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Barnyard breaking news: fox appointed to guard hen house

Governor Jim Justice appoints career coal executive “to ensure fair and prompt regulation of public utilities”

Here’s the mission statement of the West Virginia Public Service Commission:

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And here is Ogden's Steven Allen Adams description of Bill Raney:

Raney served for 28 years as president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association. He retired from that role on Jan. 1 and was replaced by . . .

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August 06, 2021

Joe Manchin in the news

West Virginia’s senior senator demonstrates who and what are important to him

Bipartisan Joe!

From CNN’s congressional reporter, Manu Ray:

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August 03, 2021

Fixing stupid (Yes, it’s hard to do) (with 7/31 update featuring the governor's reaction and a Cawthorn apology)

West Virginia, the coronavirus, and Republican representation

The state’s coronavirus numbers are rising quickly

From Sean O'Leary at the WV Center on Budget and Policy:

And here is our local congressional representative, David McKinley, leading by example:

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July 30, 2021

Joseph Gouzd, Viatris union president, commenting on what he has heard from from his representatives: “We’ve heard nothing. We’ve heard all kinds of horse shit from A to Z.”

West Virginia’s senators are doing little, if anything, to prevent the closure of the Viatris Morgantown plant

With just a couple days left before the former Mylan plant in Morgantown closes for 1500 workers, news reports suggest that very little is being done to save the plant. Where are West Virginia’s senators? From In These Times reporter, Hamilton Nolan:

Ask Gouzd [president of the worker’s union] what he is hearing from his . . .

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July 26, 2021

The “Thank God for Coincidence” Timeline

A look at the connections between Robin Capehart, Jim Justice and Bill Cole

The paths of three West Virginia Republicans, Robin Capehart, Jim Justice and Bill Cole, continue to intersect. With recent developments, I thought it might be worth noting where they overlap. Here's an annotated list of important events:

March 2015
After 13 charges of ethical violations by the West Virginia Ethics . . .

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July 21, 2021

Statistics don’t lie, but liars . . . .

Rep. McKinley and WV Attorney General Morrisey want to talk about fentanyl

Representative David McKinley (WV-1) plays with the fentanyl numbers

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July 20, 2021

Attracting outsiders and WV's population decline

Can West Virginian bribe its way to a population reversal?

West Virginia continues to lose citizens (60,000 since 2010) and the loss will not just affect its tax base – WV will also lose political power as it gives up a House seat. What can be done? During the legislative session, Governor Justice and the legislature came up with a plan whereby the state will pay $12,000 to lure workers to the state. . . .

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July 14, 2021

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