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Zatezalo part 2: the News-Register praises the nominee (with 9/6 update)

Long-time readers of Wheeling papers, knew this was predictable. This past weekend a former coal company president was nominated to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Yesterday we read the glowing article about his nomination; today we read an enthusiastic editorial endorsement in the afternoon News-Register devoid of any . . .

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September 05, 2017

McKinley town halls 6

Final August recess scorecard

August recess totals from Town Hall Project:

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Representative David McKinley's total = 0

In fairness to the congressman, he did occasionally meet with business leaders, politicians, veterans, and on one occasion, a restricted small group of private citizens during his five-week recess vacation.

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September 05, 2017

Trump puts former coal CEO with "pattern" of safety violations in charge of mine safety

Next up for Trump -- fox to be put in charge of henhouse

The announcement

From the Huffington Post:

The White House announced Saturday that Trump would be nominating David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo was previously the CEO of Rhino Resources, a Kentucky-based coal company.

Local coverage

Zatezalo grew up in . . .

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September 04, 2017

Where did the 100,000 jobs and the $36 billion investment figures come from?

Despite what Wheeling's papers tell you, it wasn't a WVU study

On Wednesday, the top-of-the-front-page headline in both Wheeling papers highlighted what looked to be an important story for the Ohio Valley:

Ethane Storage Could Bring 100,000 Jobs

The sub-headline further explained:

WVU study looks at possible $36B investment

And here is the story . . .

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September 02, 2017

Which politician has the highest current approval rating in West Virginia?

The latest MetroNews Poll is out

Earlier today, MetroNews published its poll of approval/disapproval ratings for West Virginia's politicians. Here are the results:

  • Manchin 51% approval, 34% disapproval

  • Trump 48% approval, 39% disapproval

  • Capito 40% approval, 38% disapproval

  • Justice 34% approval, 44% . . .

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August 31, 2017

Project much?

The News-Register weighs in on aid to Hurricane Harvey victims

In an editorial, "No Room for Politics in Disaster Relief," the afternoon "newspaper" attacks Democrats for something the Republicans did with Hurricane Sandy aid:

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster . . .

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August 30, 2017

Cheerleading for Trump

So much for Murray Energy

Last week I wrote about Robert Murray and Murray Energy's attempt to get relief for coal fired power plants from the Trump administration. If you follow the coal industry, this was an important story. As the Associated Press reported:

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry . . .

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August 29, 2017

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