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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.

Pa. Supreme Court case could give guidance on ‘Fair Share Act’: report

By: - March 4, 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to hear a case Wednesday that could give trial and defense lawyers alike some clear guidance on how damages are parceled out in civil lawsuits. As The Legal Intelligencer reports, the high court will be asked to decide if “the [Fair Share Act of 2011] means that courts can […]

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These are the most — and least — prosperous places to live in Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 4, 2019

It’s been about ten years since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. And by most measures, America’s economy is humming along at a pretty good clip. But, as recent research by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution demonstrates, not every part of the United States has shared equally in that return to prosperity. In fact, […]

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Say it with us: Weather isn’t climate | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 4, 2019

Good Snowy Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. This weekend’s spate of snowy weather has us thinking about climate change – mainly, why are we even debating this any more? Just about every civilized nation on earth has recognized it. Yet us stubborn Yanks sit here, staring at the sun, arguing what’s clear as day before our eyes. […]

Money for Pittsburgh air base won’t be affected by Trump’s emergency declaration: report

By: - March 1, 2019

An $85 million project aimed at helping an Air Force Reserve station near Pittsburgh accommodate larger C-17 cargo planes won’t be affected by the Trump administration’s plans to shift federal money away from defense projects to construction of a border wall. The Morning Call of Allentown reported Friday that funds for the construction of those […]

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Top Pa. Senate Dem launches anti-poverty bills. Is this the AOC effect in Harrisburg? | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 1, 2019

A Philadelphia Democrat wants his colleagues to be required to consider the impact of their policies on the poorest Pennsylvanians,

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Pat Toomey & Brian Fitzpatrick: A tale of two Republicans | John L. Micek

By: - March 1, 2019

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his reelection chances — tells us a lot about the state of the GOP in 2019. First up, there’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, the Keystone State’s junior United States senator. If […]

Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds

By: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania is making progress at encouraging strong families, and becoming a state where infants and toddlers can grow up in good health and encounter positive early learning experiences, a new report has found. The Keystone State is listed among 13 states, including neighboring New Jersey and Ohio, that are “improving outcomes” when it comes to raising […]

Casey, Pa. Dems want to know if Trump’s border wall declaration will hurt state military projects

By: - February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator wants the Pentagon to come clean on how President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the border wall could potentially affect roughly $200 million worth of military construction projects in the Keystone State. Casey, joined by every Democratic member of the state’s U.S. House delegation, sent a letter to acting Defense Secretary […]

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Pat Toomey plays ‘Hamlet’ on TV. The House is going to force him to choose | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - February 28, 2019

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Let’s take a moment to consider the case of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. If we know one thing about the Lehigh Valley Republican, it’s that he often plays it cagey, keeping his thoughts to himself, waiting until the last moment before he makes his opinion on a big issue public. Consider […]

How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

By: - February 27, 2019

The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation. Here’s how every […]

Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t have a fave superhero, but he did love “Classics Illustrated” — which explains so much

By: - February 27, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf held an Q&A session on Instagram on Wednesday. And while it lacked the intensity of … say … the Watergate hearings, there were a few surprise glimpses into the psyche of Pennsylvania’s chief executive. For one, the session did settle the “Debate We Didn’t Even Know We Were Having” over whether Wolf […]

Gov. Wolf’s campaign wants to raise $20k for Democrat in North Carolina congressional race

By: - February 27, 2019

Now that it doesn’t have to worry about raising cash for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign apparatus is looking for other places to flex its fundraising muscles. Mission accomplished? In a Tuesday email blast, Wolf’s campaign asked supporters to help them raise $20,000 by Thursday at midnight so that Democrat Dan McCready’s campaign can meet […]