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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. 

COMMENTARY

When it comes to the debate over local radar, silence isn’t golden | Mark O’Keefe

By: - July 11, 2023

This very important bill needs to be debated in the open -- right now, that's not happening.

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An immigrant’s story: From Cuba to Fla. to Pa. | Mark O’Keefe

By: - May 31, 2023

'You could see the missiles, and you could tell they were offensive,' Robert Lara said. 'It was a very scary period.'

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Basketball Training Game Background. Basketball on Wooden Court Floor Close Up with Blurred Players Playing Basketball Game in the Background

What’s wrong with local radio airing Pa. high school hoops? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - April 13, 2023

We want athletes to compete on a level playing field. Right now, the PIAA has cornered the airwaves.

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Is this the year that Pa. finally legalizes recreational marijuana? | Mark O’Keefe

By: - February 19, 2023

After years of trying, the political clouds may be parting. But there are still obstacles.

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Remembering Joe Hardy, Nemacolin founder, donor, SWPA stalwart | Mark O’Keefe

By: - January 24, 2023

It was always clear that Joe Hardy loved Fayette County and its people.

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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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U.S. Sen John Fetterman, D-Pa., (L) and Gov. Josh Shapiro (Campaign file photos).

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.