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Capito still opposed to gun legislation

On Wednesday, President Trump surprised Republican lawmakers and the NRA by making statements that he would support some forms of gun legislation. Late yesterday, the New York Times and other news sources reported that the President, after meeting with the NRA, was backing away from that position:

The top lobbyist for the National Rifle . . .

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March 02, 2018

Anti-Semitism is on the rise

And the Wheeling News-Register can only tell us that there are "plenty of reasons" while ignoring the obvious one

From the editorial* in Wednesday’s Wheeling News-Register:

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

This is yet another opinion piece that ignores the original story to go . . .

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March 01, 2018

WV legislature obviously oblivious to what's going on around them

NRA-backed proposal passes WV House of Delegates 85 - 14

From the Associated Press:

W.Va. House Backs Employee Guns in Locked Cars

The article explains:

West Virginia's House has voted 85-14 to let employees bring loaded guns to their workplaces as long as they are locked in their cars.

The bill, titled the "Business Liability Protection Act," now goes to the Senate.

Supporters say . . .

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February 28, 2018

Defending free speech?

An ill-informed, mean-spirited, dated editorial from the Wheeling News-Register that adds nothing to our understanding of free speech issues (with 2/28 and 3/2 updates)

This afternoon's Wheeling News-Register editorial, "Defend Free Speech, Don't Discourage It," is one of its worst (on many levels) in at least a couple of months. The editorial is about the University of Washington's decision to require a campus Republican group to provide $17,000 upfront for security in order to bring a . . .

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February 27, 2018

Updates on previous posts

Bob Murray/John Oliver, net neutrality, WV and guns

Bob Murray's suit against John Oliver is dismissed

From The Hill:

A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal mogul’s defamation lawsuit this week against cable television host John Oliver and HBO.

In a decision dated Wednesday, West Virginia Judge Jeffrey Cramer accepted HBO’s argument that Bob Murray, CEO of coal mining giant Murray Energy . . .

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February 25, 2018

The Intelligencer praises Representative McKinley on the 45Q tax credit

Is he deserving?

This morning's Wheeling Intelligencer editorial, "Repairing Damage to Coal Industry," heaps lots of praise on Representative David McKinley for his supposed work to make sure that the 45Q tax credit was included in the final budget:

McKinley, R-W.Va., is being given credit for much of the initiative that resulted in funding for . . .

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February 23, 2018

Guns and West Virginia

Articles of interest from around the Web

NRA contributions

Quiz question: Which West Virginia member of Congress has received the most money from the National Rifle Association?

The Washington Post recently asked the question

Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA?

and answered it with an interactive map which lists the NRA's contributions on a . . .

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February 23, 2018


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