John Micek http://wesa.fm en Examining Mike Fleck's Plans To Run Despite Losing The Republican Primary http://wesa.fm/post/examining-mike-flecks-plans-run-despite-losing-republican-primary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pennsylvania's first openly gay </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican legislator</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, State Rep.</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1097" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mike Fleck</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says he still will appear on the ballot in November's general election, even though he lost the Republican nomination in the primary.</span></p><p><a href="http://connect.pennlive.com/staff/jlmicek/posts.html">John Micek</a>, long-time Capitol reporter and now editor of the editorial and opinion pages for the Patriot-News and PennLive, explained that this is situation for Fleck is very unusual. When asked to rank it on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, Micek ranked it a 12.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is one of the great stories to come out of Election Day 2014, Primary Day 2014," he said. "Ironically, the same day that, you know, <a href="http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/?q=judge-john-e-jones-iii">U.S. District Judge John E. Jones</a>, here in Harrisburg, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-gay-marriage-ban-overturned-judge">struck down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Law</a>. It was not an irony that went unobserved by a lot of people."</p><p>Some people did not even realize that someone could be on the Republican ballot and win the primary for the Democratic party as a write-in.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:47:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30230 at http://wesa.fm Examining Mike Fleck's Plans To Run Despite Losing The Republican Primary When "Silly Remarks" Become Landmarks: The Gettysburg Address 150 Years Later http://wesa.fm/post/when-silly-remarks-become-landmarks-gettysburg-address-150-years-later <p>150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln stood in Gettysburg, PA, at the site of one of the most important battles of the American Civil War to consecrate a cemetery for those who died for the Union cause. Lincoln’s speech was brief but had a lasting historical impact.</p><p>In the new book titled, <em>The Greatest Speech Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address</em>, Judge James L. Cotton, Jr. looks at the influence Lincoln's famous words.</p><p>“The Gettysburg Address has just as much meaning and relevance today as it did 150 years ago,” says Cotton.</p><p>But he says the address received little appreciation in Lincoln’s lifetime.</p><p><strong>The Retraction Heard 'Round the World Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:36:28 +0000 Heather McClain & Katherine Blackley 20079 at http://wesa.fm When "Silly Remarks" Become Landmarks: The Gettysburg Address 150 Years Later Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season http://wesa.fm/post/micek-aclu-lawsuit-payday-loans-penndots-lost-construction-season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/index.html">Opinions Editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News </a>explains the many pressing issues at the state level.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12884 at http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_gets_budget_bu.html#/0">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/2013-14%20Governors%20Executive%20Budget%20CD.pdf">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_signs_off_on_p.html">Controversial issues </a>including liquor privatization and allocations for transportation funding remain in the Legislature until the fall, prompting a close examination of these pressing topics and the motivations behind both parties in both the House and Senate.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12400 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation