She'll be meeting with the President on funding for his border wall and co-leading the efforts to secure the necessary funding
Compared to our other West Virginia senator, Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito seldom makes news. I think she likes to keep a low profile and I've noted on a couple of occasions that she looks uncomfortable with some of the more front-and-center, purely-political responsibilities of her office. I google her name every 3 or 4 days to see . . .
It’s a “public relations nightmare” and so Pruitt’s EPA buries an important water study (with afternoon update)
A few Republicans (WV’s Capito, for one) are critical
Politico is reporting:
When Pruitt returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday, he will likely be asked to explain why EPA helped to bury a federal study that would have increased warnings about toxic chemicals found in hundreds of water supplies across the country. A handful of Republicans were quick to demand answers after POLITICO . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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:
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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% . . .