West Virginia


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Stephen Smith’s movement-based campaign has released the first of 32 bottom-up proposals to change the state. It includes a wealth tax. Read more


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Appalachians Against Pipelines

The protests, intended to slow down the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia, are now in their second year. Read more

Energy and the Environment


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Stephen Smith has brought an organizer’s mentality to his campaign for governor of West Virginia. He’s not just trying to win an election, but build a movement. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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After decades of anti-worker rulings, unions are now challenging Taft-Hartley on free speech and other constitutional grounds. Read more

Law and Justice


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A West Virginia rally and an upcoming New Jersey event demonstrate again how Trump bamboozled America on one of his signature promises. Read more

Housing and Transportation

How the American Federation of Teachers has taken the lead in reinvigorating the poorest county in the state Read more

Housing and Transportation


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For years, states have cut school funding while reducing taxes on corporations. But teachers and workers are fighting back. Read more

Economic Policy


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West Virginia’s teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But it was the legislature’s corporate tax cuts that underfunded the teachers in the first place—and it may slash public services to pay for the raise. Read more

Education in America


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By the standards of other states’ Green Parties, West Virginia’s Mountain Party has had surprising success in establishing a foothold—chiefly because the Democrats there are the nation’s most conservative.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

It’s an uphill struggle, but solar entrepreneurs have begun building the state’s post-coal future. Read more

Money, Politics and Power