Capito still opposed to gun legislation
On Wednesday, President Trump surprised Republican lawmakers and the NRA by making statements that he would support some forms of gun legislation. Late yesterday, the New York Times and other news sources reported that the President, after meeting with the NRA, was backing away from that position:
The top lobbyist for the National Rifle . . .
Robert Murray is not pleased with the Senate's tax plan
From The Sting (Hill 1973):
Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, and his company made major campaign contributions to Donald Trump and the Republican Party last year. Open Secrets tells us:
(U)sing its corporate coffers and its PAC, Murray Energy donated a total of $1.5 million to political candidates, party committees and . . .
Intelligencer buries West Virginia campaign fraud story with local/state implications on the obituary page
Not much to see here
If you look for it, you can find a skeleton of a story on page 2 of yesterday’s Wheeling Intelligencer in the last column right below “Funerals Today."1 It’s a three paragraph AP report and the headline reads:
Businessman Accused of Campaign Fraud
The AP story:
MORGANTOWN (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a . . .
Senator Capito gets another chance to support the citizens of her state
If you’ve been following the news, you know that the Republicans may soon try to replace Obamacare with yet another plan. West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who voted for the last replacement attempt, once again may be a critical vote. For Capito, this one should be no-brainer for an obvious reason: money for opioid treatment. Capito . . .
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
From . . .
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 lives this weekend in . . .
From today's Intelligencer: a collection of half-truths, no truths, and disingenuousness (a typical Saturday opinion page)
The lead editorial implores the Republicans to keep fighting to replace Obamacare
Of course we learn (without evidence) in the editorial how Obamacare is universally hated, "choking" state budgets, and has all sorts of horror stories that everyone (including Democrats) have heard. That's what the editorial tells us but the most . . .