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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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Bill banning female genital mutilation headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 21, 2019

The legislation is based on a House bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery

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Shut up and play the hits: Trump stuck to 2016 standards in re-election kick-off. Will Pa. listen in 2020?

By: - June 20, 2019

A keystone once again, it's far from clear that Donald Trump has Pennsylvania locked up.

Pa.’s Shapiro joins 21 AGs urging U.S. Senate to take up election interference bill

By: - June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate must act to protect the 2020 elections from interference, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and attorneys general from 21 states said in a letter to key committee chairs this week. The U.S. House has passed election protections of its own. Following President Donald Trump’s statement to ABC News last week that he would […]

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Philly Rep. Chris Rabb is readying a slavery reparations bill | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 20, 2019

'To talk about freedom without talking about justice is an incomplete conversation,' he said.

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‘Juneteenth is American history,’ supporters say at Capitol rally

By: - June 19, 2019

'Teach the young people we have to carry on our history,' Rep. Sue Helm, the holiday's legislative sponsor, said Wednesday.

Senate approves York Co. lawmaker’s bill expanding access to opioid anti-overdose drugs

By: - June 19, 2019

The state Senate on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation allowing first-responders, including EMS workers, to leave a dose of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone or a comparable treatment with a caregiver for someone who has overdosed. The bill was one of two sponsored by state Sen. Kristin Phillips Hill, R-York, that sailed through the […]

DePasquale launches audit of State Police’s instant background check system for gun purchases

By: - June 19, 2019

As Philadelphia grapples with escalating gun violence, the state’s fiscal watchdog says he’s wants to make sure the system to keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them is working the way it’s intended to work. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday his audit of the Pennsylvania State Police’s Instant Check […]

Pa. Senate panel advances bill to beef up ban on snow-topped cars

By: - June 19, 2019

A state Senate panel has advanced legislation beefing up an already-existing state law that allows police to fine drivers who don’t speedily clear snow and ice from the tops of their cars and trucks after heavy weather. On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Sens. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, and Dan […]

New United Way report reveals the hidden struggles of working Pennsylvanians

By: - June 18, 2019

Thousands of Pennsylvanians, maybe your neighbors, are struggling every day to make ends meet.

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Pride Month 2019: More than half of transgender, non-binary youth have considered suicide, report | Tuesday Coffee

By: - June 18, 2019

A first-of-its kind national survey provides a 'sobering look' at LGBTQ youth

U.S. House Dems, with serious Pa. backing, prep a vote on $15 an hour minimum wage bill

By: and - June 17, 2019

The House could vote on a $15/hr minimum wage bill in July. It's in for a rocky road in the Republican Senate.