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For those keeping score at home, the final result is in

"Warner lawsuits end, top $3.2M"

That's the headline on the front page story in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail. Yes, the twelve lawsuits against West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner for wrongful termination have ended and it has cost the state a total of $3.2 million (legal fees not included).

Warner still contends that these were . . .

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December 14, 2018

Does today's pro-Warner editorial actually show some insight and honesty?

(Yes, a little insight and some inadvertent honesty)

No Warner news story but we do get the inevitable editorial

Regular readers of the Wheeling Intelligencer knew it was coming. In the absence of any actual news coverage of West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner just having cost the state a couple of million dollars (see previous two posts), we instead get an editorial defending . . .

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November 21, 2018

What AP story about West Virginia was carried in Nashville (TN), Beaufort County (SC), Olympia (WA), and Columbus (IN) newspapers but not in local Ogden papers?

Hint: It's about a West Virginia elected official

As of 4 PM today there were 370 news sources that carried the following Associated Press news article:

State settles lawsuits alleging illegal firing over politics

The article:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state of West Virginia has settled wrongful-termination lawsuits with six more former employees . . .

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November 20, 2018

“Lemme at em”

WV Secretary of State just cost WV over three million more dollars in wrongful termination lawsuits

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Two months ago, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner lost the first lawsuit to former employees who were wrongfully fired when he took office in January 2017. Here is how the Charleston Gazette-Mail described it last month:

The lawsuits stem from Warner’s firing of 16 rank-and-file employees in the secretary of . . .

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November 18, 2018

Today's Wheeling "newspapers" feature two front page pictures of Shelley Moore Capito and an editorial praising Mac Warner (with 11/10 update)

Hey, it's never too early to start promoting Republicans for the 2020 election

Get out the camera, Capito makes an appearance at Oglebay Park and recalls the bunny slope

WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who local readers have not read much about since August*,
made a surprise visit to the first night of Oglebay Park's Festival of the Lights. Today, both papers featured the opening ceremonies but . . .

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November 09, 2018

Yes, it’s another editorial telling us how the Wheeling News-Register is “obliged to no individual, organization, political party or ideology"

Readers need only look at the next editorial for evidence to the contrary

Last month it was the Wheeling Intelligencer, this month it is the News-Register -- the anniversary of their founding becomes an excuse for a self-congratulatory editorial. From yesterday’s lead editorial:

We do not slant our reports to favor anyone. We let the chips fall where they may.

Our responsibility is to our . . .

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September 24, 2018

Four lawsuits against WV’s Secretary of State settled (updated 9/19)

While other media examined the suits, Ogden devoted 665 words to WV Secretary of State Mac Warner’s outrage. (It’s the least they could do for a favorite.)

A short quiz

Here’s how several WV news sources headlined a story about the results of a lawsuit against the secretary of state. See if you can spot the headline that appeared on the front page of today’s Wheeling News-Register:

  • A. Ex-Secretary of State Employees Settle Lawsuits Over Firings
  • B. 4 Warner lawsuits . . .

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September 18, 2018

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