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Finally figured it out!!!
It's so simple, I'm embarrassed. I've just been away from Premiere for about a year and the obvious wasn't obvious anymore. Enough excuses...
Just add a mono track! Go to the Timeline panel -> right click on any of the audio tracks -> select "add tracks" -> in the "Audio Tracks" area select "Track Type" as "Mono", in the "Video Tracks" area change "Add  Video Track" to "0" (this last step is optional if you don't want to add another video track)-> click "OK".
Now use the new audio track to use your microphone for voice-overs. Now there is no need to mess with left fill/right fill effect filters.
So now the question is... Why is this common question, "why is sound only coming out of one speaker while using a microphone?" given the common answer, "use left fill or right fill effects"?
It seems that using a mono track is the simplest solution. Instead of dragging filters to all of you voice-over clips. Not to mention a mono track takes up less hard drive/disk space than a stereo track. AND, mono is usually suggested by professionals for voice-overs. Am I missing something?
yes, it is the simplest solution, no doubt. You probably hit the nail on the head when you said the obvious wasn't obvious. the only other reason you might want to use a stereo track for mono might be to pan.