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. voters still have clout. Here’s how they stack up against other states | Monday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 31, 2022
Here's the hard truth of redistricting: As the Keystone State loses population, its clout on Capitol Hill also declines.
‘A meeting place for people of goodwill’: Philly Cuts is more than a barbershop | Friday Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 28, 2022
How a West Philly landmark is working to improve the community — one trim at a time.
‘We will have to be ready,’ to protect elections every day, Black lawmakers warn | Thursday Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 27, 2022
Less than two weeks from Election Day, voting rights stayed on the docket. And a new poll showed leads for top Democratic hopefuls.
Pa.’s U.S. Senate debate is in the books. What did we learn? | Wednesday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 26, 2022
The face-off between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman was dramatic TV. Did it change minds?
Report: ‘No evidence’ progressive prosecutors are responsible for homicide spikes | Tuesday Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 25, 2022
Homicides were 'slightly lower' in cities with progressive prosecutors, data show.
‘I feel the weightiness of the moment’: Pa.’s Shapiro says as governor race enters its final days
By: John L. Micek - October 24, 2022
Pa. Dems are putting a lot on Josh Shapiro's shoulders. Is he up to it?
Applying for Biden’s student loan relief? Pa. won’t tax you, Wolf says | Five for the Weekend
By: John L. Micek - October 22, 2022
More than 1.7M Pa. borrowers are eligible for debt relief.
Can Pa. reclaim its status as an economic powerhouse? | Friday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 21, 2022
The commonwealth boasts powerhouse research universities, and a diverse and talented workforce that should put it on the map as nationwide leader. But, as a new report makes clear, for a combination of reasons, the state hasn’t been able to convert on those opportunities, and is “emerging from the pandemic with a set of middling […]
At site of collapsed Pittsburgh bridge, Biden touts benefits of infrastructure law
By: John L. Micek - October 20, 2022
Standing in front of the replacement for the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge, President Joe Biden returned to Pittsburgh on Thursday, touting the benefits of federal infrastructure law and proclaiming “the resurgence of American manufacturing.” “Hello, Pittsburgh!” Biden said, opening his remarks to a crowd of about 100 onlookers, that included Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. […]
Wolf admin announces $236M for water infrastructure projects | Thursday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 20, 2022
Fifteen counties will share in the money, which is a mix of state and federal funds.
Report: Even with strong protections, gaps in poll worker policy remain | Wednesday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 19, 2022
Despite attacks, Americans have more reasons to trust the process than to doubt it.
What Mastriano, Shapiro have said about Pa’s Medicaid expansion | Tuesday Morning Coffee
By: John L. Micek - October 18, 2022
What we know about whether the program will survive under the next governor.