Articles by: Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA

Acting Pa. Victim Advocate Resigns After Rejection by GOP-Led Senate

Acting Pa. Victim Advocate Resigns After Rejection by GOP-Led Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s chief advocate for crime victims announced Friday that she will resign her position, saying it was “untenable” to remain in the high-profile job amid a political feud with legislative Republicans. FULL ARTICLE
New Pa. GOP Leader Pushes Transparency Reforms Despite Party’s Past Reluctance, Obstruction

New Pa. GOP Leader Pushes Transparency Reforms Despite Party’s Past Reluctance, Obstruction

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In his first speech as top leader of the Pennsylvania Senate last week, Republican Sen. Jake Corman positioned himself as a reformer seeking to restore faith in government by greatly increasing transparency in the legislature and by elected lawmakers. FULL ARTICLE
As He Seeks to Overturn Pa.’s Election, Trump Invites GOP Senators to White House Lunch

As He Seeks to Overturn Pa.’s Election, Trump Invites GOP Senators to White House Lunch

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As he seeks to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results in the courts, President Donald Trump invited Republican members of the GOP-controlled state Senate to a Wednesday lunch at the White House. FULL ARTICLE
‘Mistakes Were Made’ at Maskless Election Hearing Held by COVID-Positive Lawmaker, Pa. Senate Leader Says

‘Mistakes Were Made’ at Maskless Election Hearing Held by COVID-Positive Lawmaker, Pa. Senate Leader Says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate acknowledged Wednesday “mistakes were made” and necessary coronavirus safety precautions were ignored during a controversial public hearing in Gettysburg last week on unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. FULL ARTICLE
Pa. Victim Advocate Claims Senate Rejection was ‘Vindictive,’ Could Remain on the Job for Weeks or Longer

Pa. Victim Advocate Claims Senate Rejection was ‘Vindictive,’ Could Remain on the Job for Weeks or Longer

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Despite a Senate vote denying her another six years in office, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm could remain on the job for weeks — and possibly longer. FULL ARTICLE
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Expedite Pa. Mail Ballot Case, but Could Still Intervene

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Expedite Pa. Mail Ballot Case, but Could Still Intervene

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an eleventh-hour plea by Pennsylvania Republicans to strike down a three-day extension for counties to accept mail ballots, but has left open the possibility that it will hear the case and that those votes might not ultimately be counted. FULL ARTICLE
Counties Cannot Reject Mail Ballots Because of Mismatched Signatures, Pa. Supreme Court Rules

Counties Cannot Reject Mail Ballots Because of Mismatched Signatures, Pa. Supreme Court Rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Counties cannot reject mail-in and absentee ballots if a voter’s signature on the outer envelope does not match what’s on file, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday, making drawn-out challenges on Election Day less likely. FULL ARTICLE
Pa. Could Become ‘Ground Zero’ for Court Battles on — and After — Election Day

Pa. Could Become ‘Ground Zero’ for Court Battles on — and After — Election Day

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the weeks leading up to November’s historic election, there has been one constant: lawsuits and court decisions that have shaped the way Pennsylvanians can cast ballots, and how their votes will be counted. FULL ARTICLE
Pa. Democratic State Senator Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

Pa. Democratic State Senator Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Democratic state Sen. Anthony Williams has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second Pennsylvania legislator to contract the virus. FULL ARTICLE
Prospects Dimming for Behind-the-Scenes Push to Expand Video Gaming in Pa.

Prospects Dimming for Behind-the-Scenes Push to Expand Video Gaming in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Despite intense lobbying in recent days, prospects are dimming for top Republican senators to push through a controversial proposal to vastly expand gambling in Pennsylvania before lawmakers leave the Capitol for a summer of campaigning. FULL ARTICLE