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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.

COMMENTARY

Wolf will sign expanded pension forfeiture legislation. But why stop there? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 21, 2019

Picking the low-hanging fruit is better than picking none at all.

‘We are here to ensure that every life has dignity and worth’: Turzai, allies roll out new Down syndrome abortion-ban bill

By: - March 20, 2019

Hoping the second time’s the charm, abortion opponents in the state House rolled out a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, though such bans have faced constitutional challenges in other states and face a guaranteed veto from Gov. Tom Wolf. Surrounded by families raising children with the genetic […]

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New poll shows support for Wolf’s teacher minimum wage hike | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 20, 2019

In polling, as in life, it's safe to say you get what you pay for.

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A new bill, a new legislative session. But the math of property tax reform remains as daunting as ever | Analysis

By: - March 20, 2019

Math is hard. Property tax reform math is even harder.

At Penn State stop, Democrat Beto O’Rourke brings the 2020 fight for the White House to Pa.

By: - March 19, 2019

The Texas Democrat traveled to a key state for 2020.

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This map explains the depth of America’s affordable housing crisis | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - March 19, 2019

No state has an adequate supply of homes for its poorest renters, a new report concludes

Pa.’s embattled state-owned universities are facing their challenges ‘aggressively and audaciously,’ top official says

By: - March 18, 2019

The 14 state-owned universities are dealing with their challenges, including rising tuition and declining enrollment, "aggressively and audaciously," Chancellor Dan Greenstein said Monday.

Older, female, and non-white: A snapshot of Pennsylvanians with disabilities | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 18, 2019

The data reveal some sharp inequities in education and income — with Pennsylvanians with disabilities tending to earn less and at a lower level of educational accomplishment.

COMMENTARY

How do you keep the kids in Pa.? We’re going to spend this week finding out | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - March 18, 2019

To da one on da flam. Boy it's tough to keep the kids in Pa.

‘This wasn’t about the wall:’ On ‘Meet the Press,’ U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey defends vote against Trump’s emergency declaration

By: - March 17, 2019

The vote was about protecting the separation of powers, the Pennsylvania Republican said.

In break with Trump, Pa. U.S. Sen Pat Toomey will vote to disapprove White House’s border wall grab

By: - March 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Republican had previously expressed concern about the declaration, but had stopped short of outright opposition.