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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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‘Believe Them’: In new Pa. ad, Dems warn GOP wants national abortion ban | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 29, 2022

With a key swing state on the line in 2022, Dems want voters to take the GOP literally and seriously.

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Pa., Norfolk Southern get a deal to expand W.Pa rail access | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 28, 2022

The more than $200M agreement eventually will add a 2nd daily Amtrak trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, officials said.

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With Roe headed to the states, every vote this fall matters | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 27, 2022

Speaking for a tyrannical minority, the Supreme Court widened the cracks in our national foundation.

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As the race heats up, is Mehmet Oz distancing himself from Trump? | Five for the Weekend

By: - June 25, 2022

The branding disappeared from the Republican's website, but he can't quit the former president quite yet.

Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision

By: and - June 24, 2022

Here's how Pennsylvania's elected officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court's abortion ruling on Friday.

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An image of SCI-Greene, the state prison in Greene County, Pa. (Pa. Corrections Department photo).

Hunger strike to protest solitary confinement at SWPa. prison continues | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 24, 2022

Incarcerated people at the state prison in Greene County have been on strike since June 7.

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The imprisoned are living with mental illness. States are ill-equipped to help | Thursday Coffee

By: - June 23, 2022

Many report problems, few receive treatment, according to a new report.

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The photo below is of Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss (L), former Fulton County Georgia election worker comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman (R) as Moss testifies during the fourth hearing on the January 6th investigation.

Trumpism is fascism, American-style | John L. Micek

By: - June 22, 2022

The Jan. 6 committee is laying out the evidence. We ignore it at our peril.

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These states are getting hit the hardest by inflation | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 22, 2022

Things are tough in Pa. But it could be worse -- you could live in the Sun Belt.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro (L) and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (R) | Capital-Star file photos.

Fetterman, Shapiro are teaming up in 2022. Will it help, hurt? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 21, 2022

The two each offer the other advantages in parts of the state where they need it, observers told the Capital-Star.

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Pa. says providers ready to give COVID jab to kids as young as six months old | Monday Coffee

By: - June 20, 2022

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Now that the federal government has cleared the way, Pennsylvania providers are ready to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to kids as young six months old, state health officials said Sunday. The shots for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will become available this week, according to the Associated Press. The federal government […]

Pa. moves to protect 32 farms in 18 counties from development | Five for the Weekend

By: - June 18, 2022

'Saving farmland protects the beauty and productivity of our state, the health of our environment, the vitality of our economy, and our ability to feed a growing population,' Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.