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Goat Yoga, Trump, and more

Jan 13, 2017

What do Donald Trump, goat yoga and West Virginia's budget have in common? Find out on this week's Front Porch podcast.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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Some of the conflict-of-interest issues swirling around President-elect Donald Trump in Washington are playing out on a smaller scale in West Virginia, where the richest man in the state — an Appalachian coal baron with real estate, resort and farm holdings, too — is about to be sworn in as governor.

Democratic Gov.-elect Jim Justice, like Trump, has refused to shed his holdings, giving assurances he can be trusted to act honorably. Like Trump, he has put his business empire in the hands of family members, though he said as recently as last month that he would put his holdings in a blind trust.

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Appalachia voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. He won 95% of the counties here. On this week’s Inside Appalachia, we speak with Trump supporters and opponents about how a Trump presidency will impact our region.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) will provide extensive coverage of President-Elect Donald Trump's press conference on our statewide radio networks and online and wvpublic.org. Coverage begins Wednesday, January 11 at 11 a.m. EST.

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During his campaign, president-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act – a move many West Virginians say they support after facing rising premiums and deductibles.  But a repeal without a replacement plan could be disastrous for the millions of Americans who have gained health insurance under the law, including 173,000 West Virginians newly covered under Medicaid expansion and 37,000 who have bought private insurance plans through the Marketplace. And Republicans have yet to release a replacement plan.

 

 

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Three West Virginia representatives to the electoral college are clear and unequivocal that they will be voting for Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president regardless of emails, letters and calls urging them not to.

The state's five electoral college representatives were all chosen earlier this year by West Virginia's Republican Party. They got the nod after their party's candidate won a majority of the state's popular vote.

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What were the top stories in West Virginia from 2016? We searched our archives from the past year and compiled this list of the most popular stories.

Us & Them

"I think the only way to have useful conversations across these intense differences is to be able to just tolerate the other person’s position, but not have an agenda about changing them."

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET Saturday with confirmation from the U.S. official and comments from Sen. Ron Wyden

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET Saturday with comments from Sen. Angus King

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR.

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A higher percentage of voters supported Donald Trump in West Virginia than in any other state, according to the Cook Political Report’s 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker

Two of every three West Virginia voters chose Trump – 68.6 percent. That narrowly beats out the next pro-Trump states: Wyoming (68.2 percent), Oklahoma (65.3 percent), North Dakota (63.0 percent) and Kentucky (62.5 percent).

UC Hastings

How could a billionaire born into wealth become the champion of the white working class?

That question stumped a lot of liberal commentators, but Joan Williams wasn’t surprised.

Williams studies the white working class and is founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.

This week Scott, Laurie, and Rick are joined by guest Sharif Youssef. Youssef is the child of an Egyptian immigrant who grew up in the town of West Liberty, West Virginia, who now works as a producer on the popular podcast "99% Invisible" in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Federal health Secretary Sylvia Burwell plans to join a discussion in her native West Virginia on the federal health law that expanded insurance coverage to 165,000 residents.

The Affordable Care Act is a signature Obama administration initiative that president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to at least partly roll back.

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West Virginia's incoming Democratic governor says he received a weekend phone call from Republican President-elect Donald to discuss how to revive the slumping coal industry.

Why did so much of middle America vote Trump? J.B. Akers says it’s too simple to write it off to racism and misogyny.

Akers is a West Virginia lawyer whose blog post on the Trump election went viral. It’s called, “Trump Won and I Don't Understand Why You Don't Understand.”

Akers said he was motivated to write the essay after reading the reaction of his more cosmopolitan friends on social media.

The 2016 presidential campaign was one of the most brutal in America’s history. "Us & Them" host Trey Kay was stunned by the outcome and is trying understand what the whole thing means. Are truth and bitter reality the new Us? Have our news sources become Them?

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Boone County Sheriff

Authorities are investigating after a press box and maintenance building at a football field in Racine was set on fire.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office believes that the person or people responsible for the fire also wrote the phrase "Trump Train" in paint on the field.

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Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Monday night, hundreds of individuals joined hands on West Virginia University's campus to show support for each other after last week's presidential elections.

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Jim Justice and Donald Trump both won big in West Virginia, and now it's time to get down to the real challenge of governing.

Jim Justice Victory Speech
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At the same time West Virginia overwhelmingly picked Republican billionaire political outsider Donald Trump on Tuesday, the state widely preferred a Democratic billionaire political outsider for governor, Jim Justice.

In a stark split-ticket statement, the Mountain State scoffed off Justice's political party label, picked the two businessmen who said the current system is broken, and left its state government in almost the same divide it's currently in.

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As millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, just one week ago, children across the nation voted for the next presidential candidate in a mock election. The “Every Kid Votes!” event began with the 2004 presidential race, and every election year since, school children across the country have accurately voted for America’s next president. Will that trend continue this year? 

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Republican candidates throughout West Virginia's ballot are trying to show voters they're with Donald Trump.

But getting a bump from Trump could take extra legwork this year, after the GOP dropped the option to vote straight party-line with one mark on the ballot.

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If the new President Trump repeals the Affordable Care Act, what would happen to West Virginians? If Clinton wins, what does that mean for coal?

Unions Coming On Strong Against Cole

Oct 31, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we begin a series of profiles of the candidates for Governor – this morning a report about Republican Bill Cole and Jeff Young of the Ohio Valley Resource talks with three authors who are noting why Appalachia’s white working class are supporting Donald Trump for president.

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

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the third presidential debate Wednesday, October 19 at 9 p.m. This debate will follow the same format as the first presidential debate. It will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by Fox’s Chris Wallace, the moderator.

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The two leading candidates for governor attacked each other over unpaid bills and Donald Trump at the last major party debate. Who won, and will it matter?

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Two of the Republican Party's top leaders have hesitated to support a bill that would preserve the pensions and health care benefits for thousands of retired union coal miners.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are both popular in Appalachian coal communities. But McConnell in the past has blocked a bill that would rescue the pensions and health benefits of more than 13,000 retired coal miners in Kentucky. Trump has been silent on the bill, which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has endorsed.

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West Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole has criticized Donald Trump for his recently released comments about women.

Cole released a statement Saturday that as a father of two teenage daughters, he was offended by Trump's remarks, which were recorded in 2005. Cole has endorsed Trump and appeared with him at a rally in May at the Charleston Civic Center.

Reaction to the video of Donald Trump using explicit language and apparently describing himself forcing himself on women continues to roll in. And it is not good for the GOP nominee. Prominent Republicans are calling on him to drop out and elected officials are running from him and fast. See the full list of Republicans calling on Trump to step down at the bottom on this post.

Capito Says Trump May Need to ‘Re-examine His Candidacy’

Oct 8, 2016
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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should think about withdrawing his candidacy in response to Friday’s release of the billionaire businessman's vulgar and sexually charged comments that were caught on tape.

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