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A surprise -- a good article on the coal layoffs in the Sunday News-Register

Local reporter Ian Hicks covered with sufficient detail and evidence the ramifications of the recent local coal layoffs. The article brought together a number of related stories including the recent WVU study. I especially liked that he looked at additional sources beyond simply relying on Murray Coal - especially for the number of outside . . .

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June 01, 2015

The Saturday Myer column

Column uses only seven of the ten Republican words -- "under" wins

That didn't take long (please see previous post). Mike Myer weighed in this morning with "Four States Hold Key on Coal." While the column was more about strategy ("here's what we should do about this" -- I like the assumption that . . .

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May 30, 2015

Talking about coal

Republicans vs. Democrats

Here is an interesting study of language usage related to coal by a group of data scientists:

It’s easy to say that coal carries political weight in America, but who actually talks about “coal” in Washington — and why? Using a huge trove of the public statements of members of Congress, we crunched the data from 2010 through . . .

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May 29, 2015

Blood on the Mountain

New documentary about coal and West Virginia premieres

The Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, and Earthjustice hosted the world premier of Blood on the Mountain at the Workers Unite! Film Festival last night. Here is a description of the film from the film's website:

“Blood on the Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from . . .

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May 27, 2015

Just make it up -- what to do when you have no evidence for your case

The Intelligencer on Obamacare

Today's attack on Obamacare by the Wheeling "newspapers" begins:

Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare.

With an introductory sentence like that you would expect to read the names of some of these liberals and then why they now . . .

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May 26, 2015

Making Sense?

Michael Myer on energy

Myer criticizes U.S. energy policy for not making sense

The Michael Myer column,"U.S. Energy Policy Makes No Sense," begins by taking us back 40 years:

More than one-fourth of the oil we use in this country comes from other nations. We import nearly twice as much as we did in 1973-74, when the Arab oil embargo . . .

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May 25, 2015

Club for Growth to air commercials attacking Representative McKinley starting tomorrow

What have you done for us lately, David?

The National Journal is reporting that the Club for Growth (which has ties to the Koch brothers) will be sponsoring negative TV ads attacking Representative David McKinley starting tomorrow in WV's First Congressional District:

The conservative Club for Growth will launch a new round of TV and digital ads targeting four . . .

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May 21, 2015

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