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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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Equal Pay Day: Here’s how Pa.’s gender pay gap stacks up to the rest of the country | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 2, 2019

According to Census data, the median income for a woman working full-time is 80 percent of that earned by a man.

Pa. finished March ahead of projections for tax collections, Revenue Dept. says

By: - April 1, 2019

Pennsylvanians are buying more. And vice continues to be big business, new state tax collection data indicates.

End of an era: ‘Lobbyist Room’ at the back of the Pa. House closes its doors, report

By: - April 1, 2019

Another anachronism falls victim to technology and progress.

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So who’s really to blame for urban gentrification? It’s not who you think | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - April 1, 2019

Neither Mumford - nor his sons - are to blame.

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Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro: The Catholic church is ‘incapable of policing itself,’ as abuse scandal continues

By: - March 31, 2019

A little more than two years into his first term, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has hardly been idle. The Montgomery County Democrat gained national — and international — attention last year with the bombshell release of a grand jury report detailing years of child sexual abuse, and a subsequent cover-up, by six of Pennsylvania’s […]

‘They are big, very deep, record deepness:’ Trump will fund Great Lakes cleanup after all

By: - March 29, 2019

Just weeks after his administration proposed slashing federal cleanup money for the Great Lakes from $300 million to $30 million, President Donald Trump says the program will be fully funded after all. During a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Trump told a crowd, “We have some breaking news!” The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. “You […]

‘I stand by it. I won’t apologize:’ Pennsylvania lawmaker at center of controversial prayer says in Christian radio interview

By: - March 29, 2019

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, the freshman Republican from Clinton County who sparked a social media backlash and garnered national headlines for her controversial invocation at the start of Monday’s voting session in the state House, isn’t backing down. In a broadcast interview with The American Pastors Network on Thursday, Borowicz acknowledged that there was “definitely […]

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Pa. lawmaker who offered Islamophobic prayer is sponsoring a ‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban, too | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 28, 2019

A bad ideas returns from the Island of Misfit Legislation.

Free college? ‘Why not?’ Lawmakers, educators, and students rally at the Capitol

By: - March 27, 2019

It's not clear how the state would pay for such an effort, however.

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These are the 10 most — and least — healthy counties in Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 27, 2019

No surprises here: If you live in a place that's more well off, your health outcomes tend to be better.