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Sanders: Support Coal Country While Combating Climate Change

Aug 26, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told voters in coal-producing Kentucky that it's possible to be a friend of coal miners and a believer in climate change and the need for cleaner energy sources to combat it.

In blunt terms rarely heard in Kentucky's political circles, the Vermont senator said Sunday on a stop in Kentucky that bold action is needed to confront the dangers from climate change. That course of action should include turning away from fossil fuels to curb greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, he said.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will visit Kentucky and West Virginia just days after releasing his plan to address climate change.

Sanders is scheduled to speak in Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday. He planned to visit Morgantown, West Virginia, Monday, but plans to visit the Mountain State have since been canceled.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders held two health care rallies yesterday in Covington, Kentucky and Morgantown, West Virginia, telling attendees to put pressure on their state representatives to vote against the GOP health care plans. Kara Lofton spoke with Sanders about his visits and what he thinks the proposed legislation would mean for Appalachia. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has ventured into a stronghold for President Donald Trump to urge West Virginia's Republican senator to resist efforts to repeal much of Barack Obama's health care law.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders attended a rally Sunday in Charleston billed as an effort to “protect our health care.” Supporters demanded that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., vote against the latest U.S. Senate health care bill.

Bernie Sanders Visits McDowell County

Mar 13, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports from McDowell County where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont held a town hall meeting last night to focus on rural America and from the statehouse, Ashton Marra reports on the work of the Senate’s Select Committee on Tax Reform. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story. 

 

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Despite hailing from Vermont, former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders attempted to shine a light on poverty in middle America this weekend with a stop in West Virginia. Sanders held a town hall in McDowell County for an MSNBC taping of “All In with Chris Hayes.”  

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Former presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to the coal country of southern West Virginia for a Town Hall meeting about the needs of rural Americans.

Sanders will speak Sunday afternoon at Mount View High School in the city of Welch. The event is being hosted by MSNBC, which plans to broadcast it later, calling it "an unscripted, no-holds-barred conversation" with people from McDowell County about the issues facing them and communities like theirs.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

An appearance in southern West Virginia by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that was canceled last month has been rescheduled for this weekend.

WVVA-TV reports Sanders will speak Sunday at Mount View High School in Welch. The event is being hosted by MSNBC.

Nancy Andrews / West Virginia University

The stories of the hardworking, blue collar West Virginians who looked to Trump as an outsider willing to change the political order in Washington have been told by both local and national media outlets, but the question now is whether he will stick to his word.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia National Guard says a scheduled appearance by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a southern West Virginia armory was canceled due to U.S. Defense Department policy.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of protesters gathered across the street from the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown Thursday morning as the United States Democratic Senators held their annual retreat inside.

On Thursday morning, Harpers Ferry resident Cheryl Kemp joined some 250 people gathered outside the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. She says she came out because she wants the senators to know they have her support.

Trump, Sanders Win W.Va. Primary Races

May 10, 2016
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Both candidates who were expected to win in West Virginia Tuesday did -- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took the state. 

With no one left to run against, Trump won the Republican primary in the state by a large margin. A small crowd gathered at Embassy Suites in Charleston to celebrate the victory. Robert Jones, of Charleston, was at the party and said Trump is the candidate the state needs.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a surprise visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. The late-night show also featured clips and a sketch on Donald Trump's visit to Charleston last week. 

Appearing the night before the West Virginia primary, Sanders teaches Colbert a lesson in not giving up as the comedian is distraught after not being able to get a 100 Grand candy bar from a vending machine. 

Keith Judd
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As Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned in West Virginia this month before thousands of voters, ex-convict Keith Judd slipped into the state unnoticed.

Judd is a Democratic presidential candidate who received 41 percent of the vote in the state's 2012 primary against President Barack Obama. This time, he wanted to see West Virginia for himself.

