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Where did the 100,000 jobs and the $36 billion investment figures come from?

Despite what Wheeling's papers tell you, it wasn't a WVU study

On Wednesday, the top-of-the-front-page headline in both Wheeling papers highlighted what looked to be an important story for the Ohio Valley:

Ethane Storage Could Bring 100,000 Jobs

The sub-headline further explained:

WVU study looks at possible $36B investment

And here is the story's lead paragraph about a just-released WVU study: . . .

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September 02, 2017

Which politician has the highest current approval rating in West Virginia?

The latest MetroNews Poll is out

Earlier today, MetroNews published its poll of approval/disapproval ratings for West Virginia's politicians. Here are the results:

  • Manchin 51% approval, 34% disapproval

  • Trump 48% approval, 39% disapproval

  • Capito 40% approval, 38% disapproval

  • Justice 34% approval, 44% disapproval

Some commentary

From . . .

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August 31, 2017

Project much?

The News-Register weighs in on aid to Hurricane Harvey victims

In an editorial, "No Room for Politics in Disaster Relief," the afternoon "newspaper" attacks Democrats for something the Republicans did with Hurricane Sandy aid:

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in . . .

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August 30, 2017

Cheerleading for Trump

So much for Murray Energy

Last week I wrote about Robert Murray and Murray Energy's attempt to get relief for coal fired power plants from the Trump administration. If you follow the coal industry, this was an important story. As the Associated Press reported:

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely . . .

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August 29, 2017

McKinley town halls 5

Still no town halls. Where's David?

See if you can find Representative McKinley. (A hint -- look for Waldo. Rumor has it that after years of traveling the world, Waldo finally settled down and took a job as a coal ash lobbyist -- that's why our representative is near by.)

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What's the congressman been doing?

August 9 to August 21

I could find no in-person constituent . . .

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August 26, 2017

Anniversary time

Same old, same old

It’s August 24, the day that the Wheeling Intelligencer was founded in 1852. Of course, the anniversary is an excuse for an editorial telling us what a great job they are doing in serving their readers. In a long lifetime of personal and professional media observation, I have never seen a media entity praise itself to the extent that Ogden . . .

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August 25, 2017

"You can’t always get what you want"

Trump administration rejects power plant protection

The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump administration has turned down a plea from Murray Energy to keep certain coal-fired power plants open:

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the . . .

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August 23, 2017

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