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Inside West Virginia Politics is a weekly show hosted by Mark Curtis that discusses local, regional, and national issues and how they impact the Mountain State.

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Inside West Virginia Politics is a weekly show hosted by Mark Curtis that discusses local, regional, and national issues and how they impact the Mountain State.

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I love politics, but I’ve always found it hard to keep up with West Virginia politics. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, thank you and keep up the good work!!

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By themaninblack1975 - Jan 29 2019
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I love politics, but I’ve always found it hard to keep up with West Virginia politics. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, thank you and keep up the good work!!
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Inside West Virginia Politics

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

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Inside West Virginia Politics is a weekly show hosted by Mark Curtis that discusses local, regional, and national issues and how they impact the Mountain State.

Rank #1: Opioid Epidemic, Melania Trump, & the West Virginia State Treasurer

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the opioid epidemic, First Lady Melania Trump's 2nd visit to Huntington, and the race for the West Virginia State Treasurer seat.

In segment 1, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R) talks about First Lady Melania Trump's visit to the Huntington, and the impact that the opioid crisis has on the children of the mountain state.

In segment 2, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams talks about First Lady Melania Trump's visit and what constructive things the city of Huntington is doing to battle the opioid crisis.

In segment 3, West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue talks about why he is running for his 7th term as state treasurer and his accomplishments while working as treasurer.

In segment 4, Riley Moore (R) talks about the changes he would like to see if he were to be nominated as state treasurer. He also discusses the current marijuana banking issues faced in the mountain state.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Jul 15 2019

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Rank #2: Easter, Passover, & a New Candidate for Governor

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In this holiday episode of Inside West Virginia Politics, we talk to religious leaders about the meanings of both Easter and Passover. We also take a look at the needs of charities during the holiday and find out why someone is running against Governor Justice in the primary.

In segment 1, Father Brian O'Donnell, Director of the Catholic Conference of West Virginia, talks about the meaning of Easter and the Notre Dame fire.

In segment 2, Rabbi Victor Urecki, of the B'nai Jacob Synagogue, talks about the meaning of Passover and the importance of community.

In segment 3, Tara Martinez, Executive Director of Manna Meal, talks about the needs of their soup kitchen and how there is an increased need during the holidays.

In segment 4, Woody Thrasher, Republican Candidate for Governor of West Virginia, talks about why he decided to run.

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Apr 22 2019

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Rank #3: Legal Recreational Marijuana in West Virginia?

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On this week's Inside West Virginia Politics, Mark Curtis speaks with lawmakers about the social and economic impact of introducing cannabis in West Virginia. We cover topics ranging from the recently resolved banking issue for medical marijuana to the potential for recreational marijuana, or adult use cannabis as it is referred to in the legislature.

In segment 1, Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh) talks about the benefits of medical marijuana in West Virginia.

In segment 2, U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, talks about the issues of legalizing marijuana from a federal perspective.

In segment 3, Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) talks about a potential 'banking fix' for medical marijuana in the Mountain State.

In segment 4, Delegate Joe Ellington (R-Mercer), the Chairman of the House Health Committee, talks about the effects of marijuana from the perspective of a doctor.

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Feb 11 2019

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Rank #4: A Closer Look at the West Virginia Education Omnibus Bill

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A bill making its way through the West Virginia Senate aims to bind promised pay raises for teachers and school personnel to things like charter schools and increased class sizes. While there are some who agree with this omnibus bill, many are pushing to have the elements pulled apart and voted on as single subject bills.

In segment 1, Fred Albert, the President of the American Federation of Teachers - WV Chapter, talks about the possibility of another teacher walkout in the future.

In segment 2, State Senator Ryan Weld (R-Brooke) looks at the positive impact Charter schools could have on the Mountain State.

In segment 3, State Senator Mike Romano (D-Harrison) talks about separating the proposed education reform bill into individual parts.

In segment 4, Delegate Mark Dean (R-Mingo)talks about the education reform bill from the perspective of a principal.

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Feb 04 2019

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Rank #5: Medical Marijuana, Flood Aid, & Sen. Manchin for Governor?

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This week on Inside West Virginia Politics, to run or not to run? We speak to Senator Joe Manchin and ask if he will challenge Governor Justice. Plus why Sen. Manchin thinks President Trump has the potential to help West Virginians in need. All that and more on this week’s episode.

