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Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Sarah Anne Hughes is a deputy editor for Spotlight PA, helping oversee day-to-day news operations. She is a native Pennsylvanian who has helped lead newsrooms in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. She was previously associate editor of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star and a Report for America fellow with Billy Penn and The Incline covering the state legislature. Before returning to her home state, Sarah was managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor of DCist, and a reporter for The Washington Post. She is a 2019 National Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism, focusing on the decline of cash welfare for families in poverty.

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To avoid Wolf’s veto, Pa. GOP proposes giving voters final say on stricter ID rules, other election changes

By simultaneously pursuing legislative changes as well as a constitutional amendment, Republicans are presenting Gov. Tom Wolf with two options: negotiate or be cut out of the conversation completely.
By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Your questions about climbing COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania, answered

Spotlight PA held a free panel with health experts about what you need to know going into the fall. Here are the takeaways.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

How to get involved in Pennsylvania’s pivotal redistricting process

Redistricting will shape the balance of power in Washington and Harrisburg for years to come — and there are numerous ways for members of the public to have a say.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

4 takeaways from new Pa. census data and what it means for redistricting

The 5-member panel that draws new state House and Senate maps will have to consider how to evenly distribute Pennsylvania’s shifting population.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

The Pa. counties that lost and gained the most population in the last 10 years, ranked

Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that Pennsylvania’s population grew by 2.4% between 2010 and 2020.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Updated: July 23, 2021 | 12:26 pm

Nursing homes would provide more direct care to residents under proposed Pa. rule

The state currently requires nursing homes to provide residents with 2.7 hours of direct care each day, despite a much higher federal recommendation.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Pa. House GOP commits to public meetings, vows ‘most transparent’ congressional redistricting process ever

Rep. Seth Grove (R., York) said his committee will hold at least eight public meetings across the state and accept suggestions for the map through a new website.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Key Pennsylvania state senator backs Arizona-style election audit

State Sen. David Argall said he did not know why his constituents were so distrusting of the results, as former President Donald Trump and allies continue to falsely claim the election was stolen.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Wolf, Pa. Democrats again push for passage of LGBTQ discrimination protections

Similar legislation has failed to move out of Republican-controlled committees, and it’s unclear if this year will be any different.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Updated: June 10, 2021 | 5:20 pm

Legislature votes to immediately end Pa.’s coronavirus disaster declaration while keeping waivers in place

Republicans said terminating the emergency order was what Pennsylvanians demanded when they granted the legislative branch new powers during the May primary.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA
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