Opinion contributor Mark O'Keefe, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the former editorial page editor of the Herald-Standard of Uniontown. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star's Commentary Page.
As goes Cumberland County, so goes Pennsylvania? Maybe | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - November 18, 2022
The commonwealth’s fastest growing county is a microcosm of broader changes in the electorate.
The GOP attack ads over pardons in the Senate race? Mark Singel has seen it before | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - October 27, 2022
'It was garbage then and it's garbage now,' the Democratic former lieutenant governor said.
New Pa. poll points to trouble for Republicans on abortion | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - September 9, 2022
A telltale shift in voter preference in bellwether northwestern Pennsylvania highlights the risk of GOP overreach.
A lead if they can keep it. Polls put Dems Fetterman, Shapiro on top for now | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - August 11, 2022
It's a long time until Election Day. Much can change -- and likely will.
Will the Jan. 6 hearings turn the tide against Trump backers Oz, Mastriano? | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - June 23, 2022
The revelations add more drama and intrigue to the races, which already have seen more twists and turns than a Netflix political thriller
Trump’s election lies are truth for far too many 2022 GOP hopefuls | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - May 12, 2022
Will Republicans ever come to their senses and admit that were wrong about Trump? Probably not.
Democrats can win on the issues. But they need to sell them | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - April 17, 2022
Gov. Tom Wolf's sagging approval ratings must be troubling to Democrat Josh Shapiro, who's looking to succeed him.
Will Pa. ever get serious about property tax reform? | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - March 23, 2022
Rep. Frank Ryan wants to tax retirement income. It's a good idea, which means it'll never happen.
In his final budget, Wolf drops his State Police fee. But the problem remains | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - February 28, 2022
While the state won't see the revenue from the fees, it will also put an end to any conversations about how the state police could be used more efficiently.
What the 2021 judicial races tell us about 2022 and beyond | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - December 2, 2021
No party has won three, consecutive terms for governor since they were allowed to run for re-election in 1972
Will Pa. lawmakers finally pass real lobbying reform and a gift ban? | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - November 7, 2021
The calendar is tight -- but lawmakers can get it done with some actual political will.
The House GOP’s silence on police radar bill isn’t just deafening, it’s deadly | Mark O’Keefe
By: Mark OKeefe - October 13, 2021
The measure hasn't come up for a vote before the state House of Representatives, and one doesn't seem likely, at least for this year.