In segment 1, Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) talks about President Trump, healthcare, and a potential run for Governor.

In segment 2, Delegate Joshua Higginbotham (R-Putnam), talks about his trip to Washington D.C. to discuss "Opportunity Zones" with the Trump Administration.

In segment 3, Delegate Dean Jeffries (R-Kanawha), discusses FEMA flood aid and what people are saying about education in West Virginia.

In segment 4, Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) discusses medical marijuana and vertical integration.

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Apr 29 2019

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Rank #6: Big Issues for the 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the issues that are important to and will be pushed by groups in the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session.

In segment 1, Dale Lee, the West Virginia Education Association President, talks about the previous teachers strikes and what they want to see passed in the 2020 legislative session.

In segment 2, Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia, talks about the Fairness Act which would ban discrimination in hiring, access to housing and public spaces for LGBTQ people in West Virginia.

In segment 3, Seth DiStefano, Policy Outreach Director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, talks about the state budget, multiple taxes in the Mountain State, and the 2020 Legislative Session.

In segment 4, Garrett Ballengee, the Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, talks about what issues are important to them in the upcoming legislative session.

Dec 18 2019

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Rank #7: Opioid Lawsuits, VA Investigation Update, & New Jobs in West Virginia

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers and distributors, get an update on the investigation in the suspicious deaths at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, and learn more about the 100 tech jobs coming to West Virginia.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Oct 29 2019

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Rank #8: Goals and Hopes for West Virginia's 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week's episode, our guests reflect on the recent State of the State Address, the status of the Fairness Act, and Ramaco Carbon coming to West Virginia.

In segment 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice talks about the potential benefits of Ramaco Carbon coming to the Mountain State, as well as the resolution of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation, which was launched after questions arose about the financing of his Military Tribute tournament at the Greenbrier.

In segment 2, Senate President Mitch Carmichael reflects on the governor's recent State of the State Address. He also talks about the status of medical marijuana and where he stands on the Fairness Act.

In segment 3, Josh Sword, President of AFL-CIO shares his hopes for this legislative session, including his thoughts on a possible repeal of the business and inventory tax, the future of right-to-work legislation, and why he expects to be on the defense this session.

In segment 4, House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley gives us a different view on the governor's State of the State Address and talks about how we need to "start putting West Virginian's first."

Finally, we bid a fond farewell to co-host Adrienne Robbins, who has joined our sister station WCMH, in Columbus, Ohio. Best of luck, Adrienne!

Jan 14 2020

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Rank #9: Del. Porterfield's Controversial Comments About the LGBTQ Community & Massive Education Reform

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We talk about the massive education reform bill making its way through the West Virginia Legislature in our final two segments, but first, we dive into the controversy at the Capitol surrounding Delegate Eric Porterfield and his comments about the LGBTQ community that many are calling hateful and hurtful.

In segment 1, we talk to Delegate Eric Porterfield (R-Mercer) and take a look at the controversy surrounding his comments.

In segment 2, Tina Russel talks about why she decided to pre-file to run against Del. Porterfield.

In segment 3, Dale Lee, the President of the West Virginia Education Association, discusses his thoughts on where the education reform bill is now.

In segment 4, Delegate Danny Hamrick (R-Harrison) discusses why he supports the massive education reform bill.

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Feb 18 2019

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Rank #10: Charter Schools, The Special Session, & Water Quality in West Virginia

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On this weeks episode, we talk to Senator Capito about Minden being added to the EPA's priority list and take a deep dive into charter schools and the upcoming special session.

In segment 1, Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) talks about Minden, West Virginia being added to the EPA's priority list.

In segment 2, Fred Albert, the President of the American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia, talks about the Special Session and why he does not support charter schools.

In segment 3, State Senate President Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), advocates for charter schools in West Virginia and talks about the special session

In segment 4, State Senator Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha) talks about the special session and education reform in West Virginia.

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May 20 2019

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Rank #11: Campus Carry Controversy & The WV State Budget

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With only one week left in the 2019 West Virginia Legislative session, lawmakers are working down to the wire to get bills passed. We take a look at the controversial "Campus Carry Bill," but first, we see what changes are coming to the mountain state's budget.

In segment 1, Delegate Eric Householder (R-Berkeley) talks about eliminating the social security tax and reducing the coal severance tax.

In segment 2, Delegate Linda Longstreth (D-Marion) talks about her impressions of the budget process and pay raises for state employees.

