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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.

COMMENTARY

Advocates score a partial win in Pa’s other important abortion fight | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 22, 2019

Crisis pregnancy provider, Real Alternatives, which gets millions in taxpayer dollars, didn't meet the burden of proof to show some of its records are off limits, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon calls for Trump impeachment inquiry

By: and - May 21, 2019

Scanlon joins U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, who called for an impeachment inquiry in 2017.

COMMENTARY

This Pa. woman remembers a time when abortion was illegal: ‘We’re not going back’ | John L. Micek

By: - May 21, 2019

It's also a world that Jessica Marquez-Gates, of Cumberland County, Pa., thought she left behind a long time ago.

COMMENTARY

Why Trump’s Pa. trip was really about the president’s favorite topic: Himself | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 21, 2019

The president returned to Pennsylvania for a rally. Republican 12th CD hopeful Fred Keller was also there.

COMMENTARY

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, iconic Philly journalist Mark Segal looks back — and forward

By: - May 20, 2019

Pa. shouldn't be the state, the founder of the Philadelphia Gay News said Monday, "where you can get married, but be refused the honeymoon suite."

COMMENTARY

With Trump headed for Pa., Toomey says China tariffs are ‘absolutely painful’ but ‘could be worth the price’ | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - May 20, 2019

Worried about a key state, Pennsylvanians will be seeing a lot of Trump in 2020.

An anti-abortion group sent Jewish lawmakers Holocaust imagery to protest their vote on a ban bill

By: - May 17, 2019

By Friday afternoon, the group had apologized. But some weren't buying it.

Wolf’s approval rating reaches its highest point in new Quinnipiac poll

By: - May 16, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s popularity with Pennsylvania voters is at its highest point, as the Democrat gets ready to embark on his fifth year of budget negotiations with the Republican-controlled General Assembly. A clear majority of state voters, 54 percent, approved of Wolf’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Not quite a […]

These Pa. schoolkids wanted people to skip using plastic straws for a day. They got a crash course in politics instead

By: - May 16, 2019

Some suburban Philly fourth graders had a plan to help the environment. It didn't take long for things to go to (Eastern) hellbender.