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Rep. McKinley makes up stuff about the American Health Care Act

And WV Public Broadcasting's Scott Finn lets him get away with it

On Friday, local congressman David McKinley did an extended interview with Scott Finn of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. (The article about the interview says that coverage of the 21+ minute interview was part of this morning's newscast.) Most of the interview (which you can listen to here) dealt with the recently-passed American . . .

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May 15, 2017

Senator Manchin in the news

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, seems closest to Trump . . .

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March 29, 2017

Senator Manchin wants to bring back the seventies' "war on drugs"

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On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin discussed what to do about the nation's drug problem with CNN's Jake Tapper:

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin called for a new "war on drugs" Tuesday to combat the opioid crisis striking his state of West Virginia, eagerly adopting the language of the now much-criticized Nixon-era push to curb . . .

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December 21, 2016

Nothing new but that doesn't matter - it's Bill Cole's plan

Reviewing this week's "Cole for Governor" editorial

Yes, this morning's "newspaper" gives us yet another editorial (I think it's now a Sunday requirement) telling us what a great governor Bill Cole would be. This time we learn about his "plan to battle the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia."

In the editorial's third sentence, we learn that Cole . . .

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August 21, 2016

Morrisey watch 17

"Attorneys General Work to Curb Drugs" and in others breaking news "Police Seek to Capture Criminals"

This morning's Intelligencer front page featured yet another non-story in support of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's re-election bid. Taking up one-third of the front page, we learn that he and Ohio Attorney . . .

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August 19, 2016

Morrisey watch 16

Finally, Attorney General Morrisey's drug conflict-of-interest makes the national news

The third story on tonight's CBS Evening News after Clinton's attack on Trump's foreign policy qualifications and more news about Prince's opioid problems was an excellent 4-minute segment on West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's conflict-of-interest with the drug companies that have compounded the state's . . .

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June 02, 2016

Following the WV legislature 1

Drug testing is back

This morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail is reporting that the legislature is looking at drug testing for welfare recipients:

The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee advanced legislation (SB 6) Tuesday that would mandate drug testing for about 2,000 adults who receive welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy . . .

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January 20, 2016

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