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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

Wanted: Republican who can stand up to liberal legislators and bureaucrats

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Today's Mike Myer' column in the Intelligencer laments that while a budget was finally passed by the legislature, it contained only a few budget cuts. Who did Myer blame for this lack of action on budget cuts? Republicans, who have a majority in both the Senate and the House of Delegates? Of course not, the word . . .

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June 18, 2016

Catching up on the news

Some things never change

Locals back to printing McKinley PR releases as news

McKinley sponsors never-going-to-happen commission and, of course, gets front-page coverage

Thursday morning's front-page of the Intelligencer brought us a David McKinley public relations release disguised as a front-page story. The headline reads:

Rep. . . .

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April 18, 2016

Balancing the state budget?

Yet another editorial shifts blame away from the party in power

Remember when the Democrats controlled both houses of the state legislature? Back then, Mike Myer columns and editorials opposing what the legislature was doing or about to do always had "Democrat-controlled" or "Democrat-led" in front of "legislature." Now that the Republicans are in control, the adjectives have . . .

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April 11, 2016

Who's running West Virginia?

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Ken Ward Jr. recently did an excellent two-part report at his Coal Tattoo blog trying to answer the question "who really runs West Virginia?" In his posts he points to energy, especially coal companies, which didn't surprise me. Today's morning papers did little to suggest otherwise.

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March 05, 2016

Sometimes no publicity is the best publicity (with evening update)

Ryan Ferns and "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week"

I noted on Friday that it appeared that our local "newspapers" were celebrating "free-publicity-for-our-favorites week." As of this morning, the papers have covered Capito, McKinley, and Morissey but have ignored their favorite state senator, Ryan Ferns. Ferns has been making news but my hunch is that it doesn't lend . . .

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February 22, 2016

Following the WV legislature 6

Active fracking bills

SB 508 - nuisance lawsuits

On Thursday SB 508 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. (I previously wrote about this bill here.) According to the Gazette-Mail:

The bill (SB 508) gives businesses virtual immunity from private “nuisance lawsuits” so long as the business does not violate a law, regulation or the terms of . . .

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February 20, 2016

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