On West Virginia Morning, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reflects on his visit to the state last week in an interview with Ashton Marra and Clark Davis takes the political pulse among students at Marshall University. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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College campuses are often thought of as microcosms of society in so many ways and when it comes to politics, the notion tends to hold up. On the campus of Marshall University, students are picking and choosing sides in the presidential race and estimating the impact the candidates will have on student voter turnout.

Just like in the general public, Marshall University College students have picked their sides when it comes to which presidential candidate they’ll vote for. Marshall University Student Gretchen Fleming was at the Bernie Sanders rally in Huntington last month.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After holding three events in West Virginia Thursday, Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he is focused on winning West Virginia because the hardworking people deserve a government that represent all people, not just the interested of billionaires. 

"It's a state of tough people, people who are fighting back against difficult odds today," Sanders said Friday afternoon. 

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held three campaign events in West Virginia on Thursday, May 5. At his final stop in Morgantown, Sanders’ focus on student loan debt was well-received by the many college students in the crowd.

W.Va. Supreme Court Candidate Profile: Bill Wooton

May 6, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dons a coal miners hard hat as the crowd waves signs saying “Trump digs coal” at a rally in Charleston last night.  While Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about poverty in McDowell County. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Bernie Sanders made stops throughout West Virginia Thursday. He started the day with a round table discussion in McDowell County, at a food bank.

Sanders chose Five Loaves And Two Fishes Food Bank for his campaign stop - a food pantry in the poorest county of West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in the country. The senator began his visit by saying that he wasn’t here to rally, but to talk about poverty.


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In an interview with NPR, Sen. Bernie Sanders explained why he thought the GOP was gaining popularity in low-income areas such as McDowell County, where he is visiting today.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees with an outline of the campaign stops by presidential candidates this week.  Also a profile of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin who is seeking re-election to the high court. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Coming off of big wins in Indiana's primary Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders announced scheduled stops in West Virginia.

Both candidates will visit the state Thursday.

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A recent poll shows Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the republican primary and Bernie Sanders is edging out Hillary Clinton in the democratic race in West Virginia. Democrat Jim Justice is showing a lead in the primary and general election race for West Virginia governor.

According to a Tuesday news release from Public Policy Polling, billionaire Trump leads the state with 61 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz has 22 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich is trailing with 14 percent.

John Minchillo / AP Photo

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make at least three more stops in West Virginia before the state's May 10 primary elections, according to his campaign's national press secretary.

Simone Sanders announced during a conference call with reporters Tuesday the Vermont Senator would hold events in Charleston, Morgantown and McDowell County this week, but didn't release any further details.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

An estimated 6,000 Bernie Sanders supporters attended the Tuesday rally in Huntington, standing in line for hours to see the Democratic candidate for president. 

The results Tuesday evening, however, showed Sanders lagging even further behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, winning only one of five state primary elections, but neither Sanders nor his supporters are ready to back out of the race just yet. 

Still, Clinton's nomination appears to be more and more inevitable as voters across the country continue to cast ballots. So, should their candidate lose the race, how will West Virginia's Sanders supporters vote in November?

On this West Virginia Morning, Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders encouraged West Virginia voters to join his political revolution during a campaign rally in Huntington Tuesday night. 

In his hour long speech, Sanders spoke about ending income inequality in the nation by increasing the minimum wage and fighting for equal pay for women. Sanders also touched on what he said was a controversial subject in West Virginia-- climate change

John Minchillo / AP Photo

Minutes after the polls closed in five states, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the stage in Huntington calling on West Virginia voters to join his "political revolution."

By the end of the night, only one of the five states-- Rhode Island-- had swung in Sanders's favor, allowing front runner Hillary Clinton to pull even further ahead in the race to the Democratic Party's nomination.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Editor's Note: For live coverage of the Bernie Sanders rally and more on West Virginia's May 10 primary, visit elections.wvpublic.org.

Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters were already in line at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington by early afternoon Tuesday. Supporters of the democratic presidential hopeful came from all over West Virginia to see the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is scheduled to speak at 8:30 p.m.

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