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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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How Pa.’s failure to raise the minimum wage will make the housing affordability crisis even worse | John L. Micek

By: - June 25, 2019

Policy decisions, just like elections, have consequences.

Dem DePasquale will launch PA10 bid against Republican Rep. Scott Perry in July: report

By: - June 25, 2019

So there’s been chatter for a while now that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is gearing up for Democratic bid against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania’s rejiggered 10th Congressional District. Now, it would appear, there’s an actual launch date. The National Journal, a publication that covers Congress, reported Tuesday that DePasquale will […]

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Turzai’s budget season fast one: Catholic church gets an exemption on adoptions by same-sex couples| John L. Micek

By: - June 24, 2019

The language is apparently destined for the Human Services Code, according to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Turzai would only say that he's seeking a legislative remedy.

Pa. Senate Democrats ask Wolf for disaster declaration to fight gun violence

By: - June 24, 2019

In the face of legislative inaction on gun control, Democrats in the state Senate have asked Gov. Tom Wolf for a statewide disaster declaration on gun violence. “We believe it is necessary to raise the public’s awareness of the massive loss of human life and the suffering inflicted on affected family, friends and neighbors where […]

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It’s Budget Week: Here are five, essential things to know | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 24, 2019

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

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Bill banning female genital mutilation headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 21, 2019

The legislation is based on a House bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery

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Shut up and play the hits: Trump stuck to 2016 standards in re-election kick-off. Will Pa. listen in 2020?

By: - June 20, 2019

A keystone once again, it's far from clear that Donald Trump has Pennsylvania locked up.

Pa.’s Shapiro joins 21 AGs urging U.S. Senate to take up election interference bill

By: - June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate must act to protect the 2020 elections from interference, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and attorneys general from 21 states said in a letter to key committee chairs this week. The U.S. House has passed election protections of its own. Following President Donald Trump’s statement to ABC News last week that he would […]

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Philly Rep. Chris Rabb is readying a slavery reparations bill | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 20, 2019

'To talk about freedom without talking about justice is an incomplete conversation,' he said.

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‘Juneteenth is American history,’ supporters say at Capitol rally

By: - June 19, 2019

'Teach the young people we have to carry on our history,' Rep. Sue Helm, the holiday's legislative sponsor, said Wednesday.

Senate approves York Co. lawmaker’s bill expanding access to opioid anti-overdose drugs

By: - June 19, 2019

The state Senate on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to legislation allowing first-responders, including EMS workers, to leave a dose of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone or a comparable treatment with a caregiver for someone who has overdosed. The bill was one of two sponsored by state Sen. Kristin Phillips Hill, R-York, that sailed through the […]