The Wheeling Alternative

Defending Capito

It's easy when you ignore today's early morning vote on health care

In Friday afternoon's editorial*, "Capito Position Remains Solid," the Wheeling News-Register acts as if today's health care vote didn't happen. Instead of explaining Capito's vote early this morning for the latest version of Trumpcare (see next post down), the editorial focuses on previous Republican proposals and . . .

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July 28, 2017

Ignoring her previous promises to her constituents, Capito votes for "skinny repeal" of Obamacare

Legislation is rejected, however

Early this morning, the United States Senate rejected an attempt by Republicans to repeal major portions of Obamacare. The vote was 51-49 with Republicans McCain, Murkowski and Collins joining all Democrats to defeat the bill.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito voted in favor of the bill despite her previous statements to the . . .

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July 28, 2017

West Virginia finishes #1 in recent Gallup poll

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July 27, 2017

The Intelligencer spins Capito’s vote

Regardless, the bottom line is that Capito lied to us

Today’s lead editorial in the Wheeling Intelligencer tells us "Capito,Portman Priorities Right"because, as the editorial sees it, they do what’s best for their constituents rather than what is best for the Republican Party.

To support the premise, the editorial describes some of their critics:

One television . . .

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July 26, 2017

Journalism on the cheap

Ogden Newspapers' business plan

A lot of what I write about on this blog deals with Wheeling's newspapers' right-wing Republican agenda that permeates the paper beyond the editorial page where it belongs. To that end, I often analyze and document the non-editorial page stories they choose not to carry as well as those they do. While I seldom note their ineptitude on . . .

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July 25, 2017

"The moderates always cave"

Here's Senator Capito's justification

Senator Shelley Moore Capito earlier today:

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July 25, 2017

Senator Capito in the news

(with 7/25 update)

Can the Republicans still secure her vote on the Obamacare replacement they propose this week?

For what it's worth, a number of online political sources still see the possibility that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be able to convince enough key Republican senators like Capito to pass a new Republican plan to replace . . .

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July 24, 2017

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