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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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Pennsylvania is stronger than hate. But there’s so much work left to be done | John L. Micek

By: - April 10, 2019

A journey starts with a first step. Here's hoping it continues. 

Higher education shouldn’t be a ‘luxury’: Pa. community college advocates rally for more state funding

By: - April 9, 2019

When Andrew Helmer looks at Pennsylvania’s 14 public community colleges, he sees more than just campuses. He sees “reservoirs of knowledge.” “I know what community colleges do to train our employees of the future,” Helmer, the vice-president of human resources at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said Tuesday. He joined dozens of students, business leaders, and […]

Republican Fred Keller rolls out new ads in PA-12 special election

By: - April 9, 2019

Keller, a state House member, faces Democrat Marc Friedenberg in the heavily Republican seat held by ex-U.S. Rep. Tom Marino.

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This map drives home America’s growing economic divide | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 9, 2019

The 1 percent is doing more damage than you thought.

Ex-House Speaker Sam Smith’s father, former Rep. L. Eugene ‘Snuffy’ Smith, has died

By: - April 8, 2019

The former Punxsutawney mayor served 11 terms in the House from 1963 to his retirement in 1986.

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Once behind bars, new Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood says he wants others to have the same shot at a second chance he did

By: - April 8, 2019

Brandon Flood knows all about what it’s like to need a second chance. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he was looking for one himself. When he was 17, Flood was convicted on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. When he was 22, he was nabbed on a firearms violation. He’d […]

‘We will fight back:’ Crime victims rally for Marsy’s Law approval in Pennsylvania

By: - April 8, 2019

Marsy's Law, part of a national initiative named for a woman murdered in California in 1983, has already passed in 11 states. 

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Meet the Pa. lawmaker who’s the king of cookie-cutter, special interest legislation | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - April 8, 2019

So who's really writing the bills that Pa. lawmakers vote on every day?

Pa.’s Pat Toomey teams with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on fentanyl bill

By: - April 5, 2019

The bill would get tough on fentanyl imports and manufacturing from China.

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This is how the enormous 2020 Democratic primary field is messing with polling | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - April 5, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With its mix of ages, races, gender and experience, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary pack has been rightfully hailed as one of the largest and most diverse in years. But … just but … what if the primary field’s size and diversity is, at least in one significant way, working […]

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These are the top 5 most — and least — financially literate states in the country

By: - April 5, 2019

Do you have money tucked away for a rainy day? Have you cultivated sustainable spending habits? Or do you find yourself borrowing money to make it to the next paycheck? Those were among the metrics that the number crunchers at the financial literacy site WalletHub took into account as they put together their list of […]