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. House and Senate Democrats, Gov. Wolf tout bills fighting workplace harassment, discrimination

By: - March 26, 2019

House and Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday to roll out a package of bills they say would ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all state residents.

‘There should definitely be censure’: Pa. freshman rep. calls for action after ‘Islamophobia’ in House prayer

By: , and - March 26, 2019

'We need to be promoting inclusion, not division,' Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell told reporters Tuesday.

Pa. Democratic U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, Conor Lamb, and Susan Wild targeted in new GOP digital ad blitz: report

By: - March 25, 2019

The spots are part of "a five-figure digital buy. They will run on Facebook in all 55 districts the NRCC is targeting this cycle," Roll Call reported.


Three Mile Island at 40: ‘We were told a nuclear accident was as likely as a meteor falling from the sky’

By: - March 25, 2019

With the 40th anniversary this week of America's worst nuclear accident, survivors and experts discuss its legacy - and the ongoing public policy challenges it poses.


How long will we be debating the Mueller Report? Howzabout ‘Forever?’ | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 25, 2019

The Mueller report is done. Long live the Mueller report.

Report: Pa. part of progressive super PAC’s $50M push to weaken Trump in the Rust Belt

By: - March 24, 2019

President Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes in 2016 over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, breaking a three-decade-streak of Democratic presidential wins in a state rich with Electoral College votes.

Read every story and column in the Capital-Star’s ‘Brain Drain’ series

By: - March 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 and 64) is expected to decline by 1.4 percent, according to the state Independent Fiscal Office. At the same time, the number of people 65 and older is expected to grow by a whopping 23.4 percent. […]

The Mueller Report is done: Nearly every member of Congress from Pa. believes it should be public

By: - March 22, 2019

All 18 members of Pa's House delegation and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey are firmly in favor of releasing the report. Republican Pat Toomey had a more complicated answer.


America got schooled by New Zealand on gun control. We’re out of excuses now | Opinion

By: - March 22, 2019

While there are far fewer impediments, lawmakers in New Zealand were able to muster the will to work across party lines to pass an assault weapons ban. America can do the same thing if it really wants to.


A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 22, 2019

On the upside, at least there aren't any Visigoths at the gate.

‘Tragic and too often fatal:’ In York, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey touts bill fighting fentanyl imports

By: - March 21, 2019

YORK, Pa. — In 2014, it took Dave Sunday no time at all to tally up the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in York County. That’s because there weren’t any. That’s not the case anymore. In 2018, there were 129 fatal overdoses in York County where fentanyl, a synthetic opioid so lethal that even a […]