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From today’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial: “This is not a political issue”

It never is when Republicans are at fault*

I seldom comment upon local editorials about Ohio politics. (Ogden editorials about West Virginia politics are usually more than enough to keep me busy.) A sentence in the editorial, “Probe Charter School Fiasco,” caught my attention, however, and I couldn’t let it go by without some research and comments.

The editorial is about a . . .

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November 27, 2018

Today’s Wheeling News-Register features 1500 words on a Republican House of Delegates incumbent from WV’s Eastern Panhandle who lost by 12%. For those of us who live in WV’s Northern Panhandle, how is this news?

Answer: it’s Shelley Moore Capito’s nephew!

Ogden political reporter, Steven Allen Adams, and the News-Register have outdone themselves with one of the longest front-page stories this year and it’s about a non-local candidate who lost by over 800 votes earlier this month. (The article looks to be a shoo-in for the “Worst News Article of the Year Award” -- especially with two-time . . .

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November 25, 2018

Today's top story at major U.S. newspapers is a new government study on climate change

Today's Wheeling Intelligencer ignored it (Updated 11/25)

Nationally:

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The opening paragraph from the widely-used Associated Press story:

As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. The White House . . .

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November 24, 2018

"Black Friday" for the Intelligencer

A suggestion for Ogden "newspapers" around holidays: give up the pretense that you're about "news"

News usually suggests timeliness and importance; today's front page had neither

Article 1: At the top of the front page is a story about the chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party and his Facebook post that suggested that the California fires were God's punishment for being a liberal state. This story broke last . . .

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November 23, 2018

Does today's pro-Warner editorial actually show some insight and honesty?

(Yes, a little insight and some inadvertent honesty)

No Warner news story but we do get the inevitable editorial

Regular readers of the Wheeling Intelligencer knew it was coming. In the absence of any actual news coverage of West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner just having cost the state a couple of million dollars (see previous two posts), we instead get an editorial defending . . .

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November 21, 2018

What AP story about West Virginia was carried in Nashville (TN), Beaufort County (SC), Olympia (WA), and Columbus (IN) newspapers but not in local Ogden papers?

Hint: It's about a West Virginia elected official

As of 4 PM today there were 370 news sources that carried the following Associated Press news article:

State settles lawsuits alleging illegal firing over politics

The article:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees . . .

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November 20, 2018

“Lemme at em”

WV Secretary of State just cost WV over three million more dollars in wrongful termination lawsuits

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Two months ago, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner lost the first lawsuit to former employees who were wrongfully fired when he took office in January 2017. Here is how the Charleston Gazette-Mail described it last month:

The lawsuits stem from Warner’s firing of 16 rank-and-file employees in the secretary of . . .

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November 18, 2018

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