WV’s Republican Party and the fossil fuel industry (with Thursday morning update)
Yes, let’s start by cutting the severance tax
If the state is not going to move on from fossil fuels, shouldn't they pay their fair share? Not in West Virginia. An explanatory video:
Lawmakers have proposed cutting the coal and natural gas severance tax during this legislative session. The tax, which helps ensure out-of-state . . .
Updates and a NY Times article
From the WV DHHR:
From the New York Times:
This passes for media analysis?
I was looking for more information on Mooney's McKinley ad when I spotted this on Steven Allen Adams' Twitter feed:
In today's Wheeling News-Register, Senator Shelley Moore Capito issues a stern warning: “The GOP Won't Let Democrats Change Senate Rules”
Democrats: please pay attention. Only Republicans are allowed to change Senate rules to get around the filibuster
Capito begins her op-ed:
We are at a critical moment in history.
With the slimmest of majorities, Democrats haven't been able to pass their wildly unpopular and dangerous agenda. As a result, they are considering using the nuclear option to eliminate the Senate's 60-vote threshold for legislation. And, they are doing . . .
Some additional thought on the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our popular culture has a way of subduing ideas that threaten the establishment. The revolutionary ones get lost, changed, or rendered unusable. Still others are exploited and eventually commodified. In 2021, would King even recognize his ideas in our popular culture?
My post from Monday has remained with me; this morning I looked . . .
On ensuring voter rights
On Friday, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin issued a statement about Martin Luther King Day.* From that press release:
Dr. King changed our society for the better and provided us a vision for what America could be, if we work together. My grandparents taught me that if you can count your . . .
(Mostly about Republicans)
Republican legislators, part 1
Republican legislators in Wisconsin are advancing a bill to prevent businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, in part because, according to State Rep. Treig Pronschinske, "if you can't see the virus ... how can you stop it? How? You physically cannot see the virus." pic.twitter.com/0ZW9RFhtYJ— . . .
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Recent articles and reactions to West Virginia's senator
The most recent articles on Joe Manchin include this to-the-point article by Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell:
Manchin's coal corruption is so much worse than you knew https://t.co/fILHTw0X2d— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 10, 2022
From the article:
The truth is, Manchin is best understood as a grifter . . .