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    West Virginia's 'Democrat' Guv Becomes a Republican (Again)

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    On today's BradCast, there's at least one place in the country where time seems to have stopped and Donald Trump remains wildly popular. But that place isn't Washington DC right now.

    Some Republicans in the US Senate are finally beginning to separate themselves from the historically unpopular President Trump and his similarly unpopular agenda. They've even taken steps to try and keep Trump from removing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and hiring someone willing to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the August Senate recess and thereafter.

    With Trump's approval ratings plummeting, even in Rightwing polls that Trump used to favorably cite (as recently as June), GOPers like Arizona's Senator Jeff Flake, whose own approval rating is now even lower than Trump's, are now hoping to distance themselves from the President, in Flake's case, even after recently voting with him to take health care away from tens of million of Americans.

    But not everyone is cutting ties with Trump. In fact, West Virginia's wealthiest man — and, not coincidentally, its newly-elected Governor and longtime coal baron — Jim Justice, changed his party affiliation this week from Democratic to Republican. And he announced it at a Donald Trump campaign rally on Thursday night. We're joined today by 9th generation West Virginian BOB KINCAID, host of Head-On Radio and President of Coal River Mountain Watch, to explain Justice's flip and why so many in the state still believe in Trump.

    "Jim Justice earned his money the old fashioned way — he inherited it," quips the always-colorful Kincaid, noting many more of the Governor's very Trump-like characteristics. Kincaid warned Democrats long ago about Justice, whose flip, he tells me, is "almost a killing stroke for the now-moribund West Virgina Democratic Party."

    "Trump's approval ratings may be in the toilet in the rest of the country, but they're not in the toilet here — this is still the Trumpiest place in the world." We also discuss the surprising votes by both of WV's US Senators (Republican Shelly Moore-Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin) during the Senate's recent attempt to repeal ObamaCare. ("Joe Manchin getting something right can be filed under 'even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then,'" the progressive Kincaid says. As to unseating him next year in a primary, he handicaps the odds, and details what would occur if it did, beginning with the phrase: "If pigs grew wings, and sheep were perched in trees, and leprechauns rode across the open plain on three-legged unicorns, and a progressive actually beat Joe Manchin in the primary…")

    Tune in for the always-delightful visit from our old friend and longtime Coal Country hero on all of that, and more, including an update from the front lines now that the pretend "War on Coal" is finally over and, as Trump will tell lie to you, tens of thousands of coal jobs have finally returned! Lastly today, Desi Doyen joins us for a shocking amount of encouraging news in our 799th(!) Green News Report, including several setbacks for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and a major oil company CEO who's now buying an electric car as he sees the world moving to renewable energy and the end quickly nearing for Big Oil.

    You can find Brad's previous editions here. And tune in to radio Sputnik five days a week.

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    electric vehicles, Healthcare, accountability, Climate Change, Oil, coal, environment, immigration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Republicans, Democrats, Jeff Flake, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Scott Pruitt, Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump, United States, West Virginia
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