Manchin in the middle
Senator Manchin sees himself as the man in the middle looking for compromise to solve the problems that perplex the country. His view of Washington puts him between the increasingly conservative Republican Party whose strength in the state has been growing and his own Democratic Party which he sees as out of touch with everyday West . . .
Which is do you think is more likely to happen?
A. President Trump relocates his tie factory in West Virginia
B. President Trump signs expanded background checks on the public and private sale of guns
I realize that even with Trump's unpredictable record so far, both are longshots. That said, I think a tie . . .
Precipitating a government shutdown?
The Huffington Post warns that the funding for the coal retirees could be a major stumbling point in the passage of a budget:
A permanent funding fix for retired coal miners’ health benefits may be in trouble. And so could the federal government’s operation after the end of next . . .
The NY Times discusses the Trump presidency and Manchin's role
Sunday's New York Times Magazine featured a long article by Robert Draper, "Trump vs. Congress: Now What?" In the article Draper discussed the role that the West Virginia senator might play:
The Senate Democrat who, to outward appearances, . . .
Senator Joe apparently loves them
According to the WV Metro News, the senator attended two town halls on Thursday:
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., addressed two packed town halls Thursday, with topics ranging from the future of health care to marijuana. . . .
The first town hall was Thursday . . .
Manchin to do four this week, Capito and McKinley none
The AP is reporting that Senator Manchin will take part in four town hall meetings this week in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown.
Representative McKinley and Senator Capito continue to avoid them. Capito has been making noises that she may not support the current Republican health care proposal but I don't . . .
Senator Joe continues to look more and more like a (very) conservative Republican
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was interviewed on Fox News this morning. As he has been doing for the past three months, he praised Trump and criticized Obama. Watch it here.
Yesterday, Axios documented in detail Manchin's increasingly cozy relationship with Breitbart News:
Democrat Joe Manchin gets in with . . .
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