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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.

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 […]

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With Biden signing infrastructure bill, Pa. Dems go on offense to sell it | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden is set to sign the $1.2 trillion bill into law today. Democrats aren't wasting any time touting its home state benefits.

Pa. Health Dept.: Two-day total of more than 10.8K new COVID-19 cases; 2.6K hospitalized

By: - November 12, 2021

As of Friday, the statewide positivity rate was 9.3 percent, and 72.8 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the department.

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Report: Federal spending on children rose to 4-year high in 2021 | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - November 12, 2021

The share of federal spending on children rose to 11.2 percent in 2021, a 3.5 percent increase over 2020, a new report concludes.

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Legislature approves days honoring Gulf War, War on Terror vets | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - November 11, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Today is Veterans Day in Pennsylvania and across the nation. And unlike Memorial Day, which is a solemn pause to honor those who have fallen, today is a day to pay tribute to those among us who have stepped up to serve the nation in times of war — and in times of peace. […]

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Veterans Day 2021: Dulce et Decorum Est | John L. Micek

By: - November 11, 2021

To those among you who served, thank you from all of us at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5.2K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2.5K hospitalized

By: - November 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,269 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.6 million new cases since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Wednesday, 2,588 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 584 were in hospital intensive care units, and […]

‘A generational investment’: Pa’s Congressional Dems tout infrastructure bill’s benefits back home

By: - November 10, 2021

'We have had infrastructure week after infrastructure week. And I am proud to say that we have delivered,' U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District, said.

Pa. court panel voids Wolf admin’s school mask order; Wolf admin appeals to state Supreme Court

By: - November 10, 2021

The court's order has been stayed with the appeal to state Supreme Court, the administration said

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Poll: Young voters excited for 2022. Will they turn out for Dems again? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 10, 2021

'We witnessed historic turnout from young Pennsylvanians last cycle and our data shows they’re ready to keep up the momentum in 2022,' NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said.

Pa. Health Dept.: 4K new cases of COVID-19; 2.6K hospitalized

By: - November 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,021 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 1.6 million new cases since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Tuesday, 2,611 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 589 were in hospital intensive care units, and 353 were […]

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Bill upping penalty for fleeing on foot will just fill jails, lawyers warn | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 9, 2021

Recently approved Senate legislation, inspired by a fallen Scranton police officer, will disproportionately impact Black defendants, lawyers say.