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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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Pa. voters sent the GOP a message on Tuesday. They need to listen | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - November 10, 2022

Pennsylvania voters soundly rejected the toxic extremism poisoning our politics.

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While key Pa. races appear settled, the fight over mail-in ballots goes on | Wednesday Coffee

By: - November 9, 2022

‘There should be some legislative fix to this,’ Widener Law School professor Michael Dimino said.

Shapiro claims victory in Pa. governor’s race; Mastriano says he’ll ‘respect’ what voters say

By: and - November 9, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro claimed victory around 11 p.m. on Election Day as he maintained an 11-point lead over Republican Doug Mastriano, according to unofficial tallies.

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Election Day 2022: Three storylines we’re following today | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 8, 2022

The pitches have been pitched. The ads have been aired. Now it’s up to you.

Planned Parenthood Votes canvasser Ellie Seiter talks to Derrick Cathon, 26, of Warrington, Pa., on Saturday, 11/5/22 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek).

In Bucks County, the fight for abortion rights — one door at a time | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - November 7, 2022

With abortion on the ballot on Tuesday, reproductive rights advocates aren't leaving anything to chance.

Shapiro rallies with Biden, Obama; tours Philly with Wolf in final weekend of governor’s race

By: and - November 5, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro barnstormed Philly neighborhoods before a rally with two presidents on Saturday.

Inflation is hitting Pa. Latinos hard — and they’ll vote that way | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - November 4, 2022

It’s safe to say that just about every Pennsylvania family is feeling inflation’s pinch this midterm campaign season. But the commonwealth’s Latino voters, a key bloc that’s growing in both size and political clout, are feeling it more than most. And they’re going to vote that way. That was the bottom line Thursday from a trio of […]

Pa. lawmakers extend grant program protecting synagogues, houses of worship

By: - November 3, 2022

With antisemitic attacks on the rise, Gov. Tom Wolf is reviewing the bill, a spokesperson said.

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New poll is a roadmap to Republican grievance in 2022 | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 2, 2022

A new poll provides an eye-opening glimpse into the values and motivations of the modern Republican Party, and the cultural and political forces that will drive the party faithful to the polls on Nov. 8. The latest American Values poll by the Public Religion Research Institute also zooms in on the views of white evangelical Protestants who backed former President […]

Pa. Supreme Court orders counties not to count undated mail-in ballots

By: and - November 1, 2022

The ruling handed a partial victory to Republicans who argued that state election law called for dated envelopes.

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Pa. collected $3.1B in tax revenue in October; Sales tax, income tax collections increase

By: - November 1, 2022

Sales tax and income tax revenues grew, even as other key indicators showed decreases, according to newly released state data.

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

Analysis: One week out, control of the U.S. Senate is still a toss-up | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 1, 2022

The race for control of the 50-50 U.S. Senate seems destined to go down to the wire, even as a new poll shows Dems making gains in key races.