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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • Reproductive rights advocates on alert after AG Morrisey comments on abortion facilities amid COVID-19 (West Virginia)

    04/02/2020 8:33:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Chareston Gazette ^ | April 2, 2020 | Caity Coyne Staff writer
    Earlier this week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice placed a moratorium on all “elective” procedures and surgeries in the state through an executive order, and at a Wednesday news conference, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said the order will apply to “abortion facilities, as well.” Morrisey’s office did not respond to multiple requests to clarify or elaborate on his statement, which — if it does apply to abortions — may contradict language in the governor’s executive order. The executive order mandates all medical procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary to preserve the patient’s life or long-term health” should be rescheduled...
  • West Virginia Gov Bans Killing Babies in Abortions to Save Medical Resources to Fight Coronavirus

    03/31/2020 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | March 31, 2020 | Steven Ertelt
    Add West Virginia to the list of states where the governor has banned abortions along with, other non-essential medical procedures, to help fight the coronavirus by conserving medical supplies. Governor Jim Justice, with the support of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, has announced that all health care facilities postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In his statement the Governor said he would “suspend all elective medical procedures” effective 11:59 p.m. tonight. The purpose of these directives is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for use...
  • Beds empty, revenues slowed at hospitals in West Virginia; CAMC announces hours reduction measures

    03/30/2020 3:07:00 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 40 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | March 30, 2020 | Jeff Jenkins
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some hospitals in West Virginia are starting to have cash flow problems with the doing away of elective surgeries and other procedures due to the coronavirus. West Virginia Hospital Association President Joe Letnaunchyn said many services normally offered are being put off in the current environment. “The Surgeon General said cancel elective surgeries and you cancel electives, you cancel other related ancillary services and the revenue stream dries up,” Letnaunchyn said during an appearance Monday on MetroNews “Talkline.” “So we’re trying to find alternate ways to provide revenue to the hospitals in the interim until the federal...
  • W.Va. AG warns landlords threatening eviction amid pandemic

    03/26/2020 12:40:15 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 27 replies
    WOAY TV News ^ | March 26, 2020 | Tyler Barker
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday his office has sent warning letters to landlords regarding alleged threats to evict tenants during the global coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia law prohibits unfair or deceptive conduct and has strict laws to protect tenants from unjust eviction. The letters were sent Tuesday and Wednesday. Specifics were not provided due to the ongoing investigations. “Many workers understandably have deep concerns about keeping a roof over their families’ heads,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I get that landlords and property managers have a bottom line, but in this crisis, we must...
  • West Virginia Shut Down Non-Essential Health Care but Allows Abortions to Kill Babies.

    03/24/2020 12:35:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Terrence H. Williams/facebook ^ | March 24, 2020 | Terrence H. Williams
    A representative from the WV Governor Jim Justice's office says that abortion is healthcare and not elective. However, science and statistics show that termination of a living viable human child in the womb is NOT a "medical necessity" nor "essential" to preserve the patient's life, but most often done simply because the mother desires it. Notice also what priority they place on abortion in the image below. It is listed first. So much for the importance of their "other services," which they are largely postponing at this time, but state are such a necessity for the "clinic" to stay open....
  • WV Gov Jim Justice Gives Rambling Speech On Coronavirus (It’s Like a Scary Movie)

    03/22/2020 2:56:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    WFMD ^ | March 22, 2020
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has a message about the coronavirus pandemic: It’s like a scary movie. In an apparent attempt to sooth a nervous public, Justice, in a statewide address Saturday night, offered a rambling response to the virus in which he declined to order a broad lockdown, issued dire warnings about New York state, urged people to follow existing protocols and admitted that perhaps his speech could have waited until Monday. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” he said during the roughly 25-minute address that left many on...
  • WV DHHR: Still no confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening

    03/15/2020 7:34:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    WOWK TV 13 ^ | March 15, 2020 | Lily Bradley
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia as of Sunday evening. That’s according to the daily COVID-19 update from DHHR. According to the release, West Virginia, through its public health lab, has tested 41 residents for COVID-19, with 38 results coming back negative. There are three tests still pending. Now that COVID-19 testing is expanded and available through commercial laboratories and some hospitals, DHHR is only reporting those tests that have been processed through its state public health lab. All positive...
  • WV Governor has announced he is closing all schools due to coronavirus

    03/13/2020 10:58:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    WOAY ^ | March 13, 2020 | Tyler Barker
    (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice has announced that he is closing all schools due to the threat of coronavirus. This is in effect until further notice. Gov. Justice says, “We’ve got a monster that is looming, but the monster is not here. Every single one of us believes the monster is coming to some degree.” Justice says he concluded because he has experience in the school system, usually as a coach.
  • Biden and Bernie to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia: Drop Dead

    03/10/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | March 10, 2020 | Stephen Moore
    The Democratic presidential field is down to two old, white males, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Though they are said to represent two polar-opposite wings of the party, on one issue, they are in complete agreement. They both have solemnly pledged to destroy millions of blue-collar jobs across Middle America's oil patch. Each has pledged to stop oil and gas development dead in its tracks. This anti-shale and gas movement has the zeal of a religious crusade. If that green agenda comes to pass, it will reverse the economic renaissance in states such as New Mexico,...
  • Justice: State preparing for coronavirus (West Virginia)

    03/07/2020 9:05:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WV news ^ | March 6, 2020 | Charles Young WV NEWS
    CHARLESTON — West Virginia remains “low risk” for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, but state officials are taking precautions and making preparations for a possible outbreak. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jim Justice and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said they are in contact with federal officials and have assembled a wide-ranging team of state medical experts, educators and others in response to the rapidly spreading virus. The virus is “slightly more severe” than the flu but not as contagious as the measles, Justice said. “We don’t have a case here in West Virginia, but we’ve got to be...
  • West Virginia Governor Signs Bill to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions

