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West Virginia to give away guns and trucks in COVID-19 ‘vaccination incentive lottery’

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has joined the ranks of governors who are incentivizing people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by conducting a lottery where only inoculated residents may participate.

But the state is setting itself apart by offering an array of prizes beyond cash, including firearms and trucks.

What are the details?

Gov. Justice announced during a media briefing that the lottery will launch on the state’s upcoming 158th birthday on June 20, where a handful of West Virginians will become millionaires, and other winners will receive getaways to West Virginia state parks, customized pick-up trucks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and even custom rifles and shotguns. The drawings will go through Aug. 4.

The Republican noted that to become eligible, residents must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally, all West Virginians ages 16-35 who have been fully vaccinated may register to receive either $100 savings bond or $100 gift card. Students ages 12 to 25 will also be eligible to win one of two full, four-year scholarships for any institution in the state, The Hill reported.

“There are going to be so many wonderful prizes that you can win, it will blow you away,” Gov. Justice said. “We are going to make a few West Virginians millionaires before this is over. Some people will win trucks and scholarships and on and on, but we’ve got to get you vaccinated first.”

“Not only are a bunch of people going to win all kinds of great stuff, but, by getting vaccinated, it’ll protect your life and it’ll protect your family and friends all around you,” he went on to say, adding, “Save a life; change your life.”

Justice also brought his beloved bulldog, Babydog, into his conference last week to urge West Virginians to get the COVID-19 shots. “If you won’t do it for me, if you won’t do it for your family, you’ve got to get vaccinated for Babydog,” the governor said. “She wants you vaccinated so badly.”

Gov. Justice holds press briefing on COVID-19 response – May 27, 2021

Anything else?

Forbes noted that West Virginia is not alone in offering gun-related incentives for getting vaccinated, reporting that “Illinois has also set up a mobile vaccination site at a shooting range in the state and is giving away 100 free targets to anyone who gets the vaccine there.”

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As the nation’s fight over reopening schools wages on, West Virginia Legislature advances major school choice bills

School freedom is advancing in the state of West Virginia this week as major legislation to expand school choice passed through the lower house of the state Legislature.

The Republican-controlled House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill to expand the number of charter schools that could be approved in the state in a three-year period from three to 10. The bill passed 66-32, with all Democratic delegates opposing the legislation. On Thursday, legislation creating education savings accounts was approved by the House of Delegates in a 60-29 vote.

These education savings accounts, known as the “Hope Scholarship,” would permit parents to use their tax dollars for education expenses like private school tuition, home tutoring, testing aids, and other permitted education expenses. Republicans approved an amendment to the legislation that would make nearly every school-age child eligible for an education savings account by 2026, opening the program to a maximum 22,000 students at a cost of $101 million.

“We’re a diverse state. We have different geographic regions that have different needs,” Delegate Joe Ellington, a Republican and the charter school bill’s chief sponsor, told the Associated Press. “This just gives opportunity. If people don’t want to take advantage of that opportunity, they don’t have to. So it’s strictly voluntary.”

Charter schools were legalized during a special session of the West Virginia Legislature in 2019, after intense statewide protests by teachers unions opposing the bill. This year, however, school choice advanced speedily with the support of Republican supermajorities in the legislature.

Under current law, county school boards may authorize applications to create a charter school. So far there are no charter schools in West Virginia and only one application to create a charter school has been submitted to the school boards in Monongalia and Preston counties. That application was rejected, and there is a lawsuit against the state Department of Education over the decision.

The charter school expansion bill would create the West Virginia Professional Charter School Board to review and authorize charter school applications in addition to the county boards. It would also allow each of Virginia’s 55 counties to approve the creation of a fully online virtual charter school, which would be allowed to enroll up to 10% of public school students.

Democrats opposing charter school expansion and the creation of education savings accounts say permitting parents to use their tax dollars to send their kids to private or religious schools will detract from state funding for public schools. They also raised concerns about the cost of the legislation after Republicans expanded the education savings accounts bill.

“The price tag just went right through the roof,” Delegate Larry Rowe (D) said of the Hope Scholarship’s $101 million price tag. “It is an unbelievable amount of money to be voting here in a simple amendment on the floor for the first time to be completely changing the nature of this program.”

Last month West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed an executive order to begin reopening public and private schools that had closed down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers unions sued to block schools from reopening, but Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled against the unions and refused to block reopening plans from the state board of education.

Under the reopening plan, pre-K, elementary and middle schools will be open for in-person instruction in all West Virginia counties for four or five days per week. Alternatively, school districts can opt for a hybrid reopening plan that permits schools to open at least two days per week until all their teachers are fully vaccinated. High schools may also reopen in all counties except those designated as high risk for COVID-19 spread by the Department of Health and Human Resources County Alert System.

