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Powerful synthetic opioid poses risk to first responders

A powerful synthetic opiate created to sedate elephants has been increasingly found across the country and can be dangerous not only to those taking the drugs, but to anyone who comes in contact with it, including police officers and first responders. Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and caused

A crack in the wall: Joe Manchin reportedly will defy Dem filibuster on Gorsuch

That’s 53 votes for cloture. If you count Pat Leahy as a yes, even though he’s not firmly committed yet, it’s 54. Do I hear 55? CNN does: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) — “As I said last year when Judge Garland was nominated — and reiterated again when Judge Gorsuch was nominated — the

States Demand Supreme Court Uphold Election Integrity Measures

Edmund Kozak, 15 states file amicus brief supporting Ohio appeal of 6th Circuit Court voter roll ruling. Fifteen states have joined an Ohio-led challenge of a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that dubbed voter roll scrubbing processes unconstitutional. Fourteen states on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of Ohio’s petition with the Supreme Court. “When

West Virginia’s CON con

Colin McNickle, A battle royal has erupted in West Virginia. It pits free marketeers against monopolists. More precisely, it pits enlightened state lawmakers seeking to reduce barriers to better medical care against health care monopolists seeking to preserve market share at the expense of patients, particularly the poor. At the crux of the growing debate

FPI: Make Families Great Again? Data Is the Key

Wendy Warcholik, Editor’s note: This column was co-authored by J. Scott Moody, M.A. President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to “Make America Great Again.” An improvement in the well-being of families will be an important measuring stick with which to gauge his success. So, politicians in states like West Virginia, New Mexico, and

Government Waste: Frittering Away the Funds

Ed Feulner, I have good news for lawmakers looking to purge wasteful spending from the federal budget: It’s a target-rich environment out there. That’s not to say you won’t encounter pushback from special-interest groups bent on preserving their slice of the pie. But a quick tour of the latest “Wastebook” from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

West Virginia official who called Michelle Obama ‘ape in heels’ fired

The director of a West Virginia nonprofit agency who called first lady Michelle Obama “an ape in heels” in a Facebook post has been fired and the institution put under outside management, state officials said on Tuesday. Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp (CCDC), which provides services to poor and elderly residents,

Dems scramble to prevent their own from defecting to Trump

Senate Democrats have been scrambling to prevent two of their members from taking a post in the Trump administration, trying to prevent any defection that could bolster Republicans’ control of the chamber.  They recently launched a “full court press” to retain Sens. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, after each

Trump Democrats? 10 Senators Face Voters in 2018 in Red States

Donald Trump’s success in Congress for much of the agenda he campaigned on likely rests with 10 Senate Democrats facing re-election in 2018 in states he won. Many of those potential Trump Democrats said in interviews over the past two weeks that they want to find ways to work with the president-elect on issues like

Trump’s Cabinet Picks May Not Get Rubber-Stamped by Rand Paul

Donald Trump sits atop Republicans in Washington, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Senate will rubber-stamp everyone he picks for his Cabinet. While he can expect the Republican Senate to confirm the vast majority of his choices, the party’s narrow 52-48 edge and early infighting could slow or doom controversial ones. Senator Rand Paul of