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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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Paid Family and Medical Leave means dignity for working families


“No one should have to choose between healing from surgery and bonding with their baby, or eating.”

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Popular Conservative Commentator Calls for Increase in Immigration to Aid West Virginia


Our roads are a mess, but Hoppy Kercheval, a conservative commentator and West Virginia radio talk show host, suggests a solution: stop demonizing immigrants and start encouraging immigration to West Virginia again to attract qualified workers.

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Cutting Jobs Won’t Turn Rising Tuition Around

Last week, AlwaysFreeWV.org spotlighted the rising costs of tuition at the four year schools in the Mountain State. In the end, these tuition increases reflect the state's budget priorities and the state legislature's decisions on the value of higher education. Now, WVU is offering buyouts to forestall tuition increases, which could harm the quality of education the university offers.

 

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Rush Road Repair Just for Justice Re-election!


You can’t expect to patch a road that is slipping down the mountainside for long. But Jim Justice just wants his hurry-up road repairs to last until he can be reelected in 2020. He didn’t make the roads WV bad, but he didn’t get started fixing them until he saw another election coming.

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Teacher’s Strike, Round Three?

Why does the leader of the WV Senate keep pushing education reforms that serve only a few and take money away from our public schools? That isn’t the education reform most people want. Do they really want another teacher strike?

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