Front Porch Politics: An Alabama Democrat’s Roadmap for Defeating Trumpism in Appalachia

You may not have felt it, but last week, Appalachia experienced a political earthquake. The epicenter is Huntsville, Alabama, where Democrat Marilyn Lands won a special election for the seat in Alabama House District 10. The seat was left open after  Republican David Cole resigned following his conviction for voter […]

W. Va. Bill Poses Legal Challenges for Faith-based Immigrant Services

Religious leaders say that a bill passed by the West Virginia House of Delegates this week could criminalize faith-based groups that provide assistance to undocumented immigrants. HB 5031 changes the definition of “human smuggling” in state code to transporting or harboring individuals who are known to be in the country […]

We ask a Muslim-Appalachian with Kurdish roots her response to Immigration ban

Sara Berzingi was born in Erbil, Iraq. Her family left Iraqi Kurdistan as refugees through operation Pacific Haven, which brought them to the United States in 1997. Sara and her family have called West Virginia home for a decade. She considers her […]

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Concerns over Trump agenda brings hundreds to gather outside of democrat retreat in West Virginia

Hundreds of protesters gathered across the street from the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown Thursday morning as United States Democratic Senators held their annual retreat inside. On Thursday morning, Harpers Ferry resident Cheryl Kemp joined some 250 people gathered outside the […]

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‘100 Days of US’ funds 25 community projects to start in first 100 days

Ryan Coon is a program officer with The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. He explained the ‘”100 Days of US” project. The Sprout Fund awarded $120,000 to 25 projects leading a civic response for the first 100 days […]

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Appalachia: You can’t get there from here

There are many competing and overlapping definitions of Appalachia. In the larger U.S. culture, the one birthed by local color fiction in late 19th Century popular national magazines struck root.  While this prototype has mutated, its many iterations still largely […]

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A community college president shares 10 things to do in the first 100 days

Dr. L. Marshall Washington, 47, is president of the New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, West Virginia. Washington was photographed in Lewisburg, West Virginia as part of a Martin Luther King celebration. Dr. Washington was the keynote speaker at […]

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What My Appalachian Roots Taught Me About Union Organizing

Growing up less than a mile away from the site of the 1892 Homestead strike in Pittsburgh, a steadfast union […]

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Photo: Marilyn Lands for State House District 10 via CNN Newsource

Front Porch Politics: An Alabama Democrat’s Roadmap for Defeating Trumpism in Appalachia

You may not have felt it, but last week, Appalachia experienced a political earthquake. The epicenter is Huntsville, Alabama, where […]

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Tyler Channell, 100 Days in Appalachia's web developer and lecturer in the Reed College of Media, leads the team through some audience analysis data. Photo: David Smith/100 Days in Appalachia

100 Days Hiring Digital Managing Editor

100 Days in Appalachia is seeking a knowledgeable, creative and motivated part-time digital managing editor to help shape the editorial […]

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100 Days Hiring Reporter to Cover Democracy and Politics

100 Days in Appalachia is seeking a knowledgeable and motivated contract reporter to cover democracy, voting access and impacts of […]

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Del. Ridenour (R-Jefferson) looks over legislation during the February 26, 2024, morning floor session in the House chamber. Photo: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography

W. Va. Bill Poses Legal Challenges for Faith-based Immigrant Services

Religious leaders say that a bill passed by the West Virginia House of Delegates this week could criminalize faith-based groups […]

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Megan Gandy, from Morgantown, West Virginia, began singing and playing guitar on her front porch for friends, family and her community through Facebook live. Photo: Kristen Uppercue/100 Days in Appalachia

Welcome to Front Porch Politics!

It was on the muddy banks of the Scioto River that Hillary Clinton’s electoral ship began sinking in 2016. At […]

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