Ryan Ferns and "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week"
I noted on Friday that it appeared that our local "newspapers" were celebrating "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week." As of this morning, the papers have covered Capito, McKinley, and Morissey but have ignored their favorite state senator, Ryan Ferns. Ferns has been making news but my hunch is that it doesn't lend . . .
Active fracking bills
SB 508 - nuisance lawsuits
On Thursday SB 508 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (I previously wrote about this bill here.) According to the Gazette-Mail:
The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation or the terms of . . .
Updated February 20
Rep. David McKinley
Yesterday, both local "newspapers" carried an article detailing Representative David McKinley's views on replacing Justice Antonin Scalia despite the fact that what McKinley believes doesn't matter -- members of the House have no input on the matter.
In the article McKinley rehashed the . . .
And so do our senators
Highlights of this morning's Intelligencer editorial (note -- no link - the editorial was not posted online):
For the good of all Americans, Scalia should be replaced by someone like him.
"All Americans?" That's a bit presumptuous -- you don't speak for me.
With less than a . . .
with February 15 update
Kasich on the front page
Yesterday's Intelligencer top-of-the-page headline proclaims the earth-shattering news:
Kasich Touts His Conservatism
Okay, by what criteria is this the top new story of the day? Did readers not know that he was conservative? Or is it that he was hiding it and now he's touting it? . . .
Do our local "newspapers" know that the legislature is in session?
House approves religious exemption bill
The AP is reporting:
A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
Approved by Thursday's 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions . . .
Describing the West Virginia legislature?
Among local columnist Mike Myer's favorite Obama quotes is one from his 2008 campaign for the presidency. Candidate Obama was speaking about why some of the people in central Pennsylvania, specifically, and rust belt Americans, more generally, didn't vote for him, when he said:
They get bitter, they cling to guns or . . .