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Does Trump deserve credit for the improvement in West Virginia’s economy?

The Washington Post's fact checker looks at the evidence

Here’s President Trump three weeks ago with Sean Hannity:

“One thing that I am very proud of, the state of West Virginia. Last month, it was one of the highest percentage increases in GDP, the state of Texas beat it. And people are saying, wait a minute, West Virginia just came in second. Do you know what that is about? That is about cutting . . .

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November 01, 2017

What's Senator Joe been doing?

Joining with Republicans to approve an extremist anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ circuit court judge

According to Huffington Post:

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm circuit court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who has suggested Roe v. Wade was an “erroneous decision” and called the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty.”

Barrett was confirmed 55-43 to be a lifetime judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for . . .

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October 31, 2017

Senator Shelley's approval numbers tank

Maybe she needs to pay more attention to what her constituents are saying about healthcare

From today's Morning Consult Senate Approval Rankings:

The most dramatic swings in approval came for Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.). Their net rankings both went down 18 percentage points.

Since Morning Consult’s last release in July, West Virginians’ approval of Capito has fallen 8 points, . . .

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October 31, 2017

The Intelligencer covers (barely) the Trump campaign indictments

Look for an abridged version of the AP story on page 9 (below the weather map, next to the Goren bridge column and above the Bleifus Tire ad)

Here is today's front page (via Kiosko. net) of five major U.S. newspapers:

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While each of the newspapers (with the exception of USA Today) does feature local stories on its front page, the top story on each of these newspapers is the indictment of Trump campaign officials.

Turn to the front page of this morning's Intelligencer and . . .

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October 31, 2017

Town hall update

Senator Manchin held a town hall in Berkeley Springs on Friday while McKinley and the rest of WV's Republican delegation are still zero-for-2017

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Senator Manchin held a town hall in Berkeley Springs on Friday

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told West Virginia voters that the nation's biggest threat comes from unaddressed, excessive spending.

The Democratic senator held a town hall meeting Friday in Berkeley Springs, where he responded to a number of questions . . .

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October 29, 2017

Trump, the Republican Party, and of course, Wheeling “newspapers” response to questions about the president’s Russian connections? Attack Hillary.

Trump, some Republicans, and rightwing media are back to one of their old tricks to deflect the increasing scrutiny of the president’s Russian connections – bring back a previously discredited story about Hillary Clinton, Russia and uranium. Trump on Tuesday and Wednesday raised the point again followed by the usual suspects. Breitbart, for . . .

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October 27, 2017

The skulk* gets larger as the number of hen house inhabitants is about to get smaller

”How can someone with his focus on defending the industry at all costs be the right choice for the federal agency in charge of overseeing that industry?”

The above quote is from Davie Ransdell who was a former supervisor at the Kentucky Division of Mine Permits. Ransdell is talking about J. Steven Gardner who the Trump administration just named to head the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. From Ken Ward, Jr. in this morning’s Charleston Gazette-Mail:

President Donald Trump . . .

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October 27, 2017

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