West Virginia

Why is Coal Suddenly Becoming a Major Talking Point in the Presidential Election?

Why is Coal Suddenly Becoming a Major Talking Point in the Presidential Election?
It simply wouldn’t be an election year in the United States without the fictitious “war on coal” talking point rearing its ugly head. But something is different this year. In years past, the “war on coal” was admittedly fake, but today we really do have presidential candidates who have expressed interest in making the industry a thing of the past, and those quotes are being used as a catalyst to rally voters in coal-dependent states like West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand to Public Safety Unions

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand to Public Safety Unions
Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news cycle, but Republicans in West Virginia and Michigan have been hard at work on the issue as well, with varying results.
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In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities

In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities
After 300,000 West Virginia residents were restricted from drinking their tap water in the wake of a disastrous chemical spill, a Senate panel has cleared a bill that would boost state's oversight of chemical storage facilities, in the hope to avert another environmental tragedy.
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Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety

Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety
Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever job they can get. They are also also unwilling to demand healthy and safe environments.
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Robert Reich
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