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Once again – little credit to teachers

Ogden's political reporter explains the Republican governor's loss in Kentucky

Steven Allen Adams discusses the Kentucky governor race in today's Wheeling papers:

First of all, let’s pop some balloons and rain on some parades. A few narratives are out there on why this happened. The first one was that teachers played a role in ousting Bevin.

Bevin ran afoul of teacher unions during his first term. . . .

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November 11, 2019

Who could possibly be against "student success"?

Covering the effort to pass an omnibus education bill: a look at how four different West Virginia news sources headlined the same event

Yesterday, the West Virginia Senate met and considered an education bill that Republicans labeled the "Student Success Act." However, the headlines used by various WV news sources differed dramatically in their emphasis. Here is how various media headlined yesterday's attempt by Senate Republicans to pass a comprehensive . . .

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June 02, 2019

Another day, another Ryan Weld article

This time, it’s an op-ed by Ogden’s favorite state senator

We are barely two months into the new year, but Wheeling “newspapers” have featured Senator Ryan Weld (R – Brooke) in 18 articles, editorials, and op-eds and his picture is featured prominently in a third of them. Four of these are editorials which singled him out for special praise.

In today’s op-ed, Weld bemoans the failure to get . . .

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March 10, 2019

So much for compromise

Mike Myer blames unions (surprise, surprise) for the rejection of the Republican omnibus education bill

Editor Mike Myer begins today’s column, “No Incentive to Compromise,” by looking first at national politics. He writes:

Clearly, compromise is dead in Washington, D.C.

I assume Myer is referring to the recent government shutdown which was originally precipitated by the president’s rejection of a compromise between . . .

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February 23, 2019

Attention Senator Ferns: Some teachers didn’t wait until November to remember

Please note how anti-union state senator Robert Karns (R – Upshur) got schooled earlier this week

West Virginia State Senator Robert Karns (R - Upshur) looked to be your basic garden variety of anti-union Republican. As the Charleston Gazette-Mail described him:

Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, has sparred with unions and voted for bills they oppose, such as the right-to-work bill or prevailing wage repeal in 2016.

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May 12, 2018

Teacher strikes always bring out the best in state officials

Oklahoma governor worries about the influence of “outside groups” like NEA and WV union leaders and ANTIFA

Oklahoma Governor Mary Falin was interviewed by Omar Villafranca from CBS News. From TPM:

“Teachers want more, but it’s kinda like having a teenage kid that wants a better car,” Fallin told CBS correspondent Omar Villafranca.

Villafranca pointed out that “their car has been taken away over the last 10 years.”

“Well, it . . .

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April 04, 2018

The Intelligencer and teacher unions

For as far back as I can remember, the Wheeling "newspapers" have not supported efforts to raise the salaries of West Virginia's public teachers. Sure, they're willing to praise them for the work they do but that's usually the extent of it. ("Teaching is a noble and important profession, blah, blah blah - but . . .

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July 16, 2015

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