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John Micek

John 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

Republicans, allies have blitzed the courts with voting, election lawsuits

By: - September 21, 2022

With the 2022 midterms little more than two months away, Republicans and their allies have blitzed the nation’s courts with election-related lawsuits, with more than half the legal actions attacking mail-in balloting. Republican-affiliated groups filed 41 lawsuits through Sept. 16, compared to seven last year, and 13 by the same point in 2020, according to […]

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Baby gets medicine

For all the “pro-life” bluster, GOP shows indifference to human life | Column

By: - May 4, 2022

In the hours after the bombshell leak of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion toppling Roe v. Wade, I awaited the torrent of Republican-authored press releases vowing to provide every resource the federal government could muster to support the millions of new families they were going to usher into existence. Of course, that didn’t happen. […]

COMMENTARY

Bullies understand one language. The U.S., West must speak with one voice | Opinion

By: - February 25, 2022

There are days when big news events just swallow up your entire schedule. Thursday was one of those days. As was the case at the onset of the pandemic, and again with the 2020 election and its aftermath, and the violence of Jan. 6, it felt like the only thing we could do as a […]

Dems, allies slam Republicans for blocking Biden’s Fed nominees

By: - February 16, 2022

Democrats and their allies went on the attack Wednesday, accusing Republicans of playing games with the nation’s economic recovery after Republican members of a key U.S. Senate committee boycotted a vote on President Joe Biden’s nominees to the Federal Reserve Board. In a call with journalists, Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison said U.S. Sen. […]

COMMENTARY

Stop using the ignorant ‘We’re a republic not a democracy’ line | Column

By: - June 24, 2021

Who knew that America was filled with so many amateur social studies teachers? Whenever I write about Republican-led efforts in state capitols across the land to sharply curtail voting rights (which disproportionately impact Black and brown voters who tend to support Democrats), I’ll often get a letter from an aggrieved conservative reader who reminds me, […]

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The Democrats’ solution to the Manchin problem? Move on. | Opinion

By: - June 11, 2021

As a Democrat from a staunchly Republican state, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, is a vanishing breed, not only in contemporary American politics, but in a Democratic Party that is steadily tacking to the left. The senator from the Mountain State has tied his party in knots this year with an insistence on […]

‘The first of many’: Democratic redistricting group files preemptive lawsuit in Minnesota, Pennslyvania, Louisiana

By: - April 27, 2021

A Democratic activist group helmed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has struck an early blow in what’s expected to be a brutal, nationwide legal battle over congressional redistricting, filing lawsuits in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, asking the judiciary to be ready to step in if mapmakers deadlock. The lawsuits came just hours after […]

REPORT: Biden takes lead in Pa., in range of the presidency

By: - November 6, 2020

(*This developing story will be updated) CNN Reports: CNN banner: “BIDEN TAKES LEAD IN PA, ON VERGE OF PRESIDENCY.” @JohnKingCNN: “Dramatic and potentially decisive” moment. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 6, 2020 Biden has a 5,587-vote edge in the Keystone State, based on the current numbers, according to a source at the Department of State. […]