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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • Extending ‘bridge to nowhere’ still on track for next year

    02/21/2018 10:06:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2018 | Charlie Boothe
    BLUEFIELD — Extending the King Coal Highway’s “bridge to nowhere” in Bluefield to the Airport Road area is still on track for next year. Del. Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer County, said the project remains on the Department of Highways six-year plan for a 2019 start. “Dirt should be moved next spring (2019),” he said. “It will be built when it is supposed to. It’s been part of the six-year plan and was not scheduled until next spring.” The bridge, which connects to Rt. 460 and then to Interstate 77, was finished almost 10 years ago but funding for the highway has...
  • McConnell: Of course we’re going to lose seats this fall

    02/18/2018 1:41:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 122 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 18, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    A new interview with Mitch McConnell this week showed the first cracks in the wall of his optimism about the midterms. While not going down a path of gloom and doom, he no longer sounds positive of breaking a long-standing trend of the party in power losing ground in such scenarios. He’s not coming out and saying the GOP’s majorities in both chambers are toast, but he seems to think they’ll be losing seats. (The Hill) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that he expects to see GOP majorities in the House and Senate shrink...
  • Teachers and service workers say they’ve had enough [WV]

    02/18/2018 3:44:54 AM PST · by buckalfa · 67 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Chris Lawrence
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There will be no public school next Thursday or Friday anywhere in West Virginia. Whether classes resume on Monday remained up in the air. The West Virginia teachers unions and service personnel organizations all agreed to authorize the first ever walkout in all 55 counties of teachers and service personnel. “We’re done. We’re done waiting. We waited and have given them chances and they didn’t want to take it seriously,” said Teacher Christiana Frye of Cabell Midland High School. “Honestly I’m praying two days is enough because some people can’t afford to be out longer than that,...
  • Cold doesn't freeze out progress on I-81

    02/15/2018 11:00:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | January 17, 2018 | Mike Lewis
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The widening of Interstate 81 from West Virginia into Maryland remains on track to be finished in 2020. "Work is still continuing in the cold," Stephen Bucy said Wednesday. Bucy, an engineer with the Maryland Department of Transportation, reported on the project and other Interstate 81 work Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Interstate Council in Martinsburg. The current I-81 work is widening the highway from two to three lanes in each direction from about U.S. 11 (Exit 23) in West Virginia across the Potomac River to Md. 63/68 (Exit 1)...
  • Inebriated Democrat Asks Intelligence Community to Outline Covert Operations in Public

    02/14/2018 1:03:59 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 17 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | February 13th, 2018
    It’s doubtful you can find a more succinct example of TDS than a seemingly inebriated Democrat Senator asking the aggregate intelligence apparatus, during a public session of congress, to give specific details of U.S. covert intelligence efforts to thwart Russian, Chinese and North Korean cyber-warfare. As Democrat Senator Joe Manchin professionally restrained himself from laughing, even Democrat Senator Kamala Harris couldn’t avoid the eye-roll. ‘Muh Russia’ is real. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), ranking member of armed services committee, began his mid-day sluration with a ‘resist-we-much‘ effort to continue the vast White House Russian conspiracy narrative, and slowly morphed into a...
  • West Virginia woman dragged out of capitol for reading list of corporate donors

    02/13/2018 7:18:19 PM PST · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 Feb 2018 | Fox News
    Lissa Lucas, a candidate in this year’s Democratic primary for West Virginia delegates, was escorted out of the Charleston state house because she read a list of House members and how much they pocketed from oil and gas companies. Newsweek reported that the meeting was about a proposal, the Co-Tenancy and Majority Protection Act, or H.B. 4268, that would allow these companies to drill on “minority mineral owners’ land without their consent.” The report said that some landowners worry that the bill will allow these companies to drill on their properties for the minerals located below. The West Virginia Oil...
  • Fired Weirton cop, ACLU reach reach settlement with city(WV)

    02/12/2018 12:19:34 PM PST · by buckalfa · 7 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | February 12, 2018 | MetroNews Staff
    WEIRTON, W.Va. — A fired Weirton police officer is getting $175,000 from the Hancock County city as part of a settlement agreement which includes other relief and brings to an end a lawsuit filed in May 2017 challenging his termination. Timothy O’Brien and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia sued Weirton for wrongful termination, due process violations and reputation damage on behalf of former Weirton Officer Stephen Mader. Mader claimed he was fired because he did not shoot a black man with a gun on the night of May 6, 2016 when, as a probationary officer, Mader was...
  • West Virginia Bill Would Finally Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/06/2018 7:48:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A West Virginia bill that would end taxpayer funding for abortions in the state is slated for a public hearing Monday in the state House. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid. State House Bill 4012 would end taxpayer funding for abortions except when medically necessary to save the mother’s life, the AP reports. Since 1977, state taxpayers have been forced to pay millions of dollars for tens of thousands unborn babies’ abortion deaths, according to West Virginians for Life. “The federal government limits tax funding of abortions to cases of...
  • Republican congressman says feds should nearly DOUBLE gasoline tax

    02/02/2018 1:12:19 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2018 | David Martosko
    A Republican congressman says the U.S. government should significantly raise the gas tax in order to fund President Donald Trump's ambitious infrastructure plan. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania told Bloomberg TV that the tax should be increased by 15 cents per gallon of gasoline. The current rate is 18.4 cents, and hasn't seen a hike since 1993. Shuster said Thursday at a Republican congressional retreat in West Virginia that for the average American, a 15-cent increase would equal the cost of 'a cup of coffee a week that they might have to forgo.' 'Or if you're a Starbucks person, half...
  • Hundreds of teachers hold walkout, protest in West Virgina [sic]

