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Newsletter Gary Zuckett June 18, 2019
Capital Eye Special Edition: Special Session
It's hard to know where to begin to unravel the latest appearance of the Zombie Education Deform Bill. Back from the grave of the regular 2019 legislative session, it regained life last month when Senate President Mitch Charmichael, resurrected it - much in the same form as the original, but with even harsher slaps at teacher strikes and organized labor. More
Issues: EducationEnergyEvent
Newsletter   April 2, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 9 – Spring 2019
This year's legislative session proved once again that people power really can win on issues like education, healthcare, and public safety. But is also demonstrated that now is the time to tip the political scales so that we can start setting the political agenda, instead of fighting back bad ideas. This edition of the Capital Eye recaps our successes and highlights things you can do today to help us grow and build power this year.  More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareKids and families
Newsletter   March 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 8
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired this past week and what's ahead! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesWater
Newsletter   February 25, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 7
Wednesday the 27th is "crossover day", when all bills introduced must pass out of their house of origin or be sent to the shredder. This is a much feared and anticipated deadline and will clear a lot of bad bills off our watch list, but also kill off many of the positive efforts of ours and our allies - sigh. More
Issues: Clean electionsEducationHealthcareMedicareOverweight trucksPollutionWater
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 18, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 6
One of the newer millennial lobbyists, who is also a poet and performer, has written a hilarious performance piece on the annual antics at the legislature, comparing it to her school days at Capitol High. This comparison fits far too often. As the session rolls along to its final days in early March, I’m reminded of “Capitol High” and smile daily. Thanks, Crystal! More
Issues: EducationEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareWater
Newsletter   February 11, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 5
We're half-way through legislative session. Can you believe it?! Now that the midpoint is passed, several significant deadlines are looming for those trying to pass or kill off legislation. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEducationInequalityOur children our futureWater
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Volume 12, Number 4
This week, two contentious bills were moving fast – the Ominous Education Overhaul bill and one putting foster kids into managed care organizations (MCOs). Both will get increased scrutiny as they move to the other side. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyEventHealthcareWater
Newsletter   January 28, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 3
The 2019 WV Legislature now has 1,119 bills on its plate and is starting to get a heartburn that Tums won’t cure. Foster care, education, and courts - described below in this week's articles - are a major source of the legislative indigestion. This tends to happen when one political party has control of all three branches of government - there is no reason to compromise so there is little reasoning going into major legislation. Rather, ideology prevails. Read on to learn more and find how you can take action! More
Issues: Civil JusticeEducationEnergyWater
Newsletter   January 21, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 2
Week two at the legislature was a busy one. Meetings with potential bill sponsors, checking daily bills introduced (now totaling 876), monitoring committees as they take up and amend legislation. This is just the daily grind. More here on some of the good, bad, and just plain ugly bills that we’re either promoting or trying to stop here, as well as actions you can take to help end the government shutdown, protect our water and our health, and strengthen our democracy. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Newsletter   January 14, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 1
It's a new year, and a new legislature. In this issue of the Capital Eye, we give you a glimpse at some of the upcoming fights and things to watch for, as well as a list of resources to help you be an informed activist throughout the session. We've only scratched the surface of both the potential damage and opportunities that abound during this current 60-day legislative session, so please stay tuned to our weekly updates. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair taxationKids and familiesWaterWorkers
Newsletter   April 24, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11, No. 10 – Spring 2018 Edition
In this Capital Eye: 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up, Trump Tax Scam Continues War on Health Care, Power to the People: WV CAG's Awards Dinner & Fundraiser, In Memory of a Big Hearted Water Warrior, Election 2018 (Be Ready to Vote: Voter ID Law Now in Effect, Follow the Money, Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot in November), Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) Updates (FirstEnergy Drops Bid to Sell Pleasants Power Plant & more) More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsEnergy efficiencyFair taxationHealthcareSNAPWorkers
Newsletter   March 16, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 9 – 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up
The 2018 legislative session is FINALLY over, and this is our wrap-up edition of the Capital Eye. Of the 1,778 bills introduced, 260 made it through the sausage grinder to the other end. They all will be signed, ignored by the governor (and become law without his signature), or vetoed. We’re asking him to veto two of them (we’d prefer he veto scores but that’s not going to happen), so read on for why, and make your calls if so moved. A big THANK YOU to all who came to the Capitol, sent emails, and/or made calls on important legislation, and sent in donations of support. As we pivot to federal issues and work to make sure that voters ‘Remember in November’ we hope you can join us for one or more upcoming events. More
