The Wheeling Alternative

He’s still the same old senator he used to be*

Joe Manchin on infrastructure

The latest from West Virginia’s Democratic senator

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September 28, 2021

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito meets the press

Yesterday, Senator Capito met virtually with members of the West Virginia press. From today’s write-ups in the Morgantown Dominion-Post and Ogden Newspapers, the bulk of the questions were on four topics: Afghanistan, immigration, and congressional action on infrastructure and voting. The write-ups suggest that the press dutifully listened to . . .

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September 24, 2021

To the Wheeling News-Register’s credit, at least they changed the number of years

Too lazy to write a new editorial, the Wheeling News-Register celebrates its birthday by recycling an editorial it ran two years ago today

“Newspapers on the cheap” has reached a new low. Without acknowledging that it had done so, today’s News-Register ran the same editorial it did on September 22, 2019.* (In fairness to Ogden, there were two differences; today’s editorial twice updated the age of the newspaper.)

Our local Ogden newspapers do something that I’ve never . . .

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September 22, 2021

Joe Manchin to decide the fate of the planet?

Scary stuff: Today, there are a spate of articles about West Virginia’s compromised senator and there is not much optimism to be found in any of them

For background, this is Coral Davenport’s Sunday analysis in the New York Times:

This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan

Davenport begins:

Joe Manchin, the powerful West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate energy panel and earned half a million dollars last . . .

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September 21, 2021

A question for Senators Capito and Manchin, Governor Justice, and the WV GOP: Why is West Virginia not taking any of the Afghanistan refugees?

The WV Republican Party and Senator Shelley Moore Capito have been strong critics of President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and both have expressed sympathy for the plight of Afghan citizens who worked closely with this country for the last two decades.

Here is an Axios map that documents where the first wave of Afghan . . .

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September 17, 2021

Editorials, Senator Capito, and West Virginia media

Updating some recent posts (Including a 9/17 update on an update)

After a one-day break, the Intelligencer’s recycling of old Ogden editorials continues

On Tuesday, I wrote about the Intelligencer’s increasing use of old editorials from other Ogden papers (mostly from Ohio). Yesterday, we were treated to an editorial that actually dealt with a contemporary local issue – masks in Ohio County . . .

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September 16, 2021

Yes, “disdain” may be the best word

Updating the similar business models that guide Robert Nutting’s professional baseball team and newspaper chain

I originally wrote about these business models in January of 2018 and I’ve periodically updated.

Baseball on the cheap: Do actual fans matter?

Pittsburgh Pirate owner Bob Nutting has struck again: it’s another season and another terrible team.

Last Wednesday night was beautiful: sunny and warm with low humidity – a . . .

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September 14, 2021

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