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Will she fold again on supporting health care for West Virginians?

Senator Capito gets another chance to support the citizens of her state

If you’ve been following the news, you know that the Republicans may soon try to replace Obamacare with yet another plan. West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who voted for the last replacement attempt, once again may be a critical vote. For Capito, this one should be no-brainer for an obvious reason: money for opioid treatment. Capito . . .

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September 19, 2017

The Saturday Myer column: explaining recent West Virginia politics and a few words on western coal

The Governor switches parties

Local editor and weekend columnist Mike Myer devoted most of today's column to analyzing our governor's decision to switch parties. His conclusion:

During the past week, I’ve heard any number of speculations on why Justice switched parties (again). But the self-interest angle makes . . .

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August 12, 2017

Obamacare to Trumpcare

From today's Intelligencer: a collection of half-truths, no truths, and disingenuousness (a typical Saturday opinion page)

The lead editorial implores the Republicans to keep fighting to replace Obamacare

Of course we learn (without evidence) in the editorial how Obamacare is universally hated, "choking" state budgets, and has all sorts of horror stories that everyone (including Democrats) have heard. That's what the editorial tells us but . . .

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July 29, 2017

Defending Capito

It's easy when you ignore today's early morning vote on health care

In Friday afternoon's editorial*, "Capito Position Remains Solid," the Wheeling News-Register acts as if today's health care vote didn't happen. Instead of explaining Capito's vote early this morning for the latest version of Trumpcare (see next post down), the editorial focuses on previous Republican proposals and . . .

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July 28, 2017

Ignoring her previous promises to her constituents, Capito votes for "skinny repeal" of Obamacare

Legislation is rejected, however

Early this morning, the United States Senate rejected an attempt by Republicans to repeal major portions of Obamacare. The vote was 51-49 with Republicans McCain, Murkowski and Collins joining all Democrats to defeat the bill.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito voted in favor of the bill despite her previous statements to the . . .

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July 28, 2017

"The moderates always cave"

Here's Senator Capito's justification

Senator Shelley Moore Capito earlier today:

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July 25, 2017

Senator Capito in the news

(with 7/25 update)

Can the Republicans still secure her vote on the Obamacare replacement they propose this week?

For what it's worth, a number of online political sources still see the possibility that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be able to convince enough key Republican senators like Capito to pass a new Republican plan to replace . . .

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July 24, 2017

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