John L. 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. Before joining the Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count.
Column: Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus. The act isn’t funny anymore.
By: John L. Micek - September 30, 2021
It’s way past political cliche, but that old “Popeye” comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation’s debt ceiling that’s soared past cartoonish farce. In […]
Column: Biden threw down the gauntlet in the battle over voting rights. It’s a fight we can’t shirk.
By: John L. Micek - July 16, 2021
It was hard to miss the challenge that President Joe Biden posed to Americans as he burned through a fiery speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon. Led by “bullies and peddlers of lies,” Republicans in Congress and state legislatures around the country are engaged in an historical assault on the right to vote that poses […]
John L. Micek: A 9/11’s worth of Americans died in a single day from COVID-19. Trump abandoned the field.
By: John L. Micek - December 3, 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 […]
Actor/activist Alyssa Milano launches fundraising push to flip Michigan in 2020
By: John L. Micek - January 17, 2020
Actor and activist Alyssa Milano took to social media this week to announce that she’s launched a fund-raising effort to support grassroots organizing efforts in three states that delivered the White House to President Donald Trump in 2016. Milano’s “2020 Fund” will aid groups in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which are already the focus of […]
Column: Trump’s Iran attack is a reminder Congress has to reclaim its war-making authority
By: John L. Micek - January 3, 2020
It didn’t take long for “World War III” to become a trending topic on Twitter in the hours after news broke that a drone strike by U.S. forces resulted in the death of a top Iranian military commander. Almost simultaneously, Twitterati who’d never heard of the now-late Qasem Soleimani until cable news and social media blared his […]
Pentagon announces it will study PFAS at military bases
By: John L. Micek - October 16, 2019
Amid heightened public awareness and increased legislative pressure, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General says it’s going to study its use of the water contaminants known as PFAS chemicals at military bases around the country, including the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. That news comes via U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Brian […]
Kildee, Fitzpatrick push EPA on regulating PFAS in drinking water
By: John L. Micek - February 21, 2019
A bipartisan congressional duo is pressing the incoming head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more clarity on the agency’s plans to tackle a class of chemicals found in drinking water that are raising serious public health concerns. U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) want U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) […]