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The Republican field for the WV governor nomination is getting interesting

Jim Justice, former Delegate Mike Folk (who wanted to see Hillary Clinton hung at the Washington D.C. mall), and Representative David McKinley?

The current governor, Jim Justice, has already announced that he will run – this time as a Republican.

To the list, add Mike Folk. As the Associated Press describes:

Former West Virginia Delegate Mike Folk says he's running for governor.

The Berkeley County Republican announced the campaign in an email Tuesday.

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February 06, 2019

The Intelligencer’s coverage of Trump’s State of the Union address

It's predictable: nothing on the Democratic response or any fact checking

Trump’s speech covered; Democratic response ignored

The Wheeling Intelligencer used one of the early Associated Press articles. Dropped from the original AP story was mention of the Democratic response:

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in . . .

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February 06, 2019

What has Senator Capito been doing lately?

Capito votes in committee to make Murray Energy's former lobbyist the permanent head of the EPA

From the Associated Press, earlier today:

Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler won a Senate committee’s approval of his appointment to the permanent post on Tuesday, along . . .

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February 05, 2019

Updates on Myer/racism and Capehart

Away for a few days to a warmer climate (yes, it was nice). I’ve done some quick catching-up on recent topics. (The Republican education bill will have to wait for more developments.)

Mike Myer is still fighting racism (as long as it isn’t the Republican version of it)

Most of Editor Myer’s Sunday column, “Not at All Funny . . .

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February 03, 2019

A 5 PM Tuesday look at the Republican plan to bring school vouchers to West Virginia

The Republican legislature's comprehensive education bill would appear to have two purposes: bring vouchers (public money for non-public education) to West Virginia and punish public school teachers for last year’s defiance of the legislature. (Note, those purposes may differ with the governor’s intentions.) Despite Republican rhetoric . . .

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January 29, 2019

Kochs bring their fake-grassroots organization to Steubenville

Not surprising given their Sinclair ownership, WTOV covers the astroturfing without once mentioning the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, or the organization’s right-wing agenda

From Saturday’s WTOV’s news coverage:

"What the Grassroots Leadership Academy does is teach people how to drive real change in their local community," said trainer Ron Ferguson. "It teaches them how to get involved with things like business, education, community and government."

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January 28, 2019

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