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Viewpoint is a weekly political podcast focused on the November 2016 general election. Host Ashton Marra takes listeners inside the world of West Virginia politics with in-depth candidate interviews, analysis and the latest stories from the campaign trail.

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Viewpoint is a weekly political podcast focused on the November 2016 general election. Host Ashton Marra takes listeners inside the world of West Virginia politics with in-depth candidate interviews, analysis and the latest stories from the campaign trail.

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Viewpoint is a weekly political podcast focused on the November 2016 general election. Host Ashton Marra takes listeners inside the world of West Virginia politics with in-depth candidate interviews, analysis and the latest stories from the campaign trail.

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Rank #1: Viewpoint Special Breaks Down 2016 Election Results

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On a special episode on Viewpoint, the 2016 General Election results are in, but what do they mean for West Virginians today and into the future? Conservative columnist Laurie Lin, of WVPB's The Front Porch , and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy's Ted Boettner join host Ashton Marra to discuss the race for governor and the challenges Democrat Jim Justice will face, particularly with the budget, when he takes office in January.

Nov 09 2016

26mins

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Rank #2: It's a Race to the Finish Line in W.Va. as Election Day Approaches

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With just days left in the 2016 election cycle, more than 140,000 West Virginians have already cast their ballots, but the candidates at all levels are still working to get your vote.

Nov 03 2016

29mins

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Rank #3: Dark Money is Making a Difference in W.Va. Elections

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Voters in 27 states will cast their ballots for state Supreme Court justices when they head to the polls in November. In West Virginia, voters made their choice for the high court in May, something new for the state this election cycle, but a study from the Brennan Center for Justice says there is something else that was noteworthy about what happened in that primary. Anne Li reports, researchers are looking to West Virginia to prove that outside money really can sway a race.

Oct 27 2016

22mins

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Rank #4: Presidential Energy & Health Care Policies & Their Impact on W.Va.

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Energy and health care. They’re the two issues in the presidential race that could have the greatest impact on West Virginians. On this week's Viewpoint, we look at where the Democrat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the two issues with a report from The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier and an interview with Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Appalachia Health New Coordinator.

Oct 20 2016

30mins

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Rank #5: Candidates for Governor Debate Taxes and Trump

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After an NPR investigation into Jim Justice’s business operations, the Democratic candidate for governor takes on Republican Bill Cole in the second West Virginia gubernatorial debate. A leaked tape where Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump can be heard describing sexually assaulting women causes waves in West Virginia politics, but will either scandal swing the vote? Ann Ali, managing editor of the State Journal, and MetroNews Statewide Correspondent Brad McElhinney join us to discuss the race.

Oct 13 2016

35mins

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Rank #6: The W.Va. Governor's Race Heats Up after First Debate

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On this episode of Viewpoint, West Virginia’s two major party candidates for governor squared off in their first of two televised debates Tuesday, focusing in on the state’s economic and budgetary issues. Reaction to the candidates’ performances from the Chair of the West Virginia Republican Party Conrad Lucas and retiring Sen. Bill Laird, vice chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party.

Oct 06 2016

23mins

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Rank #7: The Debate Begins for Presidential, Gubernatorial Candidates

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Monday night marked the first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. Democrat Hillary Clinton joined Republican Donald Trump on the same stage for the first time, and the same is about to happen in a West Virginia. Tuesday, Republican Bill Cole and Democrat Jim Justice will meet in Charleston for their first of two televised debates focused on the top issues facing West Virginia- a struggling economy, a high unemployment rate, and a less than effective education system, just to name a few. Bill Cole sat down to discuss his debate preparations and his focus this election cycle- jobs.

Sep 29 2016

22mins

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Rank #8: Judge Restores 18 Names to West Virginia Ballot

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This week on Viewpoint, a federal judge has ensured that 18 third-party candidates’ names will appear before voters on November’s general election ballot. Over the course of a week, those names were included, eliminated and then restored to the ballots because of two consecutive court rulings.

Sep 23 2016

20mins

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Rank #9: Eric Trump Attends W.Va. Fundraiser, Libertarian for Governor Wants Change

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Donald Trump is still working to raise money in West Virginia, this week sending his son to a joint national/state finance committee event. State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas what Eric Trump told supporters in Charleston.

Sep 15 2016

34mins

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Rank #10: The Presidential Race from the Viewpoint of West Virginians

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On this week's episode of Viewpoint, host Ashton Marra talks presidential politics with West Virginia native Paige Lavender, senior politics editor with The Huffington Post . Subscribe to Viewpoint on iTunes Lavender discusses the Wednesday evening NBC forum where both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton appeared on the same stage, although separately, to discuss national security and their qualifications to be the next command-in-chief.

Sep 08 2016

25mins

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