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I am happy to see this. I hope she is successful.


WEST VIRGINIA’S DEMOCRATIC Sen. Joe Manchin used a conference call with local activists in February to tell them to stop complaining about his pro-corporate voting record.

“What you ought to do is vote me out. Vote me out! I’m not changing. Find somebody else who can beat me and vote me out,” he dared the activists.

Paula Jean Swearengin, an environmental activist descended from generations of coal miners, has accepted that challenge, announcing earlier this month that she will be challenging Manchin for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

In an interview with The Intercept, Swearengin described the impact coal and environmental pollution have had on her own life.

“I was born a coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter,” she explained. But the industry that employed her family also battered its health. “I have watched several of my family members suffer with … cancer, black lung, suffer from heart disease.”

Pollution from coal mining impacted every area of her life. “When I was a little girl, our water was orange with a blue and purple film. And we drank that water,” she lamented.


As tough as it will be i hope that WV votes will support her and kick that smug bastards ass(Manchin) out of office. Then he can put an R behind his name. Also thx for the open thread tonight Benny.


Just a follow up from the observer on her candidacy

“What inspired me to run to run for Congress is that I have lived through the progression and regression of the coal industry. I’ve watched my family, my neighbors and my friends suffer from a single industry economy. We are one of the poorest and sickest states in the country. We don’t have the opportunity for a better future,” said Swearengin, who is backed by Brand New Congress, an organization founded by two former Bernie Sanders staffers, and Justice Democrats, in an interview with the Observer. “The market is down with coal, and there’s no promise that they are going to rebound. We have to worry about mechanization decreasing our workforce. People here in West Virginia live in impoverished conditions. In some places, it’s similar to conditions in a third world country. We’ve been under a singular economy without having any prospects of a clean and stable economic infrastructure, and that’s really my inspiration.”


Oklahoma is in the same dire straits only it’s oil that is destroying that state. T and R to the usual suspects!!


I made a mistake

I was not paying attention and I thought that there was the only one candidate to challenge Manchin.
There is also:


I have no preference except wanting Manchin to be defeated.



I might add Thank you Hillary for putting us in this position.


Oh my!


Sounds like a Pence clone


This is a bit dated but it certainly deserves to be shared.


Tim Black has a sense of humor.

All they care about is the money. Principles be damed.


I think I missed my calling. I should have been an artist.


This is a good thing.


The city of New Orleans will take down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday, completing the southern city’s removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.

Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee’s statue down during the day, with Mayor Mitch Landrieu planning a major speech Friday afternoon to explain his reasoning.

In a news release obtained by The Associated Press, the city said the statues were “erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause,’ a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.”

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