Can West Virginian bribe its way to a population reversal?
West Virginia continues to lose citizens (60,000 since 2010) and the loss will not just affect its tax base – WV will also lose political power as it gives up a House seat. What can be done? During the legislative session, Governor Justice and the legislature came up with a plan whereby the state will pay $12,000 to lure workers to the state. . . .
A 60% approval rating (2nd highest in the nation)
West Virginia still has the 2nd highest approval rating for Trump among the states according to the Morning Consult’s monthly poll released yesterday. 60% of West Virginians approve while 33% disapprove. Wyoming was first at 63% and Alabama was third at 58%. Trump’s lowest approval rating was in Washington D.C. with 16% followed by Vermont at . . .
Today, a number of newspapers carried an Associated Press article* by their medical writer, Mike Stobbe:
As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons
Writing from Madison, West Virginia, Stobbe begins:
If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West . . .
Paul Krugman looks at the larger question: why are we so fixated on coal jobs?
Earlier this week economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman columnist had an excellent post about the Trump presidency and the future of coal. His starting point was the president's major address in which he once again promised to bring back coal jobs. As Krugman notes, that's not going to happen:
He is not, of . . .
Trump voters and Obamacare
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal carried an article, "Trump Counties Would See Big Impact From Obamacare Repeal." In its analysis they found that the areas and types of voters that overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump have the most to lose.
When he campaigned for president, Donald Trump made repealing and replacing . . .
CNN's "The 'forgotten tribe' in West Virginia; why America's white working class feels left behind"
This five minute CNN story on West Virginia's McDowell County first aired two weeks ago.
I found it significant that the West Virginians in the video are part of a "tribe" . . .
Tuesday's Intelligencer editorials
"Showing Disdain for 'Coal People'"
According to this morning's lead editorial Bill Clinton joked in Pennsylvania last week that the "coal people" in eastern Kentucky and West Virginian "don't like any of us anymore." The editorial goes on to tell us that "coal people" have . . .