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One presidential candidate gets serious in Kermit

Elizabeth Warren’ and ‘West Virginia’ are four words you don’t expect to see together, given how the Mountain State is seen politically as a state redder than a maraschino cherry. But on her recent visit to the state, Warren brought a proposal of substance and seriousness that respects the scope of the addiction crisis in West Virginia.

 

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Patrick Morrisey: failing to protect us from drug dealers in suits

The higher the dose, the higher the bonus. That was the deal that Insys Therapeutics made with doctors to get them to push fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, to patients.  

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Let’s put experienced legislators at the head of the class

West Virginia’s teachers have gone on strike twice in as many years because they were ignored by our leaders in Charleston. As legislative leaders prepare to revisit education this summer, it looks like the legislature still hasn’t learned their lesson.

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Coal Built West Virginia and Diversifying the Economy Will Protect that History

Ashley and Sean Noland were raised in West Virginia and they wanted to stay in the state forever. But after having a baby, they felt they had to move away to build a better life for their child.

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Morrisey drug settlement with Big Pharma a big sellout

Patrick Morrisey’s settlement with a drug company that funneled massive amounts of opioids into West Virginia’s heartland is an insult.

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Education Leaders Ask: Were They Even Listening?

Would it be OK if a special legislative session on education never happens at all?

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Raising the Minimum Wage Saves Lives in Rural States

Kristina Tripkovic

Suicide hits West Virginia harder than most states, but a simple legislative fix could turn those tragic numbers around: raise the minimum wage.

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Lawsuit tackles Big Pharma’s opioid gold rush in West Virginia

Hush Naidoo

Even if we can't picture the scale of Big Pharma's greedy role in the addiction crisis gripping West Virginia, the human disaster grabs us.

 

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Attacks on Health Care are Attacks on Our Freedom

When you don’t have your health, you aren’t free.

 

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Hey Congress: Americans shouldn’t have to beg for healthcare

It was a tearful moment in the U.S. Congress this week as Ady Barkan testified from his wheelchair, speaking through a computerized voice. “Some people argue that although Medicare-for-all is a great idea, we need to move slowly to get there. But I needed Medicare-for-all yesterday. Millions of people need it today.”

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