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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.

As the fight over Trump’s Wall rages in Washington, Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon is headed for the Border

By: - February 7, 2019

The delegation headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer "will meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing."

COMMENTARY

Pa. Dems want your $4 to pass ‘the most progressive budget in years’

By: - February 7, 2019

We'll look forward to the inevitable television commercials and direct-mail pieces that $4 ask will more than likely underwrite.

COMMENTARY

Math is hard. Budget math is harder | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - February 7, 2019

When he rode into office four years ago, Gov. Tom Wolf was pretty clear about one thing: The way Harrisburg was balancing its books wasn’t working. Simply moving pots of money around, and relying on one-time fixes to make ends meet had to change. We’ve since come to refer to this as “The Pizza Law of Budgeting,” […]

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

By: - February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious — and seemingly endless — break up of two of the state’s largest healthcare providers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require UMPC Health System and Highmark Inc. to either contract with each other for services or […]

Convicted Penn State abuser Jerry Sandusky to be re-sentenced, report

By: - February 6, 2019

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will be resentenced for his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of sexual abuse. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected his request for a new trial. From Yahoo Sports: “The re-sentencing order does not mean that Sandusky will face less time in prison. It just sends the issue […]

COMMENTARY

Today is the first day of the rest of the 2019 budget season | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - February 6, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Heading into Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget speech on Tuesday, there was really only one question worth asking: Which Wolf would show up? Would it be a bold progressive, buoyed by his landslide win over Republican Scott Wagner last fall, and emboldened by the surge of the Democratic Party’s youthful and increasingly diverse left wing? Or […]

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Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

By: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

Here’s how Pa’s congressional delegation responded to President Trump’s #SOTU speech

By: - February 5, 2019

The final syllables of President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address had barely stopped echoing through the hall of the U.S. House on Tuesday night before members of Congress started weighing in with their reactions. Here’s what Pennsylvania’s members of Congress had to say about the speech – before, during and afterward. It […]

In the middle of #SOTU, Congress sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to 81-year-old survivor of Tree of Life shootings

By: - February 5, 2019

There was plenty of sharp-elbowed partisanship in President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. But in the middle of it, Republicans and Democrats took a moment to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to an 81-year-old survivor of last fall’s deadly shootings at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life […]

Regional news outlet, RadioPa, has a new owner in Maryland Media One

By: - February 5, 2019

Radio PA, a Keystone State broadcast stalwart that faced the prospect of closing up shop in April, has a new owner. Baltimore-based Maryland Media One LLC, which runs the Maryland News Network, says it’ll take over operations of the regional news network starting April 16. In a news release, Maryland Media said Radio PA’s current […]

Pa. Senate passes pension forfeiture bill, report

By: - February 5, 2019

A quick one from our colleagues at Capitolwire, who report this morning that the Senate has approved legislation that would expand the list of offenses that would require public employees and officials to forfeit their pension benefits. According to Capitolwire, “the legislation would expand the list of convictions to include any felony conviction, guilty plea or no […]

‘Pennsylvania must do better:’ Advocacy community splits on Wolf’s budget plan

By: - February 5, 2019

Where you stand on the administration's proposal for the fiscal year that starts on July 1 largely depends on where you sit.