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By Steven Allen Adams

for The Intelligencer

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, announced a path forward on a modest proposal for a package of gun safety measures meant to curb potential for future mass shootings.

Manchin, D-W.Va., announced in a joint statement Sunday morning that the bipartisan working group, consisting of Democratic and Republican U.S. Senators, have come to an agreement on several items that can be put into a bill and placed before the full Senate for consideration.

“Today, we are announcing a common sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” Manchin said in the joint statement. “Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities.”

By Autumn Shelton

WV Press News Sharing

Casting your ballot for the best candidate is normally the biggest question for a voter during an election.

However, during May’s primary election in West Virginia, some voters … and no one is certain how many … faced another question: Where do I cast my ballot?

Following the 2020 Census, West Virginia addressed redistricting, which changed voting maps and voting precincts for many residents. Among other issues, the redistricting effort involved the creation of 100 single-member State Delegate districts and new State Senate districts in nine counties.

Unfortunately, many voters were not informed their precincts had changed and some showed up at the wrong polling location on election day.

Father’s Day is coming one more time and you still have a chance at having a great family.

Fathers like most all people have good days and bad days. They have great seasons of life and some that are more difficult. Few fathers will look back over their lives and say, “Every day I was a perfect dad.” Some days were better than others.

We all feel bad about the seasons of our lives when we had to work too much. Working all the time depletes energy we would prefer to spend on our families. The problem is that like most fathers we want to keep a roof over our heads and food in the refrigerator. Making car payments, house payments, and all the basic things of life typically keep most dads and moms very busy.

Even in a home filled with love and patience the average dad lives a juggling life. He is pulled between work, kid’s ballgames, meeting the needs of his wife and housework. Add to this school meetings, homework, fishing, piano lessons, family events, all while trying to maintain and add to his career.

In the wake of the leaked draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade and holding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, there’s been a tidal wave of commentary on the Court’s politicization.

Much of it recently has come from the left or from abortion-rights advocates, arguing that the Court has fallen prey to the same partisanship and polarization that have marked American politics in recent decades.

It’s entirely possible that this alarm over the Court’s drift is simply a measure of the level of scrutiny its decisions have come in for.

Certainly, over the course of my career I’ve seen rising public interest in what the Court does and how it affects American social and political life as the justices have rendered controversial decisions that touch on the most intimate aspects of Americans’ lives, from contraception and abortion to gay marriage, and on the workings of American politics in a divided age—I’m thinking particularly of the Citizens United decision and Bush v. Gore, though a series of redistricting decisions also come to mind.

By Sean O’Leary - Senior Political Analyst West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy

This fall, West Virginians will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to give the state legislature the authority to exempt most business personal property and personal vehicles from the property tax, potentially costing local governments hundreds of millions in lost revenue.

Property tax levies (including excess and bond levies) provide critical revenue for local services in nearly every community in the state.

Currently, 44 of West Virginia’s 55 school districts, 30 of the state’s 55 county governments, and 57 municipalities have excess levies in place. In addition, 20 school districts have active bond levies.

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