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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.

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Report: Fetterman, Lamb back fracking as U.S. Senate race heats up | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 30, 2021

The news will depress, but not surprise progressives, who want to end the environmentally destructive practice

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Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus. The act isn’t funny anymore

By: - September 29, 2021

The GOP is on a crash course to cratering the economy. That's some galactic dissonance for the alleged party of fiscal sanity

Pa. Health Dept: 4,570 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

By: - September 29, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,570 new cases  of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.42 million since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,843 people hospitalized on Wednesday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website. Of those hospitalized with […]

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Report: Pa. kids show elevated blood lead levels at more than 2X national rate | Wednesday Coffee

By: - September 29, 2021

Pa. is one of six states, including Ohio, where kids have dangerously elevated lead levels in their blood.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,400 new COVID-19 cases; more than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - September 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,429 new cases  of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 1.42 million since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,778 people hospitalized on Tuesday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website. Of those hospitalized with the virus, […]

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Thousands rally for ‘life’: That needs to continue after the slogans end | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 28, 2021

What Monday taught us about this fall's legislative priorities. And where Pa. goes next

Health Dept.: Pa. adds more than 12K COVID cases over the weekend; more than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - September 27, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 12,223 new cases of COVID-19 between 12 a.m. Saturday and 12 a.m. on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 1.41 million since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,713 people hospitalized on Friday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking […]

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Philly lawmaker will sue to block release of personal info in GOP probe | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - September 27, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Art Haywood is scheduled to announce his legal action during a press conference today

Pa. Health Dept.: 5,071 new COVID cases; More than 2,600 hospitalized

By: - September 24, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,071 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 1.4 million since the start of the pandemic. That’s down from Thursday’s tally of 5,489 new cases. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,641 people hospitalized on Friday, according to the Health Department’s […]

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How states like Pa. are using Hurricane Ida to push infrastructure bill | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - September 24, 2021

Governors of both parties are lobbying Congress to ensure resilience measures are included in the bipartisan infrastructure deal, according to a published report.

Pa. Health Dept: 5,489 new COVID cases; more than 2,500 hospitalized

By: - September 23, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,489 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.39 million since the start of the pandemic. That’s up from Wednesday’s tally of 4,394 new cases. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,553 people hospitalized on Thursday, according to the […]

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Report flags corporate donors to GOP lawmakers tied to Pa. election probe | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 23, 2021

'Why haven’t the corporations that have supported these anti-democratic representatives in the past condemned their rhetoric?' an activist group asks .