Harrisburg

Stephanie Borowicz speaks with a constituent in Centre County while canvassing
Tyler Olson / WPSU

With Mike Hanna Sr.’s retirement, voters in the 76th state house district are about to choose a new representative for the first time since 1990. They’re faced with a choice between two very different candidates.

Hanna’s son, Mike Hanna Jr., ran unopposed in the 76th district’s Democratic primary. Stephanie Borowicz, a former teacher who lives in McElhattan and ran unsuccessfully against Hanna Sr. in 2016, passed through the Republican primary without a challenger.

Pennsylvania Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, one of the most prominent voices for reforming Pennsylvania's public defense system, in his office in Montgomery County.
Emma Lee / WHYY

If you hunt hard enough around Harrisburg, it is possible to find lawmakers who are on board with allocating state money for the public defense of the poor.

Possible, but not easy.

One of the most prominent voices on the issue is State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf. The 78-year-old lawmaker, whose Harrisburg tenure dates back nearly four decades, has an issue with Pennsylvania’s system of public defense that is rooted in the U.S. Constitution.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate is rejecting a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the number of its seats, but it's putting the onus back on the state House of Representatives to decide whether voters should get the question of shrinking it.

The Senate voted 42-7 on Thursday to send the measure back to the House after it stripped out a provision to reduce the Senate from 50 seats to 38.

Senator Lisa Boscola asks for support for her redistricting bill before the chamber's Appropriations Committee.
Katie Meyer / WITF

After more than a year of on-and-off negotiation, the state Senate has moved a congressional redistricting overhaul to the floor of the full chamber.

However, the compromise measure is expected to undergo significant changes before it heads to the House as soon as next week.

Cattle from EDN-RU Jerseys from Boalsburg, Pa.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

At the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, thousands gather to experience the landmark 100th Show. Featuring over 6,000 animals, it’s the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country.  

Mike McMurtrie of EDN-RU Jerseys in Boalsburg, PA says his family has been coming to the show for about 50 years. His son is now the one who raises the cattle on the farm. He’s hoping their animals do well this year.

He said, “Hey, just like everyone says, it’s the judge’s opinion that day. But, hey we rank ‘em high. Just like everybody else does.”