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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
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

Analysis: One week out, control of the U.S. Senate is still a toss-up | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 1, 2022

The race for control of the 50-50 U.S. Senate seems destined to go down to the wire, even as a new poll shows Dems making gains in key races.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Pa. voters still have clout. Here’s how they stack up against other states | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - October 31, 2022

Here's the hard truth of redistricting: As the Keystone State loses population, its clout on Capitol Hill also declines.

COMMENTARY
Darryl Thomas (center), owner of Philly Cuts on Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia, listens as state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, talks to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro. Shapiro visited the community landmark on Saturday, 10/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek).

‘A meeting place for people of goodwill’: Philly Cuts is more than a barbershop | Friday Coffee

By: - October 28, 2022

How a West Philly landmark is working to improve the community — one trim at a time.

Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman speaks during a voting rights roundtable sponsored by the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday, 10/26/22 (Screen Capture).

‘We will have to be ready,’ to protect elections every day, Black lawmakers warn | Thursday Coffee

By: - October 27, 2022

Less than two weeks from Election Day, voting rights stayed on the docket. And a new poll showed leads for top Democratic hopefuls.

COMMENTARY
Democrat John Fetterman (L) and Republican Mehmet Oz (R) face each other in the Harrisburg studios of WHTM-TV on Tuesday, 10/25/22 (Screen Capture).

Pa.’s U.S. Senate debate is in the books. What did we learn? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - October 26, 2022

The face-off between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman was dramatic TV. Did it change minds? 

COMMENTARY

Report: ‘No evidence’ progressive prosecutors are responsible for homicide spikes | Tuesday Coffee

By: - October 25, 2022

Homicides were 'slightly lower' in cities with progressive prosecutors, data show.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro gets a trim -- and an earful -- from the crowd at Philly Cuts, a barber Shop in West Philadelphia on Saturday, 10/22/22 (Capital-Star Photo by John L. Micek).

‘I feel the weightiness of the moment’: Pa.’s Shapiro says as governor race enters its final days

By: - October 24, 2022

Pa. Dems are putting a lot on Josh Shapiro's shoulders. Is he up to it?

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

Applying for Biden’s student loan relief? Pa. won’t tax you, Wolf says | Five for the Weekend

By: - October 22, 2022

More than 1.7M Pa. borrowers are eligible for debt relief.

One of Pittsburghs famed yellow bridges (Brookings Institution image).

Can Pa. reclaim its status as an economic powerhouse? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - October 21, 2022

The commonwealth boasts powerhouse research universities, and a diverse and talented workforce that should put it on the map as nationwide leader. But, as a new report makes clear, for a combination of reasons, the state hasn’t been able to convert on those opportunities, and is “emerging from the pandemic with a set of middling […]

At site of collapsed Pittsburgh bridge, Biden touts benefits of infrastructure law

By: - October 20, 2022

Standing in front of the replacement for the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge, President Joe Biden returned to Pittsburgh on Thursday, touting the benefits of federal infrastructure law and proclaiming “the resurgence of American manufacturing.” “Hello, Pittsburgh!” Biden said, opening his remarks to a crowd of about 100 onlookers, that included Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. […]

Interior of a wastewater pipe

Wolf admin announces $236M for water infrastructure projects | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - October 20, 2022

Fifteen counties will share in the money, which is a mix of state and federal funds.

Report: Even with strong protections, gaps in poll worker policy remain | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - October 19, 2022

Despite attacks, Americans have more reasons to trust the process than to doubt it.