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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

Plunging temperatures, higher prices: Why renewables could be the answer | Five for the Weekend

By: - November 20, 2021

Unlike natural gas, clean energy sources do not suffer from wild price fluctuations, an advocate argues

House Dems pass Biden’s $1.85T domestic policy bill; Pa. lawmakers split on party lines

By: , , and - November 19, 2021

The sprawling 'Build Back Better' legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Bob Casey has called for swift action.

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Pa. lawmakers ready bipartisan home-grow bill for medical marijuana users | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - November 19, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Two Pennsylvania lawmakers who already were leading the push for legalized recreational marijuana are expanding that crusade with a long-sought bill that would allow medical marijuana users to grow their own cannabis at home. In a Thursday memo seeking co-sponsors for their proposal, Sens. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, and Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, will address disparities in […]

Pa. Rep. Keller pushes effort to nullify Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for business

By: - November 18, 2021

"[Two hundred] Republicans in the House & Senate are standing [with] the American people in opposition to Biden's vaccine mandate on businesses," Keller wrote on Twitter.

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Voters are cynical? The Pa. House didn’t help this week | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - November 18, 2021

Voters don't appear to be clamoring for expanded gun rights or attacks on the rights of the accused. But that didn't prove an impediment for the General Assembly this week.

New Pa. House lawmaker, Rep. Thom Welby, takes oath of office

By: - November 17, 2021

The residents of the Scranton-based 113th state House District have a new state lawmaker on the job in Harrisburg.

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Rules clamping down on ‘forever chemicals’ clear a key regulatory hurdle | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 17, 2021

The state Environmental Quality Board approved new limits on PFAS chemicals in water, but work remains

Pa. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

By: - November 16, 2021

(*This story was updated on Tuesday, 11/16/21 at 1:21 p.m. to note that U.S. Rep. Scott Perry has been elected the new chairman of the House Freedom Caucus) Another prominent Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement,  the office of U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, said the central Pennsylvania legislator […]

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Why state personal income is up from pre-pandemic levels, despite less aid | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 16, 2021

Adjusted for inflation, personal incomes were up 4.1% in the second quarter of 2021 from the last full quarter before the pandemic, new research shows.

‘America is moving again’: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill, bringing billions to Pa.

By: , , and - November 15, 2021

The bill, which channels billions of dollars in funding to the Keystone State, 'will undoubtedly move Pennsylvania forward,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of 14K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2.6K hospitalized

By: - November 15, 2021

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 10.3 percent, and 73.2 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated.

Pa. Lottery needs to keep closer tabs on frequent winners, Auditor General DeFoor says

By: - November 15, 2021

(*This story was updated on Monday, 11/15/21 at 1:41 p.m. to include comment from the Pennsylvania Lottery) The Pennsylvania Lottery needs to keep closer tabs on frequent winners, and state lawmakers should tighten the rules for retailers who play the Lottery, the state’s elected fiscal watchdog said Monday. Between July 2017 and March 2020, 17 […]