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June-18-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

You may have seen this pro-school vouchers television ad recently, in advance of Monday’s 8:30 a.m. reconvening of West Virginia’s special legislative session on education.

A picture of Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under President George W. Bush, appears, alongside audio of her saying “when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, something has gone very, very wrong.”

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June-11-2019

Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a news conference called Monday to denounce former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million pledge to an initiative to fight climate change, Gov. Jim Justice went off on multiple tangents, including his feud with West Virginia Senate Republicans, his thoughts on education reform and legal issues involving his private businesses.

In his first public comments since Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, ran campaign ads in...

June-07-2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

MINERAL WELLS — It started as a town hall for Gov. Jim Justice to build GOP unity behind his re-election bid.

He criticized those who malign him for “not being Republican enough.” He called on them not to cast stones.

He then proceeded to bash the Senate president for his charge to bring charter schools and education savings accounts into West Virginia, which he compared to “causing a ruckus” and throwing a Hail...

June-06-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s new-look campaign finance law goes into effect Friday, which, among other things, will increase campaign donation limits to match federal levels.

Senate Bill 622 increases individual contributions to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800 per election, up to $5,000 for political action committees and $...

June-05-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates will have to decide what to do with the ”Student Success Act” (Senate Bill 1039)that the state Senate passed Monday.

Both chambers are Republican controlled, but Republican delegates weren’t unified behind the “omnibus” education bill (Senate Bill 451)...

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