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Senator Blankenship? (updated 3/21)

Online national media discover the West Virginia senatorial race

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Some highlights:

From Politico:

Those familiar with the party’s deliberations say the results are clear: With a little more than a month until the May 8 primary, Blankenship, a towering figure in West Virginia politics long before this campaign and an avid opponent of unions, has vaulted into essentially a three-way tie with his rivals and . . .

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March 20, 2018

The Intelligencer supports the trophy hunters packing the Trump wildlife protection board

This goes way beyond the foxes guarding the hen house

Last Thursday, the Associated Press distributed the following story on a new federal board:

Trophy hunters pack Trump wildlife protection board

From the article:

Trophy hunters are packed on a new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. That . . .

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March 19, 2018

Saving Senator Ferns (The Sequel)

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As part of their “Saving Senator Ryan” strategy, the Wheeling News-Register today published an op-ed by our local state senator, Republican Majority Leader Ryan Ferns. In the piece, Ferns explained how the legislature could have done so much if it hadn’t been for teacher raises:

While I know we were all thrilled to be able to provide these . . .

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March 18, 2018

WVU president spent $2.2 million in tuition money to pay for private flights (with 3/17 bow tie update)

Pay no attention to appearances, President E. Gordon Gee says it’s “perfectly legitimate”

From reporters Jake Zuckerman and Ryan Quinn in this morning’s Charleston Gazette-Mail:

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee said the university will look to shift the cost of his flights on private planes to be paid through university donations rather than tuition dollars.

This comes after a report showing Gee spent more than . . .

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March 16, 2018

The dangers of fracking

New major study finds “no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health”

From EcoWatch:

A team of researchers on Tuesday released a "blistering" report on the serious public health threats—from headaches to asthma to cancer—posed by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process of injecting a mix of water and chemicals into rocks to release oil and natural gas.

The study—described as "the most . . .

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March 14, 2018

Politicizing baseball: Pittsburgh Pirate mascot shows up at a Republican rally

Bob Nutting's baseball organization becomes a team player in supporting Ogden newspapers' backing of the Republican Party and its rightwing candidates

On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh baseball club's mascot, the Pirate Parrot, and its president, Frank Coonelly, appeared at a Republican function that also included Kellyanne Conway and the Republican candidate for the hotly-contested special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, Rick Saccone. From KDKA Pittsburgh:

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March 10, 2018

“Think about where we have come from and where we are”

The Wheeling Intelligencer highlights the latest speech from Representative Bill Johnson

The local Republican congressman from Ohio, Bill Johnson, apparently likes to give speeches and since he’s an Ogden favorite, the speeches are usually featured in our local papers. Having some background in rhetoric, however, I’ve found that Johnson’s speeches (at least as they are reported) are not as well-organized and thought-provoking as . . .

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March 09, 2018

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