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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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Dem dark money group to target Trump lawyers in ads in Pa., elsewhere | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 8, 2022

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. If you’ve already found yourself growing weary of the onslaught of television ads ahead of May’s key primary elections for Pennsylvania governor and U.S. senator, brace yourselves. The airwaves are about to get a bit more crowded. That’s because a high-powered dark money group with ties to the Democratic Party […]

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Pa. U.S. Rep. Susan Wild’s redrawn 7th District seat is a ‘toss up’ for ’22 | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 7, 2022

The Lehigh Valley lawmaker is the most vulnerable member of the 'Fab Four' class of 2018, a new analysis suggests.

SERS Board votes to drop Russian investments

By: - March 4, 2022

(*This story was updated at 2:40 p.m. on Friday, 3/4/22 at 2:40 p.m. to clarify that SERS has no financial exposure to Belarus) Officials at the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement system voted unanimously to divest assets connected to Russia or Belarus as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to intensify. The move, which was expected, will […]

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The one really big, terrible number for Dems in the new F&M poll | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 4, 2022

The number of Pennsylvanians who think they're worse off than a year ago hit a 5-year high in the new Franklin & Marshall poll.

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Pa. counties call for funding Biden’s mental health strategy | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 3, 2022

'The dynamic between the demand for services and the necessary funding is getting dangerously disproportionate,' an official said.

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This is the changing face of American gun ownership | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 2, 2022

Hard evidence is elusive. But trends point to Black women being the fastest-growing group of gun owners in the country.

How Pa. pols reacted to President Joe Biden’s debut State of the Union speech

By: - March 1, 2022

Biden rolled out a 4-point 'unity plan' that called for beating the opioid epidemic, among other measures.

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March on Harrisburg crashed a speech. It was a civics class in real time | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 1, 2022

Yes, the people who crashed Majority Leader's Kerry Benninghoff's speech were noisy. That's the point.

Protesters disrupt Pa. House leader’s speech, demand lawmakers pass a gift ban

By: - February 28, 2022

In wide-ranging remarks, the No. 2 Republican in the state House took on topics ranging from redistricting reform to whether the House will pass a broad rewrite of Pa. election law.

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Yanking Russian booze is a lay-up. Leaders still need to watch messaging | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - February 28, 2022

Americans have a nasty habit of sliding into xenophobia. The Russian people aren't the enemy here.

Pa. Liquor Control Board will yank Russian products from its shelves

By: - February 27, 2022

(*This story was updated at 5:16 p.m. on Sunday, 2/27/22 with additional reporting) Hours after Gov. Tom Wolf issued a call, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said that it will remove Russian-made products from the commonwealth’s roughly 600 state-owned liquor stores as a “show of solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine.” “As of […]

‘It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity:’ Advocates, officials emphasize need for high-speed broadband in rural Pa.

By: - February 25, 2022

High-speed broadband access could be the key to reinvigorating rural Pennsylvania, advocates said during Friday Zoom call.