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Pay to play (the state attorney general version)

And guess which local coal company and which state's AG are among the players?

Bloomberg is out this morning with an excellent in-depth analysis:

Battered Coal Companies Courted State AGs to Fight Climate Rules

The article begins:

Murray Energy Corp. made a $250,000 donation to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year and, in return, the coal mining company’s . . .

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September 07, 2016

Explaining the possible Murray Energy layoffs

You get different information and emphasis depending upon the source

The Wheeling Intelligencer rewrites the Murray Energy press release

On Saturday morning, reporter Casey Junkins explained the possibility of layoffs at Murray Energy:

Murray Energy Corp. indicated Friday it may cut 4,400 more jobs by September — a move that would leave the company that employed 8,400 in May of 2015 with . . .

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July 06, 2016

More Murray Energy news

In a 3 - 3 decision, Federal Election Commission will not charge Murray Energy in a campaign contributions suit

As the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported earlier this week:

Even though Federal Elections Commission staff found strong indications that Murray Energy coerced campaign donations from its workers, the enforcement agency won't pursue charges against the Pepper Pike coal mining company after its oversight board deadlocked on . . .

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May 25, 2016

Changing the narrative

More on the mine closure

On most days I read the paper version of the morning Intelligencer and later look at the online edition of the afternoon News-Register. While the headlines may change, the stories are frequently the same.

The important story about the closing of the Powhatan No. 6 coal mine, first run in yesterday's News-Register and then . . .

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May 03, 2016

Murray Energy to close a union mine

As usual, it's all Obama's fault

The afternoon Wheeling News-Register is reporting that Murray Energy will close the No. 6 Powhatan mine in November:

Murray Energy Corp. spokesman Gary Broadbent this morning confirmed the Powhatan No. 6 Mine will close in November, likely leaving about 430 coal miners unemployed.

Powhatan No. 6 Mine, represented . . .

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May 02, 2016

Murray Energy: politics and $$$

Catching up on the 2014 election -- oops, they somehow missed $35,000

Cleveland.com reported last week that:

Murray Energy Corp.'s PAC acknowledged it failed to publicly disclose $35,000 it gave in 2013 to a political fund controlled by John Boehner, then the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

. . . . . . .

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February 07, 2016

Back on the front page: "Murray: Bankruptcy Possible if No Tax Cut"

A look at the severance tax cut proposal

Once again Robert Murray is back on the front page. On Thursday, he "demanded" a tax reduction (see three posts down); this time he argues that without a drop in the severance tax his company will face bankruptcy.

Half of the article is devoted to his explanation of the unfairness of WV's severance tax and the . . .

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January 31, 2016

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