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The Republican field for the WV governor nomination is getting interesting

Jim Justice, former Delegate Mike Folk (who wanted to see Hillary Clinton hung at the Washington D.C. mall), and Representative David McKinley?

The current governor, Jim Justice, has already announced that he will run – this time as a Republican.

To the list, add Mike Folk. As the Associated Press describes:

Former West Virginia Delegate Mike Folk says he's running for governor.

The Berkeley County Republican announced the campaign in an email Tuesday.

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February 06, 2019

Why do incumbents served by small-market media seldom lose elections?

Here's why: “WEB EXCLUSIVE: Rep. McKinley sits down with 7News”

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The "WEB EXCLUSIVE" is on Wheeling's WTRF-TV website. (For some unknown reason, I have difficulty posting their videos. You can, however, watch all eleven minutes of the "exclusive" interview on their website.) A warning: there are no pointed questions just softballs that allow McKinley to deliver 11 minutes . . .

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January 22, 2019

Trump doubts that he will win the Nobel Peace Prize

WV politicians search for new awards to bolster president’s ego and endear themselves with Trump’s West Virginia base

President Trump apparently has concluded that he will not win the Nobel Peace Prize. According to People:

On Wednesday, Trump, 72, revealed that he does not think he will be honored with the prestigious . . .

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November 29, 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

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

“No credible group has ever said ‘we want to host a debate.’”

-- Republican District 1 Representative David McKinley on why there has not been a debate between the candidates

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Why has there been no debates between our congressional candidates? As our Republican representative told the editor of the Daily Antheneum, "no credible group" has been willing to host a debate. Since he made that comment, WV Metro News talk show host Hoppy Kerchival and the Charleston Gazette-Mail have both volunteered. . . .

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October 18, 2018

Here’s another excellent newspaper report on the views of the candidates in WV’s First Congressional District

Of course, it’s not from an Ogden paper; it’s from the WVU student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum

In August, I highlighted an excellent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that examined, with some depth, the views of Republican incumbent, David McKinley, and the Democratic challenger, Kendra Fershee. Of course, the G-M is not located in the First District, but it was still far superior to anything that has been published in our local . . .

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October 09, 2018

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