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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.

A state full of commuters who work in healthcare: This is Pa. today | The Numbers Racket

By: - February 25, 2019

The state's biggest employer may not be who you think it is.

COMMENTARY

Trump is winning Latinos – that’s a problem for Dems | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - February 25, 2019

As ever, Pennsylvania remains a key battleground.

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

By: - February 22, 2019

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state’s highest court to declare the Keystone State’s death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of “the vast disparities across the commonwealth in the quality of representation for capital case defendants who are unable to pay.” Right now, […]

Pa. critics blast Trump’s federal funding ban for clinics that provide abortion, abortion referrals

By: and - February 22, 2019

The administration's rule change would affect more than 169,000 Pennsylvania patients, about 38 percent of whom are served by Planned Parenthood

Pa. elections officials accepted gifts, travel from voting machine companies, report

By: - February 22, 2019

Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Friday that accepting the gifts is wrong, even if officials took no action in return

COMMENTARY

One nation under who? New poll paints perilous picture for American pluralism | John L. Micek

By: - February 22, 2019

America has a bunch of foundational myths — George Washington and his famed cherry tree; the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just work hard enough; and the stubborn belief that our occasionally sputtering constitutional republic is still more exceptional than any other nation on Earth. They’re core to our conception of ourselves […]

COMMENTARY

Federal judge tosses Pa. kids’ challenge to Trump’s climate change policies | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - February 22, 2019

Justice is not only blind, it is occasionally cranky, too.

Pa. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Michigan Dem push EPA to regulate PFAS in drinking water

By: - February 21, 2019

U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., wrote for help to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

As U.S. hate group activity hits a new high, the Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 36 hate groups in Pa. in 2018

By: - February 21, 2019

Pennsylvania-based hate groups ranging from Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis to white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan all popped up on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s radar last year, providing a fuller picture of hate group activity in the Keystone State. You can view the full list of hate groups active in Pennsylvania here. You […]

Activists were allegedly attacked, threatened during protest at Philly councilwoman’s campaign event, report

By: - February 21, 2019

The events were captured on video by supporters of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, according to a published report.

COMMENTARY

Scotty, can you hear them? Indivisible group says U.S. Rep. Perry isn’t answering town hall invite | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - February 21, 2019

What if they threw a Congressional town hall and no one came?

COMMENTARY

Another flawed case: Pa’s death penalty is broken and lawmakers need to abolish it | John L. Micek

By: - February 20, 2019

(*Updated: The headline for this story has been updated to accurately reflect that, while Orlando Maisonet’s death sentence has been vacated, he has not yet been exonerated) Why does Pennsylvania even bother having a death penalty anymore? There’s another reason to ask that question this week with news that, because of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective […]