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“No credible group has ever said ‘we want to host a debate.’”

-- Republican District 1 Representative David McKinley on why there has not been a debate between the candidates

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Why has there been no debates between our congressional candidates? As our Republican representative told the editor of the Daily Antheneum, "no credible group" has been willing to host a debate. Since he made that comment, WV Metro News talk show host Hoppy Kerchival and the Charleston Gazette-Mail have both volunteered. . . .

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October 18, 2018

A look at the "guns in the schools" issue

Should the rest of the country follow Barnesville and the state of Ohio?

Ohio gets serious

Monday’s Wheeling papers had a long (by their standards) article on teachers carrying guns in Ohio schools. After quoting Trump on what a great idea it is, the article tells us:

Under the cloak of security, school districts in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties have armed teachers — many without telling the . . .

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October 17, 2018

"hillbilly," small-town West Virginia, and the WV Roadkill Cookoff

Recent media explorations of the Appalachian and West Virginia stereotype

A new film about the Appalachian stereotype

The preview:

The movie is titled "hillbilly." The directors are Ashley York and Sally Rubin. Here's the synopsis:

Appalachia is no stranger to the complexity of media representation. Since our country's inception, there has been a palpable . . .

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October 12, 2018

If Ogden papers are so “vital” to our community, why must they continually tell us that?

Wouldn’t it be self-evident?

From today’s editorial* celebrating National Newspaper Week, “Newspapers Vital In Informing Public,” in the Wheeling News-Register:

Right here in our communities, newspapers matter because our readers know they can turn to us for the real story, when social media has run amok. They know our reporters will ask the questions – of . . .

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October 10, 2018

Here’s another excellent newspaper report on the views of the candidates in WV’s First Congressional District

Of course, it’s not from an Ogden paper; it’s from the WVU student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum

In August, I highlighted an excellent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that examined, with some depth, the views of Republican incumbent, David McKinley, and the Democratic challenger, Kendra Fershee. Of course, the G-M is not located in the First District, but it was still far superior to anything that has been published in our local . . .

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October 09, 2018

The Wheeling Intelligencer in August: “Special interests and powerful politicians seeking to influence us are wasting their time”

Yeah, right. Then why is it astroturfing us with a Koch-backed energy industry lobbyist pushing fossil fuel propaganda?

The quotation in today’s title is from an August Intelligencer editorial celebrating their anniversary. Unfortunately for its readership, their willingness to bow to special interests (especially in the fossil fuel industries) is once again borne out on its front page.

The morning paper’s headline read:

Report: Shale . . .

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October 08, 2018

West Virginia politicians and the Kavanaugh vote

Manchin, Capito and a coat-hanger councilman

AP suggests that Senator Manchin faces a "firestorm" for his vote

From the Associated Press earlier today:

Democrat Joe Manchin faces firestorm at home after voting for Kavanaugh

Here's the key paragraph:

A day after Manchin broke with his party on what may be the most . . .

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October 07, 2018

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