Tag: Politics

The Number of White Nationalist Groups in Appalachia Is Rising — and the Surge Could Have Implications for Democracy

The number of white nationalist groups operating in Appalachia has increased, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The rise coincides with a national surge of far-right, anti-government and anti-LGBTQ+ groups, which the SPLC warns could undermine democracy heading into the 2024 presidential election.  “With a […]

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's dog has become a political prop in his tenure. Babydog, as its named, is now immortalized in a mural in the Capitol rotunda. Photo: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography

WV Capitol Renovation Oversight Skirted for Years. Now, a Babydog Mural is in its Historic Seat of Government

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter On West Virginia’s 161st birthday, Gov. Jim Justice came to the Capitol Rotunda to unveil four historical murals first envisioned by […]

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Front Porch Politics: ‘White Rural Rage’ Gives Voice to My Rage as a Rural Leftist

How can a book be filled with broad generalizations, cynical misrepresentations, and ill-defined parameters — yet still feel true?  I’ve been grappling with that question ever since reading “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy.” Published earlier this year, authors Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman argue that rural America […]

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Not Just Coastal Elites: Here’s How Three Rust Belt Colleges Protested Israel’s War in Gaza

Originally published on June 2, 2024. Republished with permission from The Intercept, an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Sign up for The Intercept’s Newsletter. Much of the national conversation around student protests against Israel’s war on Gaza has centered on elite […]

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Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my freshman year at Western Kentucky University. I held this position for three semesters before concentrating on my role in the Student Government Association.  In my capacity as the SGA Director […]

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