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August 1 odds and ends

Health care, Trump, golf, unemployment benefits, Capito

Did I miss something on health care?

So what is President Trump doing today?

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August 01, 2020

Representative McKinley has a "holy shit, I didn’t think that anyone would notice" moment

Some follow-up on our congressman’s “no” vote on the Great American Outdoors Act

From the Congressional Record, one day after Representative David McKinley voted against the Great American Outdoors Act:

Mr. McKINLEY. Madam Speaker, Yesterday, I mistakenly voted against the Great American Outdoors Act As cosponsor of the House companion to this bill, I support permanent, full funding for the Land and . . .

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July 30, 2020

She’s “still the same old politician she used to be”

Senator Capito and the new Republican coronavirus aid bill

Yesterday, the Republican Senate unveiled its new coronavirus aid bill. One of the key provisions in the GOP plan deals with the jobless benefits provided to the unemployed:

In the new GOP plan, Senate Republicans propose cutting weekly emergency unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states can bring a more complicated . . .

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July 28, 2020

Can you get any sleezier, Congressman?

David McKinley pulls the “old switcheroo” on the Great American Outdoors Act

Page B4 of the Sunday News Register (on Saturday, no less) carries an article by two officials from The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, Thomas Minney and Beth Wheatley. Their article celebrates the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act:

Outdoors Act Is Big Win for West Virginians

As they write:

. . .

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July 25, 2020

Get out your tin-foil hats: Sinclair Broadcasting’s local television affiliates (ours is WTOV 9) to give credibility to a conspiracy theorist that argues that Dr. Fauci created the coronavirus

With evening update -- Sinclair delays broadcast

From CNN Business:

Local television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group are set to air a conspiracy theory over the weekend that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, was responsible for the creation of the coronavirus.

The baseless conspiracy theory is set to air on . . .

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July 25, 2020

Following the money!

FirstEnergy’s efforts with the Ohio legislature made national news on Tuesday (see two posts down). What about West Virginia?

Steven Allen Adams in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer examined last summer’s efforts by West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice, to get a $12.5 million tax break from the legislature for FirstEnergy’s Pleasants Power Station. The 1400 word article primarily focuses on the various political donations by FirstEnergy to the governor.

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July 23, 2020

It appears that local representative David McKinley has enlisted in Trump’s personal attack army

Last month, WV Representative David McKinley tried (unsuccessfully, in most eyes) to attack and discredit Anthony Fauci for President Trump. (I wrote about it here.) Today, he quickly supported Trump’s decision to send federal law enforcement into cities.

Here was President Trump at this afternoon’s coronavirus update:

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July 22, 2020

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