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Horowitz: West Virginia Republicans have become as fascist as San Francisco Democrats

Thomas Jefferson regarded urban areas as “as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man” and looked to rural America for “more health, virtue and freedom.” Under his vision, one would expect no greater beacon of freedom than the official Mountain State of West Virginia, but the perfidious Republican Party has managed to turn one of the most rural parts of the country into the tyranny of San Francisco — with masks, child abuse in school, and closure of struggling businesses.

Living in Maryland during this period of totalitarian COVID fascism, just a short drive from West Virginia’s panhandle, I found myself longingly casting my gaze westward to settle in what appeared to be a nice red state. “West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads.” After all, every elected state official is a Republican, no Democrat has carried a single county in a presidential election since 2008, and Republicans control the Senate 23-11 and the House 77-23.

Then, my bubble was burst last September when a listener of my podcast informed me that West Virginia has the same diabolical mask mandate, criminalization of businesses, and abuse of children at school as Maryland does. In fact, Gov. Jim Justice even used Cuomo’s line about “if a mask just saves one life …” He believes one human being breathing normally is risking another person’s life. That is perhaps the most diabolical thing a politician can say.

Well, Governor, Cuomo quite literally has not saved even one life!

Just how out of touch are elected Republicans with their voters? The listener, who just recently moved to Putnam County, West Virginia, from Virginia for freedom, told me that her children in this Trump+43 county are forced to wear masks for 7 hours straight, including during PE and recess. Another listener from Boone County, which Trump carried by 53 points, informed me that businesses are being forced to inform on each other and are eventually charged with misdemeanors by the health department. The health department of this Trump+53 county has put into place a “three strikes and you’re out” system for businesses caught not enforcing the mask mandate. A number of counties in the northern part of the state still don’t have full in-person instruction.

One of the first acts of Speaker Roger Hanshaw in the first legislative session since Justice’s tyranny, rather than countermanding the governor’s inhumane, illogical, and illegal orders, was to order mask-wearing (HR 5) on the floor of the West Virginia legislature, just like in California.

A bipartisan group of legislators are pushing a bill (HB 2003) to limit emergency declarations to 60 days, a very generous period of time without legislative input. Yet Jim Justice still thinks that is infringing upon his monarchical powers. “I’m going to go back to something my dad taught me a long, long time ago, and said, ‘If it’s working, don’t fix it.’ The bottom line is, it’s worked,” said Justice. “And it’s not only worked, it’s worked unbelievable.”

Take a look at the curve, which shows that the masks did nothing, and the state had the same late fall/early winter curve as every other place on the face of the planet.

He did such a good job with his lockdown policies that … they coincidentally happened to follow the same natural curve as neighboring states with a similar climate.

This man is taking the starting point and the end point of the virus, all the while forgetting that the cases went up 1,800% long after all of his insanity was in place and only went down afterwards once the seasonal spread was over, as was the case in every single state and every country around the world! Some maskers suggest that mask mandates only work if they were in place early when cases were low. Well, that is exactly what happened in West Virginia!

The West Virginia legislature is in its second week in session. Conservatives are asleep at the wheel. Republicans have a 2-1 majority in the Senate and a 3.5-1 majority in the House, and incidentally, they only need 51% to override the governor’s veto. This should be an easy time to either force these Republicans to become Republicans or expose them in front of their voters as the closet Democrats they really are. The governor himself only switched parties once he realized how much his state loved Trump.

On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee originally accepted an amendment to HB 2003 by Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, to clarify that the 60-day limitation the legislature wants to place on emergency declarations applies “to any state of emergency or state of preparedness currently in effect.” But then on Monday, the committee reversed course and stripped it out! Ironically, it was Democrat lawmakers who cried foul about this former Democrat-turned-RINO governor becoming a king. “[The bill] made somebody upset in the executive office, the old king himself,” said House Minority Whip Shawn Fluharty in response to the second vote. “So we came back in here, and we’re reneging on promises made to our constituents.”

How is it that in a state Trump carried by a margin of 68%-29%, conservatives can’t even pressure 51% of a 3.5-1 majority to oppose this governor who is indistinguishable from Gavin Newsom in California? Well, because the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is none other than Moore Capito, the son of the very liberal U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito. He used the fact that the committee room needed to be cleaned for the virus to host the next committee as a means of moving on from debate. “We’re in the middle of an unforeseen and very, very novel and dangerous pandemic right now,” said Del. Moore Capito in defending his rush to pass the bill without teeth. “I think it’s important that we move forward with the bill the way it’s drafted.”

