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“We know that we all want to see good jobs come to West Virginia, but we also don't want to make mistakes in rushing a process that will have to pay the consequences in the future,” she said. “And when we're talking about environmental risks that pose threats to public health, those consequences can be ...
“There's a very strong anti-establishment sentiment in West Virginia, and there's also an 'it can't get any worse' sentiment,” Patrick Hickey, a political science professor at West Virginia University, told me. “We're just trying to shake it up.” Blankenship is the GOP primary's wild card. The former Massey Energy ...

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Fox News Channel is kicking off its midterm election series with a debate in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary race. The network said in a news release that candidates who reach a threshold of 10 percent in a Fox News poll being released this week will be invited ...
Mr. Blankenship nurses a deep sense of grievance, and he has no political experience to speak of. But he does have a natural inclination for one of the most distinctive and defining contributions that Mr. Trump has made to American politics: its sound. In Republican races across the country, candidates like ...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Medical Association is disputing its characterization in political mailers that take aim at its former executive director, Evan Jenkins, who is running for U.S. Senate. Jenkins served as the executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association from ...
"Gun control is now the symbol of all things that young people really despise about Washington, D.C.," said John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics. He's been surveying young people since 2000. His most recent poll found a clear increase in the number of people ages 18-29 ...

At the end of an hourlong event in West Virginia on Thursday, Donald Trump polled the crowd about whom they would like to see win next month's Republican primary for U.S. Senate. ... After his conviction, he penned a 67-page manifesto declaring himself a “political prisoner” of the Obama administration.
The venue was filled with several hundred supporters, all of which were invited because of their political affiliation or ties to the people involved with today's event. Trump took part in a back-and-forth discussion that included state leaders and everyday workers, who say they're benefiting the president's ...
Unlike Zhou Enlai's “Too early to say,” West Virginia's public education plight is known and dated. Citizens must act with urgency to reform a largely 19th-century schooling model which we, not sponsored politicians or formidable education interests, continuously bequeath to generations of students.
West Virginia has become the first state to allow Internet voting by blockchain, offering the technology to deployed and overseas military service members ... run on blockchain, but they've been for much smaller events like town meetings, student government elections and state political party conventions.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has signed a bill eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts. On Wednesday, March 28th, 2018, Governor Justice signed House Bill 4006. Governor Justice has announced the firing of Gayle Manchin, Secretary of Department of ...
West Virginia will join about two-dozen states that have set limits on opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The new law, which ... The number of pain pills prescribed in West Virginia has dropped sharply in recent years following a crackdown on rogue pain clinics and “pill mill” pharmacies. Street drugs like ...
If Oklahoma teachers walk out of classrooms in two weeks, Mickey Miller will not be among them—though he wishes he could be. The economics teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa is planning instead to pick up extra hours at his second job as a baggage handler at the nearby airport.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston Police department has something of a photo gallery of all the recent findings of hypodermic needles discarded in public, found at crimes scenes, or on suspects. They say many come from the free needle exchange program at the Kanawha-Charleston health ...
With help Thursday from the West Virginia Transportation Department's Randy Damron (center) and Sen. Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, Gov. Jim Justice signs Senate Bill 348, which allows the state to issue bonds to fund state park improvements. During the ceremony at the 38th annual Construction and Design ...
Those familiar with the party's deliberations say the results are clear: With a little more than a month until the May 8 primary, Blankenship, a towering figure in West Virginia politics long before this campaign and an avid opponent of unions, has vaulted into essentially a three-way tie with his rivals and is ...
Six more women will join a task force to seek a long-term funding solution to an insurance program for teachers and other public employees. Gov. Jim Justice announced the latest appointments Monday after receiving complaints that his initial picks included only two women. The task force is scheduled to ...

