Leftovers from a Friday article on Joe Manchin’s views, interviews with state leaders (Democrats need not apply), and a columnist that argues Obama caused George Floyd’s death
Yes, it’s the Monday Wheeling Intelligencer
More Manchin stuff (none of it new)
Intelligencer stenographer Jocelyn King interviewed WV Senator Joe Manchin when he was in Wheeling last Thursday. Her story appeared in Friday’s local papers. (See two posts down.) Today, King tells us that Manchin also discussed the Democrat’s infrastructure bill and said that he would not be a . . .
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 . . .
Masks, mistakes, Republicans and Trump
Our Republican governor and legislators
Hey, remember 6 years ago when WV Republicans promised all that job growth once they passed right-to-work and got rid of the prevailing wage? How well did that work?
Governor Justice said yesterday that doing away with prevailing wages and passing so called "right to work" have not helped . . .
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 . . .
Is it a sign of the apocalypse? What’s next? Undoing “right-to-work” laws? Paying teachers and other state workers a living wage? Never mind, it’s about the Party’s unswerving loyalty to Donald Trump
The Rucker quote neatly states the West Virginia Republican Party’s (along with its messenger - the Wheeling Intelligencer) long-term justification for tort reform. (For more examples, type “West Virginia” and “frivolous lawsuits” into a search engine and see how many hits and how far back the search goes.)
West Virginia . . .
Now the worst in America according to a study by CNBC
CNBC moves West Virginia to #1 in their annual survey of worst states for business
The feat was accomplished in just three years of business-friendly Republican legislative control. Here's the headline from CNBC:
. . .
In an economic death spiral: West Virginia is America's worst state for business in 2017
WV's elected Republicans at the Republican National Convention
As the Charleston Gazette-Mail noted this morning:
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will speak on the second night of the Republican National Convention next week, the event that will officially launch Donald Trump’s general election campaign for the . . .