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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

Report: Unaffordable cash bail is ‘a statewide crisis’ in Pa. | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - January 3, 2022

Local magisterial district justices 'routinely' set bail that people can't afford, triggering a 'cascade of harmful consequences.'

COMMENTARY

A Capital-Star holiday tradition: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By: - December 25, 2021

A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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A Capital-Star holiday tradition: The WPIX-TV Yule log

By: - December 25, 2021

From all of us at the Capital-Star, our fondest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

Pa. U.S. Rep. Scanlon car-jacked and robbed in Philadelphia

By: - December 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, was carjacked and robbed on Wednesday afternoon after finishing a meeting in Philadelphia’s FDR Park, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing her office and city police. The suburban Philadelphia Democrat was not injured. Scanlon was walking alone to her car around 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Pattison […]

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At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 23, 2021

(A scheduling note: This newsletter will be off until 1/3/2022 for a holiday break. From all of us at the Capital-Star, our best wishes for a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.) Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With more than two-dozen states set to hike their minimum wage in 2022, the Democratic Wolf administration is urging the […]

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At Williamsburg, a reminder of what we’ve gained, and could yet lose | John L. Micek

By: - December 22, 2021

A plaque at Colonial Williamsburg challenges visitors: 'What difference will you make?' The answer has never been more important

Friendly Skies: Pa. airports in line for $70M in infrastructure funding | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - December 17, 2021

'These investments will help stimulate local economies and create jobs across Pennsylvania,' U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said.

COMMENTARY

Pa. Special Ed. panel recommends more funding predictability for schools | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 16, 2021

'These recommendations provide more clarity and consistency for school districts regarding its projected special education costs in planning yearly budgets,' Senate Appropriations Committee Chairperson Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, said.

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Report: States, incl. Pa., take varied approaches to broadband funding | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 15, 2021

Most state broadband expansion programs emphasize unserved areas, but eligibility, funding requirements, and accountability measures vary, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

COMMENTARY

It’s always sunny where? Calif. school official works from home in Philly | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 14, 2021

Psychologist Daniel Lee has a critical job for the California Dept. of Education. He works from his home in Philadelphia -- possibly violating residency requirements.

COMMENTARY

25 states, including Pa., report omicron variant; delta still big threat | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - December 13, 2021

Of the initial, confirmed omicron cases,  more than half were among people aged 18-39, according to the CDC.

Pa. Supreme Court tosses Wolf admin.’s K-12 mask mandate

By: - December 10, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:34 p.m. on Friday, 12/10/21 to include comment from Philadelphia attorney Kevin M. Levy, who has tracked the Wolf administration’s pandemic management policies. And at 5:22 p.m. to include comment from House Republican leadership. It was further updated at 7:26 a.m. on Saturday 12/11/21 to include comment from the Wolf […]