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John K. Manna: City school board contest saw plenty of campaign spending
This has been an unusual year for politics in Lawrence County. It’s been a highly uneventful year, except perhaps for those who won election to public office.
John K. Manna: Party labels shouldn’t matter in local contests
Anything is possible in elections, but often improbable when it comes to school board races in Pennsylvania. In the Nov. 5 election, voters went to the polls in six of the eight school districts in Lawrence County and were faced with little choice.
John K. Manna: State finally has road, bridge repair plan
Pennsylvania finally has a program in place to fix roads and bridges and provide more money for mass transit. The massive undertaking — pushed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett — will cost about $2.3 million per year, most of which will be paid by motorists in the form of increases in gas prices at the pump and fees.
John K. Manna: Three former governors give their endorsements
Another election is history, which means another election campaign season is under way. Actually, some Democratic candidates running in next year’s gubernatorial contest couldn’t wait and began campaigning months before this year’s election.
John K. Manna: Taking a look at Tuesday’s election results
What to take away from Tuesday’s election in Lawrence County. Maybe not much, but let’s try. Voter turnout was awful — just below 20 percent. Based on records of the county Board of Elections, it was the worst turnout for a general election within the last 30 years.
John K. Manna: Voters must make choices in ‘off-year’ contests
I don’t know who coined the phrase “off-year election.” The implication is that it’s not as important as presidential, gubernatorial and congressional elections.
John K. Manna: Why would anyone run for office?
Why are you running for office? This is often the first question — a softball one at that — candidates for public office are asked. And sometimes we get great answers and sometimes we’ll get something like, “Hmm, let me think.”
John K. Manna: Doing away with school property taxes would cause new problems
In less than a month, a bill in the Pennsylvania House went from committee to adoption. I’m certain it’s no record, but considering the significance of the legislation, the House wasted little time. But this is one bill that House members should have taken longer to consider and even defeat in its current form.
John K. Manna: Despite significance of races, history suggests a low turnout this fall
The deadline to register to vote in the November election is just nine days away. It’s highly doubtful we’ll see hordes of unregistered people rushing to the courthouse to get their names on the registration rolls generally because odd-numbered year elections simply don’t generate as much interest as those in the even-numbered years.
John K. Manna: State should foot the bill for education
OK, here’s my periodic look at property tax reform in Pennsylvania, or the lack thereof. Rep. Seth Grove of York County offered the latest proposal to deal with school property taxes. He calls it the Optional Property Tax Elimination Act.
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