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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.

Older, female, and non-white: A snapshot of Pennsylvanians with disabilities | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 18, 2019

The data reveal some sharp inequities in education and income — with Pennsylvanians with disabilities tending to earn less and at a lower level of educational accomplishment.

COMMENTARY

How do you keep the kids in Pa.? We’re going to spend this week finding out | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 18, 2019

To da one on da flam. Boy it's tough to keep the kids in Pa.

‘This wasn’t about the wall:’ On ‘Meet the Press,’ U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey defends vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - March 17, 2019

The vote was about protecting the separation of powers, the Pennsylvania Republican said.

In break with Trump, Pa. U.S. Sen Pat Toomey will vote to disapprove White House’s border wall grab

By: - March 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Republican had previously expressed concern about the declaration, but had stopped short of outright opposition.

COMMENTARY

New poll: Open records requests aren’t really the hassle some public officials have claimed | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 14, 2019

Before the sun goes down, a few Sunshine Week fast facts.

Wolf joins bipartisan group of Midwestern governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts

By: - March 13, 2019

"This is a risk we simply can’t afford to take."

COMMENTARY

The Family Research Council’s latest congressional scorecard isn’t very pro-family | John L. Micek

By: - March 13, 2019

Spoiler alert: Republicans did well. Democrats, less so.

COMMENTARY

Report: Will Pittsburgh’s gun-ban put more of the city’s black residents in harm’s way? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 13, 2019

"If it’s proposing to disarm black people, no, not in the age of Trump, and Charlottesville," one local activist says.

COMMENTARY

Pittsburghers love where they live — but survey finds room for improvement | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 12, 2019

There's a significant difference in how white and black residents feel about Allegheny County.

Pa. Senate plan would create new state commission to study higher ed. funding issues

By: - March 12, 2019

The panel would consider a number of factors when making a decision on how to pay for higher education in Pennsylvania