Alex Thomas

Thursday March 15, 2018

Ojeda, Potter go after each other following Moore meeting

What started as a tweet by West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter against state Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, turned into a social media firestorm.

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Manchin says miners’ families will be first affected if pensions aren’t funded

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of 16 members of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.

Friday March 9, 2018

Manchin, Capito voice approval of Trump tariffs

Trump signed two proclamations Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department changes needle program amid outcry

The health department announced Wednesday it has issued new guidelines regarding the pick up of syringes by users.

Monday March 5, 2018

Bill introduced in Charleston City Council to eliminate needle exchange

The council's Finance Committee listened to presentations from Dr. Michael Brumage and Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper regarding the effects of the needle exchange program.

Thursday March 1, 2018

Morrisey announces lawsuit against DEA, asks motion to be put on hold

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey unilaterally filed a "petition for review" over agency's drug quota system, claiming the government was not doing enough to prevent drug manufacturers and distributors from providing the public with an excess of opioids.

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Manchin, Toomey find gun discussion ‘very encouraging’

The session comes in light of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which 17 people died.

House passes amended teacher pay raise proposal

Lawmakers passed the measure 98-1 on the "cooling-off" day of the statewide education walkout.

Monday February 26, 2018

West Virginia congressional leaders share thoughts on how to prevent mass shootings

This word comes more than a week after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Sunday February 25, 2018

RNC looks to use voter data to build off past success

The committee has invested more than $200 million over the last four years into its data program.

Monday February 19, 2018

Capito open to talking about how to prevent shootings

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said while she would not favor gun-control policy, she thinks it is fair to talk about what can be done

Sunday February 18, 2018

National organizations find teacher actions ‘inspiring’

West Virginia school employees have been demanding lawmakers for improvements to the state health insurance program as well as larger pay raises.

Thursday February 15, 2018

Kanawha County education board passes resolution supporting staff

The five-member board unanimously passed the resolution, which asks lawmakers to improve insurance coverage and increase proposed pay raises for employees.

Manchin, 15 senators put forward immigration amendment

All lawmakers are part of the Common Sense Coalition.

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Teachers, education representatives voice frustrations to PEIA board

More than 300 people attended the first of three public hearings the Finance Board will hold this week about a proposal to freeze insurance plans.

Monday February 12, 2018

Congressional budget agreement sets aside funding for opioid crisis among other things

Lawmakers passed the two-year agreement early Friday morning, which was signed by President Donald Trump hours later.

Wednesday February 7, 2018

Senate leaders put forward budget agreement day before shutdown deadline

The proposal does not include immigration policy or a measure regarding young immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

US House committee irritated by DEA’s refusal to provide opioid information

Lawmakers recently asked for information regarding the declining use of immediate suspension orders, which instruct distributors to halt drug shipments.

Thursday February 1, 2018

Republicans discuss 2018 goals as retreat continues

Press conferences and gaggles focused heavily on the anticipated release of a classified memo regarding the Russia investigation.

Second day of GOP retreat underway at the Greenbrier

It began with a joint press conference by South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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