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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

Reading the weekend opinion sections

Mike Myer on marijuana and the "change everything" revolution

All of Sunday's column and half of Saturday's column is devoted to an attack upon the legislation that would permit the legalization of medical marijuana. In neither column is there any evidence. To make his case, Myer compares the growing use of medical . . .

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April 09, 2017

WV fracking news not being covered locally

Here are a couple of fracking stories found in some of the state's newspapers.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gets rid of nuisance protection

Ken Ward Jr. reports in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Less than two weeks after taking office, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration quietly . . .

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February 12, 2017

Documenting the locals' anti-Clinton agenda 10

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 . . .

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September 14, 2016

What's currently the most important issue facing West Virginia?

(Hint -- judging by what some Republican legislators are saying, it doesn't appear to be jobs or flood relief)

Reporter Eric Eyre wrote in Wednesday morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:

A Republican state senator is urging West Virginia lawmakers to take up a transgender “bathroom bill” as the No. 1 item on a special session agenda that places flood relief as the fourth — and last — measure on the same list.

Senator . . .

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July 23, 2016

The Sunday opinion section carries Delegate Ryan Weld's op-ed piece

A new low?

Page C4 of the opinion section has a guest column by the House of Delegates member Ryan Weld (R, Brooke and Ohio). The title, "Democrats Obstructed Budget Solely for Politics," describes the first fourth of the column. The rest of the column is a personal attack on Senator Jack Yost.

The column purports to be about the . . .

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June 26, 2016

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