Again, who needs Democrats when we have Republican leaders just as passionately promoting the illogical premises behind their most destructive and unconstitutional policies?

This is why conservatives need to shift their focus from national politics to state and local politics while building a patriot infrastructure at the county level to hold phony Republicans accountable. Unless we get organized in red states to make them red again, Jefferson will roll over in the grave watching rural states adopt the same pestilence to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man as the large cities.

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State lawmaker joined Capitol siege — and livestreamed himself hooting, hollering as he entered building. Now colleagues want him gone.

A West Virginia Republican lawmaker livestreamed himself hooting and hollering while taking part in Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol — and now his colleagues from both parties want him gone, the Associated Press reported.

What are the details?

State Del. Derrick Evans wore a helmet as he and other supporters of President Donald Trump pushed their way inside the building, the AP said, citing the now-deleted video.

But the video is still readily available on the internet. In the portion of the video below, Evans yelled at one point, “Trump! Trump! Woooo!” He apparently added in another clip that doesn’t show his face, “The door’s cracked! Yes! We’re going in! … They’re in! They’re in! They’re in!”

And as a shield blocked the rioters’ way inside, Evans apparently can be heard chanting, “Move! Move!”

West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans Records Himself Storming U.S. Capitol

The AP said video also showed Evans imploring others to not vandalize artwork and busts inside the grand Capitol Rotunda, where historic paintings depict the republic’s founding.

“Our house!” Evans yelled inside the Capitol halls, the outlet added. “I don’t know where we’re going. I’m following the crowd.”

More from the AP:

Evans, a vocal conservative activist with more than 30,000 followers on Facebook, has not publicly posted on social media since issuing a statement Wednesday that he attended the events as an “independent member of the media to film history.” He took his Twitter account private late Wednesday and didn’t respond to emailed questions.

What did Evans’ colleagues have to say?

Roger Hanshaw, the Republican speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, told the outlet Wednesday night that Evans will need to “answer to his constituents and colleagues” for his actions.

The AP also said Democratic leadership called for his prosecution, and about 40,000 people signed a petition on asking for Evans’ removal. The chairwoman of the state GOP, Melody Potter, declined to answer questions about Evans, the outlet noted.

What did Evans’ attorney have to say?

Attorney John Bryan is representing Evans and told the AP that his client will not resign despite a bipartisan effort to expel him.

“He committed no criminal act that day,” Bryan said in a Thursday statement, the outlet noted. “At no point was Mr. Evans located in the crowd on the West side of the (Capitol) building, nor anywhere else on the Capitol grounds, where violence and destruction of property was, or had been, occurring,” the AP said.

But two U.S. Attorneys in West Virginia noted to the outlet in a statement that they are in touch with attorneys in other states and are “prepared to enforce the Rule of Law and the laws of these United States.”

More from the AP:

Like several other political first-time winners in November’s West Virginia elections, Evans swept aside a Democratic rival to win his seat representing Wayne County. High GOP turnout credited to Trump elevated down-ballot Republicans in the state and gave the party a statehouse supermajority.

Anything else?

Lawmakers from other states attended Wednesday’s pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., which stood in opposition to the election of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, the outlet said.

More from the AP:

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano said he helped organize a bus ride to the demonstrations but left the U.S. Capitol area after the eruption of violence, which he called “unacceptable.” The top Democrat in the Pennsylvania Senate, and eight of his colleagues, want him to resign, saying his actions and words disputing the election’s integrity encouraged a coup attempt and inspired the people behind it.

Tennessee state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver said Wednesday night that it had been an “epic and historic day.” The Republican lawmaker told The Tennessean she was “in the thick of it” but hadn’t seen any violence. Weaver did not respond to emailed questions from The Associated Press about whether she entered the Capitol.

Incoming Nevada state Assemblywoman Annie Black, a Republican, said she marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol, where she saw men on megaphones revving the crowd to storm the security barrier. She said she retreated to avoid being associated with the mob.

“We all had a choice when that fence came down,” she said, according to the outlet. “Whether it was our group that incited that to happen or another group, every single person had the choice to make.”

Republican Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem posted photos of himself attending the protest outside the Capitol, the AP said. Finchem’s office told the outlet he observed from afar, yet liberal groups in the state want him expelled for backing the effort to overturn the election, the outlet added.

More from the AP:

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase, an outspoken Trump supporter who is running for governor, attended the president’s rally Wednesday in which Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol. Chase said in a Facebook video that she left near the end of the rally on the advice of her security team, and there is no indication she was part of the group that stormed the Capitol.

