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  •  Don't write off WV (6+ / 0-)

    Tennant can win.  The Kochs know it.  

    Wasn't that long ago WV was among the most loyal Democratic states - EVs to Carter in 1980 and Dukakis in 1988.  Part of the drift here is the decline of coal, which means the decline of jobs, and the right's successful exploitation of it.  But economic diversification is possible.  WV's location between booming areas like D.C., Central Ohio, and Louisville make it prime real estate for development of new ways besides the pick and shovel to make a dollar.  If we were smart and had a good national passenger rail system like Europe and japan, it's where we could put the roundhouse.  

    Shelley Moore Capuito (spelling?) is a great candidate for the Republicans, but don't underestimate Tennant.  Often in woman versus woman contests in red states we lose, mostly because our nominees tend to be more like Jane Fonda and less like Michelle Bachmann.  While, Moore Capuito's father was a former Governor (1960s?) that may work against her given the economic distress of the region.  People tend to not want to vote for the grown up little girl who had the silver spoon.    

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:50:56 AM PDT

    •  Good passenger rail would bump up WV's (2+ / 0-)
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      tourism in a big way.  The state is beautiful and can remain so with a pumped up tourist industry that would allow more WVirginians to work above ground, especially important with the return of black lung disease.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:00:20 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        Went once and it was wonderful.  Harper's Ferry is beautiful.

        Had one ex-son-in-law from hinterlands near Charleston.  He went AWOL from the Army to be with his pregnant wife.  Not a bad guy, just rough around the edges.  They got their tongues pierced together and he fell at the piercing place and broke his jaw so he had to come back and do it another day.  They called him "the broken jaw guy."  She went back to WV with him awhile but couldn't hack it.  She's too modernistic to step back in time that far.  

        Professor in my grad school was Tamil from Madras, India.  He came to UWV as Fullbright Scholar.  They wanted him to stay in Morganton but Fullbrights are supposed to go back, so Robert Byrd intervened to help him stay.  They said "Fullbrights are supposed to help underdevoped countries."  Byrd said, "West Virginia IS an undeveloped country."  He stayed.  He was a very dark-skinned "Untouchable" and his first day in Morgantown (around 1955) he was refused service in a local bakery.  He told 'em he was Indian and they said, "We don't care.  Get out anyway."  Great guy.  

        The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

        by Kangaroo on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 12:57:58 PM PDT

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