President Trump has established a close relationship with West Virginia, the state that gave him his second-widest margin of victory in 2016. On July 21, Trump tweeted a boast about the state’s recent economic success: "The Great State of West Virginia is producing record setting numbers and doing really well. When I became President, it was practically shut down and closed for business. Not anymore!" We took a closer look at the numbers.
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West Virginia Del. Joshua Higginbotham, a Republican, touted the number of jobs created by the gas and oil industry in West Virginia during a Jan. 23 interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. "Tens of thousands of jobs (are) created in West Virginia by the natural gas and oil industries," Higginbotham said. Have that many jobs been created by the industry within West Virginia?
During his State of the State address on Jan. 9, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the opioid epidemic a focus of his speech. At one point, Justice said, "Now, in Cabell County, we just had information that we reduced our overdoses by 40 percent."
Richard Ojeda, a former West Virginia state senator who was briefly a Democratic presidential candidate, focused his message as a candidate on the fate of the working class and the sick. In a Jan. 8 tweet, Ojeda said that if you "go 1 mile from the headquarters of Facebook you will find a homeless shelter with a 70 person waiting list." We took a closer look.
Gov. Jim Justice delivered his third State of the State address tonight, proposing the elimination of a state tax on Social Security benefits, a 5 percent pay raise for state employees including teachers, and millions of dollars more for substance abuse and other social services. PolitiFact West Virginia took a look at the accuracy of a few of Justice’s statements in the speech. We will analyze additional statements from the speech in the coming days.
As Gov. Jim Justice prepares to deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday, PolitiFact West Virginia thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the state of the state as seen through our recent fact-checks.
Donald Trump continued his cross-country politicking on Nov. 2, just days before the midterm elections, with a stop in Huntington, W.Va., where he supported Patrick Morrisey, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
Has the state of West Virginia really been bankrupt within the past two years?
For the second time in two months, President Donald Trump traveled to friendly territory in West Virginia to hold one of his signature campaign rallies. At the rally, in Wheeling, W.Va., Trump boosted the candidacy of Patrick Morrisey, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat. Trump repeated many of his favorite applause lines from previous rallies, including praise for the state of the economy and shots at Democrats over immigration policy, gun control, and his tax law. Here are some of the lines from his speech, fact-checked.