Mark O'Keefe

Mark O'Keefe

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. 


Poll workers are essential employees. We need to treat them that way | Mark O’Keefe

By: - August 20, 2020

Lawmakers need to come back early from their recess to pass changes to make it safer and easier to vote in November.


Biden is trying to have it both ways on fracking. That could cost him in Pa. | Mark O’Keefe

By: - August 5, 2020

Biden should get behind the grand jury report issued by Attorney General Josh Shapiro -- endearing him to progressives and pro-frackers alike.


One lawmaker’s lonely quest: How many restaurant liquor licenses are there in every Pa. county? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - July 22, 2020

(*This story was updated at 12:42 p.m., on 7/22/20 to correct the county that Rep. Frank Burns represents in the state House, and to correctly reflect the information that Burns is seeking from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.) Why? That’s the question being asked by Democratic state *Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, and his attorney, Terry […]


He was Black. The cop was white and in danger. All that mattered was saving him | Mark O’Keefe

By: - July 8, 2020

Daylan McLee has had some run-ins with the law in the past. But when he saw a Uniontown officer trapped in his burning cruiser, he knew what he had to do.


To avoid a crisis on Election Day, Pa. needs to count its mail-in ballots much sooner | Mark O’Keefe

By: - June 21, 2020

Mail-in voting is here to stay. People like the convenience and freedom of being able to vote when they want not when someone else wants them to vote.


He’s not on the ballot, but GOP attacks on Wolf will backfire in November | Mark O’Keefe

By: - May 31, 2020

It’s a given that Pennsylvania’s Republican candidates will back President Donald Trump no matter what he says or does. The fact of the matter is that they feel their fates are tied to Trump. If he wins in November, they’ll win and if he loses, they’ll lose. So, it’s pretty clear that’s what’s playing out […]


Wolf, the transparency governor, needs to get serious about his commitment to openness | Mark O’Keefe

By: - May 13, 2020

While some in state government struggle with transparency and open government, it's good to know at least one Harrisburg official knows their true meaning.


Pandemic politics: What if Biden and Trump tie in the Electoral College? History provides a guide | Mark O’Keefe

By: - April 29, 2020

What would happen if the election is decided by rogue voters in the Electoral College? it could lead to the worst split since the Civil War.


My brother is in a nursing home where everyone is presumed to have COVID-19. All we can do is pray | Mark O’Keefe

By: - April 14, 2020

The days are long but the nights are even longer. Those 3 a.m. wake-ups come more often. All we can do now is pray and wait.


Turzai put political advantage ahead of public health with House special elections | Mark O’Keefe

By: - March 31, 2020

It's doubtful if taxpayers will be getting anything of real value anyway by holding the special elections six weeks early.


Pennsylvania’s primary is now officially irrelevant. But it may tell us much about November | Mark O’Keefe

By: - March 20, 2020

Only a major gaffe or unthinkable surprise will prevent Joe Biden from winning the Democratic presidential nomination against U.S. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.


A western Pa. lawmaker has a plan to fix property taxes. Will the Legislature act on it? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - March 3, 2020

Everyone agrees that Pennsylvanians pay too much in school property taxes. But no one's ever been able to reach agreement on what to do about it.