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 […]

Black Lung benefits could be at risk for thousands of miners under ACA repeal

At the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic in Scarbro, West Virginia, oxygen tubes dangle from the noses of three miners slowly pedaling on stationary bikes.  All of these men have black lung – a disease caused by breathing in coal dust. Over […]

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For this gas industry worker, Trump is a ‘real dude’

Jimmy Palmer, 32, of Upshur County, West Virginia, works in the gas industry. Palmer ran a rig crew drilling for natural gas. Now he’s changing jobs to work at “the other end of it” where he manages the fluid coming […]

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Appalachian Trump and Clinton voters pick their causes to march for women

Alice Dilbeck, 58, of Harvest, Alabama is retired from the software solutions industry. She traveled to Ohio to work on the Hillary Clinton campaign.  After the election, Dilbeck was one of the local organizers for the Alabama chapter of the […]

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Postcards from Appalachians at the inauguration

For many, President Donald Trump’s Inauguration was a moment of celebration. For others, the event was a study in civics or a day of protest. We went to the National Mall to find Appalachians on this historic day. Moses Greenberg, 43, […]

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In Clay County, West Virginia, Trump’s inauguration brings hope of coal’s revival — even for youth

Tears of hope welled in the young eyes of Dakota Vaughan as he watched Donald Trump officially become the 45th President of the United States. “This has been five, six months in the coming. I’m ready,” Vaughn said. Anticipation built […]

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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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