John L. Micek

John L. Micek

John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.


At Williamsburg, a reminder of what we’ve gained, and could yet lose

By: - January 1, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — An appropriately picturesque walking bridge connects the Visitors’ Center at Colonial Williamsburg to the meticulously recreated historic site about a mile away. And every step along it is a step backward into our tangled, jumbled, and often painful history as a nation. At regularly spaced intervals, plaques set into the concrete remind […]


What the Dems need to do about their Manchin problem

By: - June 13, 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 bipartisanship with Republicans […]


In speech to Congress, Biden bet on democracy. It’s up to America to prove him right

By: - May 1, 2021

During his anything-but-typical address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden used the word “democracy,” over and over again. Some were run-of-the-mill evocations, as was the case when he spoke of “revitalizing” our democracy — a promise made by more than one more president, and a bromide meant to soothe […]

‘A once-in-a-generation investment’: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure package

By: - March 31, 2021

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


Biden’s executive orders aren’t the problem. A broken Congress is.

By: - January 30, 2021

It was tough not to chuckle at a New York Times editorial this week chastising President Joe Biden for the barrage of executive orders that have gone flying out of the Oval Office during his first week behind the Resolute Desk, as if he were the first president ever to do so. “This is no way to make law. A […]


COVID-19 outbreak: We’re in a crisis. Let’s not waste it.

By: - March 13, 2020

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, you might remember, then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” A decade-and-a-half ago, America was in the throes of The Great Recession, and […]