In segment 3, Delegate Jim Butler (R-Mason) talks about why he supports the "Campus Carry Bill" or House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act.

In segment 4, Delegate Danielle Walker (D-Monongalia) talks about why she opposed the "Campus Carry Bill" and believes that the colleges and universities should get to decide.

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Mar 04 2019

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Rank #12: Medical Marijuana, Sports Betting, West Virginia Roads & More

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Governor Jim Justice signed a slew of bills this week and vetoed many others. We take a look at what that means for medical marijuana, sports betting, roads, and education, in this episode of Inside West Virginia Politics.

In segment 1, President of the State Senate, Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), talks about Senate Bill 1, broadband access, and money for roads.

In segment 2, Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-Ohio) talks about sports betting issues and the veto of the Medical Marijuana Vertical Integration Bill.

In segment 3, Delegate Sharon Malcolm (R-Kanawha) talks about the need for more funding for road repair across West Virginia.

In segment 4, Delegate Andrew Byrd (D-Kanawha) talks about the campaign finance bill, his concerns about the veto of the Medical Marijuana Vertical Integration Bill, and education reform.

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Apr 01 2019

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Rank #13: 2019 TechConnect West Virginia Coding and Cyber Summit

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On this week's episode, we take the show to TechConnect West Virginia's 2019 Coding and Cyber Summit in Charleston. We take a look at the technology jobs in and coming to the Mountain State, and the programs available to help people fill those jobs.

In segment 1, we talk to Anne Barth, the Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia.

In segment 2, we talk to Bernie McKay, the Chief Public Policy Officer for Intuit.

In segment 3, we talk to Josh Spence, the Chief Technology Officer for the state of West Virginia.

In segment 4, we talk to Matt Turner, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #14: FCC Chairman, Rural Broadband, & a US Senate Race

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In this week's episode, we talk to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, discuss rural broadband, and look at the Republican primary for a US Senate seat.

In segment 1, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses rural broadband in West Virginia.

In segment 2, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) discusses rural broadband issues and shares his thoughts on the FCC's broadcast ownership rules.

In segment 3, Allen Whitt, a Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, talks about his campaign and why he decided to run against Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

In segment 4, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) talks about United States Economic Development Administration grants coming to West Virginia, introducing the American Miners Act, and her primary challenger Allen Whitt.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #15: Jobs & the companies looking to fill them in West Virginia

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This week on Inside West Virginia Politics, we speak to Senator Joe Manchin about jobs. Then we talk with companies and people looking to fill them in the Mountain State.

In segment 1, Senator Joe Manchin talks about jobs and the economy in West Virginia.

In segment 2, Corey Dornon, of West Virginia Construction Craft Laborers, talks about the opportunities available in the Mountain State.

In segment 3, Ken Boggs, the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at N3, talks about what N3 does and what they look for in employees.

In segment 4, Tom Conner, Admissions Counselor for BridgeValley Community and Technical College, talks about the opportunities available at their college and how a four-year program is not for everyone.

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Apr 08 2019

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Rank #16: FCC Commissioner on rural broadband and its impact on healthcare & education

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On this week's episode, we sit down with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) and talk about how the quality of rural broadband impacts both education and health care in the mountain state. We also get an update on the status of medical marijuana in West Virginia from Delegate Mike Pushkin (R-Kanawha).

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Jul 09 2019

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Rank #17: The 2019 West Virginia Teachers' Strike

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The teachers of West Virginia were on strike for two days in 2019 after striking for nine in 2018. On this week's Inside West Virginia Politics, we look at what lead to the strike, what happened during the strike, and what's coming down the road.

In segment 1, Senate President Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) talks about what's next for education reform in West Virginia.

In segment 2, Minority Leader, Delegate Tim Miley (D-Harrison) talks about the impact of the striking teachers at the Capitol.

In segment 3, Fred Albert, the President of the American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia, talks about their concerns moving forward this Legislative session.

In segment 4, Majority Whip, Delegate Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson) addresses whether bundling all the education reform proposals into one bill was a bad idea.

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Feb 25 2019

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Rank #18: BONUS: Sen. Manchin Talks Miners' Pensions & Border Wall National Emergency

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Mark Curtis got the opportunity to speak with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin on topics ranging from securing coal miners' pensions to his thoughts on President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border. Here's what he had to say.

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Feb 23 2019

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Rank #19: Is 'Obamacare' Constitutional?