Issues: Clean electionsHealthcareKids and familiesPollutionPovertyWaterWorkers
Newsletter   March 4, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 8
This week, teachers filled the galleries, halls and rotunda of the Capitol, and parents and teachers rallied in support, as the Governor came out of hiding and tried to negotiate an end to the teachers’ strike that has garnered national attention. As we head into the home stretch, the strike continues as a result of the Senate's rejection of the 5% pay raise agreed to by the Governor and approved by the House.  The 2018 legislative session ends at midnight, Saturday, March 10. We can’t wait for the carnage to be over! In the meantime, keep reading for further updates and actions you can take now, and keep an eye out for other critical updates this week. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsEnergyHealthcarePovertyWorkers
Newsletter   February 26, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 7
Last week was Strike Week at the Legislature, with Thursday and Friday being Day 1 and 2 of a statewide walkout by teachers and school service personnel demanding better wages and a permanent fix to PEIA. On Thursday, more than 5,000 people entered the Capitol through two public access points, with equally large crowds gathering on subsequent days of the ongoing strike. Despite the presence of thousands of outraged teachers and state employees and more pressing issues to deal with, the "bad idea factory" keeps churning undeterred.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsDiscriminationEducationEnergyHealthcareKids and familiesOur children our futurePovertySNAPWorkers
Newsletter   February 18, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 6
Week six of the 2018 legislative session kicked off with a public hearing on a bill to restrict access to food assistance (SNAP) and other vital safety net programs, and wrapped up with thousands of teachers filling the halls of the Capitol to demand better pay and a fix for PEIA. Read more about the status of these and other proposals including campus carry, co-tenancy, and bills to reshape our judicial system; and actions you can take to support redistricting reform and energy efficiency, and oppose logging in our state parks.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEducationEnergyEnergy efficiencyInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAPSustainabilityWorkers
Newsletter   February 13, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 5
We are now halfway through the 2018 legislative session. We started off last week with FirstEnergy filing a notice with the Public Service Commission that it will stop fighting to transfer ownership of the Pleasants Power Plant to its West Virginia utilities. This is a major win for the 530,000 Mon Power and Potomac Edison consumers in West Virginia! Learn more about this victory and what's happening at the Capitol on redistricting, "co-tenancy," and more in this week's Capital Eye.  More
Issues: Clean electionsEnergyEnergy efficiencyFrackingHealthcareInequalityPollutionWaterWorkers
Newsletter   February 4, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 4
Week Four of the 2018 legislative session was a wild week, with President Trump and the GOP at the Greenbrier (we visited, too!), and teachers rallying at the Capitol for better pay and fixes for PEIA. During Week Five, several bills pending in the House Judiciary Committee are or are likely to be the subject of public hearings. Keep reading for details and actions you can take. We also hope you can join us for All Kinds are Welcome Here Civil Liberties Lobby Day on Thursday, February 8 and other events at the Capitol this week. And please take advantage of the upcoming Your Voice WV: Citizen Lobbyist trainings if one is planned for your area. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyFrackingHealthcareInequalityMedicarePollutionSNAPWaterWorkers
Newsletter   January 28, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 3
A lot has happened over the past week and there are a number of actions you can take. This coming week we hope you can join us for one or more events on legislative and congressional priorities and the need to focus on the common good. We also hope you can join WV CAG and allies the following week for All Kinds Are Welcome Here Lobby Day on February 8 at the State Capitol. To prepare you for your visit to Charleston there are two more opportunities to attend a Your Voice: Citizen Lobbyist Training - February 1 at Bethany College and February 5 in Parkersburg.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPoverty
Newsletter   January 22, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 2
This week we're writing you on the heels of several West Virginia events commemorating last year’s historic Women’s March. These inspiring events show that our movement(s) are alive and well. Keep reading for a look at some of the bad (and good) bills that are starting to work their way through the process, actions you can take, and other highlights from the second week of the session. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePovertySNAP
Newsletter   January 16, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 1
We began this week celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. with a day dedicated to public service and a time for reflection on issues of justice, equality, and moral leadership. May Dr. King's legacy inspire us to continue the fight for a more fair and equal nation and state, and a brighter future for all. The 2018 legislative session will provide many opportunities to come together to fight for justice and equality. Keep reading for an overview of the State of the State and a preview of what to expect in the days ahead. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergyHealthcarePovertyWater
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