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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.

‘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 […]

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NatGas foes are just like Chairman Mao? Wait? What? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - April 4, 2019

Woke up this morning ... to Sopranos comparisons.

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Yes, what we don’t know about science can hurt us | John L. Micek

By: - April 4, 2019

It’s often said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The consequences of failing to pay heed to science are even greater.

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‘The need is really there:’ In rural Dauphin County, Gov. Wolf pitches his infrastructure plan | Analysis

By: - April 3, 2019

MILLERSBURG, Pa. — At the Colonnade Theater on Center Street, there’s Goose Island and Rolling Rock on tap. There are burgers on the menu in the snack bar. And this weekend, Disney’s live action version of “Dumbo” and the “Pet Sematary” remake the world never knew it needed will flicker to life on the theater’s […]

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Here’s what Pa. and Washington are doing to fight PFAS contamination in drinking water | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - April 3, 2019

Water, water everywhere - and a lot of it contaminated.

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean, others ask for $10M study on PFAS contamination

By: - April 2, 2019

With residents in her Pennsylvania district dealing with contaminated water, a suburban Philadelphia lawmaker has asked the federal Defense department to help clean up its own mess.

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Equal Pay Day: Here’s how Pa.’s gender pay gap stacks up to the rest of the country | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 2, 2019

According to Census data, the median income for a woman working full-time is 80 percent of that earned by a man.