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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

What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - April 29, 2022

A word that's become synonymous with morality had a more totemic meaning to the Revolutionary generation.

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And justice for whom? Pa. lags on commutations, new data shows | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - April 28, 2022

A survey of 8 northeastern states found an average of one commutation for every 10K imprisoned people each year.

In a sharp-elbowed debate, Pa.’s Republican governor hopefuls make their pitch

By: - April 27, 2022

Four of the leading GOP candidates traded jabs on issues ranging from fossil fuels to abortion rights.

Pa. GOP governor hopeful Mastriano campaigned at event promoting QAnon

By: - April 27, 2022

The conference was organized by far-right activists Alan and Francine Fosdick, who have prompted QAnon conspiracy theories.

COMMENTARY

As deaths rise, a new call for gun reform. Will Republicans listen? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 27, 2022

'Pennsylvania’s leaders must step up to do their part,' Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday.

Report: New texts show Pa. Rep. Perry’s ‘key role’ in trying to overturn 2020 election results

By: - April 26, 2022

A newly published report sheds more light on the Pa lawmaker's role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results.

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Report: A third of states lost population in 2021 | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 26, 2022

Pa. didn't lose, but was one of the five slowest-growing states, costing it a congressional seat, new data show.

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Pa. Rep. Perry ‘endorsed’ plan to send pro-Trump extremists to the Capitol | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - April 25, 2022

The York County lawmaker, head of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, was in on the planning, according to a published report.

Pa. Education Secretary Noe Ortega is leaving, Wolf admin says

By: - April 22, 2022

Adding to a list of recent, high-profile departures, Pennsylvania Education Secretary Noe Ortega will leave his job on April 29, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Friday. Ortega is “taking this time to focus on family and to consider his next professional pursuit,” administration spokesperson Elizabeth Rementer told the Capital-Star. Ortega ascended to the top spot […]

COMMENTARY

Pa. Battleground Poll: Dems can win on immigration if the message is right | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - April 22, 2022

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A new poll of key 2022 battleground states offers Democrats a road map to victory among coveted Latino voters when it comes to immigration issues — if they’re willing to follow it. The bottom line? When they talk about immigration, try sounding less Republican. But to do that, Democrats are going to […]

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White House: Pa. to receive additional $19.3M to help cover home energy costs

By: - April 21, 2022

The money is included in the more than $385 million the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is releasing to states through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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Jackpot: Pa’s casino revenue hit an all-time high in March | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - April 21, 2022

Internet casino-type gaming broke the $110M mark for the first time, officials said.