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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.

COMMENTARY

Report: Pandemic exposed deep disparities in health coverage for Pa. kids | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - November 5, 2021

While threats to safety net programs existed before the pandemic, newly released data shows the pandemic's 'disproportional impacts ... by race and ethnicity on Pennsylvania households with children'

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5,100 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,500 hospitalized

By: - November 4, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,162 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 1.58 million since the start of the pandemic. As of Thursday afternoon, 2,571 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 606 were in hospital intensive care units, and 366 were using a […]

COMMENTARY

Will Pa. Dems heed the lessons they learned on election night? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - November 4, 2021

Republicans romped in the statewide judicial races. That’s a wake-up call for 2022.

Pa. Health Dept.: Three-day total of more than 10K new COVID-19 cases; 72 percent of adults vaccinated

By: - November 3, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 6,426 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth between 12:01 a.m. on Sunday and 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The agency confirmed a further 3,819 cases as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, for a total of  more than 1.57 million cases since the start of the pandemic. As of midday […]

COMMENTARY

Philly Dem. wants to ban native nicknames at Pa. schools | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 3, 2021

State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, says it's 'well established that mascots, logos, and the like, that stereotype or fetishize indigenous peoples highly correlate to the alarmingly high suicide rate among Native youth'

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Election Day 2021: The three races watch today | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 2, 2021

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Though many of you may already have voted by mail-in ballot, today is Election Day in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. And here in the Keystone State, voters will be out exercising the franchise in a host of critical municipal, county and judicial races. As I’ve noted more than […]

Pa. Health Dept: More than 7,400 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - November 1, 2021

As of Monday, the statewide positivity rate was 8.8 percent, down from 9.2 percent last week, and nearly 72 percent of Pennsylvanians 18 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the department.

COMMENTARY

The Top 5 Ways Biden’s domestic agenda helps Pa. kids, families, workers | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - November 1, 2021

A new analysis runs the numbers on the $1.75T plan expected to get a vote on Capitol Hill this week.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 4,500 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 29, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,506 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Friday, up from Thursday’s tally of 4,312 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1.55 million since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Friday, 2,738 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, a decrease over Thursday’s tally […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s agenda: Dems need to decide if they want to win a battle, or lose the war | John L. Micek

By: - October 29, 2021

The GOP is an existential threat to American democracy. Pass the plan, then get to the real work.

COMMENTARY

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Parnell hit with FEC complaint over book sales | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - October 29, 2021

Pa. Democrats allege Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sean Parnell profited from the sales of his books his campaign bought from his publisher and then gave away to supporters.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 4,300 new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,700 hospitalized

By: - October 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,312 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s tally of 4,178 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1.55 million since the start of the pandemic. As of midday Thursday, 2,742 individuals were hospitalized with the virus, a decrease over Wednesday’s tally of […]