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Thompson has covered state government for The Patriot since 1999. Prior to that, he had covered various Cumberland County municipalities and school districts. Thompson lives in Carlisle with his wife, Beth, and their two children.

Latest by Charles Thompson/PennLive

Wanda Williams overcomes Eric Papenfuse’s write-in challenge; scores win in Harrisburg mayor’s race

She will become the city’s second Black mayor and just the second woman to hold the position.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Homeless vets housing project in Harrisburg takes title to land, plans for capital campaign

Organizers of a tiny homes project designed to help homeless veterans have taken title to the donated ground for their project.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Greens fees: How taxpayer dollars are helping lure U.S. Opens and other national golf tournaments to Pa.

Legislative leaders and the Wolf administration have dangled the promise of millions of dollars of future economic assistance to the USGA and/or its partners to help make the magic happen.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Stalemate breaks on mixed drinks to go for Pennsylvania bars and restaurants

The state House passed a stripped down version of a bill that dropped broader liquor privatization efforts and moved the drinks-to-go effort back to the state Senate for final adoption.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Wanda Williams wins Democratic primary in Harrisburg mayor’s race, Papenfuse concedes

Williams has earned the right to campaign this fall to become the city’s second Black and second female mayor.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Fear of law changes keep gun sales soaring in Pennsylvania

In the first quarter of 2021, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System completed 427,450 background checks. That’s up 40.2 percent from January through March 2020.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

As Pa. budget shows, the governor is from Venus, the Legislature is from Mars

In Pennsylvania, no Democratic governor has had even one chamber of the Legislature in his corner since 2010.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive and Jan Murphy/PennLive