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The Vast Majority of Pa. Legislative Races Will Effectively Be Decided During the Primary

The Vast Majority of Pa. Legislative Races Will Effectively Be Decided During the Primary

Pennsylvania’s 2024 state House and Senate races will be decided by just a sliver of the voting population, thanks to closed primaries and non-competitive districts.
Missing Voting Machine Documents Raise Concern About Pa. County’s Testing Processes

Missing Voting Machine Documents Raise Concern About Pa. County’s Testing Processes

An investigation by Votebeat and Spotlight PA shows Northampton County had incomplete, disorganized, and inconsistent records from its 2023 voting machine testing. Is legislation needed?
Great Pa News Quiz: 2024 Primary Questions, January 6 Charges, and Biden Tariffs

Great Pa News Quiz: 2024 Primary Questions, January 6 Charges, and Biden Tariffs

In this week’s quiz: Questions for 2024 primary voters, Biden’s steel stance, and the Pennsylvania origins of the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 6 case.
Pa. Primary Election 2024: How to Vote, Where to Vote, and Everything You Need to Know for April 23

Pa. Primary Election 2024: How to Vote, Where to Vote, and Everything You Need to Know for April 23

On April 23, Pennsylvanians will cast their votes for president, U.S. Senate, attorney general, and more.
Pa. Election 2024: What the Latest Fundraising Reports Tell Us About the Attorney General Race

Pa. Election 2024: What the Latest Fundraising Reports Tell Us About the Attorney General Race

The five Democrats running to be Pennsylvania’s attorney general raised almost $1.2 million ahead of the April 23 primary, while the GOP establishment continued its support for one candidate.
Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024 Budget Pitch Draws on Lessons from Curdled Fairlife Bid

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024 Budget Pitch Draws on Lessons from Curdled Fairlife Bid

Shapiro’s budget proposal invests in agricultural development and aims to address shortcomings that lost Pennsylvania a deal with a major milk brand looking to build a facility.
Elections 101: How Pa. Secures Mail Ballots, Prevents Fraud, and More

Elections 101: How Pa. Secures Mail Ballots, Prevents Fraud, and More

Learn how Pennsylvania verifies the identities of people who want to vote by mail, ensures that ballots are secure, and more.
Penn State Increases Transparency into Misconduct Reports. Here’s What the Data Say.

Penn State Increases Transparency into Misconduct Reports. Here’s What the Data Say.

Bias and human resources issues were the most common misconduct reports Penn State received in January and February 2024. The data offer the first public look into the ethics office in years.
Great Pa News Quiz: Next Eclipse, 2024 Protest Votes, and a “Big Oil” Lawsuit

Great Pa News Quiz: Next Eclipse, 2024 Protest Votes, and a “Big Oil” Lawsuit

In this week’s quiz: Earthquaker state, Pennsylvania’s next total eclipse, a rare climate change lawsuit, and Biden’s home-state protest vote.
Pa. Election 2024: A Guide to Vetting Primary Legislative Candidates

Pa. Election 2024: A Guide to Vetting Primary Legislative Candidates

The entire Pennsylvania House and half of the state Senate will be on the ballot in 2024. Learn more about how to research the candidates.
Voting Rights Groups Appeal Ruling That Directs Pa. to Reject Undated Mail Ballots

Voting Rights Groups Appeal Ruling That Directs Pa. to Reject Undated Mail Ballots

Groups including the NAACP want the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on the issue. A decision is not expected before the April 23 primary.
Why Independents Can’t Vote in the 2024 Pa. Primary, and the Slow-Moving Push to Change That

Why Independents Can’t Vote in the 2024 Pa. Primary, and the Slow-Moving Push to Change That

More than 1.3 million people in Pennsylvania can’t vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries on April 23. A campaign to change that is moving slowly.
INTERACTIVE: See Which Pa. Attorney General Candidate Is Right for You

INTERACTIVE: See Which Pa. Attorney General Candidate Is Right for You

Use Spotlight PA’s interactive tool to see which candidates for attorney general most closely align with what matters to you.
Opioid Settlement Cash a Boon to Pa. Prosecutors but Public Defenders Are Being Turned Away

Opioid Settlement Cash a Boon to Pa. Prosecutors but Public Defenders Are Being Turned Away

County district attorneys are in line for millions of dollars, but under-resourced public defenders say they’ve been sidelined.
Partisan Primaries Are Fueling Our Political Dysfunction but They Can Be Fixed, New Book Says

Partisan Primaries Are Fueling Our Political Dysfunction but They Can Be Fixed, New Book Says

Join Spotlight PA at 6 p.m. April 19 for a live virtual interview with Nick Troiano, author of the new book, “The Primary Solution.”
Penn State Trustee Scolded for Making ‘Spectacle’ in Push to Name Football Field after Joe Paterno

Penn State Trustee Scolded for Making ‘Spectacle’ in Push to Name Football Field after Joe Paterno

Board leadership suggested in a letter to Trustee Anthony Lubrano that the proposal should have been deliberated during a private executive session — a move that would likely have been inconsistent with Pennsylvania’s open meetings law.
Some Pa. Municipalities Are Turning to Fees to Cover Rising Stormwater Costs, but Pushback and a Lawsuit Threaten That Revenue

Some Pa. Municipalities Are Turning to Fees to Cover Rising Stormwater Costs, but Pushback and a Lawsuit Threaten That Revenue

