Have more urgent questions that are not listed below? Please add them in the comments.
Open letter to Cenk Uygur
I’m a West Virginia progressive running for state office, and I’m super excited about Paula Jean Swearengin‘s campaign to be our US senator: WV deserves better, far better, than Senator Joe Manchin. So it was with great interest this morning that I saw Manchin had requested you all at TYT interview him. I understand you’ve scheduled an interview for Tuesday, July 11. As a West Virginian, I’d like to suggest some possible questions—things about which West Virginians deserve to hear answers—REAL answers…
I know you’ll be asking him about things like the $15 minimum. I’m hopeful you’ll also be able to call him out on the way he’s failed West Virginians so terribly. I’m writing because you can try to hold his feet to the fire in a way we can’t. I’ve been to Manchin town halls, but in that setting no one person can really spend two hours pressing him individually, demanding answers rather than his usual deflections. That means Manchin can simply sidestep or give non-answers and move on to the next person.
We deserve real representation. I’m sick unto death of having our representatives stand up for industry, but not for people.
Here are my 12 urgent questions for Manchin:
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure West Virginians don’t pay disproportionate costs. She wants to make sure companies are paying their fair share.
Paula Jean Swearengin understands the necessity of access to clean water.
Paula Jean Swearengin is not taking money from SuperPACs.
Paula Jean Swearengin will be standing up for West Virginia voters, not big donors.
Paula Jean Swearengin won’t be bought by big pharma; she’s going to actually fight the opioid addiction crisis here in WV.
Paula Jean Swearengin is the daughter of a coal miner who understands that there’s actually a corporate War on Miners—and she’s going to fight to protect our communities from Coal Barons.
Paula Jean Swearengin has been fighting for clean water for years. In fact, she’s been fighting Manchin for clean water for years.
Paula Jean Swearengin will work to make sure we can transition to renewables so hard-working miners and gas-oil workers will have access to good jobs and a bright future in our small towns and rural communities.
Paula Jean Swearengin understands that we don’t have to trade our safety for good jobs, and she is out here talking to—and fighting for—the people who live here.
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure this can never happen again, not to coal miners—not to anyone.
Paula Jean Swearengin knows miners have powered our country with their blood and lives. She wants to make sure it’s more expensive for companies to ignore safety regulations and put miners at risk than it is to pay token safety fines and put workers and communities at risk.
Paula Jean Swearengin knows what 99% of us live like; she understands the struggle. She understands that the system is rigged to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich, and she’s going to fight to make sure our properties are protected.
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure West Virginians aren’t poisoned or driven out of their homes by greedy corporate executives who are willing to inflict risks on others, but not in their own communities.
I really want someone to actually stand up for the people who live here, so those are my baker’s dozen questions. They’re the concerns of the folks who actually live out here in the area Manchin is claiming to represent. Yes, these are the concerns of my rural, red district, too. It’s not Manchin’s job, by the way, to find a middle ground or compromise between what’s good for citizens and what’s good for industry. It’s his job to represent citizens. PERIOD. We need business and industry, of course. But we’re not here to be sacrificed to the corporate bottom line so Manchin can pocket campaign donations. That’s just not what we hired him to do
So ask Manchin… why in the world would West Virginia be interested in having him as our senator rather than Paula Jean Swearengin? Paula Jean 2018! She’ll actually represent US.
Holler from the Hollers!
West Virginians… do you have any other questions for Manchin? Please add them in the comments below. I can’t promise Cenk will ask them, but fingers crossed he’ll hear us hollering!
I’d love to know: Have any of his colleagues signed that farcical pledge?
Did he draft it and sign it himself so that he can avoid criticizing his Republican colleagues for their attempts to gut healthcare?
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Why is he even hesitating to oppose Trumpcare? And if he does lend his support to it despite knowing how devastating it would be for West Virginians (even those who don’t yet realize that and support anything to remove Obamacare), why would anyone, Democrat, Progressive, Independent or Republican, support him? Can he make a promise now to definitively oppose the new bill?
I believe he intends to oppose that, at least. Heavens help us if he doesn’t.
Great questions Lissa! Go get him Cenk!!!! I LOVE to see him squirm…would love some good answers to those questions too 🙂
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This is a great list of questions. Let’s see if the slime ball, answers a single one of them.
Lacy and Franz
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I have never read such a bunch of sideways statements. The county is full if hate misstatements. Do your research, state things in a precise. Fox, Sinclair and such do enough inaccurate for the state.
Doubtful that this will be published. If so please let the world know you fibbed. WV has many beautiful healthy streams to visit and play in. There is proof for each and every one of the 12, but doubtful that you care. So very disappointed that those who say how much they care, cuts the state down with every breath.
I shared links to all of this information. If you see the underlined text in the copy above, when you click on that, it will take you to information about what I’ve said. Make sense? For instance, here again is the link to the current WV fish consumption advisories. If you don’t have enough time to read all the text there, just scroll down to the very first table where it gives the advisories for “All waters in West Virginia.” You can scroll down to the second table to see more stringent advisories in certain very polluted streams. So, for example, while it’s safe to eat up to one portion a month of striped bass in most streams, it’s DO NOT EAT in the Kanawha River. It’s too polluted to eat even a single striped bass caught out of that river. Tragic, right?
Everything I’ve said here is supported with facts. Scroll down Feel free to go through the links. Remember, to visit a link, click on the underlined text.
One last thing: it’s important to understand that just because information conflicts with what you think, that doesn’t make it false. What that should inspire is some moments of thought, some consideration of whether or not you’re completely informed about these issues. Please don’t let people fool you for their own enrichment. Your vote is a powerful thing. Don’t let them cheat you into giving it where it’s not deserved.