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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.

Poll: Pa. voters back Dreamers; path to citizenship for the undocumented | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 8, 2022

Voters in nine battleground states back pro-immigrant policies, oppose nativist messaging. 

Wolf signs executive order expanding access to voter registration information

By: - September 7, 2022

The order designates seven state agencies and programs as "Voter Registration Distribution Agencies," the administration said.

A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

A ‘Jekyll & Hyde’: Scorecard grades Legislature on environmental votes | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 7, 2022

The report card, which ranks all 253 lawmakers in the House and Senate, measured votes in the 2021-22 legislative session.

Pa. Health Dept: Providers are ready to give new COVID boosters | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 6, 2022

The new Pfizer jab is available to people aged 12 years old and up; the new Moderna shot is available to people aged 18 and up, officials said.

Happy Labor Day, Pa. Here are five things to know about the holiday | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - September 5, 2022

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Today is Labor Day in Pennsylvania and nationwide. It’s a time to gather with family and friends to mark the end of summer, to honor and celebrate the contributions of the America worker and labor movement, and … because ‘Murica … a time for markdowns and sales. But who created the holiday? […]

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Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - September 2, 2022

The president's remarks were another reminder of the fragility of democracy, and of our collective responsibility to safeguard it.

Wolf admin announces pardon push for people with certain marijuana convictions

By: - September 1, 2022

(*This story was updated at 12:08 p.m. on Thursday, 9/1/22 to include comment from House Republican spokesperson Jason Gottesman) With months left to go at the helm, the Wolf administration on Thursday announced it’s launching what it’s describing as a “one-time, large-scale pardoning project,” for people convicted of minor, non-violent marijuana offenses. Democratic Gov. Tom  […]

New report paints mixed picture of recidivism in Pa. prisons | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 1, 2022

Most people who are released from custody return within three years; officials stress progress. 

Report: Tight labor market offers ‘new possibilities’ for Pa. workers | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - August 31, 2022

In July, the state's labor market was 131K people below its pre-pandemic peak.

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Bobby Sutliff (L) and Tim Lee (R), of The Windbreakers, perform together at The Cubby Bear in Chicago, Ill. in 1987 (Facebook photo).

Two Roberts. Two friends. And the mark they made | John L. Micek

By: - August 30, 2022

‘Y’all call your friends. Hug your loved ones,’ my friend Tim admonished us. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute.

Pa. House bill would provide compensation to the wrongfully imprisoned | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - August 30, 2022

161 people were exonerated nationwide in 2021, with each person losing an average of 11.5 years of their lives, data showed.

Tougher federal rules crack down on ghost guns in Pa., nationwide | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - August 26, 2022

'Gun deaths are at an all-time high across the nation and right here in Pennsylvania,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.