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Want to know how Democrats and Republicans differ on the climate change issue in WV’s 1st congressional district (or, for that matter, any other congressional district)?

Check out this great interactive map from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

I last wrote about the Yale Program back in 2015. Here is a recent addition to the research. It features polling on climate change questions that can be read on an interactive map by states, counties, and congressional districts. For instance, with a few clicks, you can check-out the views of the citizens of WV’s 1st district represented by . . .

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September 17, 2019

On charter schools, the ends justify the means for the Wheeling News-Register

Today’s paper uses two out-of-context quotes in its editorial on charter schools in West Virginia

Today’s editorial, “Writing Rules For Charters,” concludes:

The new law makes it difficult enough to establish a charter school in West Virginia. In writing specific regulations, state officials should take care not to make the endeavor impossible.

That may be the editorial's thesis. Early in the editorial, it . . .

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September 15, 2019

The sale of Bransfield's home

Today's Wheeling Intelligencer article raises a number of questions for readers that aren't answered

What we learned from the Wheeling Intelligencer today:

The Wheeling diocesan home of former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield has been sold for $1.2 million, and the proceeds will be placed into a special fund to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia.

The home was sold Aug. 23 to David H. and Meredith McKinley, . . .

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September 14, 2019

Bransfield’s travel extravagances

Once again, the Washington Post documents the abuses of West Virginia’s former bishop

The Washington Post continues to investigate former West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield. This time, Post reporters Shawn Boburg and Robert O'Harrow Jr. present an extensively-documented investigation of his travels that includes this chart:

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The article is titled:

A penthouse, limousines and private . . .

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September 12, 2019

Learning from Ohio on charter schools?

The Wheeling Intelligencer continues its push for charter schools in West Virginia

This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial* tells us “Charters Fewer in Number, But Better” and it’s about charter schools in Ohio. It’s obviously part of Ogden’s ongoing campaign for charter schools in West Virginia. (See previous post.) Given Ohio’s major problems with charter schools, especially online ones, you would think that the . . .

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September 12, 2019

A question about charter schools for West Virginia Republicans and our local Ogden "newspapers"

If you really do believe that charter schools will improve educational outcomes in WV, why are the important discussions held behind closed doors?

Who was invited to last week’s WV Department of Education meeting on charter schools?

In a front-page article in today’s Wheeling Intelligencer, reporter Joselyn King tells us about a state meeting held last Wednesday in Parkersburg:

“WVDOE Starts Charter School Policy Discussions

King explains:

. . .

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September 10, 2019

Fracking news

A Bethany reader keeps me informed

Bethany’s fracking problem

One of my readers from Bethany, West Virginia made me aware of the problems that small college town 17 miles north of Wheeling is having with the noise from local fracking. Not surprisingly, it has received no coverage from our local Wheeling TV station or the Wheeling “newspapers.” Last week, WTOV in . . .

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September 08, 2019

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