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Racism in West Virginia: has it changed much in 62 years?

Elgin Baylor and West Virginia

Legendary basketball player Elgin Baylor died on Monday. Not mentioned in the Associated Press’ various articles about his career was an incident that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia on January 16, 1959. Here is how Mike Whiteford, citing Baylor, described it in 2019 in the Charleston Gazette-Mail . . .

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March 23, 2021

The West Virginia legislature’s war on workers continues

As the governor admitted last week, eliminating prevailing wage and instituting right-to-work laws didn’t change anything in the state. With a super-majority, however, Republicans aren’t deterred.

They’re not workers, they’re independent contractors!

The headline at Mountain State Spotlight:

Seeking ‘clarity,’ West Virginia lawmakers push to turn more employees into independent contractors

With the subheading:

This status change matters, because independent contractors aren't eligible . . .

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March 02, 2021

Eliminating the WV income tax

Republicans, the Promise Scholarship, and a vulture with a bow tie

Locally, I have seen very little local reporting on this, but the Republican super-majority in the West Virginia legislature looks intent upon eliminating the personal state income tax. At our local Ogden papers, Steven Allen Adams has mentioned it and Mike Myer raised the idea last year. But for something that will negatively impact a . . .

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February 09, 2021

West Virginia’s legislature and the state’s declining population

They are not unrelated

State-by-state population growth rates from 2008 to 2018

From “Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis” by the Pew Research Center:

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Bible classes passes WV Senate; waits for governor’s signature

From Victor Urecki, Rabbi of Charleston’s B’nai Jacob Synagogue:

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March 04, 2020

Breaking news: WV Senate reaches 21st century

Passes state's first solar bill

From the Associated Press:

The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they’re making it clear that they don’t want the coal industry to feel left out.

The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for utilities to use . . .

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February 15, 2020

Who is going to reign in the power of the fossil fuel industry in West Virginia?

Progressive West Virginians shouldn’t wait for current Democrats to do the right thing

My previous post dealt with how the fossil fuel industry runs West Virginia. My example for coal was Wednesday’s passage in senate committee of a three-year tax cut for steam coal despite evidence that it would do little for coal mine employment but much for the bottom line of coal companies. (See here, for instance.)

Today’s . . .

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March 08, 2019

WV legislature obviously oblivious to what's going on around them

NRA-backed proposal passes WV House of Delegates 85 - 14

From the Associated Press:

W.Va. House Backs Employee Guns in Locked Cars

The article explains:

West Virginia's House has voted 85-14 to let employees bring loaded guns to their workplaces as long as they are locked in their cars.

The bill, titled the "Business Liability Protection . . .

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February 28, 2018

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