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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.

Read every story and column in the Capital-Star’s ‘Brain Drain’ series

By: - March 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 and 64) is expected to decline by 1.4 percent, according to the state Independent Fiscal Office. At the same time, the number of people 65 and older is expected to grow by a whopping 23.4 percent. […]

The Mueller Report is done: Nearly every member of Congress from Pa. believes it should be public

By: - March 22, 2019

All 18 members of Pa's House delegation and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey are firmly in favor of releasing the report. Republican Pat Toomey had a more complicated answer.

COMMENTARY

America got schooled by New Zealand on gun control. We’re out of excuses now | Opinion

By: - March 22, 2019

While there are far fewer impediments, lawmakers in New Zealand were able to muster the will to work across party lines to pass an assault weapons ban. America can do the same thing if it really wants to.

COMMENTARY

A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 22, 2019

On the upside, at least there aren't any Visigoths at the gate.

‘Tragic and too often fatal:’ In York, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey touts bill fighting fentanyl imports

By: - March 21, 2019

YORK, Pa. — In 2014, it took Dave Sunday no time at all to tally up the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in York County. That’s because there weren’t any. That’s not the case anymore. In 2018, there were 129 fatal overdoses in York County where fentanyl, a synthetic opioid so lethal that even a […]

COMMENTARY

Wolf will sign expanded pension forfeiture legislation. But why stop there? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 21, 2019

Picking the low-hanging fruit is better than picking none at all.

‘We are here to ensure that every life has dignity and worth’: Turzai, allies roll out new Down syndrome abortion-ban bill

By: - March 20, 2019

Hoping the second time’s the charm, abortion opponents in the state House rolled out a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, though such bans have faced constitutional challenges in other states and face a guaranteed veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. Surrounded by families raising children with the genetic […]

COMMENTARY

New poll shows support for Wolf’s teacher minimum wage hike | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 20, 2019

In polling, as in life, it's safe to say you get what you pay for.

COMMENTARY

A new bill, a new legislative session. But the math of property tax reform remains as daunting as ever | Analysis

By: - March 20, 2019

Math is hard. Property tax reform math is even harder.

At Penn State stop, Democrat Beto O’Rourke brings the 2020 fight for the White House to Pa.

By: - March 19, 2019

The Texas Democrat traveled to a key state for 2020.

COMMENTARY

This map explains the depth of America’s affordable housing crisis | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 19, 2019

No state has an adequate supply of homes for its poorest renters, a new report concludes

Pa.’s embattled state-owned universities are facing their challenges ‘aggressively and audaciously,’ top official says

By: - March 18, 2019

The 14 state-owned universities are dealing with their challenges, including rising tuition and declining enrollment, "aggressively and audaciously," Chancellor Dan Greenstein said Monday.