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Still clueless on millennials?

It doesn’t matter -- editor Mike Myer suggests how to bring them back to West Virginia

On the front page of yesterday's Wheeling News-Register, editor Mike Myer wants to “Bring the Kids Back Home.” Last January, Myer wrote a similar column. (No link – it wasn’t posted. I wrote about it here.) Like that earlier column, Myer has still not done any research into that age group or what they believe is important. Instead, the . . .

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August 26, 2019

Will the real David McKinley please stand up?

The congressman says different things about red flag laws in different parts of his congressional district but no one at an Ogden call him out on it

Five days ago, the Wheeling News-Register’s front page featured this story about West Virginia’s 1st District congressman:

McKinley Backs ‘Red Flag’ Gun Regulations

McKinley, of course, was following President Trump’s lead and our local Republican paper was more than willing to publicize how one of its favorites . . .

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August 23, 2019

Baseball on the cheap: Bob Nutting and the Pittsburgh Pirates

A 2019 update

In January of 2018, I speculated that Pittsburgh Pirate owner (and Ogden Newspaper owner) Bob Nutting’s business plan for the team was something like this:

  • 1. Field an inexpensive team by trading/not signing quality (higher salaried) players.
  • 2. Use “building for the future” and “restocking our depleted minor league system” . . .

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August 22, 2019

“Newspapers and baseball on the cheap” – an update

Another look at Bob Nutting’s similar business models for his newspaper chain and baseball team

Early last year, I wrote here and here about the similarities between how Robert Nutting runs his newspaper chain (Ogden) and his baseball team (the Pittsburgh Pirates).

Here’s some of the important elements of the newspaper’s business model as I described them in my first post:

  • 1. Minimize costs by cutting workers, . . .

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August 20, 2019

Senator Manchin revives background checks (with update)

President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."

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After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .

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August 20, 2019

Of red flags and straw men

Today’s Wheeling News-Register features our local congressman and the paper’s editor on gun control

Representative McKinley is doing the same thing on guns as he did on climate change

Earlier this year, I wrote an extended post on how our local representative, David McKinley, had apparently moved away from being a climate-change denier. I argued that McKinley had changed his position because, given the preponderant amount of . . .

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August 18, 2019

Bribing workers to attend Trump's PA Cracker Speech

A story you most likely won't see in Wheeling's "newspapers"

The previous post looked at our local Ogden newspapers' largely-positive coverage of President Trump's recent presidential policy speech political rally in Pennsylvania. But perhaps support for the speech was not all that it appeared to be. Some good work by Anya Litvak at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has documented the choices . . .

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August 17, 2019

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