Sam Dunklau

Sam is a Public Affairs Reporting intern for spring 2018, working out the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf pointed to a “deliberate disinformation campaign” by Pennsylvania’s state and federal lawmakers as a partial cause for Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump that temporarily disrupted the certification of the nation’s electoral college votes and resulted in at least one death.

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As Joe Biden was declared the winner of Pennsylvania and the presidency, and President Donald Trump began issuing a sustained string of tweets falsely declaring himself the true victor in the election, Republicans in Pennsylvania had to quickly decide how to react.

Some responses, such as from U.S. Sen Pat Toomey, have been fairly boilerplate, saying lawsuits and inquiries into the election results should be allowed to play out.

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Erie County has been described as crucial for either presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania.



The question over whether to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the upcoming election looms large for both of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators.

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The Wolf administration is renewing its call for the Republican-controlled state legislature to legalize recreational marijuana.

At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman both pitched the idea as a way of shoring up revenue, creating jobs, and enacting criminal justice reform.

Drive down any U.S. interstate and there's a good chance you will see a pun or a funny reference on the next electronic message board you spot. Such messages have become ubiquitous across the country lately.

But besides getting a snicker, what's behind these roadside bits, and are they making drivers behave differently?