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A political shakeup could be in store for Pa. state lawmakers under new map proposals

Democrats could have the upper hand if proposals for state House and Senate maps hold after changes and potential court scrutiny.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY and Sam Dunklau

Updated: December 9, 2021 | 1:44 pm

Pa. Senate election probe contract doesn’t say if the public will see the results, among other things

The $275,250 contract is revealing more details about the Republican-led probe, which is taking place without evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities.

By Sam Dunklau

State redistricting panel is now on deadline to draft its first map

“Now that the five-member LRC has usable Census data, it has three months to submit its first map.”

By Sam Dunklau

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Updated: September 20, 2021 | 11:33 am

Elections, emergency powers, and mapmaking among the items on Pa. lawmakers’ fall to-do list

As they reconvene on Monday, state lawmakers are expected to focus on redistricting, re-upping a flood disaster declaration, and restricting emergency powers of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries.

By Sam Dunklau

Proposal giving more time to sue over childhood sexual abuse to get second chance in Harrisburg

Lawmakers may begin re-considering the measure as early as Monday. It’s likely to come before voters as an emergency constitutional amendment.

By Sam Dunklau

Bills to end choke holds, require use-of-force policies could get Pa. Senate vote this week

Both House and Senate committees have advanced police reform legislation since nationwide protests began
By Benjamin Pontz

Clash between Gov. Wolf and GOP legislature hinges on different understandings of power under the Pa. Constitution

What the governor's powers are and how they interact with those of the legislature are complex questions, and, to some extent, the answers depend upon whom you ask.
By Benjamin Pontz

Gov. Wolf wants the power to declare a public health emergency

Measure creating specific emergency declaration has twice passed Senate
By Ed Mahon

The last Costa standing draws a political challenger of his own

Bill Brittain said he is frustrated by the slow pace of change in Harrisburg and within the Democratic Party.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Citing Spotlight PA/Caucus probe, top lawmaker pushes limits on campaign donations, stricter disclosure rules

Sen. Jay Costa is pushing sweeping campaign finance reforms that would set limits on political contributions, increase transparency and ban candidates from using campaign cash for personal benefit -- issues at the heart of a yearlong investigation published this week by The Caucus and Spotlight PA.
By Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA
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