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John K. Manna: Ruling on voter identification law may, or may not, have impact
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling on the state’s voter identification law could have a major impact on the November election. And maybe not.
John K. Manna: There’s little reason to expect great results from conventions
Why do we expect so much when we anticipate so little? That’s basically how the media look at the national political conventions, questioning why they continue to be held.
John K. Manna: Here’s one way to address Social Security’s woes
Most government problems, despite what a lot of elected officials may want you to believe, are easy to solve. Plus, many of them know what the solution is, but lack the will to do it. One of those problems is how to save Social Security benefits for future generations. The problem has been languishing for several years, so it isn’t as if members of Congress and presidents haven’t had time to figure it out.
John K. Manna: Election rules and felons create confusion in commonwealth
Can we have some consistency here? Based on two recent court decisions, the answer is apparently no. Approximately two weeks ago, a York County judge ruled that a York city councilman could keep his post despite his felony convictions.
John K. Manna: State should consider delay in Voter ID implementation
Perhaps Pennsylvania should delay implementation of the state’s new voter identification law. I’m not saying it should, but as questions and concerns abound, plus the law facing a court challenge, objective observers have to wonder whether the state is rushing things.
John K. Manna: Coming to terms on taxes
This is my take on federal taxes. Too much is made of them by the president and members of Congress. That includes past presidents and past members of Congress.
John K. Manna: Love and distance among the candidates
A week ago when President Obama campaigned in Pittsburgh, Sen. Bob Casey appeared with him. The two men embraced for all the world to see. You might say this wasn’t unusual since both men are Democrats. However, it is unusual in some respects considering the fact that other Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama this year.
John K. Manna: Poll data reveals about something about how people think
Public opinion polls, we are constantly reminded, give us a snapshot of a given point in time. In other words, polls are not a forecast of what may happen. However, they do show us possible trends.
John K. Manna: What background does a good president really need?
Although 69,000 jobs were created in May, the U.S unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent. The increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month is sure to provide more ammunition for Mitt Romney, who has given President Obama a failing grade for his handling of the economy.
John K. Manna: Data shows importance of Philadelphia for Democrats
In the view of some political pundits, Pennsylvania is considered a swing state in the upcoming presidential election.
Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. The Democratic candidate has carried the commonwealth the last five times, including 2000 and 2004 when Republican George W. Bush was elected.
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