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.
Trump isn’t serious about delaying the election. He’s deadly serious about destroying its legitimacy.
By: John L. Micek - August 6, 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 […]
Latest ‘scandal’ a reminder of the Obama we know and the one in Trump’s head
By: John L. Micek - May 18, 2020
We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain. From trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act to his bizarre and baseless accusation that the prior administration didn’t leave him the testing apparatus or counsel to prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no problem too […]
Trump’s attacks on independent oversight tell you all you need to know about his priorities
By: John L. Micek - April 10, 2020
President Donald Trump’s twin dismissals, just days apart, of two, highly respected government watchdogs, and an attack on still another, is a reminder of a fundamental truth: When it comes to making the key policy and political decisions that affect us all, Trump is guided by his own political self-preservation, not the well-being of the […]
Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary | John L. Micek
By: John L. Micek - February 17, 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. In the barely […]