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Was today's Intelligencer editorial written by a Rep. David McKinley staffer or did the editorial writer simply rewrite the McKinley press release?

(There aren't any other choices)

An editorial in this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer heaps a good deal of praise on local representative David McKinley. The editorial begins by telling us that Congress will soon be acting on specific legislation to help sure-up the miners' health insurance program. One of the measures likely to be considered according to the . . .

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May 02, 2017

News-Register ignores the story with the most interest for West Virginians

Hey, but how about that dog park?

Late last night the Republicans and Democrats got together and came up with a trillion dollar spending bill that will finance the federal government through September. My concern when I first heard about it this morning was, probably not unlike many West Virginians, the fate of the retired UMWA miners. The lateness of the agreement meant that . . .

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May 01, 2017

Trump, Manchin and retired miners

Here's another fact-challenged tweet from President Trump on Thursday:

As fact checker Politifact explained later that day:

Trump’s tweet that "Democrats are blocking their . . .

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April 30, 2017

Coal news

A symbolic event with widespread coverage: Britain goes a full day without using coal for electricity

As the New York Times and others reported earlier this week:

Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that . . .

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April 28, 2017

The perils of trying to accommodate both sides

Manchin in the middle

Senator Manchin sees himself as the man in the middle looking for compromise to solve the problems that perplex the country. His view of Washington puts him between the increasingly conservative Republican Party whose strength in the state has been growing and his own Democratic Party which he sees as out of touch with everyday West . . .

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April 26, 2017

Covering/not covering the Trump presidency (with 4/26 update)

Reading the morning Intelligencer

A short reader quiz for regular readers of Wheeling "newspapers"

The government needs a spending bill by the end of the week to prevent a shutdown. The Republicans control both the Senate and the House of Representatives. According to an editorial in this morning's Intelligencer, who should we blame if the government . . .

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April 25, 2017

Manchin, Trump and Breitbart (With 4/24 update)

Background checks?

Which is do you think is more likely to happen?

  • A. President Trump relocates his tie factory in West Virginia

  • B. President Trump signs expanded background checks on the public and private sale of guns

I realize that even with Trump's unpredictable record so far, both are longshots. That said, I think a tie . . .

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April 22, 2017

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