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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

President Trump says there’s a crisis at the border. The data says something else | The Numbers Racket

By: - February 18, 2019

President Donald Trump did an end-run around Congress last week, declaring a national emergency that will enable him to redirect roughly $8 billion from across the government to fund the construction of his much-ballyhooed wall at America’s southern border with Mexico. Key to Trump’s claim is that there is “an invasion of drugs, invasion of […]

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Philly Mayor Kenney deleted years’ worth of text messages, report | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - February 18, 2019

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So here’s a reminder that text messages are, in fact, public records. The Inquirer reports this morning that ‘old-school’ Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has spent years deleting text messages from his personal cell phone, apparently unaware that he was deleting important public records of his mayoralty in the doing of […]

Here’s how Pa’s Congressional delegation reacted to President Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - February 15, 2019

On Friday, hours after Congress sent him an emergency funding package aimed at averting another government shutdown, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, enabling him to do a Congressional end-around so he could build additional barriers at America’s southern border with Mexico. Trump signed the funding package into law on Friday afternoon. Here’s how […]

Former Pa. GOP staffer tapped for top U.S. Labor Dept. post

By: - February 15, 2019

The former staffer to Sen. Rick Santorum served as executive director of the state GOP from 2013-2017.

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In Harrisburg, every day is Groundhog Day for bad ideas (and some good ones) | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - February 15, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. It wasn’t a matter of “if,” but rather, “when,” abortion-rights opponents in the Pennsylvania General Assembly were going to launch this year’s campaign against a woman’s right to choose. On Wednesday, state Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York, and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, got the pointless charade going again, as they announced plans to reintroduce […]

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GOP’s Down syndrome bill is a reminder that states are the battleground over abortion rights | Opinion

By: - February 15, 2019

The invasive bill that Klunk and Turzai want to forcibly deliver into law is most likely unconstitutional, practically unenforceable, and undeniably hypocritical.

Here’s Bob Casey and Pat Toomey on that government funding bill – and Trump’s looming end-run

By: - February 14, 2019

Pennsylvania’s two United States senators have weighed in on the funding package that cleared the Senate on Thursday. President Donald Trump has said he plans to sign the bill – and then declare a national emergency anyway to get funding for his border wall. Here’s Democratic U.S. Sen Bob Casey: “This bipartisan agreement will keep […]

Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

By: - February 14, 2019

The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of "The Great Migration."

Pa. lawmaker wants to eliminate elected constables, report

By: - February 14, 2019

A Republican state House member from Berks County says he wants to eliminate Pennsylvania’s elected constables and their deputies and transfer their work to county sheriffs. State Rep. Barry Jozwiak, retired state trooper and former county sheriff, wants to eliminate the constables through attrition, The Morning Call of Allentown reports, noting that Philadelphia undertook a similar action […]

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New report: Pa’s public health outcomes ‘generally lag’ the rest of the U.S. | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - February 14, 2019

Step slowly away from the cheesesteak and no one will get hurt.

Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai will reintroduce Down syndrome abortion ban bill

By: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state House Speaker has fired the first shots of 2019’s culture war, saying he plans to reintroduce a controversial bill that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, even though critics say the legislation is practically unenforceable and most likely unconstitutional. Rep. Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, sponsored a similar […]

Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but at least it has one again

By: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania’s top financial officer says he’s committed to helping the Commonwealth build up its emergency savings account and that he wants to “continue doing great things” with his office. Right now, the $22.5 million balance sitting in Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund, the account that’s supposed to serve as a hedge against future downturns, is “nothing […]