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Jim Justice’s False Promises

When he was elected in 2016, Gov. Jim Justice promised to take our state on a “jobs rocket ride….We have got to grow our way out of this mess." How’s that working out? 

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Let’s declare independence from high drug prices

“It’s a free country,” we like to say. Well, how about breaking ourselves free from the ever-rising costs of the medications we need? Maybe looking northward might help.

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Who exactly are West Virginia legislators working for?

West Virginia lawmakers just rushed through a bill that cuts $12.5 million in annual state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company. Who exactly are they working for?

 

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Should Foreign Companies Be Able to Buy Access to WV Lawmakers?

WV House Majority Whip, Paul Espinosa, has been hired as ‘public relations’ spokesperson for controversial plant proposed in his own district.

Danish owners of the Rockwool plant being built in Jefferson County ran into strong objections from residents—so, what did they do? It appears they bought themselves a politician. 

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Opioids: The Ultimate Betrayal

Pharmaceutical companies—drug makers, the companies that distribute them, the doctors who prescribe the medicine—are supposed to be saving lives. How could they betray us and hand out addictive drugs like candy, destroying people’s lives? Shouldn’t government watchdogs  have protected us, our families, our communities? 

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Who is working for whom in government?

Who is working for whom in state and federal government, which is funded by our tax dollars to help our people? State lawmakers rushed through a bill that cuts more than $12 million in state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company in hopes of keeping an uncompetitive coal-fired plant running.

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Senate Leader Says He Supports Miners, Then Let’s Black Lung Fund Go Bankrupt

If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cared about coal miners suffering from black lung disease, why is he letting the fund which pays their medical expenses go bankrupt? And why isn't WV Sen. Shelly Moore Capito speaking up?

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Court case yields fresh data on source of opioid abuse crisis

Tracing the corporate malfeasance behind pouring a tsunami of opioid drugs into West Virginia is key to understanding who should pay for the ongoing costs as West Virginians stand up and take care of each other and their communities in the aftermath of this ongoing tragedy.

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Opportunity Zones: More opportunities for us, or just for Governor Justice?

Members of the WV House of Delegates voted last week to hand over some more of our hard-earned tax dollars to wealthy investors.  It’s unclear whether the proposed bill would be a boon for most West Virginians. But one man could stand to benefit: Governor Jim Justice.

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A New Meaning to Struggling To Put Food On The Table

Governor Jim Justice has bragged recently about job growth and the budget surplus our state has enjoyed. But low-paying jobs and temporary jobs from pipeline construction and natural gas only provide a quick boost to our economy. It’s like drinking a Monster Energy drink when you’re sick and tired, instead of taking care of yourself. The overall symptoms of the state's problems continue to grow worse.

 

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