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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, photo, a canvas observer photographs Lehigh County provisional ballots as vote counting in the general election continues in Allentown, Pa. President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits across six battleground states this month as he tried to upend the 2020 election. Judges uniformly rejected his claims of vote fraud. The latest case ended Saturday, Nov. 21, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani presented only ‘speculative accusations’ that brought to mind ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.'  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

Nov. 28, 2020 8:22 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground...

Judge halts further vote certification; Gov. Wolf appeals

Nov. 25, 2020 5:59 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results, a day after Gov. Tom Wolf said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. Wolf's administration...

Wolf vetoes bills on firearms during emergency, gas drilling

Nov. 25, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed bills on firearms during the pandemic or other emergencies and about the regulation and plugging of conventional oil and gas wells. All three bills had passed the politically split General Assembly with mostly Republican support and mostly Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 25, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Last call at bars this Thanksgiving eve will be at 5 because of COVID-19 surge. ICUs are filling. Things didn’t have to be this bad. LNP Nov. 25 “Amid COVID-19 case surges unseen in the pandemic’s...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting at The Queen theater Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden certified as winner of Pennsylvania presidential vote

Nov. 24, 2020 11:55 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of...

Pennsylvania governor: Democrat Joe Biden certified as winner of presidential election in state

Nov. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania governor: Democrat Joe Biden certified as winner of presidential election in state.
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo an observer watches as Luzerne County workers canvas ballots that arrived after closing of voting until Friday at 5p.m. and postmarked by Nov. 3, as vote counting in the general election continues in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. resident Donald Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits across six battleground states this month as he tried to upend the 2020 election. Judges uniformly rejected his claims of vote fraud. The latest case ended Saturday, Nov. 21, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani presented only ‘speculative accusations’ that brought to mind ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.' (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

County by county, Pennsylvania officials report vote results

Nov. 23, 2020 4:40 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — County election boards across Pennsylvania faced a deadline Monday to certify election results to the Department of State, an important milestone in the tabulation of votes for the presidential contest and other races. A Department of State spokesperson declined to say which counties...

Wolf shuts bars on Thanksgiving eve to fight COVID-19 spread

Nov. 23, 2020 3:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Last call for Pennsylvania bars will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to cut COVID-19 transmission during what is normally a night of heavy public drinking, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Wolf also imposed new crowd size limits of 500 people indoors and 2,500 outdoors and vowed...

The United States Courthouse is seen, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Williamsport, Pa. A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday at the courthouse after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Nov. 21, 2020 9:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge issued a scathing order Saturday dismissing the Trump campaign's futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots. The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe...

Suit challenges expansion of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

Nov. 21, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly is leading a suit filed Saturday in Pennsylvania challenging the use of mail-in ballots predominately cast by Democrats in lifting Joe Biden to victory in the presidential race in the state and seeking to block certification of the election results. The lawsuit was filed in the...