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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.

Pa.’s Toomey: Tax hikes are off the table to pay for bipartisan infrastructure deal

By: - June 28, 2021

"We don't have a bill to look at. We've got a framework and many very large important parts are completely undefined is just a line on a piece of paper," Toomey said.

COMMENTARY

‘Your silence is deafening’: Here’s who came away empty-handed in this year’s Pa. budget vote | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 28, 2021

The $40 billion budget plan garnered plenty of praise for what it included, but also scorn for what it notably left out.

COMMENTARY

These are the best and worst-run cities in the country. How did Pgh. and Philly stack up? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic tested local leadership like never before. Who passed and who failed?

Bill banning COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’ on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vows veto

By: - June 24, 2021

Legislation that would ban local and county governments, as well as public school districts and colleges and universities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, colloquially referred to as “vaccine passports,” is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. The 29-21 party-line vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate comes a day after the majority GOP […]

COMMENTARY

‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 24, 2021

With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year, progressives press the case to spend a $10 billion windfall on those who need it most.

Calling for fair school funding, clergy, activists, Philly Councilmember Gym detained after interrupting Pa. Senate session

By: - June 23, 2021

Black plastic zip ties were clearly visible around the wrists of those detained and who were cited for unlawful assembly.

COMMENTARY

‘We carry each other, we help each other’: These Pa. moms lost sons to gun violence. They want Harrisburg to help | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 23, 2021

New legislation would give a financial hand-up to Pa. families living with the cost of gun violence.

COMMENTARY

On his way out the door, Pa.’s Toomey calls for Biden admin. to be investigated over personnel practices | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring, is calling for a government watchdog to investigate the possible sidelining of career executives, according to a published report.

COMMENTARY

Poll: Pa. should use stim funds to help low-income Black, Brown & white households | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 21, 2021

The pandemic made inequality worse. Pa. residents want state government to help fix it.

New F&M poll: Wolf’s approval plummets; Pa. residents back major voting changes

By: - June 18, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval ratings have taken a post-pandemic hit among Keystone State voters, with barely four in 10 (39 percent) saying he’s doing an excellent or good job, down from 52 percent in July 2020, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll. That 13-point drop is tied to a pessimism about the […]

COMMENTARY

Just in time for your post-lockdown summer, Pa. lawmaker wants to rein in fireworks | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 18, 2021

Pa. Rep. Robert Freeman's bill would let municipalities enact their own fireworks ordinances - as long as they don't conflict with state law.

COMMENTARY

‘It’s all politics, it’s all garbage’: Voting against medals for cops, 21 Republicans hit a new low in insurrection denial | John L. Micek

By: - June 17, 2021

So just how desperate are some Republicans to deny the reality of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol? Desperate enough that 21 of them voted against a slam-dunk of a bill earlier this week awarding one of the country’s highest civilian honors, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the law enforcement officers who defended […]