Stormwater fees have helped dozens of local governments pay for necessary infrastructure improvements. But the fees also raise questions about whether the bill is being distributed fairly.
Great Pa News Quiz: Eclipse Voters, ‘Trump Airport,’ and Third-Party Hurdles

Great Pa News Quiz: Eclipse Voters, ‘Trump Airport,’ and Third-Party Hurdles

In this week’s quiz: Eclipse impacts, ‘Trump International Airport,’ 2024 ballot access, and stalled social media crackdowns.
Pa. Election 2024: Everything You Need to Know About Requesting, Filling Out, and Returning Your Mail Ballot

Pa. Election 2024: Everything You Need to Know About Requesting, Filling Out, and Returning Your Mail Ballot

Pennsylvania has universal no-excuse mail voting. Here’s everything you need to know about the process ahead of the April 23 election.
Why Pa.’s Efforts to Regulate Social Media Companies Have Failed So Far

Why Pa.’s Efforts to Regulate Social Media Companies Have Failed So Far

Bills that would ban TikTok and regulate kids’ social media accounts have been debated in Pennsylvania, but lawmakers haven’t found a consensus.
The Forward Party Wants to Be on Pa.’s 2024 General Election Ballot. It Must Overcome Several Hurdles.

The Forward Party Wants to Be on Pa.’s 2024 General Election Ballot. It Must Overcome Several Hurdles.

The Forward Party wants to run candidates for attorney general and treasurer in 2024, but it first must get thousands of signatures and survive probable court challenges.
Pa. Election 2024: A Complete Guide to Who Is on the Primary Ballot, When to Vote, How to Vote, Where to Vote, Casting Mail Ballots & More

Pa. Election 2024: A Complete Guide to Who Is on the Primary Ballot, When to Vote, How to Vote, Where to Vote, Casting Mail Ballots & More

Pennsylvanians will see candidates for statewide races including attorney general, as well as U.S. Senate, and more on the April 23 primary election ballot.
Recount Petitions Could Impede Pa.’s Efforts to Certify 2024 Election by New Federal Deadline

Recount Petitions Could Impede Pa.’s Efforts to Certify 2024 Election by New Federal Deadline

After the 2022 election, more than 100 recount petitions were filed around Pennsylvania, delaying certification. Could that happen again in 2024?
Elections 101: What to Know About Poll Watchers, and What They Can and Can’t Do in Pennsylvania

Elections 101: What to Know About Poll Watchers, and What They Can and Can’t Do in Pennsylvania

Poll watchers in Pennsylvania are appointed by candidates and political parties to observe the voting process. Since 2020, their work has become increasingly politicized.
‘Dark Money’ Groups Would Be Forced to Disclose How They Spend on Pa.’s Elections Under Advancing Bill

‘Dark Money’ Groups Would Be Forced to Disclose How They Spend on Pa.’s Elections Under Advancing Bill

Two bills would make small changes to the state’s notoriously lax campaign finance laws, which put no limit on the amount of money donors can give candidates and political committees.
Outside Group Hires Pricey Design Firm to Refurbish Pa. Governor’s Residence but Declines to Reveal Donors, Costs

Outside Group Hires Pricey Design Firm to Refurbish Pa. Governor’s Residence but Declines to Reveal Donors, Costs

A New York City design firm has been hired to refurbish the public areas of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence, but no one will say who is managing the project, raising money for it, or exactly who is paying for it.
GET THE RECORDS: How We’re Tracking More Than $100M in Opioid Settlement Money in Pa.

GET THE RECORDS: How We’re Tracking More Than $100M in Opioid Settlement Money in Pa.

Spotlight PA and WESA are requesting opioid settlement spending reports from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania to provide transparency into the process.
Great Pa News Quiz: March Madness Moment, Biden’s U.S. Steel Warning, and a ‘Sanctuary’ City

Great Pa News Quiz: March Madness Moment, Biden’s U.S. Steel Warning, and a ‘Sanctuary’ City

In this week’s quiz: President Joe Biden’s steel deal opposition, Pennsylvania’s March Madness moment, and a city’s “sanctuary” policy makes headlines.
Pa. Election 2024: How Much the Democratic and Republican Attorney General Candidates Have Raised

Pa. Election 2024: How Much the Democratic and Republican Attorney General Candidates Have Raised

The Republican attorney general candidate who received his party’s nod has a small fundraising advantage over his opponent, while Democratic donors have yet to coalesce around one of the five candidates.
Pa. Election 2024: a Complete Guide to the Primary Candidates for Attorney General

Pa. Election 2024: a Complete Guide to the Primary Candidates for Attorney General

Five Democrats and two Republicans are running for their party’s nomination and will appear on the April 23 primary ballot.
What a Proposed Performance-Based Funding Model Could Mean for Penn State, Other State-Related Universities

What a Proposed Performance-Based Funding Model Could Mean for Penn State, Other State-Related Universities

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro has proposed creating a predictable funding formula and boosting state support by 5% for the state-related universities — Lincoln University, Penn State University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Gov. Josh Shapiro Wants to Spend $80M to Attack Pennsylvania’s Housing Crisis. Here’s How.

Gov. Josh Shapiro Wants to Spend $80M to Attack Pennsylvania’s Housing Crisis. Here’s How.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Housing is often considered a local issue, but there is a growing consensus in Harrisburg that state-level action is necessary to combat Pennsylvania’s persistent shortages and rising costs.