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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.

U.S. mayors, including Scranton’s, call on Congress to pass immigration reform | Tuesday Coffee

By: - July 27, 2021

'It’s right for our economic future. It’s time for Congress to finally act,' Scranton Mayor Paige Congnetti said.

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Pa.’s Casey: GOP voter suppression bills are ‘really just about white supremacy’ | Monday Coffee

By: - July 26, 2021

In a Sunday TV interview, the Keystone State's senior senator suggests alternatives to abolishing the filibuster to move stalled voting rights bills.

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Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems | Friday Coffee

By: - July 23, 2021

"Jeff Bezos is going into space tomorrow. Yesterday, on earth, I saw a man search for food in a trash can," the critic Charles Preston observed on Twitter.

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

By: and - July 22, 2021

(*This story was updated at 12:03 p.m. on Thursday, 7/22/21, to correctly note that U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District, was marked ‘non-voting’ on the PFAS bill.) WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals […]

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Delta Variant 101: What you need to know to protect yourself | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - July 22, 2021

Here's how the rapidly spreading Delta variant might change your behavior.

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‘We are committed to competition’: Top Wolf official says

By: - July 21, 2021

The Wolf administration requested $340M in emergency contracts during the pandemic, according to a published report

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Experts warn against ‘sham election audits’ movement | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 20, 2021

Conspiracy theories, disinformation and outright lies can spread through social media and other means to undermine legitimate elections, experts warn.

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One nation under who? Inside the trust gap that’s splitting the nation | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - July 16, 2021

We knew we were polarized. New polling data illustrates the stark differences.

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As child tax credit checks hit mailboxes, ‘I’m looking forward to having the safety net,’ Pa. mom says | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - July 15, 2021

About 2.3 million children statewide are expected to benefit from the $250-$300 monthly payments authorized by the American Rescue Plan.

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In Philly, Biden threw down the gauntlet in the battle over voting rights. It’s a fight we can’t shirk | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 14, 2021

The challenges and the risks to the Republic, laid down in a fiery speech at the National Constitution Center, could not have been more clear.

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Black Americans are more likely to be harmed by high drug prices. How one Pa. lawmaker is trying to help | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 13, 2021

Nearly 30 percent of people who take prescription medications struggle to afford them. The burden is disproportionately borne by Black Americans, a new report concludes.

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With Pa. in play, nat’l party committees raise $337M through June | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - July 12, 2021

Pa.'s open U.S. Senate is among the most likely to flip in 2022. With control of Congress on the line, the Big 2 aren't messing around.