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Is it unfair to say that the fossil fuel industry runs this state?

Your West Virginia legislature at work (or in the case of fracking, not at work)

Coal

From WV Metro News earlier this evening:

Senate Finance passes 3-year steam coal tax cut

Senator Doug Facemire (D – Braxton) stated the obvious:

“Are we helping the miners and the counties, or are we just going to stick this money the coal companies’ pockets?” Facemire asked.

The . . .

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March 06, 2019

Can an entire state suffer from battered spouse syndrome?

“Now for the first time in our history we’re going to help the people who brought us to the dance” -- Delegate Vernon Crisp (R – Wood) explaining the WV House of Delegates voting to reduce the severance tax on thermal coal

Today’s Wheeling “newspapers” featured a front-page story that the WV House of Delegates voted to reduce the taxes on steam coal. Delegate Crisp’s comment comes at the end of the story. Is Crisp familiar with West Virginia’s past, or for that matter, present? It’s difficult to study the state’s history and not see that those “who brought us . . .

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February 28, 2019

From WV MetroNews: “W.Va. State Building & Construction Trades Council to offer drug tests to legislators”

An idea whose time has come!

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From WV MetroNews:

Representatives from the West Virginia Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Foundation plan to set up at the state capitol Wednesday. They are offering free drug testing to any West Virginia lawmaker who wants to take part.

“It’s a full test. We have a third-party professional who’s doing it,” . . .

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February 12, 2019

Same as it ever was

West Virginia politics, that is

Justice appoints Justice lobbyist for vacant state senate seat

West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda resigned earlier this week to run for President. Yesterday, Governor Justice appointed his replacement. According to the Logan Banner's Dylan Vidovich via the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Gov. Jim Justice, shortly . . .

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January 18, 2019

“School Could Be Out Indefinitely”

With pictures of Ryan Ferns and Robin Capehart

The accompanying pictures explain a lot

This morning’s top-of-the-front-page story in the Wheeling News-Register is, of course, the West Virginia teachers strike which looks like it may continue. Under the headline are two pictures which probably say more to answer the “why” of the school strike than the 700 words that follow.

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March 04, 2018

What important bills are being considered by the West Virginia legislature?

The answer depends upon which newspaper you read

There’s a media theory that argues that our mass media influence us more by what they choose to talk about than what they say about the subject. Agenda-setting theory, as it’s called, argues that that the media are important in our culture primarily because they tell us what we should think about rather than telling us what to think.*

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January 19, 2018

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