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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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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."

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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.

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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.

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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

Tax Day is a month away — Pa. officials offer tips on how to avoid getting scammed

By: - March 11, 2019

Tax Day, April 15, is about a month away, and maybe you’ve already started getting the phone calls. You know the one: A pre-recorded voice, claiming to be from the government, claims that you’ll face fees, penalties, and maybe even jail if you don’t get your fiscal house in order. You probably know this already […]

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Is there a moral case for redistricting reform? A Philly clergyman says ‘Yes’ | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 11, 2019

And the Lord said, 'Let thine districts be contiguous and compact.'

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‘It’s done some really profound things for us’: How a 2-year-old state law changed the role of Pa.’s overlooked government watchdog

By: - March 11, 2019

Bruce Beemer’s office on the eighth floor of the Forum Place building in downtown Harrisburg has a pretty decent view of the Capitol. Which is only appropriate, since part of his job as Pennsylvania Inspector General is keeping an eye on the place. But getting here took a little doing — in more ways than […]

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The hugely important court fight over abortion rights you’re not hearing about is right here in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 8, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting all the attention. But here's another reason why the states are critically important to the abortion rights fight too.

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Check out this map of America’s partisan bitterness | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 7, 2019

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. If you’re a regular watcher of cable news, then you’ve no doubt heard that Americans are more divided politically than at any point in recent memory. But just how divided are they? Well, thanks to the number-crunchers at The Atlantic, we now have a visualization of America’s partisan divide. The bottom […]