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A constitutional convention?

More mischief from the WV Senate

The West Virginia Senate today called for a constitutional convention. According to the Gazette-Mail:

The resolution passed by the Senate (SCR 10) calls for a constitutional convention to limit the power of the federal government, to limit federal spending and for term limits on members of Congress.

The vote was . . .

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February 23, 2016

Sometimes no publicity is the best publicity (with evening update)

Ryan Ferns and "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week"

I noted on Friday that it appeared that our local "newspapers" were celebrating "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week." As of this morning, the papers have covered Capito, McKinley, and Morissey but have ignored their favorite state senator, Ryan Ferns. Ferns has been making news but my hunch is that it doesn't lend . . .

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February 22, 2016

Following the WV legislature 6

Active fracking bills

SB 508 - nuisance lawsuits

On Thursday SB 508 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (I previously wrote about this bill here.) According to the Gazette-Mail:

The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation or the terms of . . .

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February 20, 2016

Local "newspapers" celebrate "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week" (with update)

Updated February 20

Rep. David McKinley

Yesterday, both local "newspapers" carried an article detailing Representative David McKinley's views on replacing Justice Antonin Scalia despite the fact that what McKinley believes doesn't matter -- members of the House have no input on the matter.

In the article McKinley rehashed the . . .

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February 19, 2016

The Intelligencer weighs in on replacing Scalia

And so do our senators

Highlights of this morning's Intelligencer editorial (note -- no link - the editorial was not posted online):

For the good of all Americans, Scalia should be replaced by someone like him.

"All Americans?" That's a bit presumptuous -- you don't speak for me.

With less than a . . .

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February 16, 2016

Intelligencer continues its Kasich push

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? . . .

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February 14, 2016

Following the WV legislature 5

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 . . .

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February 11, 2016

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