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Mark OKeefe

Mark OKeefe

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. 

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State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends the Senate Education Committee Hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Will the Jan. 6 hearings turn the tide against Trump backers Oz, Mastriano? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - 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

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Trump’s election lies are truth for far too many 2022 GOP hopefuls | Mark O’Keefe

By: - May 12, 2022

Will Republicans ever come to their senses and admit that were wrong about Trump? Probably not.

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Democrats can win on the issues. But they need to sell them | Mark O’Keefe

By: - April 17, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf's sagging approval ratings must be troubling to Democrat Josh Shapiro, who's looking to succeed him.

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Will Pa. ever get serious about property tax reform? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - March 23, 2022

Rep. Frank Ryan wants to tax retirement income. It's a good idea, which means it'll never happen.

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In his final budget, Wolf drops his State Police fee. But the problem remains | Mark O’Keefe

By: - 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.

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What the 2021 judicial races tell us about 2022 and beyond | Mark O’Keefe

By: - December 2, 2021

No party has won three, consecutive terms for governor since they were allowed to run for re-election in 1972

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Will Pa. lawmakers finally pass real lobbying reform and a gift ban? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - November 7, 2021

The calendar is tight -- but lawmakers can get it done with some actual political will.

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The House GOP’s silence on police radar bill isn’t just deafening, it’s deadly | Mark O’Keefe

By: - 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.

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The U.S. should unite like it did after 9/11 | Mark O’Keefe

By: - September 19, 2021

After what seemed like an eternity, I finally heard my son’s voice on the phone. “Are you OK?, “I asked him. “Yes,” Bryan said. “I’m fine. We’re all together in a conference room.” Then I heard some chaos in the background. “Dad, I can’t talk now. I have to go. They’re evacuating the capital,” said […]

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The Philly ‘burbs grew over the last decade. That’s a problem for the GOP | Mark O’Keefe

By: - September 5, 2021

New Census data must be a source consternation for Republican strategists who will have to overcome the state's changing landscape.

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I was a journalist from Coal Country. This is the Rich Trumka I knew | Mark O’Keefe

By: - August 15, 2021

Trumka never wavered in his commitment to improving the lives of American workers battling on behalf of American workers until the end of his life.

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Were Wolf’s budget season trades worth the price of a deal? Democrats may find out in 2022 | Mark O’Keefe

By: - July 5, 2021

Was Gov. Tom Wolf trying to put a good face on the $40.8 billion state budget recently passed by the General Assembly, calling it a “good budget?” While Wolf was happy the Legislature passed the budget ahead of the June 30 deadline; it contained none of the significant proposals he made during his budget address […]