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What’s up with West Virginia’s congressional delegation?

Breaking the law and accumulating wealth

Send in the clowns? (Crashing a congressional hearing)

You’re now probably familiar with Wednesday’s story of how a group of Republican representatives stormed a restricted-access impeachment committee meeting. Here’s the New York Times account:

House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt for hours on . . .

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October 25, 2019

Tough talk from Senator Manchin: Beto O’Rourke is not taking my guns away

Ah, we already knew that, Joe. Your office says that you don’t own an assault weapon

From producer/off-air reporter Frank Thorp at NBC News:

That didn’t keep rightwing media from making this a big deal. Here's the headline from . . .

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September 19, 2019

Trump and West Virginia

Manchin/Trump on background checks, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West, and Trump’s West Virginia approval rating

WV Senator Manchin meets with Trump on background checks

From today’s New York Times:

President Trump assured Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Thursday that he was still considering legislation that could include background checks for gun buyers. But White House aides said they had polling data . . .

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September 06, 2019

Senator Manchin revives background checks (with update)

President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."

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After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .

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August 20, 2019

How did our elected representatives respond to Trump's racism?

To no one's surprise, Representative McKinley blames the Democrats

From WV Metro News

McKinley said Trump has been “under relentless pressure” from Democrats and reporters, which led to “his inarticulate and counterproductive response” on Twitter.

McKinley also suggested:

Both sides . . .

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July 17, 2019

Updating West Virginia’s senators’ views on Secretary Acosta

Senator Manchin changes his mind on Acosta

Perhaps sensing that the political winds have shifted, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appears to have changed his views on the Secretary of Labor. Earlier this week (see last post), Manchin said:

I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it. . . .

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July 11, 2019

"Nothing to see here"

Capito's and Manchin's predictable responses to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein *

Senator Joe Manchin yesterday in Politco:

“If he made a mistake or a judgment call or something like that, does that affect the way he’s doing his job now? I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted to confirm Acosta. As far as calls to resign, he . . .

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July 09, 2019

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