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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.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems to condemn Trump’s tweets on Ocasio-Cortez, minority women in Congress

By: and - July 16, 2019

The resolution passed the chamber by a vote of 240-187, with three other Republicans and one independent joining Fitzpatrick their Democratic colleagues in publicly condemning Trump after he suggested that four Democratic congresswomen “go back” to the “places from which they came.” 

COMMENTARY

With their silence on ‘The Squad,’ Republicans are complicit in Trump’s racism | John L. Micek

By: - July 16, 2019

One of America’s greatest Republican presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, famously argued that it’s “not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public” to say that the president cannot be criticized. Republicans failed that basic test.

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Who you calling ‘socialist?’ Poll reveals sharp partisan, demographic splits on socialism and capitalism | The Numbers Racket

By: - July 15, 2019

During his State of the Union address back in February, President Donald Trump vowed that “America will never be a socialist country.” And, indeed, there seems precious little danger of that ever happening. But that hasn’t stopped prominent progressive politicians from embracing the “Democratic Socialist” label, including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. […]

COMMENTARY

Six states expanded their EITCs in 2019 (No, not that one, Pennsylvania) | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - July 15, 2019

You keep using that word. We do not think it means what you think it means.

COMMENTARY

Pension bill that could help thousands of Acme grocery workers clears U.S. House Committee | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - July 12, 2019

The rebranded 'Butch Lewis Act' is facing heavy fire from the right.

COMMENTARY

Report: $15/hr. minimum wage is a ‘pathway, not a cliff’ for benefit recipients | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - July 11, 2019

A left-wing think-tank offers its argument for a $15/hr minimum wage.

DePasquale: Scrap Keystone exams for high school kids and replace them with SATs

By: - July 10, 2019

Pennsylvania could join the ranks of 12 other states that have scrapped state-specific exams since the demise of the federal No Child Left Behind law, and instead allow students to take the PSAT or SAT.

COMMENTARY

How a Census citizenship question could reshape state-level politics | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 10, 2019

In case there was any doubt: A gaffe is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth.

Pa. Supreme Court says it will investigate ‘systemic failures’ in Philly’s cash bail system

By: - July 9, 2019

In an unusual move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says it plans to study “alleged systemic failures” in Philadelphia’s cash bail system. In an order issued Monday, the high court says it’s open to suggestions to improving the existing cash bail system, but “any attempt to advocate for the abolition of cash bail,” is not on […]

‘Obnoxious’ Texas case could cost thousands in Pa. their health insurance, Pa. Sen. Casey warns

By: - July 9, 2019

"They never had a back-up plan. They don't seem to give a damn if this coverage is ripped away," the Pennsylvania Democrat said during a conference call with home state reporters Tuesday.