A panel tasked with spending the next nine months studying West Virginia's Public Employees Insurance Agency to find ways to reduce growing costs and resolve funding issues will meet for the first time Tuesday — after Gov. Jim Justice corrected what many observers said was a glaring oversight with the ...
Over the weekend, West Virginia lawmakers did indeed pass legislation that would eliminate a state department -- the Department of Education and Arts. See, the confusion comes from the fact that West Virginia has a Department of Education AND a Department of Education and Arts. What's the difference ...
She was very critical, made it political, and put me in a very, very bad position," Justice said in his own press release. "She was told that we accepted her resignation, she refused, and we terminated her," Justice also said. Manchin is a former first lady of West Virginia and served on the state's board of ...
Three states rank lower than West Virginia for teacher salaries: Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Dakota. Reaction: Both the state's House of Delegates and Senate unanimously approved the bill giving teachers the pay raise. And the governor agreed to set up a task force to address the state health ...
How the state ranks: West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation in terms of how much it pays its teachers, according to the National Education Association. Educators said that low pay pushes qualified teachers to leave the state. Three states rank lower than West Virginia for teacher salaries: Oklahoma, ...
(CNN) -- The strike in West Virginia has inspired similar movements as teachers in Oklahoma are considering a walkout next month and Arizona teachers had a public show of solidarity for better wages this week. In Kentucky, teachers and retirees are protesting a controversial pension reform bill. Teachers ...
Caught amidst the state's budget woes and political realities, West Virginians aren't left with much of a choice. If teachers want a more progressive West Virginia—if they want legislators who will raise the state's comparatively low severance taxes on the coal and energy industries—they'll have to vote for it.
The focus of the West Virginia teachers' strike has oscillated between teachers deserving better compensation and a more general anxiety about the .... Once it became obvious that the region was a center of the Trump phenomenon, arriving national political reporters saw things, at least partly, through ...
Thousands of public school teachers across West Virginia went on strike this week in protest over their pay and benefits, affecting more than 277,000 students. It began on Thursday, a day after West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, signed legislation providing teachers, school service personnel ...
Lucas is challenging incumbent Republican Jason Harshbarger, a member of the Judiciary Committee. Harshbarger's campaign received $650 from oil and gas interests in late 2016, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The delegate's financial disclosure shows ...
There is a revolt brewing in West Virginia politics. Last Friday Lissa Lucas, an author and celebrated backyard ... With a combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws and dark money, Republicans have tipped the political scales in their favor. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in ...
What happens when you read aloud your state representative's political donations from oil and gas corporations during a public hearing on a bill that will likely benefit those same oil and gas corporations? In West Virginia, you might get dragged out of the building. On Friday, members of the West Virginia ...
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The Charleston Police department has something of a photo gallery of all the recent findings of hypodermic needles discarded in public, found at crimes scenes, or on suspects. They say many come from the free needle exchange program at the Kanawha-Charleston health ...
Thousands of teachers in Arizona showed up to school Wednesday wearing red. In Oklahoma, teachers prepared a list of demands for the governor. Educators in both states are energized from watching the success of the nine-day teachers strike in West Virginia. They say they're prepared to do the same.
The paper McCoy and her classmates wrote is for a political science class, taught by political analyst Robert Rupp. They explored voting habits of West Virginians, and how social issues affect politics in the state. Baltimore-native Katie Kennedy observed how politics in West Virginia play out very differently ...
CHARLESTON, WV - "We will strike; we will strike," shouted teachers and supporters last Friday at the Capitol. This scene is about to repeat itself, as teachers and supporters will again converge on the capitol Thursday and Friday, during a statewide teacher strike. While the House and Senate have now ...
An Army veteran who already successfully pushed West Virginia to allow medical cannabis is now campaigning for Congress, and full marijuana ... over time, most recently being held by a Democrat in 2015, it is currently considered “Solid Republican” or “Likely Republican” by political tracking groups.
Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. In 2017, following a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, along with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, offered legislation that would force states to comply with regulations for updating the ...
Days after West Virginia Supreme Court justices abruptly ousted the court's chief justice, they have decided to cancel the court's annual trip to hear cases at West Virginia University's law school. In a news release Tuesday, court officials said the court is "in a period of transition and needs to be in Charleston ...
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday endorsed West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in his bid for the GOP nomination for Senate. “Attorney General Morrisey's strong, conservative record is exactly what West Virginia needs in its next senator,” Walker said in a statement obtained first by Roll ...
In that same press conference, Justice said that a teachers' strike would be a “crying shame.” He also dismissed a Senate Democrat proposal that would fund PEIA by raising the state's severance tax on natural gas as “political grandstanding.” West Virginia is often portrayed as a steadfastly Republican ...
Evans said 35 counties in West Virginia currently maintain “labor surplus area” status. He said his district lacks the employment and volunteer opportunities to fulfill work requirements or the transportation to get to them and that the legislation would just leave people going hungry. “This bill will tie the hands ...
Nearly two weeks after a natural gas royalties bill was moved from the West Virginia Senate's Energy, Industry and Mining Committee to its Judiciary Committee, property rights advocates held a news conference Monday morning to try to push the bill forward. Senate Bill 360 seeks to eliminate ...
Lucas is challenging incumbent Republican Jason Harshbarger, a member of the Judiciary Committee. Harshbarger's campaign received $650 from oil and gas interests in late 2016, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The delegate's financial disclosure shows ...
There is a revolt brewing in West Virginia politics. Last Friday Lissa Lucas, an author and celebrated backyard ... With a combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws and dark money, Republicans have tipped the political scales in their favor. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in ...
What happens when you read aloud your state representative's political donations from oil and gas corporations during a public hearing on a bill that will likely benefit those same oil and gas corporations? In West Virginia, you might get dragged out of the building. On Friday, members of the West Virginia ...
“No hate in my holler” march is a window into West Virginia's political divide ... To battle that perception, the Greenbrier Huddle asked local folks to wear blue and gold — the colors of the West Virginia University Mountaineers — to Thursday's march, which they had dubbed the No Hate in My Holler march.
Gearheart, a graduate of Concord University, is chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Accountability and he serves on the Finance and Political Subdivisions committees. He is also a member of the West Virginia Republican Executive ...
State officials say West Virginia's overall general revenue fund collections through the first half of the fiscal year are nearly $106 million ahead of last year. The state Department of Revenue said Thursday that general revenue fund collections of more than $1.9 billion were $2.7 million above estimates.
Today, a random drawing settled a hotly contested political race in Virginia. The candidates for House District 94 had disputed the election results in November. There was a recount, and there were legal challenges. Control of the Virginia House of Delegates hung in the balance. So today in Richmond, the ...
In his campaign announcement video, Willis said while he has no political experience, his time in the National Guard and running the Glen Ferris Inn are a better solution. “My qualifications, frankly, are far more real than anybody with a career in politics,” he said. “Being a West Virginia business owner and ...
RICHMOND, Va. — A Republican won a Virginia state House of Delegates race so close that its outcome was determined by pulling the candidate's name out of a ceramic bowl Thursday. Virginia officials drew Republican incumbent David Yancey's name out of a bowl in a drawing today that ended a hotly ...
Ethiopia's prime minister has announced that the country will free all of its political prisoners, pardon them and close a notorious prison. It's a surprising turnaround for a government that has launched a sweeping crackdown on dissent, and has not previously admitted that it is even holding political prisoners ...


 

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