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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.

Suburban Philly lawmaker’s bill would require schools to teach students about dating violence

By: - February 11, 2019

A Montgomery County lawmaker is hoping the second time’s the charm on bill that would require Pennsylvania high schools to teach “dating violence” education to their students. In a ‘Dear Colleague’ memo sent out late last week, Rep. Thomas P. Murt, a Republican from Hatboro, cited Centers for Disease Control data showing that “approximately 10 percent […]

COMMENTARY

Here’s what your uHaul rental tells us about Pa.’s importance in 2020 | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - February 11, 2019

It's a very different kind of immigration debate.

Former Pa. House lawmaker Jennifer Mann partners with Harrisburg lobbying firm

By: - February 8, 2019

Reminding us that there are always second acts in public life, a former Democratic state representative from the Lehigh Valley is joining forces with long-running Harrisburg government relations firm Triad Strategies. The “strategic partnership” with ex-Rep. Jennifer Mann, of Allentown, “made a great deal of sense, and we’re thrilled to have her in the fold.” Triad’s […]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro sues UPMC over patient access, report

By: - February 8, 2019

Shapiro sued Thursday in an effort to keep health giant UPMC from ending its business relationship with rival Highmark Health, in hopes of preventing higher costs from hitting about 70,000 western Pennsylvania patients.

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Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - February 8, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. There’s no nice way to say this, so we’re just going to come out and say it. It’s been a lonnnnggggg time since Pennsylvania had any clout on Capitol Hill. How long? We’re talking ‘Single Bullet Theory” long. We’re talking “Not Proven, Scottish Law” long. Not since dinosaurs … err … the late U.S. Sen. […]

COMMENTARY

Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in Pennsylvania? | John L. Micek

By: - February 8, 2019

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

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 […]