Analysis from the WVCBC plus the Manchin and Fox News perspectives
Sean O’Leary at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy provides some background:
On June 19, Governor Justice ended all federally funded pandemic unemployment benefit programs, 12 weeks before they were set to expire. The benefits — which included an extra weekly $300 payment to unemployed workers, as well as extended . . .
Looking out for #1
More investigative journalism from Sludge* on Senator Joe Manchin:
Manchin Bailed Out Plant That Pays Millions to His Family’s Coal Company
With the subheadline:
Here's how Joe Manchin made his millions in the waste coal industry
. . .
Posted in: joe manchin
West Virginia’s senior senator demonstrates who and what are important to him
From CNN’s congressional reporter, Manu Ray:
Sen. Joe Manchin entertained a small group of senators on his houseboat this weekend -- and Sen. Lindsey Graham was in attendance, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.— Manu Raju . . .
Manchin's office declined to comment on the attendance on his boat.
Joseph Gouzd, Viatris union president, commenting on what he has heard from from his representatives: “We’ve heard nothing. We’ve heard all kinds of horse shit from A to Z.”
West Virginia’s senators are doing little, if anything, to prevent the closure of the Viatris Morgantown plant
With just a couple days left before the former Mylan plant in Morgantown closes for 1500 workers, news reports suggest that very little is being done to save the plant. Where are West Virginia’s senators? From In These Times reporter, Hamilton Nolan:
Ask Gouzd [president of the worker’s union] what he is hearing from his . . .
State news you may have missed
The NRA also wants to influence Senator Manchin
They’ll need to get in line behind the Kochs and ExxonMobile:
NRA RT @NRA: BREAKING NEWS: @NRA is launching a TV ad campaign in West Virginia on July 4 urging @Sen_JoeManchin to vote no on Biden’s ATF nominee David Chipman.
More info here: https://t.co/kfmoO2XDJi @ctlnmcfall . . .
And here I thought they worked for West Virginians (with Friday update)
This story, from Britain's Channel 4 News, broke yesterday:
Senior Exxon lobbyist captured on video names 11 senators "crucial" to company: Capito, Manchin, Sinema, Tester, Hassan, Barrasso, Cornyn, Daines, Coons, Kelly and Rubio.— Anthony Adragna . . .
Calls Manchin "Kingmaker" and says speaks with office weekly. https://t.co/c3TOGaICgi
The Washington Post looks at how it came to be, and I look at how we are doing economically under it
How did it happen?
Earlier today, this article from the Washington Post caught my eye:
New piece! It's about Joe Manchin, WV's long realignment, and why he votes and acts the way he does and where the state is headed.
Lots of stuff on elections, coal, realignment, party building and more: https://t.co/YmRYLcaZWR . . .