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John K. Manna: Do lawmakers care what citizens really think?
Monday is Labor Day, which once was considered the start for fall political campaigns. That isn’t the case anymore, because campaigns seem to have no beginnings or ends, but go on and on.
John K. Manna: Straight party voting option could change
Another movement is afoot that would affect voters not only in Pennsylvania, but also across America. Laws requiring voters to provide photo identification have been in abundance throughout the country — including Pennsylvania — the last couple years, but a couple other proposals would change the way people vote.
John K. Manna: Former lawmaker eyes a new seat
Why would a man decide to run for lieutenant governor? Because he knows he can’t get elected to Congress? It’s just a hunch on my part that this is the reason Mark Critz has decided to forego another run for Congress and instead run for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor next year.
John K. Manna:Limited choices, Many November contests have been decided
The November general election is just 94 days away. I realize few people are thinking about it, but I thought this would be a good time to emphasize that despite what you may have been reading or seeing on TV, Lawrence County voters will not have the opportunity to vote for Anthony Weiner.
John K. Manna: New Castle, other cities face problems like Detroit
While Detroit may be the largest city to file for bankruptcy protection, its financial problems are not unique. City officials helped create Detroit’s financial mess over the years, but the exodus of businesses and residents from the city over the last 60 years also contributed. And both, to some extent, are interrelated.
John K. Manna: Gov. Tom Corbett’s agenda is going nowhere
It’s been a tough couple months for Gov. Tom Corbett. In June, a Quinnipiac University poll showed 48 percent of Pennsylvanians surveyed disapproved of Corbett’s job performance. The poll noted that it was slightly better than a year earlier when his disapproval rating was 50 percent.
John K. Manna: Just saying no to home rule in New Castle
If it isn’t broken, don’t break it. That’s essentially what a committee made up of New Castle city officials decided in exploring whether the city should pursue a home rule charter.
How many dollars to dole out is a candidate’s choice
There is no true formula for how much money should be spent in a political campaign. The fact is nobody can say how much should be spent to win an election. This was particularly evident in the May primary in New Castle.
John K. Manna: New ways needed to cover transportation improvements
Nobody can dispute the fact that bridges throughout the United States and Pennsylvania are on the verge of falling apart. Plus, roads continually need to be repaired or replaced.
John K. Manna: A look back a big wins, tiny turnout in primary
Years from now few people, if any, will remember Tuesday’s primary in Lawrence County. The few probably will not remember that only 9,291 registered voters turned out at the polls. It wasn’t the lowest turnout over the last 25 years or so.
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