Citizens United must be overturned
Freedom of speech, the ability to peaceably assemble and speak one's mind without fear of persecution, is the foundation on which this country is built. In a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United, corporations and unions were officially recognized as having the First Amendment right to free speech. Since money is considered speech, this allowed them to make unlimited political expenditures, reversing 70 years of judicial precedent.
This results in a loss for the American public, who are finding that their votes don't count as much as the will of our powerful corporations. This is a problem because, even though corporations are made up of people, they don't care about the same things as people. They don't have families or friends, and they don't care who or what they hurt as long as it doesn't get in the way of profit.
That's why West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club got together in Charleston to lobby against Citizens United. The House of Delegates passed H.R. 9, calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn this decision. If you believe corporations are not people, then please ask your senators to support this resolution.
Morrisey's employees not acting responsibly
It was disheartening that Attorney General Patrick Morrissey's communications director took to social media to publish an unsubstantiated and false attack regarding the salary of former Deputy Attorney General Fran Hughes.
Beyond Ms. Ryan's comments being untrue, it is sad that she felt her conduct was appropriate at all. She is now a state official. She speaks on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General and, by extension, citizens of West Virginia.
She embarrassed more than herself and even her boss by taking to social media to mock a defeated political rival.