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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

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

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