The WV GOP, AG Morrisey and Governor Justice do their part as Capito and McKinley remain silent
From the West Virginia Republican Party
This fight is not over. President Trump will continue to fight for us, and we will continue to fight for him. The American people are entitled to an honest election. We must ensure every legal vote must be counted. We must investigate any allegations of fraud. pic.twitter.com/DrAcKkZu9e— WVGOP . . .
West Virginia continues to downplay the coronavirus risk as the numbers continue to climb (with 10/15 update)
But at least we have high school football!
Here are the most recent statistics on the spread of coronavirus in West Virginia:
The state's handling of the virus was discussed in last night's debate between Governor Jim Justice and his Democratic challenger, Ben Salango. Ogden's political reporter, Steven Allen Adams, described some of it:
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Yesterday’s Wheeling papers told us that “West Virginia Governor’s Companies Get Millions in Coronavirus Loans” (with evening update)
Neither mentioned, however, that our local congressman’s company also received from $350,000 to one million dollars from that same PPP program
Tuesday’s local “newspapers” both featured a front-page Associated Press article about the money that Governor Jim Justice’s companies received from the federal government's coronavirus aid package:
Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family businesses received at least $11.1 million from a federal rescue package . . .
Also wins kiss-ass award
President Trump held a phone conversation with the nation’s governors earlier today. From WV Metro News:
During that call, the president told the governors that to deal with protests that have turned destructive they “have to get much tougher.”
“Most of you are weak,” Trump said, according to audio and multiple reports. “You . . .
A state of emergency exists in West Virginia, but it apparently doesn’t apply to Bob Evans (3/18 update - as of midnight, it does)
It’s no wonder that President Trump praised West Virginia’s “Big Jim” at today’s press briefing
President Trump today
From Trump’s coronavirus press briefing earlier this afternoon:
President Trump praised West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as his state remains the only one without a coronavirus case during the Tuesday press briefing on the outbreak.
The president made the remark in response to being asked about . . .
WV governor Jim Justice objects to the word “bailout” being used to describe the recently passed FirstEnergy legislation
From Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Phil Kabler:
At bill signing for $12.5 million/year tax break for FirstEnergy power station, Gov. Jim Justice objects to Gazette-Mail headline that referred to the legislation as a bailout: "That drives people away from West Virginia. It hurts us."— Phil Kabler (@PhilKabler) July 30, 2019
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This reminds me of the old joke that begins "two narcissists walk into a bar and the first one says . . ."
Governor Jim Justice tells us why President Trump loves West Virginia
I couldn't make this stuff up. Here's West Virginia governor Jim Justice explaining yesterday why Trump is so attracted to West Virginia:
“The gamble that you have that is so on the table is, whether you like him or don’t like him, whether you like me or don’t like me, you have a president of the United States . . .