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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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On DACA’s anniversary, a Dreamer dreams of a path to citizenship for all | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 16, 2021

'It’s been 30 years and there hasn’t been comprehensive immigration reform,' Mitzi Colin Lopez said.

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Survey: Pa. School officials overwhelmingly say they will use COVID relief money to fill a year of lost learning | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 15, 2021

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Nearly nine in 10 school officials statewide (87.7 percent) say they plan to use $6 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money to fill the gaps created by a year of lost learning and to purchase the technology to assist in that learning, according to a new survey. The poll of […]

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U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-W.Va? How the Dem Senate hopeful is trying to turn progressive rage over Joe Manchin into votes | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 14, 2021

Channeling grasoots rage may pay off in the short-term. But will it play in the clubby confines of the Senate Democratic conference?

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With attacks on voting, abortion access, GOP looks to post-Wolf era. Are Dems ready? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 11, 2021

Voter suppression. Attacks on abortion rights. And science denial. The 2022 campaign matters more than ever.

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Why is Joe Manchin? What the Dems really need to do about their W.Va problem | John L. Micek

By: - June 10, 2021

Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer have enough to worry about with the Party of Q and Insurrection. Trying to keep Manchin mollified and onside is a waste of time and energy. 

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Best Buds: You loved the Pa. ‘Ice Cream Trail,’ now here’s the Pa. ‘Garden Trail’ | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 10, 2021

State tourism officials want to plant the travel bug with these detour-worthy gardens and arboretums.

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Report: Pa. Legislature a ‘bipartisan criminal offense factory’ that drives up costs, doesn’t fix crime | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 9, 2021

"Ending Pennsylvania’s public policy of mass incarceration begins with the Legislature," the report by the ACLU-PA concludes.

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Advocates for Pa.’s poor call for a ‘just budget’: What would that look like? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 8, 2021

"My hope is that those people will turn away from the golden calf and fight for what is righteous," Rabbi Michael Pollack said.

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Childcare, immigration, schools and more: 6 ways the Biden Budget helps American children | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 7, 2021

The White House's budget plan includes $5 trillion in new spending. Here's how America's kids would benefit, according to one analysis.

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‘Choose Wisely’: Cong’l Dems warn Pa. lawmakers against misusing $7B in stim cash | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 4, 2021

Congress has done its part to get Pennsylvanians the help they need,' the 9 Democratic members of Pa.'s U.S. House delegation wrote,

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The pandemic changed a lot. But not the partisan debate over paid leave | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - June 3, 2021

Just 14 states and Washington D.C. now mandate paid leave. Democratic bills in the Pa. House and Senate seek to change that.

‘Flag Police’ acting at GOP’s urging, took down Pride Month flags, Fetterman tells donors

By: - June 2, 2021

(*This story was updated at 3:23 p.m. on Wednesday, 6/2/21 to include a second email that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman sent to donors and supporters. It was further updated to clarify the chain-of-command) Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s ongoing fight with legislative Republicans over the flags he flies from the balcony of his Capitol office got […]