National, West Virginia, and the issues of racism and masking
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The bigger picture:
The United States reported more than 1,000,000 new coronavirus cases in the last seven days for the first time since February 2, according to data from @CNN and Johns Hopkins University.— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) August 21, 2021
The most recent WV . . .
A look at the connections between Robin Capehart, Jim Justice and Bill Cole
The paths of three West Virginia Republicans, Robin Capehart, Jim Justice and Bill Cole, continue to intersect. With recent developments, I thought it might be worth noting where they overlap. Here's an annotated list of important events:
After 13 charges of ethical violations by the West Virginia Ethics . . .
West Virginia's latest covid lottery winner is announced
Yesterday, West Virginia's latest covid million-dollar lottery winner was announced. Here’s WV Governor Jim Justice awarding the top prize of a million dollars to Heather Coburn who works at Bill Cole Auto Mall in Bluefield:
If you are wondering, her employer (pictured above) is the same “Bill Cole” who was the . . .
Despite incentives, the state missed Governor Justice's June 20 target goal of 65% of its residents with at least one dose
The state of West Virginia gave away money, guns, and trucks for prizes and the governor's dog issued a special plea ("do it for Babydog"), but West Virginia still did not meet Governor Jim Justice's goal of 65% WV residents with at least one coronavirus shot by June 20th. Here are today's statistics from the WV . . .
West Virginia’s governor, Jim Justice, continues his quest to either kill public broadcasting or make it another state Republican news outlet
More on Justice’s appointments to the Educational Broadcasting Authority
My previous post was about the governor's appointments to the board that oversees WV public broadcasting. With additional information, here is some follow-up to that post.
The more I read about the appointments, the more it became clear to me that fairness, objectivity and acceptance of science are not what . . .
Politicizing public broadcasting: Governor Justice appoints right-wing Republicans to West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s board
Claiming to bring “balance” to the board, Justice has recently appointed members with connections to Don Blankenship, Bill Maloney, David McKinley, the Chamber of Commerce, the Kochs, and the Cardinal Institute
The Associated Press reported earlier this week that last Friday Justice appointed Greg Thomas to the governing body of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. According to the AP:
Thomas has worked for several GOP politicians, including the campaign of convicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s failed U.S. Senate run in . . .
Anybody have some spare change to help out our governor? His dog?
Breaking story from the Wall Street Journal
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is personally on the hook for nearly $700 million in loans his coal companies took out from now-defunct Greensill Capital, according to people familiar with the loans and documents described to The Wall Street Journal https://t.co/kIEC9szTiD— The Wall Street . . .
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