with February 15 update
Kasich on the front page
Yesterday's Intelligencer top-of-the-page headline proclaims the earth-shattering news:
Kasich Touts His Conservatism
Okay, by what criteria is this the top new story of the day? Did readers not know that he was conservative? Or is it that he was hiding it and now he's touting it? . . .
Do our local "newspapers" know that the legislature is in session?
House approves religious exemption bill
The AP is reporting:
A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
Approved by Thursday's 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions . . .
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 . . .
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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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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .