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.

Jahan Dotson #5 of the Penn State Nittany Lions catches a pass for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Beaver Stadium on 9/18/21 in State College, Pa. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

First and vote: Dems to make registration play at PSU, Pitt games | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - September 23, 2022

Younger voters in critical battleground states boosted their turnout in 2020, helping President Joe Biden capture the White House. Two years later, with control of Congress on the line, and the midterm elections weeks away, national Democrats aren’t leaving anything to chance as they look  to keep a key voting bloc onside. On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee says it […]

A video poker terminal (CC0 1.0/Nevada Current)

Pa. gambling revenue hit $425M in August, officials say | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 22, 2022

A reminder the House always wins: It's a 4.24 percent increase over last August.


DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

By: - September 21, 2022

'The migrants are human beings, and we’ve got to treat them like human beings. They are being used as political pawns to get publicity,' U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Texas, said

Senate Dems push pension hike for retired teachers, state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 21, 2022

Teachers and state employees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment to their pensions in more than 20 years.

Republicans, allies have blitzed the courts with voting, election lawsuits | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 20, 2022

Half the attacks were over mail-in voting, according a new report.


A legislative softball game won’t save democracy. But it can’t hurt | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - September 19, 2022

Lawmakers take the field Tuesday as the Capitol All-Stars Game returns to FNB Field in Harrisburg.

Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff (White House photo)

Teachers are ‘critical for the strength of our nation’ 2nd Gentleman Doug Emhoff says in Pa. visit

By: - September 16, 2022

In Allentown and Philly, VP Kamala Harris' husband talked public schools and more. 

In debt and underfunded, Pa.’s student debt crisis is no surprise | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 15, 2022

The total outstanding student debt in Pa. shot up from from $19B in 2003 to $76B today, according to new research.

Wolf admin announces more than $246M in small biz assistance | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 14, 2022

The federal funding will target socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.


Report: Online trolls are spreading offline hate against LGBTQ Americans | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 13, 2022

Researchers found an 'alarming' rise of hate on social media. 

Wolf admin announces $10K grants for farmer-veteran startups | Five for the Weekend

By: - September 10, 2022

The $200K in funding for the program comes from the Pa. Farm Bill. 


These are the election-deniers on the Pa. ballot in 2022 | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - September 9, 2022

A new report sheds light on the depth of election denial in the post-Trump GOP.