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Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

‘We Do Not Drink It. My Pets Do Not Drink It’

More than a month after a chemical spill poisoned West Virginians’ drinking water, officials still know virtually nothing about the toxicity of the contaminant MCHM or its effect on humans.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE

There Was Another Chemical Leaking From the Freedom Industries Tank

The West Virginia water contamination incident seems to get progressively worse, despite the state’s governor telling residents to drink water at their own risk; meanwhile, the U.S. government won’t let Israel expand its exports to China. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE

Freedom Water

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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence

More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

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Water Contamination

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Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians’ Organizing ‘Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen’

The environmental activist whose life story was turned into a hit movie talks to “Democracy Now” about the chemical spill in West Virginia.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE

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West Virginia Residents Wait for Tap Water to Be Declared Safe

As hundreds of thousands of West Virginians faced a third day without drinking water due to a chemical spill in a local river, a crisis for which President Obama declared a federal emergency, a water company executive said Saturday that it could take days to determine whether the water is safe again.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE

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Now, You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public Pool

Since the 1980s, the National Rifle Association and other groups have led a successful campaign to get state legislatures to limit local control over gun regulations. These “preemption” laws block cities from enacting their own gun policies, effectively requiring cities with higher rates of gun violence to have the same gun regulations as smaller towns.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE

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Elderly Man Facing Foreclosure Commits Suicide

A West Virginia man became one of the latest fatalities of the American economy when he shot and killed himself this month after authorities arrived at his home with an eviction notice.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE

Jesse Johnson: Would Be Governor for the Mountains

The West Virginia Broadcasters Association has excluded West Virginia Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson—the only candidate said to represent working people, women and the environment—from its statewide-televised debate Tuesday.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE

GOP Senate Candidate Compares Smoking Ban to Hitler Policy

U.S. Senate candidate John Raese, a West Virginia Republican, thinks banning smoking is the “same thing” as Adolf Hitler’s policy of forcing Jews to wear the Star of David.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE

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West Virginia Republican Wants 1,000 Sky Lasers

Aspiring senator John Raese has said some strange things, but it’s hard to top “We need 1,000 laser systems put in the sky and we need it right now. That is [of] paramount importance.” Raese is so worried about nuclear attack, you see, he would like to deploy “right now” a technology that probably won’t be workable for at least 20 years.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Young Democrat Nabs Byrd’s Senate Seat ... for Now

West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin III has picked a successor to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, and the new recruit is a young whippersnapper at that. He’s 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, and he’s also a Democrat, but his party can’t get too excited ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE

Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE

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Obama Calls for Probe of Coal Mine Tragedy

President Barack Obama has demanded an investigation into the deaths of 29 miners after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine brought new and widespread attention to hazards in the mining industry.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE

Will We Forget the Miners Again?

There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE

Sen. Robert Byrd

Is Byrd’s Health a Factor for Health Reform?

Not to be morbid or insensitive, but the succession of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat got us thinking about another Democrat among the 60 probably needed to push through health care reform.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE

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This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land, Don’t Blow It

More than 2 million acres in nine states will be set aside as protected wilderness as soon as President Obama signs a bill just passed by Congress. Land in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia will be off-limits to development.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE

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‘Daily Show’: Punditry and Douchery

Hey, Chris Matthews, what’s the French word for shower? Jon Stewart takes stock of the media coverage from last week’s West Virginia Democratic primary, wherein it was established that Barack Obama may not be the Mountain State’s “kind of guy,” and pits Matthews against Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe in a good ol’ fashioned “Douche Off.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE

Shadow Boxing

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Hillary Clinton
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Choosy West Virginians Choose Clinton

What’s that? The Democratic primary race is over? Not if West Virginians can help it. Almost immediately after polls closed, the West Virginia primary was called for Hillary Clinton. But will she win by a big enough margin to turn heads? Update: Clinton won by a whopping 41 points.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE

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Obama Ignores West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia are widely expected to hand Hillary Clinton a huge, if moot, victory on Tuesday. Barack Obama will deal with the predicted hiccup by avoiding it altogether. The presumptive Democratic nominee will not be in the state and he will not give a speech, hoping that superdelegates either don’t notice or don’t care.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE

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Clinton Supporters Press On in W.Va.

Despite the doomsday tones that some in the blogosphere and in more traditional media circles took in their assessment of Hillary Clinton’s chances of nabbing the Democratic nomination after last Tuesday’s primaries, supporters have flocked to West Virginia. They are working hard there to keep their favorite candidate in the running, even if it means dealing with heckling from some locals who don’t share their mission.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE

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