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What's currently the most important issue facing West Virginia?

(Hint -- judging by what some Republican legislators are saying, it doesn't appear to be jobs or flood relief)

Reporter Eric Eyre wrote in Wednesday morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

A Republican state senator is urging West Virginia lawmakers to take up a transgender “bathroom bill” as the No. 1 item on a special session agenda that places flood relief as the fourth — and last — measure on the same list.

Senator . . .

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July 23, 2016

The Sunday opinion section carries Delegate Ryan Weld's op-ed piece

A new low?

Page C4 of the opinion section has a guest column by the House of Delegates member Ryan Weld (R, Brooke and Ohio). The title, "Democrats Obstructed Budget Solely for Politics," describes the first fourth of the column. The rest of the column is a personal attack on Senator Jack Yost.

The column purports to be about the . . .

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June 26, 2016

Reading the Sunday opinion section

Different day, same point of view

The lead editorial is a rewrite of yesterday's Mike Myer's opinion column (see next post down):

A week ago, Charleston was permeated with a near-sense of panic. Time was running out for West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to agree on a budget. There were warnings . . .

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June 19, 2016

Wanted: Republican who can stand up to liberal legislators and bureaucrats

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Today's Mike Myer' column in the Intelligencer laments that while a budget was finally passed by the legislature, it contained only a few budget cuts. Who did Myer blame for this lack of action on budget cuts? Republicans, who have a majority in both the Senate and the House of Delegates? Of course not, the word . . .

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June 18, 2016

Still no budget

Of course, it's the Democrats' fault -- it's always their fault

From this morning's Intelligencer editorial on the state's budget problems:

Politics - with some in the Legislature's Democrat Party minority blocking reasonable action by Republicans - has made the budget-balancing process frustrating for all concerned, including taxpayers.

The Democrats are blocking . . .

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May 25, 2016

Updating labor stories

More on the right-to-work challenge and Alpha Natural Resources

As teachers frequently remind students: "Please do your own work"

Did the WV legislature, in their rush (it was SB 1) to prove how anti-union they were, fail to change ALEC's right-to-work model legislation enough to make it constitutional? In the previous post I noted the AFL-CIO's decision to challenge the . . .

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May 11, 2016

Balancing the state budget?

Yet another editorial shifts blame away from the party in power

Remember when the Democrats controlled both houses of the state legislature? Back then, Mike Myer columns and editorials opposing what the legislature was doing or about to do always had "Democrat-controlled" or "Democrat-led" in front of "legislature." Now that the Republicans are in control, the adjectives have . . .

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April 11, 2016

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