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the court fight surrounding the question of whether or not 'Obamacare' is constitutional, and we talk to a few people who are running for office in West Virginia in 2020.

In segment 1, Gary Zuckett, the Executive Director for West Virginia Citizen Action Group, talks about why WV-CAG opposes the lawsuit saying 'Obamacare' is unconstitutional.

In segment 2, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talks about why he is working to get 'Obamacare' ruled to be unconstitutional

In segment 3, Sam Petsonk, who is running as a Democrat for West Virginia Attorney General in 2020, talks about why he is running and what his top priorities would be.

In segment 4, Stephen Smith, who is running as a Democrat for Governor of West Virginia in 2020, talks about his grassroots campaign and what should voters know about him and his policies.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #20: Insulin Caravan, November Special Session, & Flood Prevention

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On this week's episode, we look at an insulin caravan to Canada, a candidate for governor, the November special session, and what still needs to be done after the 2016 flood.  

In segment 1, Del. Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D-Monongalia) discusses rising insulin prices and the caravan from West Virginia to Canada to buy insulin.

In segment 2, Jody Murphy, a Democratic Candidate for Governor of West Virginia, talks about his campaign and why he decided to run.

In segment 3, Del. Caleb Hannah (R-Webster), talks about the November special session, education policy, and the border wall.

In segment 4, State Senator Stephen Baldwin (D-Greenbrier), discussed the aftermath of the 2016 flood, what is being done for flood prevention, and more.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Nov 25 2019

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Greyhound Racing, VA Deaths Investigation, & the Schools for the Deaf and Blind

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On this week's episode, guests talk with us about the impact of greyhound racing on West Virginia's economy, the ongoing investigation into the suspicious deaths at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

In segment 1, Democratic Senator William Ihlenfeld talks about why the investigation into the suspicious deaths at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg is taking so much time, and tells us why the loss of greyhound racing would be devastating to the area.

In segment 2, Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, a veteran and an attorney, shares his thoughts on the VA investigation, the impact of greyhound racing on the Mountain state, and the Tim Tebow bill.

In segment 3, Democratic Senator Mike Romano talks about the intermediate court of appeals, the Tim Tebow bill, and why his opinion has changed on greyhound racing.

In segment 4, Republican Delegate Ruth Rowan tells us all about the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, highlighting the student performance at the WV State Capitol for Deaf Awareness Day.

Feb 18 2020

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Cell Phone Voting, Health Care, & the Conclusion to the Presidential Impeachment Trial

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On today's episode, guests talk about the conclusion of the presidential impeachment trial, the ongoing investigation at Clarksburg's VA Medical Center, the fight against opioids, and how cell phone voting could impact this election cycle.

In segment 1, United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito  shares her frustrations about the ongoing investigation into the suspicious deaths at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, gives her opinion on the State of the Union Address, and tells us why she voted to acquit President Donald Trump.

In segment 2, we talk to Republican congressional candidate Matt Hahn, M.D.,  about why health care is the central topic of his campaign. He also tells us why he thinks division is a real problem, and addresses other issues West Virginia is currently facing.

In segment 3, Secretary of State Mac Warner addresses all things cell phone voting, including the Iowa caucus meltdown and why the technology is so important to the Mountain state specifically.

In segment 4, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart talks about how, in the midst of the impeachment trial, the nation still continued the fight against opioids, and shares his thoughts on the push for the  legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

Feb 11 2020

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Federal Grand Jury, Foster Care, & Adult Use Cannabis

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On today's episode, guests discuss new developments in the ongoing VA Medical Center investigation, as well as various issues going on the state, including foster care, technology, renewable energy, and medical and adult use cannabis. 

In segment 1, Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw reacts to news that a federal grand jury has convened in Clarksburg in the suspicious deaths at the VA Medical Center, and talks about issues going on in the state, including foster care, the state's tech industry, and the Mountaineer Impact Fund.

In segment 2, Democratic Delegate Shawn Fluharty talks about bills that would legalize or decriminalize marijuana in the Mountain state, efforts to make West Virginia a technological hub, and what the newest VA Medical Center update could mean for the investigation.

In segment 3, Republican State Senator Mike Azinger tells us not only why he's opposed to legalizing adult use cannabis, but also why he is wary of the state pursuing medical marijuana.

