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Town hall update

Senator Manchin held a town hall in Berkeley Springs on Friday while McKinley and the rest of WV's Republican delegation are still zero-for-2017

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Senator Manchin held a town hall in Berkeley Springs on Friday

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told West Virginia voters that the nation's biggest threat comes from unaddressed, excessive spending.

The Democratic senator held a town hall meeting Friday in Berkeley Springs, where he . . .

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October 29, 2017

Local takes on the football culture wars

Senator Joe channels his inner Donald

On Fox News (where else) earlier this week:

Top Dem: NFL Owners Must 'Make Clear' They Won't Tolerate Kneeling For Flag

Here's the video:

I'm sure they're listening, Joe.

Reactions to the Brooke sign at the . . .

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September 28, 2017

Intelligencer buries West Virginia campaign fraud story with local/state implications on the obituary page

Not much to see here

If you look for it, you can find a skeleton of a story on page 2 of yesterday’s Wheeling Intelligencer in the last column right below “Funerals Today."1 It’s a three paragraph AP report and the headline reads:

Businessman Accused of Campaign Fraud

The AP story:

. . .

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September 21, 2017

Health care: West Virginia, Joe Manchin, and the possibility of single-payer

The Affordable Care Act increased the number of West Virginian’s with health insurance in 2016

From the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy:

The data on health insurance coverage showed that 96,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2016, a decrease of 12,000 from 2015. In 2016, 94.7 percent of West . . .

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September 13, 2017

Senator Joe supports Trump's actions on "Dreamers"

Just in from Talking Points Memo:

Manchin Splits With Other Red-State Democrats, Praises Trump’s DACA Move

The article explains:

Members of Congress from both parties are furious at President Trump for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) ain’t one of . . .

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September 07, 2017

Which politician has the highest current approval rating in West Virginia?

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% . . .

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August 31, 2017

What are our representatives saying about Charlottesville and President Trump?

West Virginia's senators

Station WSAZ in Charleston asked our senators about Charlottesville and President Trump's response. While neither mentioned the president, both condemned the actions of the hate groups.

From Senator Manchin:

“Gayle and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost their . . .

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August 17, 2017

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