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The Wheeling Alternative

Why Manchin won

Pollsters, pundits and a personal view

It certainly wasn't a landslide (4%) but Joe Manchin won reelection.

What did the exit polls find?

The Manchin-Morrisey election was decided by voters 39 and under, said professional pollster Rex Repass. Manchin won 60 percent of these voters, according to exit polling by Edison Research.

In all other age . . .

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November 08, 2018

Forget "the true conditions of affairs," we have Republicans to elect

A look at the well-financed, Republican-sponsored PR campaign to rewrite the history of the West Virginia teacher strike

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There has been some excellent investigative journalism done in West Virginia that examines the who, what, and why of the effort to rewrite the history of the statewide teacher strike this past spring. Obviously, it was not done by the state's largest newspaper chain, Ogden Newspapers, for whom the word "investigative" . . .

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November 04, 2018

The Wheeling "newspapers" have ignored Democrat Kendra Fershee's candidacy for six months

Apparently, that's not enough -- yesterday, a News-Register editorial trashed her ideas and impugned her motives

I think that it is fair to state that the Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, Kendra Fershee, has largely been ignored by Wheeling's "newspapers." Last May, after she won the Democratic primary, she was questioned about some of her positions. This summer, she was mentioned when the Democratic headquarters . . .

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November 02, 2018

Some thoughts on tonight's Manchin-Morrisey debate

A summary of Republican Patrick Morrisey's answers: Hillary Clinton. That's no exaggeration, I think he said her name at least 50 times. Joe Manchin's best response all night was when he pointed out that "Hillary Clinton is not on the ballot."

A summary of incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin's answers: . . .

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November 01, 2018

I'll take "despicable politicians" for $600, Alex

A follow-up to my previous post

Background

During this year's Republican primary, Evan Jenkins' senate campaign took some "creative license" (as one of his spokespersons put it at the time) and photoshopped two different images to come up with a picture of his opponent, Patrick Morrisey, shaking the hand of Hillary Clinton. The image was then used . . .

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October 30, 2018

“When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose.”

A quick look at the visual images currently at the top of local state senator Ryan Ferns' Facebook re-election page

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Ferns then explains each of the pictures in short posts. For the first picture, he gives the required Hillary quote about closing coal mines before telling us that Ihlenfeld donated to Hillary's campaign. (Imagine, a Democrat donating to a Democrat!) In the second picture, we learn that Obama appointed Ihlenfeld prosecutor and . . .

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October 27, 2018

Does the National Education Association actually care about education?

Earlier this month, that organization endorsed David McKinley over Kendra Fershee

Fershee's priorities and passions

One of the go-to sites to learn about candidates and what they stand for is Ballotpedia. As they do with challengers like Kendra Fershee, Republican David McKinley's Democratic opponent in West Virginia first congressional district, the site asked the candidate a number of questions about why . . .

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October 24, 2018

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