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Health care: West Virginia, Joe Manchin, and the possibility of single-payer

The Affordable Care Act increased the number of West Virginian’s with health insurance in 2016

From the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy:

The data on health insurance coverage showed that 96,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2016, a decrease of 12,000 from 2015. In 2016, 94.7 percent of West . . .

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September 13, 2017

Senator Joe supports Trump's actions on "Dreamers"

Just in from Talking Points Memo:

Manchin Splits With Other Red-State Democrats, Praises Trump’s DACA Move

The article explains:

Members of Congress from both parties are furious at President Trump for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) ain’t one of . . .

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September 07, 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% . . .

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August 31, 2017

What are our representatives saying about Charlottesville and President Trump?

West Virginia's senators

Station WSAZ in Charleston asked our senators about Charlottesville and President Trump's response. While neither mentioned the president, both condemned the actions of the hate groups.

From Senator Manchin:

“Gayle and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost their . . .

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August 17, 2017

The Saturday Myer column: explaining recent West Virginia politics and a few words on western coal

The Governor switches parties

Local editor and weekend columnist Mike Myer devoted most of today's column to analyzing our governor's decision to switch parties. His conclusion:

During the past week, I’ve heard any number of speculations on why Justice switched parties (again). But the self-interest angle makes . . .

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August 12, 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 . . .

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August 07, 2017

Senator Manchin continues his courtship with Breitbart

It's "exclusive" so that probably means that Senator Joe can't date others

Yesterday, a number of news sources reported this story from the Associated Press:

White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

(It probably goes without saying that the Wheeling Intelligencer was not one of them.)

As the article explains:

The president's chief economic . . .

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May 28, 2017

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