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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.

In Cumberland County, Pa. Sen. Casey makes the case for closing ‘WIC gap’

By: - June 6, 2019

As he looks to make fixes to a federal program that gives new mothers and their children a leg up on nutrition and healthy habits, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey turned to experts for advice. Sitting in the cafeteria at a suburban Harrisburg grocery store, Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator listened intently as workers on the front […]

COMMENTARY

Wolf: ‘We’re all trying to figure out what are the things that ought to be done’ for the #PaBudget | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 6, 2019

Your end-of-week guide to where things stand on the budget debate - from one point of view.

COMMENTARY

‘It leaves a hole in my heart’: This mom and activist is calling for common sense gun control. Will Harrisburg listen?

By: - June 6, 2019

Wednesday provided a vivid reminder that not only are some in the Capitol not on the same page, they're not even reading the same book.

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The fight over opioids isn’t going away – but these 2 bills are encouraging | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 5, 2019

The bills approved by a pair of Senate committees are forward motion at least

$50 gift cards at center of press release sparring over Capitol minimum wage rally

By: - June 4, 2019

A progressive think tank hit back Tuesday against accusations that it provided a “bought and paid for” audience for a rally calling for a higher minimum wage, after it offered some attendees a $50 gift card or a free bus trip to help defray travel expenses. The sparring between the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the […]

Bill providing subsidies to families with older foster children is headed to the Senate floor

By: - June 4, 2019

A state House measure that would provide subsidies to families with foster children who have aged out of the youth system swiftly cleared a critical Senate committee hurdle on Tuesday. And its sponsor says she’s hoping for an “expedited” vote by the Republican-controlled chamber. With no discussion, the Senate Health & Human Services Committee unanimously […]

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Rep. Summer Lee backed a bunch of primary winners. That’s a big deal. Here’s why | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 4, 2019

The House's DSA lawmakers are doing very mainstream stuff. It's working.

‘That could be any of us’: Senate Dems propose $10M safety grant program for Pa. houses of worship

By: - June 3, 2019

"Event after event has unfolded across our commonwealth," one of the proposal's backers said. "We have to act on this."

COMMENTARY

The budget sprint is on: Here’s three things to think about | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 3, 2019

Hint: Rhymes with "Schwinimum Schwage"

COMMENTARY

New Hampshire just abolished the death penalty. Step up, Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - May 31, 2019

It's the ultimate in criminal justice reform.