Katie Meyer

Capitol Bureau Chief

Katie Meyer is WITF’s Capitol bureau chief, and she covers all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she won several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies. Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's seen some big spending in its political races this election cycle.

Its US Senate race is the most expensive in the country, out-of-state money has poured into its Attorney General race, and millions have been sunk into presidential ads around the commonwealth.

But there's only one contest where the amount of money involved is in the hundred billions: state Treasurer.

The winner of that office will manage all of Pennsylvania's assets and investments, contend with the commonwealth's debts, and inherit an office marked by corruption.

Toomey and McGinty at debate
AP Photo / Matt Rourke

GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty met in Philadelphia Monday night for a second and final debate.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, the candidates in the country’s most expensive US Senate race are within two points of one another in an average of recent polls.

Tension between the two was high onstage at Temple University.

Amish in front of trucks full of hay.
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With Election Day less than two months away, the Trump campaign is doubling down its efforts in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is on the short list of states the Republican has to win in order to clinch the election.

Trump’s currently lagging in state polls, though the margin may be shrinking. But his campaign is hoping turning out more people who don’t vote regularly may help him out.

One pro-Trump PAC is taking that idea to the extreme. It’s targeting a voting group that doesn’t even use the internet—the Amish.

So, who are these voters?

Gov. Tom Wolf
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Governor Tom Wolf is saying he thinks more can be done to cut down on marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania.

In an interview on WITF’s Smart Talk, Wolf said in some municipalities, decriminalization is already underway. He noted that prosecutors are using their discretion to downgrade punishments for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

However, the governor said more “systematic” action still needs to be taken.

head shots of John Rafferty and Josh Shapiro
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It’s been a bumpy few weeks for leadership in the state Attorney General’s office.

Kathleen Kane resigned, and her first deputy Bruce Castor has taken over. But Governor Tom Wolf has nominated his inspector general to the position.

The candidates for the November AG election are taking pains to distance themselves from the tumult.

Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican John Rafferty both independently called the Kane scandal a “sad chapter” for the state.

A proposed bill is looking to change how Pennsylvania draws its legislative and congressional districts

The bill’s sponsor, Monroe County Republican David Parker said the measure would cut down on gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is prevalent in Pennsylvania—it’s when legislative maps are drawn to benefit a political party.

Parker said the ultimate results don’t benefit constituents.

“When these districts become so large and kind of snake around and are odd shapes, it’s difficult for them to truly represent everybody in the whole district,” he said.

Kathleen Kane with police officers
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A day after a jury convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane on all nine criminal counts, she says she’s resigning. Tomorrow is set to be Kane’s last day in office.

Kane’s charges include felony perjury, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

Kane’s defense lawyers are vowing to appeal. But she’s not sticking around the AG’s office while it happens.

Kane announced the resignation this afternoon, saying, “I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days.”

Katie McGinty and Pat Toomey
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With less than 100 days until Election Day, a new poll is showing the Pennsylvania US Senate race is neck and neck.

The poll, which was released publicly Thursday morning by Franklin and Marshall College, has Democratic challenger Katie McGinty leading GOP incumbent Pat Toomey by a hair.

She has a one-point lead over Toomey among likely voters, but an eight point lead among registered voters.

Poll Director and professor at Franklin and Marshall, Terry Madonna, said the presidential election is having an outsize impact on the Senate race.