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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.

Wolf’s approval rating reaches its highest point in new Quinnipiac poll

By: - May 16, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf’s popularity with Pennsylvania voters is at its highest point, as the Democrat gets ready to embark on his fifth year of budget negotiations with the Republican-controlled General Assembly. A clear majority of state voters, 54 percent, approved of Wolf’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Not quite a […]

These Pa. schoolkids wanted people to skip using plastic straws for a day. They got a crash course in politics instead

By: - May 16, 2019

Some suburban Philly fourth graders had a plan to help the environment. It didn't take long for things to go to (Eastern) hellbender.

House Republicans again call on Rep. Brian Sims to apologize for harassing Planned Parenthood protesters

By: - May 15, 2019

Republican leaders in the state House on Wednesday issued a sternly worded rebuke of state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, demanding he fully apologize for separate incidents in which he harassed protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia, saying his actions “are a reflection on all of us, regardless of party affiliation.” Sims, who was […]

COMMENTARY

How the House’s Democratic women owned the debate over Down syndrome abortion ban | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - May 15, 2019

Sometimes there's wisdom in knowing when to cede the floor

Pa. Attorney General Shapiro sues Purdue Pharma for ‘deceptive’ tactics selling OxyContin

By: - May 14, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took the fight against opioid abuse to one of the nation’s biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers Tuesday, charging that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, conducted a “relentless campaign of deception” that led to the deaths of 26,300 Pennsylvanians in less than a decade. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, […]

Activists mark 65th anniversary of landmark school desegregation case: ‘There’s always more we can do’

By: - May 14, 2019

This Friday, May 17, marks 65 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, finally desegregating America’s public schools. In the two generations since then, America has made great progress, but “there’s always something more we can do.” That’s the message activists at a weekly “Tuesdays […]

President Donald Trump will rally in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on May 20

By: - May 13, 2019

President Donald Trump will return next week to the state that helped put him in the White House in 2016. The Republican will rally Monday in Lycoming County, just a day before voters cast their ballots in a critical special election there. Trump’s campaign said the president is headed to Lycoming County to show his […]

COMMENTARY

This is what opioid abuse in Pennsylvania looks like | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 13, 2019

From the courthouse to the halls of state government  -- and seemingly everywhere in-between -- Pennsylvania has made fighting the scourge of opioid abuse a priority over the last few years.