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Trump is president and the Republicans control state government

The West Virginia economy: so much winning!

How's the West Virginia economy doing, Mr. President?

President Trump on July 6:

Do you know that West Virginia is second in the nation in the percentage increase of GDP? Think of what that means. And Jim just said, “Before we met Trump, that number was not good.” Pretty close to last, right?

. . . . But now, . . .

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July 11, 2018

What did one of Ogden's favorite state legislators do for July 4?

Whatever it was, it's certainly worthy of a top-of-the-front-page news coverage

Stop the presses! A West Virginia lawmaker recently vacationed in England and visited Parliament. Yes, Senator Ryan Weld’s (R – Brooke) travels were featured at the top of the front page of this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer by reporter Steve Allen Adams.

Is this news? I don't think it is. At best, it's a feature story . . .

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July 10, 2018

"Where seldom is heard a discouraging word"

Representative David McKinley on Scott Pruitt

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Perhaps the swampiest of swamp critters in Trump’s cabinet, EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt has finally resigned. I'm not going to list his ethical transgressions -- they are all over the Internet and I assume my readers are familiar with them. Locally, of course, our "newspapers" have consistently defended Pruitt and . . .

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July 08, 2018

Time to cut spending: now that the rich got their tax cut, the Wheeling Intelligencer wants us to worry about the national debt

Not too predictable: this morning’s Intelligencer editorial wants us to rein-in spending

It’s been a while, but we now have editorial #3 on the national debt since the Republican tax cuts were passed last year. If you remember, our local “newspapers” couldn’t write enough great things about the tax cuts while they were being debated. . . .

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July 06, 2018

Reading the Sunday News-Register

Less news than last Sunday’s Wheeling News-Register (is that possible?) and another lack of disclosure

Were there any reporters working yesterday?

With no coverage of a local protest march against the president’s immigration policy, today’s “news” section tests the bottom on news coverage established just last Sunday. This Sunday’s edition of the Wheeling News-Register has only six pages of news vs. last week’s which had eight. With . . .

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July 01, 2018

Today's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial tells us to "reject harassment as political tactic"

There's no mention of President Trump's rhetoric in the editorial, however

An editorial in this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer wants us to reject the use of harassment in politics. Not this kind:

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But the Democratic Representative Maxine Waters' kind:

"If you see anybody from (Trump’s) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out . . .

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June 29, 2018

Some updates on previous posts and the latest polling results

Political cartoonists, China/West Virginia "understanding," and the most recent West Virginia senatorial poll

Rob Rogers' political cartoons

Three weeks ago, I did a blog post about Rob Rogers, then Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist, whose publisher and new editor wanted the P-G to be more pro-Trump. The pressure was put on Rogers, whose cartoons are known nationally, to soften his cartoons. He refused and was fired on June . . .

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June 28, 2018

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