In segment 4, Democratic Delegate Evan Hansen talks about environmental legislation, including the Clean Drinking Water Act, and why he thinks renewable energy jobs are passing West Virginia by.

Feb 04 2020

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VA Medical Center Investigation, Presidential Impeachment Trial, & Insulin Costs

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On today's episode, we hear from Republican members of West Virginia's congressional delegation about multiple issues, including their joint bill targeting the ongoing homicide investigation at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center and the presidential impeachment trial. We also talk to a Democratic delegate, whose recently proposed bill would put a cap on insulin co-pays.

In segment 1, Republican Congressman David McKinley talks about the impeachment process, the investigation into the suspicious deaths at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, and his feelings on the plan to end the use of fossil fuels by 2050.

In segment 2, Republican Congresswoman Carol Miller tells us about the most important part of her joint bill with Congressmen David McKinley and Alex Mooney, how transportation projects will impact economic development, and why she voted against the articles of impeachment.

In segment 3, Republican Congressman Alex Mooney shares the issues he feels are important as he runs for reelection, talks about introducing the joint bill targeting the VA Medical Center, and tells us what he finds most outrageous about the impeachment trial.

In segment 4, Democratic Delegate Barbara Fleischauer and 13 News Digital Reporter Erin Noon discuss lowering prescription drug prices, the introduction of the insulin bill, and the recent caravan to Canada.

Jan 28 2020

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Proposed Tax Repeals, Rainy Day Funds, & Organ Donation

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the proposed repeal of the business inventory tax, rainy day funds, and one delegate's selfless organ donation.

In segment 1, Republican Senator Eric Tarr shares his experience of running the Senate Finance Committee while committee chair Craig Blair is recovering, and tells us why he believes the proposed repeal of the business and inventory tax would benefit the state.

In segment 2, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso talks about why he thinks a repeal of the business and inventory tax should proceed with caution, and shares his opinion on the development of another rainy day fund.

In segment 3, Seth DiStefano, Policy Outreach Director with the Center on Budget and Policy joins us in number-crunching after the annual West Virginia Budget Breakfast and comments on the recent State of the State Address, including where he thinks the governor should invest money instead of establishing a rainy day fund.

And finally, in segment 4, Delegate Sean Hornbuckle reflects on receiving a standing ovation upon his return to the House floor after donating a kidney to his sister, walks us through his thought process leading up to the donation, and, most importantly, gives us an update on his sister's health after transplant surgery.

Jan 22 2020

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Goals and Hopes for West Virginia's 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week's episode, our guests reflect on the recent State of the State Address, the status of the Fairness Act, and Ramaco Carbon coming to West Virginia.

In segment 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice talks about the potential benefits of Ramaco Carbon coming to the Mountain State, as well as the resolution of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation, which was launched after questions arose about the financing of his Military Tribute tournament at the Greenbrier.

In segment 2, Senate President Mitch Carmichael reflects on the governor's recent State of the State Address. He also talks about the status of medical marijuana and where he stands on the Fairness Act.

In segment 3, Josh Sword, President of AFL-CIO shares his hopes for this legislative session, including his thoughts on a possible repeal of the business and inventory tax, the future of right-to-work legislation, and why he expects to be on the defense this session.

In segment 4, House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley gives us a different view on the governor's State of the State Address and talks about how we need to "start putting West Virginian's first."

Finally, we bid a fond farewell to co-host Adrienne Robbins, who has joined our sister station WCMH, in Columbus, Ohio. Best of luck, Adrienne!

Jan 14 2020

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Issues and Advocacy in the 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the issues that are important to and will be pushed by groups in the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session.

In segment 1, Tom Hunter, the Associate State Director of Communication for AARP West Virginia, talks about the issues they will be advocating about in the upcoming legislative session, including family caregivers, fraud & elder abuse.

In segment 2, WOWK 13 News Digital Reporter Erin Noon talks about her experience covering a caravan that traveled from West Virginia to Canada to buy cheaper insulin.

In segment 3, Jason Huffman, the State Director for the West Virginia Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, talks about the issues they will be advocating about in the upcoming legislative session, including licensure, regulations, and comprehensive tax reform.

In segment 4, West Virginia Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) gives his thoughts on the 34 correction officer trainees who were photographed giving a Nazi salute.

Jan 06 2020

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2019 Inside West Virginia Politics Holiday Special

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On this week's episode, we talk about the holiday season in the Mountain State, the annual Joyful Night Celebration, and the reason for the season.

