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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: 3 ways states can help local governments in Pa. and beyond shore up their bottom lines | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - July 9, 2021

Local tax limitations can hamper cities' and counties' fiscal stability, according to new research by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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An Az-style audit? Welcome to #HotMessSummer, Pennsylvania | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - July 8, 2021

Forget violence in the streets or a looming eviction crisis, Pa. Republicans cannily pounce on another non-existent problem with an Az-style audit.

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New Pa. law imposes tougher public meeting requirements | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 7, 2021

Municipalities, school boards must now post agendas no later than than 24 hours before the start of a public meeting

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Pa. Republicans are weaponizing the state Constitution. No one wins there | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - July 6, 2021

It's hard to amend the Constitution for a reason: To keep it from falling prey to short-term agendas

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Pa. lawmakers look to take a bite out of food delivery fees paid by restaurants | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - July 2, 2021

"The average consumer just doesn't care. They want convenience," one frustrated restaurant owner said.

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Personal income is up in Pa. and all 50 states. But many still struggle | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - July 1, 2021

State personal income increased 59.7 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2021 after decreasing 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, new federal data show. 

Pa. Supreme Court overturns Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, freeing him from prison

By: - June 30, 2021

After spending three years behind bars, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the sexual conviction of comedian and actor Bill Cosby. In its ruling, the state’s highest court said former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor’s decision not to charge Cosby in 2005, freeing Cosby to testify in a subsequent civil suit without his […]

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Report: Number of Americans who need long-term care will double by 2065 | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 30, 2021

By age 90, more than half of all U.S. adults require help bathing, eating, and with other activities of daily life.

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Pa. Rep. Perry faces heat for comparing Dems to Nazis during speech | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - June 29, 2021

'They're not the loyal opposition any more. They're the opposition ... they want to destroy the country,' U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said during a recent speech.

Pa.’s Toomey: Tax hikes are off the table to pay for bipartisan infrastructure deal

By: - June 28, 2021

"We don't have a bill to look at. We've got a framework and many very large important parts are completely undefined is just a line on a piece of paper," Toomey said.

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‘Your silence is deafening’: Here’s who came away empty-handed in this year’s Pa. budget vote | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - June 28, 2021

The $40 billion budget plan garnered plenty of praise for what it included, but also scorn for what it notably left out.

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These are the best and worst-run cities in the country. How did Pgh. and Philly stack up? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - June 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic tested local leadership like never before. Who passed and who failed?