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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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Tax Day 2019: Want to tax the rich? These are the candidates with the best plans | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - April 15, 2019

What’s the best way to reduce income and wealth inequality? Here are a few ideas.

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Pa.’s congressional Dems don’t fare well on conservatives’ new legislative report card

By: - April 12, 2019

The results will shock you. Nah. Probably not.

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Bad news, Pa. Dems: The 2020 primary could be wrapped up way early | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - April 12, 2019

Cue the talk about moving up Pennsylvania's primary date -- again.

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This is why you should tell your U.S. senator to vote to restore ‘net neutrality’ | John L. Micek

By: - April 11, 2019

Fundamentally, the issue is one of fairness and consumer freedom.

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This new Josh Shapiro email speaks volumes about his future plans | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - April 11, 2019

It's just as important to watch the Democratic attorney general does as what he says about his future plans.

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Pennsylvania is stronger than hate. But there’s so much work left to be done | John L. Micek

By: - April 10, 2019

A journey starts with a first step. Here's hoping it continues. 

Higher education shouldn’t be a ‘luxury’: Pa. community college advocates rally for more state funding

By: - April 9, 2019

When Andrew Helmer looks at Pennsylvania’s 14 public community colleges, he sees more than just campuses. He sees “reservoirs of knowledge.” “I know what community colleges do to train our employees of the future,” Helmer, the vice-president of human resources at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said Tuesday. He joined dozens of students, business leaders, and […]

Republican Fred Keller rolls out new ads in PA-12 special election

By: - April 9, 2019

Keller, a state House member, faces Democrat Marc Friedenberg in the heavily Republican seat held by ex-U.S. Rep. Tom Marino.

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This map drives home America’s growing economic divide | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 9, 2019

The 1 percent is doing more damage than you thought.

Ex-House Speaker Sam Smith’s father, former Rep. L. Eugene ‘Snuffy’ Smith, has died

By: - April 8, 2019

The former Punxsutawney mayor served 11 terms in the House from 1963 to his retirement in 1986.