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January-21-2016

WV Senate passes right-to-work on party line, as court decision looms
By David Gutman, Political Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

The West Virginia Senate passed a controversial “right-to-work” bill Thursday, by the barest of margins, just hours or days before a state Supreme Court ruling could switch the balance of power in the Senate.

With the Senate galleries packed with union members opposing the bill, and with the pending court decision leaving it unclear...

January-21-2016

Senate passes right to work as emotions run high
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

With the gallery packed with union members, the state Senate approved the controversial right to work bill along party lines following a debate that lasted for more than an hour Thursday.

The measure, called the Workplace Freedom Act, would make it illegal to connect a workers’ employment to union membership or require dues and fees connected with a union.

Opponents of the...

January-20-2016

Gazette editorial: Classroom disruption

State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano issued an important warning just before the start of the legislative session: Continual efforts to repeal state education standards are disrupting the state’s classrooms.

“We can’t continue to have this disruption every year,” Martirano said to reporters at the Associated Press Legislative Lookahead event on Jan. 8.

Last year, lawmakers threatened to repeal the state’s...

January-19-2016

Court considers arguments about how to fill vacant Senate seat
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — Voter intent or party affiliation?

That's the heart of the question before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, placed there because of the resignation of former state Sen. Daniel Hall, who resigned earlier this month to become a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Hall was elected as a Democrat in 2012, but switched...

January-19-2016

Court offers little clarity in arguments on Hall’s Senate seat
By David Gutman, Political Reporter, WV Gazette Mail

Nearly one hour of oral arguments before the state Supreme Court offered little clarity about which party will fill a vacant state Senate seat that will determine the course of the 2016 legislative session.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties claim the right to fill the seat -- which represents Wyoming and Raleigh counties and part of...

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