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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.

Here’s what Pa’s Congressional delegation has to say about the vote to nullify Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - February 26, 2019

(*This piece has been updated to correctly identify the districts for U.S. Reps. Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle) Surprising no one, the U.S. House voted  245-182 on partisan lines Tuesday to approve a resolution nullifying President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. The Washington Post […]

COMMENTARY

Did Jake Corman just signal a kinder, gentler #PaBudget season? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - February 26, 2019

The top Senate Republican sounds like he's looking for a deal already. Can he get one - and keep the rank-and-file happy?

In Washington Post op-ed, Pa.’s Ryan Costello’s urges Republicans to vote ‘yes’ on gun background checks bill

By: - February 26, 2019

With the U.S. House poised to vote on a major piece of gun-control legislation, a former Republican congressman from suburban Philadelphia is urging his onetime GOP colleagues to get on board and support it. Pending legislation that would require mandatory background checks on all gun sales “is not only consistent with the Second Amendment; it’s […]

State Inspector General charges three Harrisburg residents in food stamps fraud scheme

By: - February 25, 2019

The state Office of Inspector General says it has charged three Harrisburg residents in a $25,000 food stamps trafficking scheme whose proceeds were used to buy inventory for their mini-market. In a statement, Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer’s office said two people, Milciades Mendoza-Jiminez and Marylenny Acosta, allegedly “conspired to buy electronic benefits cards at a […]

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

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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.