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John Micek

John Micek

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief.

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Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards reminds us what heroism looks like

By: - June 10, 2022

Every Republican who’s ever denied, or tried to minimize, the hideously destructive reality of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, should be required to sit and listen to the testimony of Georgia native and Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards. And if it takes strapping them into a chair, and propping their […]

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Georgia Republican leads GOP revolt against U.S. House bill honoring iconic Black judge

By: - April 13, 2022

If there’s one thing that more than two decades of covering state government have taught me, it’s that bills renaming bridges, highways, and public buildings in honor of some famous personage are one of the last preserves of bipartisanship. Not so for the U.S. House of Representatives, who went full “Hold My Beer” late last month, […]

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Three poll numbers that should scare Democrats. And three that should give some hope

By: - February 21, 2022

If the central argument for President Joe Biden’s election in 2020 was his competence and decades of experience in Washington, three numbers in a recent nationwide Quinnipiac University poll are a warning shot for the White House and Democrats as they look to hold their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate. Here they are: 56, 61, and 62. And […]

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Opinion: Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now?

By: - December 6, 2021

Families in Michigan will set an empty place at the table this holiday season in the wake of the mass shooting at Oxford High School in southeast Michigan that left four children dead and seven more injured. The deaths at Oxford last week came a little more than two weeks before the ninth anniversary of the […]

‘Once in a generation investment’: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure plan

By: and - March 31, 2021

Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden released broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would rebuild highways and bridges, along with providing funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs […]

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‘Is this America?’ Black Capitol police officer’s plea a prelude to Trump trial

By: - February 12, 2021

Earlier this week, in an emotional moment among emotional moments, lead U.S. House Impeachment Manager, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., shared the story of a Black Capitol police officer and the racist abuse he endured when a mob with murder on its mind sacked the seat of government last month. “I sat down with one […]

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Trump rants while a 9/11’s worth of Americans die of COVID-19 in a day

By: - December 4, 2020

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump  released a video of himself standing behind a podium in the White House’s Diplomatic Room, where he delivered what he claimed was the “most important speech” of his presidency. The video, released on a day when the United States lost 2,798 people to the COVID-19 pandemic, did not show Trump […]

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Trump doesn’t seriously want to delay the election, just deligitimize it

By: - July 31, 2020

Abe Lincoln didn’t do it. And he was busy trying to hold the Union together. FDR didn’t do it. And he was leading the nation through the most violent days of the second World War. But Donald Trump, self-styled “wartime president,” Florida resident, and long-time absentee voter, waded into territory that two of the nation’s […]

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Yale study: COVID jobless benefits didn’t stop people from seeking work

By: - July 29, 2020

As Congress gears up to debate the new, Republican-authored COVID-19 relief package, you’re going to hear a lot of debate over whether the existing $600/weekly enhanced benefit (set to be expire this weekend) should be replaced with a far less generous plan reducing those benefits to an extra $200/week until states can implement a system that will […]