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 […]

Why Pittsburgh had two women’s marches: ‘Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional’

On top of a crate nestled in a small children’s wagon, they built their altar. In Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, black femmes honored their ancestors by laying down jewelry, photos and books — spraying them with water, rum, honey, and […]

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‘Dreamland’ author Sam Quinones: Appalachia was ‘the canary in our societal coal mine’ for opioids, Trump

Following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, data journalists, political analysts, armchair pundits and average voters all scrambled to find some way of explaining the Washington outsider and billionaire businessman’s surprise victory over favored Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Was it the turnout […]

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High school band is mixed on Trump but heads to inauguration

Welcome to the first installment of 100 Days, 100 Voices–a portrait series highlighting diverse voices across Appalachia during the first 100 days of the new administration. It’s fitting to kick off with the Frankfort High School Marching Band as they […]

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HuffPost editor: ‘Look to local news’ to understand Appalachia

There’s no singular reason the 2016 presidential election results turned out the way they did. But, within days of the results rolling in, much of the blame was pinned on the media for failing to accurately report the wants and […]

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Hello, world.

What is Appalachia, and why should you care? Since the election, media organizations from The Guardian to CNN to The Washington Post to the BBC have dropped into Appalachia in a quest to make sense of what, for many, seemed […]

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100 Days in Appalachia

Steve Rotsch retired from his post as the official photographer for the Office of the Governor of West Virginia in 2020 after spending decades off and on in the position. Over the course of his time on the job, Rotsch photographed five governors and some of the state's most memorable recent history. Photo:

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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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