Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Friends of Coal": Shill for Mining Interests


The name "Friends of Coal" conjures wholesome, all-American images of hard-working miners, banding together with their peers, friends and neighbors in a grassroots movement dedicated to educating the public about the important role coal plays in our economy.

Friends of Coal's influence is felt throughout Appalachian coal-mining country and extends into the halls of state and federal governments. Now that's the power of the people! Right?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

West Virginia AG Morrisey Hires Political Operative

West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey
Just when you thought West Virginia's Republican leadership couldn't get any cheesier...

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has created a new position of Deputy Chief of Staff (although he doesn't even have a full Chief of Staff) and filled it with one Lance James Henderson.

What are Henderson's qualifications to oversee the state's largest legal firm, namely the office of the Attorney General? None whatsoever - he's never practiced law and has absolutely no legal background.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Republicans Again Reap What They Sow


Attention, America! The GOP has finally created a job in this country, something they've been promising since the 2014 elections gave them control of both Houses of Congress.

The problem is, the job happens to be for Speaker of the House, and no one seems to want it.

Some time ago, I wrote about how the Donald Trump debacle was largely the creation of the Republican Party. The same can be said about the current crisis of conservative leadership now found on the Hill.