In segment 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) and First Lady Cathy Justice talk about the holiday season in the Mountain State.

In segment 2, Randall Reid-Smith the Curator for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History talks about the annual Joyful Night Celebration and the history of the decorations at the Governor's Mansion.

In segment 3, Canon Donald Vinson of St. John's Episcopal Church and Rabbi Victor Urecki of B'nai Jacob Synagogue discuss the reason for the season.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Dec 23 2019

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Big Issues for the 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the issues that are important to and will be pushed by groups in the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session.

In segment 1, Dale Lee, the West Virginia Education Association President, talks about the previous teachers strikes and what they want to see passed in the 2020 legislative session.

In segment 2, Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia, talks about the Fairness Act which would ban discrimination in hiring, access to housing and public spaces for LGBTQ people in West Virginia.

In segment 3, Seth DiStefano, Policy Outreach Director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, talks about the state budget, multiple taxes in the Mountain State, and the 2020 Legislative Session.

In segment 4, Garrett Ballengee, the Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, talks about what issues are important to them in the upcoming legislative session.

Dec 18 2019

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2019 TechConnect West Virginia Coding and Cyber Summit

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On this week's episode, we take the show to TechConnect West Virginia's 2019 Coding and Cyber Summit in Charleston. We take a look at the technology jobs in and coming to the Mountain State, and the programs available to help people fill those jobs.

In segment 1, we talk to Anne Barth, the Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia.

In segment 2, we talk to Bernie McKay, the Chief Public Policy Officer for Intuit.

In segment 3, we talk to Josh Spence, the Chief Technology Officer for the state of West Virginia.

In segment 4, we talk to Matt Turner, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Dec 09 2019

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Ski Season, Adoption, & the 2020 Legislative Session

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On this week's episode we look at the upcoming legislative session, National Adoption Month, the 2019-2020 ski season, and why a former Secretary of State is running to reclaim the seat.

In segment 1, Former West Virginia West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) discusses why she is running to regain the position.

In segment 2, West Virginia State Delegate Amanda Estep-Burton (D-Kanawha) talks about her first legislative session and what she is expecting in the 2020 session.

In segment 3, Kylee Hassan from Mission West Virginia stops by to talk about National Adoption Month.

In segment 4, Joe Stevens, the spokesperson for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, talks about the 2019-2020 ski season in the Mountain State.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Dec 02 2019

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Insulin Caravan, November Special Session, & Flood Prevention

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On this week's episode, we look at an insulin caravan to Canada, a candidate for governor, the November special session, and what still needs to be done after the 2016 flood.  

In segment 1, Del. Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D-Monongalia) discusses rising insulin prices and the caravan from West Virginia to Canada to buy insulin.

In segment 2, Jody Murphy, a Democratic Candidate for Governor of West Virginia, talks about his campaign and why he decided to run.

In segment 3, Del. Caleb Hannah (R-Webster), talks about the November special session, education policy, and the border wall.

In segment 4, State Senator Stephen Baldwin (D-Greenbrier), discussed the aftermath of the 2016 flood, what is being done for flood prevention, and more.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Nov 25 2019

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FCC Chairman, Rural Broadband, & a US Senate Race

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In this week's episode, we talk to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, discuss rural broadband, and look at the Republican primary for a US Senate seat.

In segment 1, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, discusses rural broadband in West Virginia.

In segment 2, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) discusses rural broadband issues and shares his thoughts on the FCC's broadcast ownership rules.

In segment 3, Allen Whitt, a Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, talks about his campaign and why he decided to run against Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

In segment 4, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) talks about United States Economic Development Administration grants coming to West Virginia, introducing the American Miners Act, and her primary challenger Allen Whitt.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Nov 18 2019

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2019 Veterans Day Special

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On this week's episode, we take a look a look at the issues that are important to veterans in West Virginia and the services offered to them in the Mountain State.

In segment 1, Tony O'Dell, an attorney for victims at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, gives an update on the investigation into the homicides and suspicious deaths.

In segment 2, Capt. James McCormick,  U.S. Army (Ret.), talks about the Clarksburg VA investigation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and issues impacting veterans in West Virginia.

