How Pa.’s Supreme Court moved left, and what it means for the GOP

BY: - August 9, 2019

(*Updated: This story was corrected at 11:50 a.m. to correct the spelling of David Senoff’s name.) It’s been nine years since Pennsylvania Democrats last controlled a chamber of the General Assembly. With Gov. Tom Wolf’s election in 2014, the party regained its grip over the executive branch. In his four years in office, Wolf has […]

Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale

BY: - July 11, 2019

The 27-year-old from Hershey has never run for office before. So he's going big out of the gate.

How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight

BY: - June 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts have no role to play in adjudicating accusations that political boundaries were drawn for partisan purposes.  That 5-4 decision will have no impact on Pennsylvania’s congressional map, which was redrawn as the result of a state Supreme Court gerrymandering decision in 2018. The new map […]

Census 2020: Why some Pa. lawmakers say the state’s inmates should be counted at home, rather than in prison

BY: - May 23, 2019

In the lead up to 2020 census, General Assembly lawmakers have their eyes on a small but potentially important change to state law — counting incarcerated people at their homes, not at the prisons where they're serving their time.

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, addresses the Senate State Government Committee.

‘We have to give it a shot’: Redistricting bill passes Senate committee, as reformers call for more work

BY: - April 10, 2019

A bill that would change the way Pennsylvania draws its political maps got the support of a Senate committee Tuesday, even though lawmakers and activists alike still think it needs some work.

Have an opinion about gerrymandering and redistricting? Sound off at these public meetings

BY: - March 20, 2019

It’s not a 67-county tour, but the public will have an opportunity to sound off on how Pennsylvania should draw its political boundaries at meetings across the state. Through an executive order, Gov. Tom Wolf in November created a 15-member commission that will study redistricting and make recommendations to the Legislature. Republican lawmakers were not […]

To build ‘civic muscle,’ this group is giving out cash for citizen-drawn congressional maps

BY: - February 6, 2019

Three dozen Pennsylvanians walked out of the Capitol Wednesday with a nice chunk of change, all for drawing maps. The winners, divided by age and region, had participated in a political cartography contest run by Draw the Lines PA, a nonpartisan civic education group that asks commonwealth citizens to make their own congressional maps online. […]

This powerful Capitol committee has a new chair. He’s not Daryl Metcalfe 2.0

BY: - February 5, 2019

Colleagues expect new House State Government Chair Garth Everett will bring decorum and cooperation to Metcalfe’s old committee