The Wheeling Alternative

An update on HBO, John Oliver and Murray Energy

From the Hollywood Reporter:

HBO has lost the first round in its fight with Murray Energy over a June 18 broadcast of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which covered President Donald Trump's generous treatment of the coal industry.

The network wanted a federal court rather than a West Virginia state judge to take up the quarrel over . . .

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August 11, 2017

McKinley town halls 2

Check this out. According to MetroNews, it's from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and it nicely calls attention to West Virginia Congressman Mooney's lack of town hall meetings.

Hey, Democratic CCC: Congressman David McKinley deserves equal recognition.

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August 11, 2017

It's distraction time

Reading the morning editorial

Former President Obama conducted a "vendetta" against the fossil fuel industry and West Virginians during his time in office. At least that is what a number of editorials in Ogden "newspapers" told us during his presidency. The reason for this "vendetta" was never explained. Was it because he was not from West . . .

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August 11, 2017

Republican Deathmatch 1* (A recurring series that will chronicle WV's Republican senatorial primary)

And I thought that I would never see the word "liberal" used to describe "Patrick Morrisey": what I learned from visiting Republican super PACs

We are still nine months away from the West Virginia primary but the Republican race for Senate has already heated up with the super PACs supporting Morrisey and Jenkins getting very busy.

For example, the Evan Jenkins-supporting website, Morriseys millions, tells us "some things we should know" about Attorney General Patrick . . .

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August 09, 2017

Representative David McKinley and town halls

What's Representative McKinley been doing during the August congressional recess?

The August congressional recess started last Monday. Last week, various news reports and Representative McKinley's Facebook page placed him in flooded areas through last Wednesday to tour and view the damage done by the recent flooding in the area. I think he deserves credit for that. However, there was no news or anything additional . . .

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August 08, 2017

Some follow-ups on Senator Joe, Sinclair Broadcasting and Mac Warner

"I don't give a shit" -- Senator Joe once again gets a bit annoyed with critics

Senator Manchin has been known to occasionally express his displeasure at those who criticize him. The best recent example that comes to mind is probably his conversation with a political activist back in February (see here). This morning's . . .

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August 07, 2017

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Poll numbers, swamp definitions, and hypocrisy

Myer reads the polls

Today's Mike Myer's column asks the question:

"Will Trump's Strategy Work?"

After reviewing November's election results, Myer wants to comment upon Trump's favorable and unfavorable approval ratings. To that end, he quotes statistics from Real Clear Politics which regularly averages . . .

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August 05, 2017


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