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Yesterday, 33 Republicans joined Democrats to renew the Violence Against Women Act

Guess who was not among them

NBC News explains the vote:

The House on Thursday passed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which provides protections for survivors of domestic violence, and includes new gun-related provisions that are opposed by the NRA. . . .

The bill today, which would extend the law for five years, includes new provisions . . .

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April 05, 2019

Obamacare’s positive effects on WV’s opioid crisis

(This is probably the last time you’ll read about this)

A number of sites that cover health care are featuring a just-released study of Obamacare’s effects on the West Virginia’s opioid crisis. For example, Vox reported earlier today:

Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is helping fight West Virginia’s opioid epidemic

It begins:

A growing body of research . . .

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April 03, 2019

McKinley and Malkin in the Sunday News-Register

Some election fluff and more racism

No more joking about McKinley's 2020 reelection campaign -- it's on and Ogden papers are ready to do their part

My subheading on yesterday's post about local congressman David McKinley joked that the Intelligencer was launching the McKinley reelection campaign with editor Mike Myer's Saturday column. Despite the fact . . .

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March 24, 2019

"Bipartisan" and "McKinley" in the same sentence?

Mike Myer and the Intelligencer kick off the congressman’s reelection campaign

Today’s Mike Myer column is mostly about praising WV’s 1st Congressional District congressman, David McKinley, for his supposed bipartisanship. Support for Myer’s position comes in the form of the recently-released Lugar Center Bipartisan Center Index for the 115th Congress which ranked McKinley 11th in the House.

The Index purports . . .

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March 23, 2019

How about a little arsenic and radium with your drinking water?

Coal ash and Congressman McKinley

A new study

The first national study of coal ash pollution was released yesterday and found 90% of the regulated coal ash repositories are leaking (including 30 of them in the Ohio Valley). The study was done by the Environmental Integrity Project and “used industry data that became available to the public for the first time in 2018 . . .

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March 05, 2019

A follow-up on reactions to Trump’s executive order

What did West Virginia's congressional delegation and the Wheeling Intelligencer have to say about Trump's order?

What do West Virginia’s representatives think?

The Charleston Gazette-Mail took what I consider the logical next step following President Trump’s executive order to build his wall – they checked with West Virginia’s congressional representation to complement their national coverage. Here is what reporter Jake Zuckerman found.

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February 16, 2019

Note to Representative McKinley: President Trump is upset that he hasn't received the Nobel Peace Prize

Maybe you should nominate him again

Last May, WV Rep. David McKinley was among 18 Republican congressmen who nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. (I wrote about it here.) As you are probably aware, the president did not get the prize. Apparently, Trump is still upset that he didn't win but Obama did. At this morning's press conference, he claims that . . .

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February 15, 2019

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