    02/02/2018 7:56:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/2/18 | Josh Delk
    Hundreds of West Virginia teachers held walk-outs and protested at the state Capitol on Friday over low wages and proposed rules that eliminate teacher seniority. Schools in Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties closed for Friday over the teacher shortage as many were expected to protest in Charleston, according to The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Several more counties are expected to follow suit. In solidarity with the protests, other teachers in Kanawha and Berkeley counties staged a "walk-in," standing outside of their schools with signs supporting public education for about one hour before starting the workday.  ADVERTISEMENT The West Virginia state Senate is expected to take a vote...
  • Trump expected to release Nunes memo WITHOUT redactions, White House says

    02/01/2018 1:46:25 PM PST · by bryan999 · 129 replies
    President Trump is expected to approve the release of a classified memo spearheaded by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. According to a Thursday afternoon pool report, a White House official confirmed upon arrival to West Virginia that the president "has read the memo." Trump will declassify the controversial four-page memo that reportedly details surveillance abuses by the Department of Justice and FBI, and send it back to House Intelligence for a Friday morning release.
  • Trump likens Pelosi’s ‘crumbs’ tax comments to Clinton’s ‘deplorables’

    02/01/2018 11:14:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2018 | David Sherfinski
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — President Trump on Thursday likened House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s calling the recent tax law-related bonuses “crumbs” to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “deplorable” comments from the 2016 campaign. “That could be like ‘deplorable,’ ” Mr. Trump said of Mrs. Pelosi’s comments. “Those two words — they seem to have a resemblance. I hope it has the same meaning.”
  • ‘This is just the beginning’: Trump tells congressional GOP

    02/01/2018 10:22:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2018 | David Sherfinski
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — President Trump tried to fire up congressional Republicans at the Greenbrier resort here Thursday, using a lunchtime speech at the GOP’s annual policy retreat to tout their accomplishments in 2017 and spur them to action in what could be a tough election year. “Working together, we’ve accomplished extraordinary things for the American over the last year, and I really believe this is just the beginning,” the president said. “You folks have done well,” he told Republican leaders gathered onstage. “We’re now in battle together.”
  • Correction: GOP Train Accident story

    01/31/2018 11:24:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2018 | AP News
    CROZET, Va. (AP) — In a story Jan. 31 about a fatal train crash carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress, The Associated Press, relying on information from a congressman at the scene, misidentified who was killed in the pickup truck. It was a passenger who died, not the driver. A corrected version of the story is below: Train carrying GOP lawmakers strikes trash truck; 1 killed A train carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a policy retreat has slammed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia By ALAN FRAM and HEIDI BROWN Associated Press CROZET, Va. (AP)...
  • Per Twitter: Leftist Journalist Celebrates GOPers' Deadly Train Crash

    01/31/2018 11:16:45 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 38 replies
    Link to his post, which he has since deleted: https://twitter.com/jonathantasini/status/958765928602157056
  • UPDATE: White House confirms one fatality, says no lawmakers seriously hurt in train crash

    01/31/2018 10:03:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 122 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | WSAZ
    The White House is confirming one fatality and one serious injury after a chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there are no serious injuries among members of Congress or congressional staff. Sanders says President Donald Trump has been fully briefed on the matter and is receiving regular updates. The train carrying the lawmakers hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia. Lawmakers are heading to their annual legislative retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people

    01/30/2018 7:28:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 87 replies
    Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | 1/29/18 | Eric Eyre
    Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said committee...
  • Manchin Reacts to Pelosi’s Racially Charged Immigration Comments

    01/29/2018 6:06:28 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    freebeacon ^ | January 28, 2018 | Conor Beck
    West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin (D.) criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) after being shown a clip of her characterizing President Donald Trump's immigration plan as a way to "Make America White Again." CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper used the Pelosi clip to start a discussion on immigration. "Let me just say what I said last night: that plan is a campaign to make America white again," Pelosi said. "You know what, we don't need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, Paul Ryan or anybody else," Manchin said. Manchin proceeded to say...
  • “This Place Sucks”: Manchin Warns Dems They Could Remain In The Minority “The Rest Of Your Life”

    01/24/2018 1:38:25 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 44 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01/24/18
    How close did Democrats come to losing the Senate seat from West Virginia? Close enough to take a lecture from incumbent Joe Manchin, who reluctantly committed to running for another term in November only yesterday. The New York Times reveals Manchin’s surprising holdout, as well as his blunt assessment of the Senate and Democrats’ sharp left turn:
  • Flip the Byrd Rule

    01/23/2018 11:19:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 23, 2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The world's greatest deliberative body has become the world's greatest constipated body, chained to a rule that no longer makes any sense: the Byrd Rule, which requires 60 Senate votes to end a filibuster on budgetary legislation when that legislation would significantly increase the deficit beyond a ten-year horizon. (Otherwise, the reconciliation process allows for a mere majority for passage.) The so-called "Schumer shutdown" and an endless series of continuing resolutions cry out for ending the legislative filibuster in general on budget matters, where the risk of government shutdown is now ever present. The Democrats claim that the Republicans are...