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Newsletter article Julie Archer April 5, 2021
West Virginia Voters Speak Out Against Voting Restrictions
West Virginia voters turned out in force to oppose a bill that would eliminate the most popular Early Voting days, gut the efficiency of automatic voter registration and start the process of removing voters from rolls after two years (instead of four) if someone hasn’t voted. More
Newsletter article Eve Marcum-Atkinson April 5, 2021
Jammin’ For Jobs – Free Concert – April 10th at 1PM
WV organizations announced the formation of the “WV New Jobs Coalition” and their Ten Days of Action, April 1st through the 10th, culminating in a 3-city “Jammin’ For Jobs” live and live-streamed concert event on April 10th in Charleston, Morgantown, and Martinsburg at 1PM.  More
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett April 5, 2021
Senate Tax Bill One-Pager
Finally, Sean’s analysis of the Senate tax bill is live. Please share! More
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett April 5, 2021
Finals Week
Remember finals week in school? Well this week at the Capitol is nothing like that. Bills packing hundreds of pages that very few legislators have read or studied will be given passing or failing grades based not so much on their merit as on perception and faith.  More
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Take Action to Fight Voter Suppression
With 43 states, including West Virginia, trying to make it harder to vote, we need to fight voter suppression efforts and ensure the The For the People Act stays robust in order to protect every American’s freedom and right to vote. We also need to oppose SB 565 which would restrict West Virginians’ access to voting. We can’t let the assault on voting rights in West Virginia and around the country go unanswered. Please take action today.  More
Issues: Clean electionsDemocracyElectionsVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyFair Courts
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 29, 2021
What A Taxing Week!
Conservatives are constantly harping about their desire for small local governance - except when they don’t. Too many examples this session to list them all but one of the whoppers is a proposed amendment to the WV constitution to give the Legislature more control over county property taxes with the intent to slash taxes paid by big, out of state corporations. The House is also debating an alternative to the Governor's income tax phase our that would devastate the state budget. More here on these and other updates from the 'Bad Idea Factory.' More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyHealth CareKids and families
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 22, 2021
Building Civic Action: A Policy Roundtable to Move Community to Action
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a policy roundtable hosted by the Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to discuss issues before the WV Legislature and their connection to and impact on the Black community. Here’s a recap of what was discussed and actions you can take.  More
Issues: DemocracyDiscriminationFair taxationHealthcareInequalityMedicaidVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 22, 2021
Voting Rights Are Under Attack, But We Can Fight Back
Call Senators Manchin and Capito today. Tell them to do their job, defend our democracy, and protect and strengthen the sacred right to vote by supporting the For the People Act. More
Issues: DemocracyVotingVoting Rights
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 22, 2021
Session Moves into Spring
Spring equinox brings new life back in the earthly cycle of death and rebirth. After this legislative session we’ll need a rebirth of our political cycle to make sure that the next elections bring new life behind the desks at the Capitol. New faces pushing those red and green buttons which have such a profound […] More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesClean electionsCoronavirus ReliefCovid-19DemocracyEducationEnvironmentFair CourtsHealth CareHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionTaxesWaterWorkers
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 15, 2021
What’s really Happening at the Legislature
More than ever this session, laws are being made to benefit corporations and enrich their millionaire and billionaire owners at the expense of regular West Virginians and their families. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesClean electionsCoronavirus ReliefCovid-19DemocracyEducationEnvironmentFair CourtsHealth CareHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionTaxesWaterWorkers
Newsletter article   March 8, 2021
Virtual WV E-DAY at the Capitol: WED. March 10th, 6-7:30PM
WEDNESDAY: This year’s WV E-Day at the Capitol will be virtually hosted on March 10 from 6:00 – 7:30PM by the WV Environmental Council. While the event is free, registration is required. Suggestion donation is $10.00.  More
Newsletter article   March 8, 2021
Tell Senate Judiciary Members to Protect Democracy, Vote NO on HJR 2 and SB 303
By voting to approve HJR 2 last week, a majority of House members have made clear they believe themselves to be above the law. SB 303 is a direct attack on the ability for local communities to govern themselves. More
Issues: DemocracyFair Courts
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 8, 2021
Midway (Almost) – Session Rolls On
Friday was day 24 of the 60-day legislative session. Believe it or not, bills will now begin moving even faster as we approach several deadlines limiting their progress to the finish line. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesClean electionsCoronavirus ReliefCovid-19DemocracyEducationEnvironmentFair CourtsHealth CareHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionTaxesWaterWorkers
Newsletter article   March 1, 2021
Action Alerts – 3/1/2021
Additional actions you can take today! More
Issues: Take Action
Newsletter article   March 1, 2021
COVID Immunity Bill (SB 277) Lets Health Care Providers & Businesses Off the Hook for Reckless & Intentional Misconduct
As drafted, SB 277 will let health care providers and other businesses off the hook even when they have refused to follow proper protocols, safety requirements and other scientific recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. More
Issues: Civil JusticeCovid-19Health CareHealthcare
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 1, 2021
Still Time to Contact Delegates on HJR 2
It’s obvious that at least some members of the Legislature are under the mistaken impression that the acting Supreme Court that intervened in the impeachment of former Justice Margaret Workman stripped them of their power to impeach. This is completely false. More
Issues: Clean electionsFair Courts
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 1, 2021
Hearing from the People
This week’s extra-curricular activities out-shined many events inside the Capitol. A Moral Monday event by the Poor People's Campaign landed on Senator Manchin’s doorstep in Charleston More
Issues: Above ground tanksBudget prioritiesClean electionsCoronavirus ReliefCovid-19EducationEnergyEnergy efficiencyEnvironmentHealth CareHealthcareInequalityPollutionTaxesWaterWorkers
Newsletter article   February 22, 2021
How Representative Is ​Our Democracy? – 2/25 & 3/10 @7PM
Join the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education for two conversations on electoral systems and reform movements to make them more representative of our nation's electorate More
Issues: Fair RepresentationVotingVoting Rights
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