Gabler is one of 11 House Republicans to announce their retirement, and was the 15th total when he announced on Wednesday.

From school choice to liquor privatization, how the Pa. House will change with Mike Turzai’s exit

BY: - January 23, 2020

Ending a week of speculation, House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Thursday he is retiring from the Pennsylvania House.

Schuylkill County’s Tobash announces retirement from state House

BY: - January 21, 2020

Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill, is the latest lawmaker to announce their retirement. He served five terms in the House.

Kortz announces retirement, 13th House lawmaker leaving in 2020

BY: - January 21, 2020

Rep. Bill Kortz, who’s represented the 38th House District south of Pittsburgh since 2007, said in a statement that deciding against running for a seventh term “wasn’t easy,” but “it’s now time for me to take care of my health and step aside for future leaders of this great district."

Suburban Philly Republican Rep. Tom Murt not running for reelection

BY: - January 20, 2020

The now open 152nd House District seat includes Hatboro and Lower and Upper Moreland Townships in Montgomery County, as well as part of Bustleton in Philadelphia.