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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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‘Symbolic steps on guns don’t save lives’: Top Senate Republican says she’ll hold hearings on gun safety measures

By: - August 7, 2019

(*This post has been updated) Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A key legislative voice on gun-control is speaking out this Wednesday morning, and it voice belongs to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, whose word not only matters because her panel has a big say on any new gun legislation, it also matters because […]

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Pay no attention to that president behind the teleprompter | John L. Micek

By: - August 6, 2019

If Trump wants a better America, he can start with himself. But, by now, there's no reason to think that will happen. Ever.

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These states are expanding (and restricting) ballot access. Here’s what they have in common | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - August 6, 2019

Like real estate, it's all about location, location, location

Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey calls for stronger background checks, but says Senate doesn’t need to return early

By: - August 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Monday called for universal background checks on all gun purchases, but said he doesn't think Congress should ban the powerful weapons that are so often used to carry out mass shootings.

‘We cannot accept this as normal’: Wolf calls on U.S. Senate to pass background check bill

By: - August 5, 2019

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday called for the U.S. Senate to return from its summer recess to take up gun-control legislation previously approved by the U.S. House. The Democrat also called on Republican leaders in the majority-Republican state House and Senate to “advance common-sense reforms that would reduce access to guns for violent and […]

Dayton, El Paso shootings: Trump focuses on mental health. Here’s what Pa.’s congressional delegation has to say

By: - August 5, 2019

President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday morning, calling for action on mental health treatment over new gun control measures as the nation mourned mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that claimed 31 lives and left many more wounded. In televised remarks, Trump — who has set a divisive tone in […]

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Pa’s weirdest state law is even weirder than you think it is | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - August 2, 2019

So, wait ... it's what ... seriously?

Ahead of debates, Wolf, four other guvs urge 2020 Dems to prioritize the Great Lakes

By: and - July 30, 2019

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has joined with four of his fellow Rust Belt governors to call on the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders to endorse their agenda for revitalizing the Great Lakes. The call comes as the primary pack converges on Michigan for debates that begin Tuesday. Wolf — along with Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, […]

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New law makes Pa. a ‘leader’ on getting bang for your tax credit buck, study | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 30, 2019

The state's analyses include recommendations for future reforms as well, new Pew report concludes