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The Tragic World of West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.02.2017 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

This email says it all about the tragic world of West Virginia.

Are Union Leaders Richard Trumka and Cecil Roberts Murderers?

Laurence Leamer | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Trumka is an ambitious, smart man and it was unthinkable that he or other UMWA leaders would hire a contract killer as Blankenship suggests may have happened.

Two Lawyers Epic Struggle Goes On

Laurence Leamer | Posted 06.22.2013 | Home
Laurence Leamer

Don Blankenship, the chairman of Massey Energy, drove Hugh Caperton's Harman Mine into bankruptcy in 1998. Pittsburgh lawyers Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley took on Caperton's case on contingency and fought it with relentless tenacity.

Bruce Stanley's Got a Chip on His Shoulder

Laurence Leamer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Bruce Stanley's enraged that the legal and political system is his native state of West Virginia is so corrupt that the bad and the compromised often float to the top of the system while the true and the caring are just as often endlessly stymied.

Plugging a Weasel Hole in West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

In West Virginia, where the political system has failed the people, the courts have become the last refuge of justice. What then, when the state's highest court is a repository for the lowest political motives?

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Massey CEO Blankenship On Mine Disaster: No Regrets | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Don Blankenship, whose Upper Big Branch coal mine had been cited hundreds of times for safety violations before it blew up in April killing 29 workers...

Dan Froomkin

Upper Big Branch Disaster: Concern About Intimidation By Massey Prompts Mine Safety Investigators To Solicit Anonymous Tips | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Alarmed by reports that Massey Energy officials are intimidating miners and their families, the Department of Labor announced today that it is launchi...

Mountaintop Removal Redux: Bobby vs. Blankenship II

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

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In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition. 

Rocker Ted Nugent to Emcee Pro-Coal "Friends of America" Rally in West Virginia

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Cooper

Nugent, whose on-stage antics include wearing a loincloth and inviting President Obama to "suck on my machine gun" will emcee the event, which also inculdes Sean Hannity and Hank Williams Jr.

Coal CEO: "I've been around West Virginia long enough to know that politicians don't stay bought"

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Cooper

When it comes to cartoonish coal company eco-villians, no one fits the bill better than Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.