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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.

‘We need to stop it before it happens:’ Bipartisan House coalition rolls out new school safety measures

By: - May 8, 2019

The lawmakers say the bills could help stop future acts of violence before they happen.

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Brian Sims was right, defending abortion rights is a critical fight. His tactics were all wrong | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 8, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So we have some thoughts about state Rep. Brian Sims’ most recent star turn in the national media spotlight after he posted a Twitter video of himself haranguing some protesters who’d gathered outside the offices of a Philly Planned Parenthood office last week. First up, we’ll stipulate, as our pal Victor Fiorillo, at PhillyMag, observed […]

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‘This can never happen again:’ At Capitol rally, activists push for bill criminalizing ‘sextortion’

By: - May 7, 2019

The bill would address a shortcoming in state law that now allows these cases to fall through the legal cracks, supporters argued Tuesday.

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Plenty of red meat, but no real solutions at annual Capitol gun-rights rally | John L. Micek

By: - May 6, 2019

The answer was just 'more guns' And that doesn't work.

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Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: Doctors are getting ‘kickbacks’ for vaccinating kids | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - May 6, 2019

He didn't offer any evidence to back up the claim.

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Climate denial? Vaccine denial? Don’t Pa. lawmakers have better ways to spend their time — and our money? | Opinion

By: - May 3, 2019

So I really wanted to believe that this guy was just trolling us: In case you’re wondering what you’re looking at, that’s what a reader comment to a Capital-Star story looks like before we make the decision to publish it or not. Unlike some other news organizations, the Capital-Star has a moderated comments section, meaning […]

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Is this the next fight over abortion rights in Pennsylvania? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - May 2, 2019

In the absence of judicial action, anti-choice advocates are trying to legislate the medical procedure (and that's what it is) out of existence.

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‘We cannot ignore the threads’ that connect acts of hate, Holocaust survivors, supporters say at Capitol ceremony

By: - May 1, 2019

Wednesday's remembrance ceremony in the ornate reception room outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's office in the Capitol was the 35th annual observance.

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Is this the best way to regulate eScooters? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 1, 2019

You can't halt progress. But you can look silly on a scooter.