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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. 

COMMENTARY

As goes Cumberland County, so goes Pennsylvania? Maybe | Mark O’Keefe

By: - November 18, 2022

The commonwealth’s fastest growing county is a microcosm of broader changes in the electorate.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman campaigns in Bristol, Pa.., on Sunday, 10/9/22 (Capital-Star photo by Nick Field)

The GOP attack ads over pardons in the Senate race? Mark Singel has seen it before | Mark O’Keefe

By: - October 27, 2022

'It was garbage then and it's garbage now,' the Democratic former lieutenant governor said.

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

New Pa. poll points to trouble for Republicans on abortion | Mark O’Keefe

By: - September 9, 2022

A telltale shift in voter preference in bellwether northwestern Pennsylvania highlights the risk of GOP overreach.

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A lead if they can keep it. Polls put Dems Fetterman, Shapiro on top for now | Mark O’Keefe

By: - August 11, 2022

It's a long time until Election Day. Much can change -- and likely will.

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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.