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More hypocrisy from Congressman David McKinley

A look at franking and earmarks

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Franking hypocrisy

Franking is the “privilege of sending mail without payment of postage” that allows members of congress to send mail about government business without paying for it.

Last month, I described how our local congressman, David McKinley, made term limits a part of “The McKinley Plan for Congressional . . .

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February 25, 2020

You actually expected me to keep my promise on a term limit?

West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey adds his name to the long list of term limit hypocrites

Here is Patrick Morrisey’s position on term limits in January of 2015 as reported by the Huntington Herald-Dispatch:

Morrisey defeated five-term incumbent Darrell McGraw in 2012 to become the first Republican attorney general in West Virginia since 1933. Vowing not to serve any more than two terms, Morrisey said he thinks it . . .

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January 22, 2020

Team David: Congressman McKinley and the Wheeling News-Register launch his reelection campaign

Today’s paper carries the congressman’s op-ed bragging about all the accomplishments that “we” (he and his office staff) were able to accomplish

Ogden’s efforts to re-elect local congressman David McKinley began today as the News-Register published McKinley’s first op-ed of the new year:

Behind the Headlines, Things Got Done in Washington

McKinley tells us early on:

Behind all of the blaring national headlines, there were notable bipartisan . . .

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January 19, 2020

“We are obliged to no individual” unless their last name is McKinley

Our local Ogden papers ignore the latest news on the continuing Bransfield scandal

On Sunday evening, the Washington Post published another report in its continuing investigation of the Bransfield scandal. (See previous post.) This article examined the controversies surrounding the Diocese of West Virginia’s sale of the former bishop’s home in Wheeling. The article appeared in the Post’s Monday edition. Additionally, the . . .

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January 01, 2020

The Washington Post continues its Bransfield investigation

This time it looks at questions surrounding the sale of his property

Set for publication in tomorrow's Washington Post is yet another report in its continuing investigation of the scandals surrounding the former bishop of the West Virginia diocese:

Disgraced bishop spent $4.6 million on mansion that sold for only $1.2 million

It begins:

After Bishop Michael J. . . .

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December 29, 2019

Inquiring minds want to know, Congressman: which side would you have been on?

Congressman David McKinley (WV-1) refers to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression

This afternoon, I worked on a blog post about how West Virginia media have uncritically covered David McKinley (WV-1) on the impeachment issue. (I’ll publish it tomorrow.) In researching the coverage, I noticed that the congressman discussed the issue on Hoppy Kercheval’s talk show on MetroNews Radio last Friday* and so I listened to the . . .

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November 28, 2019

Our local congressman explains his vote on the impeachment inquiry

No surprises, here: McKinley simply repeats the Republican talking points

This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer reports that all three of West Virginia’s representatives voted against the formal resolution to open impeachment hearings. In the article, local representative David McKinley once again quotes Alexander Hamilton to justify his opposition to impeachment:

“Our founding fathers never intended . . .

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November 01, 2019

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