Republican state Reps. David Eastman of Alaska and Justin Hill of Missouri both said they went to Washington to object to the Electoral College votes of several states confirming Biden’s election, but didn’t participate in the demonstrations.

Hill said the Trump rally was “very peaceful,” the outlet reported.

“But what I saw at the Capitol was not the same people,” he added. “I wasn’t there rallying troops to overthrow the government.”

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Survival camps to activate, open for members on Nov. 3 over fears of post-election violence

Due to growing fears of violence that could break out after the presidential election, a chain of survival communities will activate and open to members for the first time on Election Day, Reuters reported.

What are the details?

Fortitude Ranch camps in West Virginia and Colorado will open Nov. 3 to protect members, the outlet noted, citing the company’s October newsletter. In addition, Fortitude Ranch expects possible “looting and violence” that could turn into clashes that spread far and wide and last a long time — and that’s whether Republican President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the election, Reuters added.

“This will be the first time we have opened for a collapse disaster, though it may end up not being so,” Fortitude Ranch CEO Drew Miller told the outlet in emailed statement. “We consider the risk of violence that could escalate in irrational, unpredictable ways into widespread loss of law and order is real.”

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More from Reuters:

Fortitude Ranch set up its first camp in West Virginia in 2015 and has two more in Colorado. For an annual fee of around $1,000, members can vacation at camps in good times, and use them as a refuge in the event of a societal collapse. Members are required to own either a rifle or shotgun to defend the communities. The company does not disclose membership numbers.

U.S. security officials have warned that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to the presidential election, citing rising political tensions, civil unrest and foreign disinformation campaigns. FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos said threats by domestic extremists to election-related targets will likely increase in the run-up to the election.

The outlet added that anxiety over a disputed or undecided presidential election has spiked interest in the “prepper” movement, whose adherents make sure life’s necessities and adequate protection are at the ready should such things we count on daily disappear in the event a natural disaster or other catastrophes occur.

Here’s a look at Fortitude Ranch in Colorado when it was taking shape last year:

A doomsday ‘prepper’ is bringing his sanctuary ranch to Colorado

‘These are people who are smartly concerned, who want some insurance’

Fortitude Ranch was profiled in a National Public Radio story in February, as was Miller — a Harvard Ph.D. and former military intelligence officer with 30 years of experience.

And he knows all about the prepper stereotypes — many of which he said stem from television shows such as the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers — and rejects them, NPR said.

“These are people who are smartly concerned, who want some insurance so that if the electric system goes down, a pandemic occurs, you know, they can survive,” he told the outlet.

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In addition, he told NPR that Fortitude Ranch markets to the middle class, given what the outlet called its “spartan” amenities. But on the other hand, NPR also couldn’t help but notice the “secluded, wild, and scenic places” where the Fortitude Ranch communities are located.

And then there are more practical considerations, the outlet noted:

If the structures of society crumble, Miller envisions each Fortitude Ranch location as a protected community of about 50 people, up to a maximum of 500. Initially, there will be supplies and food on-site to last a full year. However, once members fall into a routine of gardening, hunting and fishing in the adjacent national forest, Miller said, it should be sustainable in the long term.

Fortitude Ranch currently has about 150 paying members nationwide. Growth in the prepper industry is slow, Miller said, but all it takes is one big scare for his open membership spots to sell out.

As worries spread about coronavirus, plus the recent announcement that the Doomsday Clock has ticked closer than it ever has to midnight, Miller may yet find that there are even business opportunities in the apocalypse.

“I don’t have to ask my members for permission to do things,” he told NPR. “[My staff and I] set the rules, run the show, and we’ve got the expertise to make sure that we can survive the worst disaster.”

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Democrat-turned-Republican West Virginia governor signs ‘born alive’ bill into law: ‘An absolute no-brainer as far as I’m concerned’

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice — who was elected as a Democrat but later switched to the Republican Party — signed a bill into law Monday that protects babies who are born following attempted abortion procedures.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which penalizes physicians who don’t provide the newborn baby medical care, moved through the state’s House and Senate with near unanimous support before reaching the governor’s desk.

“This is an absolute no-brainer as far as I’m concerned,” Gov. Justice said. “I’ve said for a long time, even back before I took office as governor, that I would support measures like this because every human life — born or unborn — is precious and truly a gift from God.”

What’s the background?

West Virginia’s newly signed law is nearly identical to the federal “born-alive” bill that was blocked by 41 Democratic senators in a vote on Capitol Hill last week.

