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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.

How Pa.’s members of Congress reacted to Trump impeachment articles

By: - December 10, 2019

This is a rolling list of reaction by members of Pa.'s U.S. House and Senate delegation. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

COMMENTARY

‘Not qualified?’ No problem. Pa’s Toomey votes to confirm Trump’s anti-abortion federal court pick | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 10, 2019

Sarah Pitlyk, who opposes abortion rights and IVF, has never tried a case, nabbing a "not recommended" rating from the American Bar Association.

COMMENTARY

With House committee vote looming, advocate talks about the fate of probation reform: Monday Morning Coffee

By: - December 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee is set to act today on a bipartisan bill aimed at closing the revolving door between probation and prison.

COMMENTARY

How Trump’s SNAP cuts will hurt people leaving prison, report | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - December 6, 2019

The White House is helping to undo criminal justice reform, which it supports. It's another instance of failing to see the through-lines of policy.

COMMENTARY

Grilling law school profs, U.S. House Republicans only showed off their ignorance | John L. Micek

By: - December 5, 2019

Instead of shouting at each other, GOP lawmakers should have listened for a few minutes. Who knows? They might even have learned something.

COMMENTARY

These are the most — and least — charitable states in the USA. How’d Pa. do? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 5, 2019

You're a generous lot, Pennsylvania. Be proud of it.

Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Democrats’ impeachment plan takes shape

By: and - December 4, 2019

The hearing comes after the House Intelligence Committee approved a report Tuesday night that details allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Trump’s political rival. 

COMMENTARY

Report: Most states have the reserves to handle a recession. Pa. is not one of them | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 4, 2019

The report by Moody Analytics paints a pretty bleak picture about the state of Pa's cash reserves, which officials have been slowly rebuilding.

Overdose deaths down, Wolf says, renewing Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration for the 8th time

By: - December 3, 2019

Pa.’s opioid prescriptions rate is now below the federal average and overdose deaths declined by 18 percent between 2017-18, the administration said.

COMMENTARY

How Pa’s ongoing debate over nat.gas is Frack-turing Democrats | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 3, 2019

Think all Democrats think alike on fracking? Think again. The lucrative natural resource -- and how to use it -- has splintered traditional alliances.

Wolf asks MLB not to cut ties with minor league teams in Erie, State College and Williamsport

By: - December 2, 2019

Wolf stressed the impact that cutting the teams would have on local economies. Forty-two of 160 minor league teams could be affected.

COMMENTARY

How a terrible abortion bill has Pa. making national headlines for all the wrong reasons – again | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - December 2, 2019

The upside - a gubernatorial veto. The downside - that doesn't last forever.