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Pennsylvania Senate picks first woman as top-ranking member

Kim Ward, the GOP’s majority leader of Pennsylvania’s state Senate, will become the first woman to serve as the chamber’s highest-ranking member, Republicans said Tuesday.

By Sam Dunklau and The Associated Press

Kim Ward, Pa. Senate GOP, argue state legislatures should have sole power over elections

Lawyers for Pennsylvania Senate Republicans are weighing in on an election-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Sam Dunklau

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Pennsylvania Senate approves ban on private election funding grants and ending ballot drop boxes

The moves have their roots in Republican complaints about drop box security and past election funding from a group linked to Facebook.

By Sam Dunklau

Lawmakers stalemated on Pennsylvania congressional map, top senator says

“It just comes down to we can’t agree, the governor’s going to veto anything that’s not what he produced and the courts will end up drawing maps.”

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

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

Wolf targets ‘corrosive’ sexual violence at colleges, universities with package of bills

The group of four bills would, among other things, make sexual consent policies clearer and offer protective services to victimized students.

By Sam Dunklau

State budget deal inches closer to the finish line

As the details of the next annual spending plan are hammered out, education funding may be both a sticking point and a tool for aggrieved lawmakers.

By Sam Dunklau

Blame game begins over Pennsylvania’s slow vaccine rollout

Republicans are faulting the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania’s slow COVID-10 vaccine rollout even as Wolf himself says insufficient supply is the real culprit.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press and Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Senate want Congress to delay affirming Biden’s Electoral College win

Their concerns have been already litigated in court and rejected by judges, many of them Trump appointees.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA