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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.
John K. Manna: County residents classify themselves in assorted ways
Here’s a fun fact about some Lawrence County residents. It’s a fact that I bet only a handful — a small hand at that — are aware of. And the fact is that 2,141 county residents have no affiliation.
John K. Manna: Voters go with the candidates they know best
Tuesday’s primary, at least in western Pennsylvania, proved there’s no place like home.Or somewhere in the vicinity. In the battle for survival in the 12th Congressional District, both Rep. Mark Critz and Rep. Jason Altmire did well in their home areas in Tuesday’s primary.
John K. Manna: Redistricting may surprise voters
Some Lawrence County voters who haven’t paid attention to congressional redistricting may be in for a surprise on Tuesday. It came to my attention recently that some voters weren’t aware they won’t be able to vote for or against U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire in the primary.
John K. Manna: Plan to reduce size of Legislature a work in progress
The Pennsylvania House has seemingly taken one small step toward eliminating some of their jobs. Seemingly is the operative word because it’s too early in the game to predict where a bill to reduce the number of legislative districts will lead.
John K. Manna: What happens if health reform is scrapped?
Nobody outside the Supreme Court knows for certain how the justices will rule on the Affordable Care Act. Some legal analysts have concluded, however, that after three days of oral arguments this week, chances are the court will rule part or all of the law unconstitutional.
John K. Manna: Census statistics reveal increase in number of poor
What have you done for me lately? While politicians — particularly at the federal level — talk about the future, specifically the federal debt and the financial burden they may be leaving to their grandchildren, the present isn’t much to write home about.
John K. Manna: New city councilman will participate in big vote
New Castle City Council finally has a full complement of members. On Wednesday, council appointed Thomas B. Smith as the fifth member, filling a vacancy that has existed for the last 2 1/2 months. The vacancy was created by the election of Gary Mitchell, who earlier this month the court ruled ineligible to serve because of felony convictions on his record.
John K. Manna: State GOP pushes legislation to solve non-problem
To the best of my knowledge, there was no evidence of voter fraud in last November’s election in Pennsylvania. In fact, I can’t recall that any fraud has occurred over the last several years. To be clear, I’m talking about people attempting to vote illegally at the polls.
John K. Manna: State Supreme Court explains fault with redistricting plan
A couple of things: We finally have an opinion. A week after it threw out a redistricting plan for state legislative districts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released its opinion yesterday.
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