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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.: While vaccinations rise, more than 5,700 new cases of COVID-19

By: - October 15, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,725 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Friday, up from Thursday’s tally of 5,253 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1.5 million since the start of the pandemic. At midday Friday, there were 2,946 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down slightly from Thursday’s total of […]

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Gun safety group Everytown launches $200K campaign in Erie Co. sheriff race | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - October 15, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. When you think about high-stakes political campaigns in Pennsylvania politics, your thoughts usually don’t turn to county sheriff’s contests. Sure, there are exceptions, and some offices get overtaken by scandal (Yes, that’s you Philadelphia). In general, however, most voters would be hard-pressed to name their county sheriff, let alone explain the role […]

Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,200 new COVID-19 cases; 70% of Pa. adults vaccinated

By: - October 14, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,253 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s tally of 5,012 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to  more than 1.49 million since the start of the pandemic. At midday Thursday, there were 2,978 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down slightly from Wednesday’s total of […]

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How a suburban Pa. school board race became a Trumpian battleground | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - October 14, 2021

A campaign mailer making the rounds of sleepy Camp Hill, Pa. is a microcosm of the broader culture wars shaping our politics 

Pa. Health Dept: 5K new COVID-19 cases; More than 3K hospitalized

By: - October 13, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,012 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 1.49 million since the start of the pandemic. At midday Wednesday, there were 3,031 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 678 were in intensive care units, and 362 were using […]

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New report on flooding threat to infrastructure is a dire warning to Pa. | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - October 13, 2021

'This is the moment for swift, decisive action,' one expert said.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 16K new COVID-19 cases over holiday weekend

By: - October 12, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 16,287 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania during a four-day period stretching from 12 a.m. on Saturday to 12 a.m. on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to more than 1.48 million since the start of the pandemic. At midday Tuesday, there were 3,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, […]

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After pandemic drop, advocates fear spike in child abuse reports this fall | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - October 12, 2021

The number of child abuse reports received dropped about 22 percent between 2019 and 2020, state data show.

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‘We Don’t Accept That’: Immigrants’ rights group wants action now on reform | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - October 11, 2021

Congress has fumbled immigration reform for decades. One Pennsylvania advocacy group is long past tired of waiting.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,500 new COVD-19 cases; More than 2,900 hospitalized

By: - October 8, 2021

As of midday Friday, 69.4 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older are fully vaccinated, the Health Department said in a statement.

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Report shows risk for Dems losing blue-collar voters in Pa., other states | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - October 8, 2021

'We cannot elect Democrats up and down the ballot, let alone protect our governing majorities, if we don’t address those losses,” the report's author, Richard J. Martin, a Democratic campaign veteran, wrote.

Report sheds new light on Pa. lawmaker’s role in Trump’s pressure on Justice Dept. over election

By: - October 7, 2021

A newly released congressional report on efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure the U.S. Dept. of Justice and overturn the 2020 election prominently highlights a Pennsylvania lawmaker who is a close Trump ally, and who was in the vanguard of lawmakers who objected to certifying President Joe Biden’s victory last […]