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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

Poll: Most Pa. voters ‘dissatisfied’ with state’s election system | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - May 6, 2022

Voters called for Voter ID, and an end to mail-in ballots, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll

COMMENTARY

Yass, he can: Pro-charters billionaire jumps into key Pa. House, Senate races | Thursday Coffee

By: - May 5, 2022

A PAC connected to Jeffrey Yass, of Montgomery County, recently dumped $65K into Democratic contests, records show.

COMMENTARY

The GOP’s anti-abortion crusade is not pro-family at all | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 4, 2022

There's always been a fatal flaw in the arguments of anti-abortion forces: Their indifference to children after they're born

Wolf: In wake of leaked Supreme Court opinion on Roe, ‘abortion is and will remain legal in Pennsylvania’

By: - May 3, 2022

All four of the leading Republicans vying for the GOP governor nomination oppose abortion rights, with two supporting no exceptions at all.

COMMENTARY

With record tax collections, not spending would be ‘irresponsible,’ Wolf says | Tuesday Coffee

By: - May 3, 2022

The state collected $6.5B in General Fund revenue in April, the most ever for a single month.

COMMENTARY

Monday is the deadline register to vote in the May 17 primary. What to know | Monday Coffee

By: - May 2, 2022

Your complete guide to participating in this very consequential election.

COMMENTARY

What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - April 29, 2022

A word that's become synonymous with morality had a more totemic meaning to the Revolutionary generation.

COMMENTARY

And justice for whom? Pa. lags on commutations, new data shows | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - April 28, 2022

A survey of 8 northeastern states found an average of one commutation for every 10K imprisoned people each year.

In a sharp-elbowed debate, Pa.’s Republican governor hopefuls make their pitch

By: - April 27, 2022

Four of the leading GOP candidates traded jabs on issues ranging from fossil fuels to abortion rights.

Pa. GOP governor hopeful Mastriano campaigned at event promoting QAnon

By: - April 27, 2022

The conference was organized by far-right activists Alan and Francine Fosdick, who have prompted QAnon conspiracy theories.

COMMENTARY

As deaths rise, a new call for gun reform. Will Republicans listen? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 27, 2022

'Pennsylvania’s leaders must step up to do their part,' Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.

Report: New texts show Pa. Rep. Perry’s ‘key role’ in trying to overturn 2020 election results

By: - April 26, 2022

A newly published report sheds more light on the Pa lawmaker's role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results.