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"They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them"

Describing the West Virginia legislature?

Among local columnist Mike Myer's favorite Obama quotes is one from his 2008 campaign for the presidency. Candidate Obama was speaking about why some of the people in central Pennsylvania, specifically, and rust belt Americans, more generally, didn't vote for him, when he said:

They get bitter, they cling to guns or . . .

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February 09, 2016

Murray Energy: politics and $$$

Catching up on the 2014 election -- oops, they somehow missed $35,000

Cleveland.com reported last week that:

Murray Energy Corp.'s PAC acknowledged it failed to publicly disclose $35,000 it gave in 2013 to a political fund controlled by John Boehner, then the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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February 07, 2016

Morrisey watch 14

So what if the state loses (yet again) -- AG Morrisey has a November election to think about?

Despite a long losing streak in judicial suits involving the Clean Power Plan, WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and 24 other state attorney generals are trying an even more unlikely-to-win tactic -- going directly to the Supreme Court. As The Hill reported on Wednesday:

The state attorneys general leading the court fight . . .

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February 07, 2016

Slashing severence taxes now - "just plain stupid"

Booth Goodwin criticizes Robert Murray in op-ed piece

Are the times changing or is this just WV politics?

From an op-ed piece by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Booth Goodwin in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Coal bosses don’t care about us. This is the clear message Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray sent to the People of West Virginia last week when he . . .

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February 03, 2016

The Koch brothers look to buy themselves another state

WV Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole speaks at exclusive Koch gathering for high-rolling political donors

Metro News had the following headline in mid-December:

Cole: Upcoming Legislative session ‘zero’ about run for governor

As they reported:

With the session less than one month away and lawmakers prioritizing their agendas, Cole said his mission is all about “delivering a subsidized session for the taxpayers for . . .

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February 02, 2016

Odors of ignorance

Mike Myer attacks the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mike Myer's Sunday column, "There Is 'Odor of Ignorance,'" attacks the "big-city types" at the Charleston Gazette-Mail for what he argues is a bigoted editorial about the citizens of Tyler County and, in particular, School Board President Bonnie Henthorn, for her decision to home-school her children:

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February 01, 2016

Back on the front page: "Murray: Bankruptcy Possible if No Tax Cut"

A look at the severance tax cut proposal

Once again Robert Murray is back on the front page. On Thursday, he "demanded" a tax reduction (see three posts down); this time he argues that without a drop in the severance tax his company will face bankruptcy.

Half of the article is devoted to his explanation of the unfairness of WV's severance tax and the . . .

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January 31, 2016

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