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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.

GOP leaders call on Wolf to reconvene bipartisan COVID-19 task force; Wolf says it never stopped working

By: - December 10, 2021

Republican leaders in the General Assembly have called on Gov. Tom Wolf to reconvene a bipartisan pandemic task force. But the Democratic administration says it never stopped working. On Friday morning, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre; House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster; Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, […]

COMMENTARY

Report: Affordable, home-based childcare is key to economic recovery | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - December 10, 2021

Pennsylvania lost about a third of its home-based child care providers in recent years. The pandemic only exacerbated that trend.

COMMENTARY

What should happen if abortion returns to the states? An expert explains | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 9, 2021

If the U.S. Supreme Court tosses Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, any bans in effect before the decision should be struck down, a Montgomery County attorney suggests.

COMMENTARY

Report paints uncertain picture of Pa. child welfare system in pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 8, 2021

As expected, child protective service reports declined during the pandemic, but the substantiation rate for those reports was the highest in the last five years.

COMMENTARY

Poll: Pa. residents sharply divided on employer vaccine mandates | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 7, 2021

Even as COVID cases rise, half of all state residents say employers should not be able require them to get the jab.

COMMENTARY

Biden’s domestic bill would fund reforestation in cities in Pa., elsewhere | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - December 6, 2021

The White House's 'Build Back Better' plan calls for $2.5B for urban canopies focused on underserved communities.

COMMENTARY

Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now? | John L. Micek

By: - December 3, 2021

Lawmakers who refuse to act should be required to personally explain their inaction to the families of the dead. It is hard to see any other way for that cold-hearted resistance to crumble.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 9K new COVID-19 cases; 3.9K hospitalized

By: - December 2, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 9,143 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.75 million since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 3,928 people were hospitalized for treatment for the virus as of Thursday. Of that total, 837 people were in hospital intensive […]

COMMENTARY

Most school shooters get their guns at home – and we’re buying more | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 2, 2021

That combination has boosted the risk of a tragedy such as this week's school shooting in Michigan, a trio of public health experts say.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 7.6K new COVID-19 cases; More than 3.9K hospitalized

By: - December 1, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 7,606 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.74 million since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 3,939 people were hospitalized for treatment for the virus as of midday Wednesday. Of that total, 858 people were in hospital […]

COMMENTARY

Who you calling ‘sleepy?’ Suburban HBG neighborhood unites to fight development | Wednesday Coffee

By: - December 1, 2021

What do you get when you take on a neighborhood filled with lawyers, engineers, and planners? More trouble than you bargained for.

COMMENTARY

In a season of sweets, Pa. company encourages conscious consumption | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 30, 2021

The Moka Origins chocolate factory in Bethany, Pa., wants customers to think about the 'farming and the labor and the intensity' that goes into your chocolate bar