    03/05/2020 6:16:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | March 2, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Republican Gov. Jim Justice today signed into law a bill to protect babies who survive abortions from infanticide. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HB 4007/SB 231)now becomes state law to provide further protection for abortion survivors at a time when no Democrat running for president and Democrats in Congress have refused to do so. The Senate voted 32-0 in favor of the bill on February 10, 2020. The Born-Alive Bill’s overwhelming House passage by a 93-5 margin on January 15 was bipartisan as well. The Born-Alive Bill will enact requirements that a baby born alive during an abortion must...
  • West Virginia Senate Passes Preemption Bill to include more Weapons

    02/20/2020 5:46:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 13 February, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 96, a reform of the state weapons preemption law, on 11 February 2020. It passed with a vote of 30 in favor, 2 opposed. It appears all 50 states have some form of weapons preemption law.  Such laws prohibit local governments from enacting rules, ordinances or limits on the exercise of Second Amendment rights. This ensures some weapons laws are uniform across the entire state.The preemption laws vary in effectiveness and scope. In West Virginia, the current preemption law §8-12-5a has this heading: §8-12-5a. Limitations upon municipalities’ power to restrict the purchase, possession,...
  • West Virginia Gov. calls girls basketball team ‘a bunch of thugs’ after incident, sparking backlash

    02/14/2020 9:43:40 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 02/14/2020 | Ryan Young
    When he’s not running the state, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is leading the Greenbrier East High girls basketball team — a post he’s held since 2003. Yet after an incident between the Spartans and rival Woodrow Wilson High School on Tuesday night, in which the game was suspended, Justice called the Wilson players “a bunch of thugs.” Naturally, his comments have sparked immense backlash in the days that followed. “I hate to say it any other way, but honest to God’s truth is the same thing happened over at Woodrow two different times out of the Woodrow players, they’re...
  • Joe Manchin: Bernie Sanders Must ‘Moderate’ in General Election; ‘I’m Not Going Socialist’

    02/14/2020 6:33:22 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/13/2020 | Hannah Bleau
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is warning that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will have to “moderate” if he continues to maintain his frontrunner status in the Democrat primary, the West Virginia lawmaker emphasizing that he is “not going socialist.” Sanders’ successes in both Iowa and New Hampshire, combined with Joe Biden’s (D) poor performances, have several lawmakers increasingly considering the possibility of Vermont’s socialist senator winning the Democrat nomination.
  • Manchin, swing-state senators swarmed with Dem hugs after voting to convict Trump

    02/05/2020 8:13:17 PM PST · by ZagFan · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-05-2020 | Marissa Schultz
    A trio of swing-state senators got a lot of love from their fellow Democrats after voting “guilty” on two articles of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday, as their colleagues hailed them for political courage. Immediately after their historic votes, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., were rushed by fellow Democrat lawmakers who gave them hugs, pats on the back and handshakes. As the three undecided Democrats before Wednesday’s vote, and under tremendous pressure from all sides, their decision to stick with their party led to an outpouring of support.
  • WATCH: Senator Manchin calls for censure vote on Trump

    02/05/2020 4:57:27 PM PST · by Stingray51 · 33 replies
    PBS linked via Yuutube ^ | 1/4/2020 | Joe Manchin
    Please see Manchin starting at 6:40 of the linked speech talking about our “NATO ally” Ukraine.
  • Counties in West Virginia Jumping on the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Wagon

    02/02/2020 1:55:45 PM PST · by Old Man From WV · 19 replies
    Mineral County News-Tribune ^ | 1/31/2020 | Jean Braithwaite
    KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission has declared the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. During the commission’s Tuesday meeting, all three of the elected officials agreed to adopt the resolution dealing with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In part, that section of the constitution states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In addition, the West Virginia Constitution Article 21, has wording along the same lines that says, “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home, and state and for lawful...
  • Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is open to calling Hunter Biden as an impeachment witness

    01/29/2020 2:58:45 PM PST · by central_va · 12 replies
    This Week via yahoo ^ | 1/29/20 | O'Donnel
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) isn't scared, and he doesn't think his fellow Democrats should be either. Manchin on Wednesday suggested he's open to calling Hunter Biden as a witness in the impeachment trial. "Being afraid to put anybody that might have pertinent information is wrong, no matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican," he said during in an interview with MSNBC's Willie Geist. "If it's relevant then it should be there."
  • Impeachment Report: Democrats Manchin, Jones, Sinema May Vote to Acquit Trump

    01/29/2020 9:36:36 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 1/28/2020 | Joshua Caplan
    Three moderate Democrat senators — Joe Manchin (WV), Doug Jones (AL), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) —may ultimately vote to acquit President Donald Trump in the upper chamber’s impeachment trial, according to a new report. At least one of the senators have signaled that they could vote in favor of only one impeachment article — the abuse of power — but oppose obstruction of Congress.
  • Impeachment Report: Democrats Manchin, Jones, Sinema May Vote to Acquit Trump

    01/29/2020 11:12:58 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jan 2020 | Joshua Caplan
    Three moderate Democrat senators — Joe Manchin (WV), Doug Jones (AL), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) —may ultimately vote to acquit President Donald Trump in the upper chamber’s impeachment trial, according to a new report. At least one of the senators have signaled that they could vote in favor of only one impeachment article — the abuse of power — but oppose obstruction of Congress. In an interview with Politico this week, Manchin said he will only support one of the articles if he “can explain one and not the other.” The West Virginia Democrat, who has yet to decide...