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Does the National Education Association actually care about education?

Earlier this month, that organization endorsed David McKinley over Kendra Fershee

Fershee's priorities and passions

One of the go-to sites to learn about candidates and what they stand for is Ballotpedia. As they do with challengers like Kendra Fershee, Republican David McKinley's Democratic opponent in West Virginia first congressional district, the site asked the candidate a number of questions about why . . .

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October 24, 2018

It's not been a good week for Patrick Morrisey

Yesterday, a terrible poll; today, problems connected with Big Pharma

Court says AG's drug company documents must be released

Here's the headline from the front page of today's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Morrisey must reveal drug firm documents

The article by reporter Jake Zuckerman begins:

A Kanawha County Circuit judge ordered Attorney General . . .

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October 23, 2018

Manchin's lead reaches double-digits in new poll

Democrat Joe Manchin's lead on Republican Patrick Morrisey has moved to 16% according to a poll just released by WSAZ-Gray television:

The poll indicates that Manchin leads Morrisey by 16 percentage points, 52-36. That's double the margin of a WSAZ poll released on Oct. 1. The previous poll showed Manchin leading 46-38.

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October 22, 2018

Lies about health care and debates, dated photos, and TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP

The Morrisey campaign appeals to Trump's low information voter

Morrisey and Trump lie about their support for pre-existing conditions

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October 19, 2018

“No credible group has ever said ‘we want to host a debate.’”

-- Republican District 1 Representative David McKinley on why there has not been a debate between the candidates

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Why has there been no debates between our congressional candidates? As our Republican representative told the editor of the Daily Antheneum, "no credible group" has been willing to host a debate. Since he made that comment, WV Metro News talk show host Hoppy Kerchival and the Charleston Gazette-Mail have both volunteered. . . .

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October 18, 2018

A look at the "guns in the schools" issue

Should the rest of the country follow Barnesville and the state of Ohio?

Ohio gets serious

Monday’s Wheeling papers had a long (by their standards) article on teachers carrying guns in Ohio schools. After quoting Trump on what a great idea it is, the article tells us:

Under the cloak of security, school districts in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties have armed teachers — many without telling the . . .

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October 17, 2018

"hillbilly," small-town West Virginia, and the WV Roadkill Cookoff

Recent media explorations of the Appalachian and West Virginia stereotype

A new film about the Appalachian stereotype

The preview:

The movie is titled "hillbilly." The directors are Ashley York and Sally Rubin. Here's the synopsis:

Appalachia is no stranger to the complexity of media representation. Since our country's inception, there has been a palpable . . .

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October 12, 2018

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