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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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New Dem ad in Pa. hits GOP plan to sunset Medicare, Social Security | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - May 12, 2022

Abortion rights are on the ballot on May 17. But Dems aren't letting voters forget about these key pocketbook issues.

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action

By: and - May 11, 2022

Pa.'s U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican Pat Toomey, were on opposite sides of the bill.

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Proposed grant program would help classroom aides to become teachers | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 11, 2022

A new Pa. House bill aims to help address the Keystone State's teacher shortage.

Pa.’s Casey says he’ll vote for abortion rights bill

By: - May 10, 2022

(*This story was updated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/10/22 to correctly reflect that the Senate is voting on a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.) Pennsylvania’s senior United States senator says he’s a yes vote on a bill protecting abortion rights, handing Democrats crucial support in the narrowly divided chamber ahead of […]

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Kira Lapi (L) and Jeremiah Figueroa (R), both Lancaster County residents

A midterm gift? Abortion could swing persuadable Repubs to the Dems | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 10, 2022

GOP-leaning undecideds could be swung by the looming demise of Roe v. Wade, according to a new analysis.

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A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

Chesapeake Bay advocates praise feds for new conservation funds | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - May 9, 2022

The USDA will direct an additional $22.5M to help farmers with conservation efforts.

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Poll: Most Pa. voters ‘dissatisfied’ with state’s election system | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - May 6, 2022

Voters called for Voter ID, and an end to mail-in ballots, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll

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Yass, he can: Pro-charters billionaire jumps into key Pa. House, Senate races | Thursday Coffee

By: - May 5, 2022

A PAC connected to Jeffrey Yass, of Montgomery County, recently dumped $65K into Democratic contests, records show.

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The GOP’s anti-abortion crusade is not pro-family at all | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 4, 2022

There's always been a fatal flaw in the arguments of anti-abortion forces: Their indifference to children after they're born

Wolf: In wake of leaked Supreme Court opinion on Roe, ‘abortion is and will remain legal in Pennsylvania’

By: - May 3, 2022

All four of the leading Republicans vying for the GOP governor nomination oppose abortion rights, with two supporting no exceptions at all.

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With record tax collections, not spending would be ‘irresponsible,’ Wolf says | Tuesday Coffee

By: - May 3, 2022

The state collected $6.5B in General Fund revenue in April, the most ever for a single month.

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Monday is the deadline register to vote in the May 17 primary. What to know | Monday Coffee

By: - May 2, 2022

Your complete guide to participating in this very consequential election.