Political cartoonists, China/West Virginia "understanding," and the most recent West Virginia senatorial poll
Rob Rogers' political cartoons
Three weeks ago, I did a blog post about Rob Rogers, then Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist, whose publisher and new editor wanted the P-G to be more pro-Trump. The pressure was put on Rogers, whose cartoons are known nationally, to soften his cartoons. He refused and was fired on June . . .
The governor and our local paper remain optimistic. Is it warranted?
Yesterday's lead editorial in the Wheeling News-Register, "A Win for West Virginia and Chinese," reminded me that it has been a while since I last checked in on last fall's energy "memorandum of understanding" between China and West Virginia. Despite numerous questions raised by credible sources at the time, the . . .
Yet another clueless editorial on sports betting
From Saturday morning’s editorial (“Get Integrity Plan in Place”) about West Virginia sports betting:
One defect in the Mountain State law is the absurdly low cut of proceeds from sports betting that will go to the state — a paltry 10 percent. Pennsylvania, one of the few other states with sports betting statutes in place, sets . . .
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% . . .
Myer on health care
Mike Myer asks us "Is Health Care A Bargain?" In a meandering column (root canals, anyone?) with undocumented statistics and no acknowledgement that the U.S. pays twice as much for health care as most advanced nations with single payer/socialized health care with much worse results, he finally gets to . . .
Documenting local "newspaper" coverage
On Wednesday night, West Virginia governor Jim Justice gave his first State of the State address and most of it was dedicated to the state's budget crisis. Not surprisingly, the local "newspapers" reacted negatively to the suggestion of new taxes. As the battle of the budget unfolds, I hope to write about how it's covered . . .
Look what we found in the swamp to oversee the prosecution of crimes against the environment
From Lee Fang in The Intercept:
Donald Trump Puts Coal Lobbyist in Charge of Prosecuting Environmental Crimes
A LOBBYIST FOR a utility company that heavily relies on coal-fueled power . . .