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

Despite population growth, minorities lost representation in redistricting | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 9, 2022

Pa. was among the states that bucked the trend. How did that happen?


A U.S. Supreme Court case could reverse 200 years of progress on voting rights | Opinion

BY: - December 8, 2022

The 'independent state legislature' doctrine could take power away from voters. Here's how.


How a U.S. Supreme Court case on redistricting will impact Pennsylvania | Opinion

BY: - November 19, 2022

At stake is our ability to shield ourselves from partisan gerrymandering, a onetime state House candidate writes.

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

What legislative races the Capital-Star is watching on Nov. 8

BY: and - October 23, 2022

Here’s a look at the legislative races the Capital-Star is watching in Pennsylvania ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.


How the U.S Supreme Court is poised to roll back decades of progress on racial equity | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2022

In an Alabama case, the Supreme Court could to finish off the Voting Rights Act, an action with disastrous consequences for communities of color across the nation.

Lancaster city councilors Izzy Smith-Wade-El and Janet Diaz are competing for a newly open district in Lancaster

More diverse candidates are on the ballot for Harrisburg in 2022, but Latinos are largely left out

BY: - April 24, 2022

This disconnect is particularly notable in Allentown, a majority-Latino city.

A Q+A with state Rep. Summer Lee: ‘I’ve learned that there’s a different way to do politics’

BY: - April 19, 2022

After shaking up Harrisburg, the Pittsburgh Democrat has her sights set on Congress in the May 17 primary.

Pennsylvania’s new legislative maps OK-ed by state Supreme Court

BY: - March 16, 2022

The 4-page order found that the new lines, approved in a bipartisan 4-1 vote last month, are constitutional.


Pa.’s new legislative maps are better, but not good enough | Opinion

BY: - March 9, 2022

By Mike Walsh Last month, the Legislative Reapportionment Committee (LRC) released final district maps for the state Senate and House. They’re now the subject of litigation. The new maps are a big improvement over the maps from 2012, which were gerrymandered to help the GOP. Unfortunately, the new maps have several significant flaws, and they […]

SCOTUS denies emergency injunction, kicks Pa. congressional map challenge back to lower court

BY: - March 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency request from a group of Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to block the commonwealth’s new congressional map. The one-page order issued Monday evening, instead keeps the case, whose plaintiffs include two GOP congressional hopefuls, in front of a panel of three U.S. district judges. The order did not note […]


Pa. U.S. Rep. Susan Wild’s redrawn 7th District seat is a ‘toss up’ for ’22 | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 7, 2022

The Lehigh Valley lawmaker is the most vulnerable member of the 'Fab Four' class of 2018, a new analysis suggests.

GOP appeals to SCOTUS to overturn new Pa. congressional map

BY: - February 28, 2022

A group of Pennsylvania voters, including two Republican congressional candidates, are asking for the U.S. Supreme Court to override the state Supreme Court’s choice for the commonwealth’s new congressional map.  Ending months of uncertainty, justices picked a map last week submitted by a national group aligned with the Democratic Party, and represented by Democratic attorney […]