W.Va. expected to see nation’s strongest campaign finance reform bill in January
Selina Vickers, who is running for the District 32 seat, has pledged not to accept any corporate money. On Thursday, she and other candidates met with residents in Minden, a contaminated Fayette County neighborhood where a large number of residents report cancers, to pledge support for campaign finance reform.
The bill is part of West Virginia Can’t Wait, which aims to win a “people’s government” in West Virginia…
WV Can’t Wait candidates take next steps toward the November elections
By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel WV Can’t Wait, which united several Democrats, Republicans, Mountain Party members, libertarians and independents, saw more than 43 of its candidates win races on June 9, running on a populist platform to take on the good old…
Rosemary Ketchum makes history with election win in West Virginia
An openly transgender woman has made history in West Virginia with her election to city council. She says she’s proud of her state for bucking the stigma. Rosemary Ketchum, 26, was elected Wednesday to represent Ward 3 on the Wheeling City Council in West Virginia….
WV Can’t Wait’s Statement on Race
Every person in our state, and every state, deserves equal protection under the law and fair representation in government. We must fight racism and discrimination head on. Roughly three percent of West Virginians are Black. Yet, Blacks represent 12% of our state’s prison population (28%…
You don’t have to choose between jobs and safety. Just ask West Virginia
From The Guardian Living in West Virginia means getting used to crisis – mine explosions, chemical spills, floods. Today we are faced with a new crisis, a virus killing our people and threatening their livelihoods. But the story is the same. We’re stuck with politicians…
Smith Breaks Records with Best Fundraising Quarter Yet, After Strong Coronavirus Response
The Smith campaign, propelled by 3,189 donations, raised over $200,000 in the last three months, making Smith the top fundraiser for the quarter.
The “Inequality of Pain”
From The New Yorker: “It’s not just inequality of wealth or income; it’s also the inequality of pain,” Smith said. “The people who have the most bear the least, and the people who have the least bear the most. During a crisis, that is especially true.”
Candidate for WV Governor Stephen Smith on the Coronavirus
“In West Virginia, it’s in our blood to fight for each other, to come together in crisis. There’s no place I’d rather be right now than in this state, in this movement, with all of you.”
The People’s Platform Rises in West Virginia
Stephen Smith’s movement-based campaign has released the first of 32 bottom-up proposals to change the state. It includes a wealth tax. by David Dayen for The American Prospect December 30, 2019 What’s the most important election of 2020? Which one will have implications that endure…