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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.

COMMENTARY

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, […]

COMMENTARY

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

Philly Dem floats plan for minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

By: - July 29, 2019

State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Philadelphia, wants to boost pay for Uber and Lyft drivers across the state.

Indivisible groups plan picket for Pa. Rep. Scott Perry’s Tuesday town hall

By: - July 29, 2019

The Republican will face his constituents during a 6 p.m. session at a volunteer fire hall in Hummelstown, Pa., near Hershey.

COMMENTARY

With D.C. in park, how Pa., states are driving the infrastructure debate on their own | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - July 29, 2019

New National Governors Association Chairman Larry Hogan is making a nationwide push this year. Pa. is having a debate of its own.

COMMENTARY

While you weren’t looking Trump declared war on the poor with food stamps cuts | John L. Micek

By: - July 26, 2019

In Pennsylvania, 1.75 million million of the state's 13 million people are on food stamps, according to data compiled by the state Department of Human Services, which administers the program.

COMMENTARY

A Bucks County Dem makes the case against Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. Is she right? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - July 26, 2019

He's been voting the district like crazy. Will it be enough?

Pa. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick votes with House Dems to protect union pensions

By: - July 25, 2019

Like much of the legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the GOP-led U.S. Senate.