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Rural Pa. county says it will not willingly hand over election materials for 2020 audit

BY: - July 14, 2021

A rural Republican county in north-central Pennsylvania decided Tuesday night to reject a Republican state senator’s request for the county’s voting machines, ballots, and other election materials in connection with his planned audit of the 2020 election. Tioga County’s solicitor said that a legal directive from the Department of State issued last week blocks the […]

Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections

BY: , and - July 7, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.

$40B Pa. budget revealed in Harrisburg; saves $5B in federal aid for future

BY: , and - June 25, 2021

Republican leaders indicated that Wolf has agreed to the proposal. A spokesperson for Wolf did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

COMMENTARY

Wolf must veto these bills defanging Pa.’s power to fight climate change | Opinion

BY: - June 22, 2021

While the rest of the world embraces action and common sense, Pennsylvania cannot afford to fall further behind.

With new amendment strategy, Pa. GOP could target voter ID, mail-in ballots

BY: - June 20, 2021

Nowhere is this newfound love of permanent changes to the commonwealth’s governing document clearer than in the fight over Pennsylvania’s election law. 

Pa. election audit a ‘very real possibility,’ top Pa. Senate Republican says after meeting activists

BY: - June 17, 2021

Senate State Government Committee Chairman Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill, told the Capital-Star that he was considering subpoenas for ballot information, but had not considered which jurisdictions would be subpoenaed yet.

Trump pressures Pa. Senate GOP to approve legislative audit of 2020 election

BY: - June 4, 2021

*This story was updated at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, 6/4/21,with a response from Senate President Pro-Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and at 5:55 p.m. with a statement from Senate State Government Committee Chairman David Argall, R-Schuylkill.  Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday backing a legislative audit of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania. Trump celebrated […]

Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit

BY: and - June 2, 2021

According to a press release from Mastriano, no taxpayer money was used on the trip.

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.

Answering calls for transparency, Senate committee holds first public hearing on redistricting

BY: - May 26, 2021

After the first public hearing on congressional redistricting, Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, said he felt like a student again.

‘Do your job’: Abuse survivors call on Senate to pass stalled lawsuit reform bill

BY: - May 24, 2021

(*This story was updated at 11:24 a.m. on Tuesday, 5/25/21 to clarify the role of Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office and its interactions with Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward’s staff) Cindy Leech’s voice broke, then it broke again, as she talked about the lives ruined, and the lives lost, to childhood sexual abuse — including […]

There are no plans for them, but Pa. Senate panel approves bill banning vaccine ‘passports’

BY: - May 24, 2021

Vaccine passports currently exist in New York; they prove an individual received their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.