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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.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

By: - October 27, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,178 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s tally of 3,742 new cases. That brings the total number of cases to more than 1.54 million since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Wednesday, 2,838 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, an increase […]

COMMENTARY

Three years since Tree of Life. All that’s changed are the names of the dead | Wednesday Coffee

By: - October 27, 2021

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his allies have made a renewed call for passage of anti-gun violence bills. The Legislature won't vote on them. Again

VIDEO: On eve of Tree of Life anniversary, Wolf, allies call for passage of anti-gun violence bills

By: - October 26, 2021

The call came as the GOP-controlled Legislature considers bills preempting local gun ordinances.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 26, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 3,742 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 1.54 million since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Tuesday, 2,798 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, a nominal increase over Monday’s tally of 2,786 people. Of that […]

COMMENTARY

Criminal justice reform is on the Nov. 2 ballot. What you need to know | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - October 26, 2021

It's not just judges. Prosecutors and sheriffs are on the ballot across Pennsylvania next week.

‘This is how we remain competitive’: Advocates call on lawmakers to pass bill allowing in-state tuition, aid for undocumented residents

By: - October 25, 2021

Twenty-two other states, including neighboring Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, have approved similar legislation.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 10K new COVID-19 cases over weekend; 71.4% of adult Pa. residents are fully vaccinated

By: - October 25, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 10,412 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases to 1.54 million since the start of the pandemic. The three-day tally the agency reported at midday on Monday is lower than the 11,208 new cases the agency reported during the same […]

COMMENTARY

Advocates call on Pa. to spend $40M to fight lead poisoning in kids | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - October 25, 2021

This week, Oct. 24-30, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Pa. Health Dept.: Nearly 4,500 new COVID-19 cases; 2,900 hospitalized

By: - October 22, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,496 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Friday, down from Thursday’s tally of 4,998 new cases, bringing the the statewide total to  1.53 million cases since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Friday, 2,900 individuals were hospitalized with the virus. Of that number, 668 patients were […]

COMMENTARY

DNC, Planned Parenthood launch major Pa. blitz ahead of Nov. 2 election | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - October 22, 2021

A pair of six-figure buys are a reminder that there's no such thing as the off-season in U.S. politics.

Pa. Health Dept: 71% of Pa. adults fully vaccinated; Nearly 5K new COVID-19 cases

By: - October 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,998 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s tally of 3,584 new cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.52 million cases since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Thursday, 2,929 individuals were hospitalized with the virus. Of that number, 668 […]

COMMENTARY

Expanded childcare key to returning Pa. women to post-pandemic workforce | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - October 21, 2021

'Child care is a persistent, ongoing problem that needs our immediate attention if our economic recovery is to continue,' one advocate said.