West Virginia

In Conservative West Virginia, Clean Water Trumps Government Overreach
February 24, 2014

No matter their politics, West Virginians want their water regulated. 

A Power Plant Spilled Coal Into a North Carolina River, and No One Knows What to Believe
February 07, 2014

The water quality in Sochi’s hotels has been making headlines lately, but that’s nothing compared to what thousands of Americans are experiencing after two recent chemical spills.

West Virginia Can't Get Its Story Straight on the Chemical Spill
January 22, 2014

Over the weekend, West Virginia authorities lifted the last remaining tap-water ban in effect since a January 9 chemical spill at the Freedom Industries plant in Charleston contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people.

House GOP Assails Clean Water Act as West Virginians Go Without Clean Water
January 14, 2014

As West Virginia’s residents were being warned away from their water, the majority party in Congress was trying to prop the door open for another disaster.

Did John Boehner Take Money from the Company Behind the West Virginia Spill?
January 14, 2014

UPDATE: We reported in the story below that Speaker of the House John Boehner received $5,000 in donations last year from Doug Simmons, the vice president of sales and marketing at Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the recent chemical l

Why So Many West Virginians Relied on Water from the Elk River: Industry Already Polluted the Others
January 13, 2014

Sixteen percent of West Virginia's population was stranded by the chemical spill. But just a decade ago, the number would have been far smaller.

A Hard Film to Swallow
July 10, 2013

The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch.

The Democrats' 2016 Contenders Are Betting on Gun Control
January 14, 2013

Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?

Jay Rockefeller's Retirement Isn't As Bad For Democrats As You Think
January 12, 2013

When West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller announced this morning that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014, political commentators immediately downgraded Democrats' chances of holding his Senate seat. Politico wrote that Rockefeller’s retirement put the seat in deeply conservative “in play,” while The Fix’s Sean Sullivan said that Rockefeller’s retirement "boosted" Republican hopes.

Gun Politics Can Change. They Have Before.
December 17, 2012

Why do so many people in Washington think it will be impossible to tighten gun control?