John L. Micek is the 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. Like the Mercury, the Capital-Star is part of States Newsroom.
Public defenders are the bedrock of our legal system. Tom Cotton damaged that.
By: John Micek - April 8, 2022
Since it seems to have become something of a thing of late, here’s what the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says about the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an […]
At Williamsburg, a reminder of what we’ve gained, and could yet lose
By: John Micek - December 31, 2021
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 you that, in […]
Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.
By: John Micek - September 6, 2021
So what can the plight of a little café tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]
‘A once in a generation investment’: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure package; creating millions of jobs
By: John Micek and Jacob Fischler - 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. […]
Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary
By: John Micek - February 18, 2020
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s cowardly abdication of its responsibilities two weeks ago, the Republican president now feels absolutely emboldened to trample on what few constitutional norms remain standing in Washington D.C. Since Collins, of […]
After witness vote, a Senate only Caligula could love
By: John Micek - February 3, 2020
The next time someone tells you that the U.S. Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, your answer should be no longer than two words: Marco Rubio. Here’s what the Republican senator from Florida, and one-time Leader of the Free World aspirant, had to say about the impeachment trial that will likely wrap up this week with […]