The legislation, both in West Virginia and in D.C., came in response to comments by Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam last year that indicated an openness to abortions after birth, or infanticide.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said while discussing a controversial state-level abortion bill in a radio interview last year. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Pro-life lawmakers took Northam’s comments and the surrounding discussion as a sign that the Democratic Party had moved radically to the left on the abortion issue, and that further protections needed to be made.

‘It’s just common sense’

“If I had my way, I would stand up here and say I stand for life in all cases, all the time,” Gov. Justice said in a ceremonial bill signing at the state Capitol. “It’s unbelievable that we even have to go through this process for something that seems like it’s just common sense. But, at the same time, we should be really proud that we’re defending the lives of our most vulnerable.”

“So today we’re going to put a stake in the sand that says for us, for us at least, we stand for life and we stand for the right stuff,” he added.

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Uphold the Constitution, Bring Our Troops Home

Some sixteen hundred years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies under King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shockwaves throughout the Western world, triggering Saint Jerome to lament that it was like “the bright light of all the world was put out.”

Contrary to popular belief, no climactic battle preceded the fall of Rome. In fact, for years beforehand, Alaric and his Visigoths had already gone on a rampage up and down the entire Italian Peninsula, ravaging the countryside as they pleased – virtually unchecked and unchallenged. By the time this band of Gothic ruffians actually arrived at the gates of Rome, it seems that they simply walked into town.

All of this relentless chaos raises a question: Just where exactly were the famous Roman legions to stop them? In one of the curious mysteries of fifth-century history, nobody really knows the particulars for sure. But one thing is certainly known – the Roman army was conspicuously missing in action. Decades of waging one expensive war after the next – its forces spread thin across the outposts of a vast frontier – Rome’s depleted military started to disintegrate.

Many of these same conceptual conditions that led to the fall of Rome persist here and now in the United States. Our overextended military, constantly bogged down in new foreign wars, is straining the nation’s finances – while at the same time, pushing many of our battle-weary men and women in uniform to the breaking point.

Something has to give.

In an effort to reverse course, for years now, I have introduced a bill in Charleston (West Virginia) that would prohibit our state’s National Guard units from being sent overseas into combat without an official Declaration of War from the U.S. Congress. For just as the Roman civilization experienced a breakdown, so too has our American way of life.

Ours does not entail literal barbarians at the gates, but rather, in a more abstract fashion, the collapse of constitutional law. And perhaps nowhere is this radical failure in our rule of law more obvious – with more disastrous results – than with the issue of perpetual, institutionalized warfare.

“Congress shall have power to declare war.” One modest line, but a provision our Founding Fathers carefully constructed. This section in the Constitution gives to the legislature – and not the executive branch – the exclusive right to decide when this country goes to war and when it does not.

With this war powers clause, there can be little doubt of our Founders’ intentions, for this can be easily understood from their own words. Of these, none are better than those written by the Father of the Constitution himself, President James Madison:

“The Constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly, with studied care, vested the question of war to the legislature.”

Regrettably, it has now been over 75 years since our Congress voted to pass a Declaration of War, and after suffering nearly two decades of endless conflicts – with one president after the next ordering our troops into foreign combat without proper authorization – this essential phrase has more relevance in our country today than perhaps it ever did in the past.

Discarding this constitutional first principle that helped forge the backbone of our own republic has resulted in grave consequences. Thousands of American lives have been lost in unnecessary foreign conflicts, devastating our military families while fatiguing our country’s defenses – all while draining trillions from the pockets of taxpayers.

In return, what have the American taxpayers actually received from this reckless spending orgy? Not much more than the backward reality of financing freshly-paved roadways through obscure villages in Afghanistan, while the main streets of their own hometowns are often so decrepit, they look like they belong to the Stone Age – a common fact of life both sad and absurd.

For a nation already trillions of dollars in debt, this staggering level of spending is unsustainable.

We must realize the lessons of history and heed the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, before – as the ancient Romans eventually did – we’re forced to learn the hard way.

Next January, I will re-introduce this bipartisan “Defend the Guard” legislation, proposing once again that the National Guard of West Virginia shall not be sent into combat in foreign nations without constitutional authority, just as the Framers intended.

Fellow like-minded lawmakers in other states have now joined me, and in a coordinated manner, will bring this same legislation to their own state capitols across the country – to uphold this constitutional principle as required by the oath of office, and to support this effort to Bring Our Troops Home.

If you agree, you can sign my petition at You can also urge other state delegates and senators to support this bipartisan “Defend the Guard” legislation which reaffirms our state’s authority and demands that the federal government honor our Constitutional rule of law – before bleeding more lives and money from West Virginia into the deserts of foreign conflicts.