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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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On ‘Hardball,’ Sen. Katie Muth rolls out her plan to save cash assistance | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 2, 2019

A viral moment grows ever larger. And that's a problem for Republicans.

On a busy Monday, Wolf signs bills benefiting Pa. National Guard families, farmers, and job hunters

By: - July 1, 2019

With the Legislature out of town for its annual summer recess, Wolf's staff set up a series of well-scripted media events, spread across an otherwise sleepy news day, during a holiday week.

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Eugene DePasquale declares candidacy for #PA10 against Republican Perry | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - July 1, 2019

You're only as good as your next campaign.

Read all of the Capital-Star’s budget week coverage in one place

By: - June 29, 2019

With the final votes out of the way, and the ink from Gov. Tom Wolf’s pen drying on the finished documents, another Pennsylvania budget season is in the books. And since it’s the Capital-Star’s first-ever budget season, we thought it would be useful to have all our coverage from this very busy week in one […]

The DePasquale Effect? Dem George Scott says he won’t run again in #PA10 in 2020

By: - June 28, 2019

George Scott, the pastor and Army veteran who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in 2018, said Friday that he won’t be making a second bid in 2020. In a statement, Scott said he “consulted a variety of people, talked it over with my family, and of course prayed over […]

Northampton Co. DA candidate quit his job after black colleague said he left a stuffed monkey at her desk, report

By: - June 28, 2019

A Republican candidate for Northampton County district attorney is facing fresh scrutiny over a 12-year-old incident for leaving a stuffed monkey at the desk of a black colleague, evoking a particularly hateful racist stereotype, a newspaper has reported. The candidate, Tom Carroll, resigned his position in the Northampton County District Attorney’s office after the colleague, […]

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Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

The Top 5 Tweets that sum up our very weird #PaBudget Week | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 28, 2019

Pictures speak way more than 1,000 words.

Nineteen Pa. counties are actively collaborating with ICE to deport immigrants in local custody, new report finds

By: - June 28, 2019

Pennsylvania's county governments are "systematically cooperating" with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to deport undocumented immigrants who end up in local police custody.

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing courts to sit out partisan gerrymandering won’t stifle reform efforts, Pa. activists say

By: and - June 27, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued two of its most-anticipated rulings of this term, delaying the addition of a citizenship to the 2020 census and declaring that the courts can’t settle partisan gerrymandering disputes. 

Pa. House, Senate Republicans tout looming completion of package of pro-farmer bills

By: - June 26, 2019

With Farm Show milkshakes in hand (of course), Republican leaders in the state House and Senate gathered in the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to tout a package of bills that they say reiterates the Legislature’s commitment to Pennsylvania farmers. “I laid out a challenge to my colleagues and to the governor to really step up […]

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‘A very serious vote:’ A few scenes from Day 2 of Budget Week | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 26, 2019

First rule of minimum wage club, don't talk about the minimum wage.