In segment 3, Secretary of West Virginia Veterans Affairs Dennis Davis talks about the services available to veterans in West Virginia

In segment 4, President of AARP of West Virginia Rich Stonestreet talks about how November is National Family Caregivers Month and what resources they provide.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Nov 11 2019

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Opioid Lawsuits, VA Investigation Update, & New Jobs in West Virginia

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers and distributors, get an update on the investigation in the suspicious deaths at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, and learn more about the 100 tech jobs coming to West Virginia.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Oct 29 2019

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Update on RISE WV, the US-Mexico border, & United Way 211

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In this week's episode, we get an update on the RISE WV program, the situation at the US-Mexico border, and the United Way talks about its 211 resource.

In segment 1, Major General James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, gives an update on the RISE WV program and recovery from the 2016 floods.

In segment 2, Rabbi Victor Urecki, of the B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston, West Virginia, talks about his visit to the US-Mexico border, immigration reform, and refugees.

In segment 3, Barb Mallory, the West Virginia Statewide Director for United Way's 211, talks about the resources they have available going into the holiday season.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Oct 22 2019

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VA Investigation, Economic Outlook, & a New Candidate for Governor

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On this week's episode we take a look at the latest on the investigation into the Clarksburg VA Hospital, redesignating the New River Gorge National River, the economic outlook for West Virginia, and another Democrat announces their candidacy for Governor.

In segment 1, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango (D) discusses why he decided to run for Governor of West Virginia.

In segment 2, Rep. Carol Miller (R) discusses her first year in Congress, the bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, the latest on the investigation into the Clarksburg VA Hospital, and more.

In segment 3, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) gives her thoughts on the latest information on the investigation into the Clarksburg VA Hospital, broadband expansion in West Virginia, redesignating the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, and more.

In segment 4, Professor John Deskins from the WVU Chambers College of Business & Economics presents the Economic Outlook for West Virginia for 2020-2024.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Oct 15 2019

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West Virginia Education, Legislative Scorecard, and Childhood Cancer

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On this week's episode, we take a  look at some upcoming programs in schools in West Virginia, we talk to Americans for Prosperity-WV Chapter about their 2019 Legislative Scorecard, and we talk to a high school student and cancer survivor about working with Sen. Manchin.

In segment 1, West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice discusses the ongoing "Communities in Schools" Program

In segment 2, West Virginia Board of Education President Dave Perry discusses the boards "Statewide Listening Tour"

In segment 3, Jason Huffman, of Americans for Prosperity-WV Chapter discusses their 2019 Legislative Scorecard

In segment 4, Nick Spence, a student at George Washington High School and a cancer patient, talks about working with Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) on cancer issues.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp.

Oct 08 2019

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Hungarian Foreign Minister, a Candidate for Governor, and Jobs for previous Convicts

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On this week's episode, we talk to the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a State Senator who is running for governor, someone from the West Virginia Department of Education, and a State Delegate/Author.

In segment 1, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, talks about what brought him back to West Virginia and the similarity in West Virginia's and Hungary's economies.

In segment 2, West Virginia State Senator Ron Stallings (D-Boone) discusses why he decided to run for Governor and some of what his platform will be.

In segment 3, Jacob Green, the Special Assistant to the Chief Career and Technical Education Officer for the West Virginia Department of Education, talks 'Second Chance Job Fair' which brings employers together with people who were previously incarcerated and 'Jobs for Hope,' which is for people who previously had substance addictions.

In segment 4, Delegate Larry Rowe (D-Kanawha) talks about the importance of the salt industry in West Virginia and his new book "Virginia Slavery and King Salt in Booker T. Washington's Boyhood Home."

Oct 01 2019

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Opioids, Marijuana, and other drugs in West Virginia

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On this week's episode, we take a look at opioid manufacturer settlements, the state of medical marijuana, and how law enforcement is cracking down on illegal drugs in West Virginia.

In segment 1, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart talks about cracking down on drugs in the Mountain State.

In segment 2, Attorney Rusty Webb talks about opioid settlements and where they stand, when can West Virginia expect to see that cash.

In segment 3, West Virginia State Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) talks about the new revenue numbers, if they are concerning, and when will medical cannabis be available in West Virginia

In segment 4, Steve Mallory, a WOWK employee and a 2019 West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductee, and Tom Resler, Chair of the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, talk about the upcoming induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, W.Va.

For more Inside West Virginia Politics, go to wowktv.com/iwvp

Sep 24 2019

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I love politics, but I’ve always found it hard to keep up with West Virginia politics. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, thank you and keep up the good work!!