Candidate Training Academy Encourages More Citizens to Run for West Virginia’s Positions of Power
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Candidate Training Academy Encourages More Citizens to Run for West Virginia’s Positions of Power

Of the 108 participants in the 2015 West Virginia Candidate Training Academy, 35 ran for elected office, and 11 were successful in their campaigns. Continue reading

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Spike in Volunteer Community Cleanup Efforts in 2016
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Spike in Volunteer Community Cleanup Efforts in 2016

There was a significant increase in the number of volunteer community cleanup events in West Virginia in 2016. In 2016, there were 187 community cleanups events registered with Make It Shine, a program of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), involving 6,889 volunteers. Continue reading

Republicans, Young People The Biggest Users of New Online Voter Registration System
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Republicans, Young People The Biggest Users of New Online Voter Registration System

Eighteen-year-olds accounted for 1,745 of those who registered online, or 3.9 percent, which was the highest percentage of any single age. In its first 13 months of implementation, 44,285 West Virginians used the state’s new online voter registration system, which allows citizens to register to vote or update their voter registration information, using the internet. Between … Continue reading

Study: President’s Approval Rating More Likely to Decide Your State Rep’s Fate Than Their Actual Voting Record
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Study: President’s Approval Rating More Likely to Decide Your State Rep’s Fate Than Their Actual Voting Record

Study suggests whether your state representative gets re-elected has more to do with national politics than their own voting record or performance. All politics is local. If you follow politics or study political science, chances are that you’ve heard this adage. The underlying premise being that state and local officials must govern in a manner … Continue reading