We have to gather together and stand for what's right. Have any news tips or weather questions? Projects receiving community facilities direct loans or grants include: Additional projects will be announced through in-person events at a later time. Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. A little over 74 percent of voters in McDowell County, West Virginia, cast their votes for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election. Mitt Romney won West Virginia in 2012 by 26.8 percentage points. Summers County Schools shares plans to bring students back to school, Honoring a Legend: Celebration of Life for Gen. Chuck Yeager, Local law enforcement department responds to protests at the Capitol. The World Socialist Web Site has extensively documented the social crisis in these regions, including in the following important articles and series: A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt, Eighty years after founding of UAW, homeless autoworker speaks out, Economic transformation of Welch, West Virginia: from mines to prisons, Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border, The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters, Steubenville, Ohio: Portrait of a rust belt city, International Committee of the Fourth International, Where is America going? The West Virginia counties benefitting from these loans and grants are Barbour, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Roane. In nearby Jefferson County, where Steubenville is the county seat, Trump increased his vote total by over 1,000, from 21,117 in 2016 to 22,309 in 2020. To the extent that Trump’s xenophobia and jingoism have found fertile soil, it is above all the fault of the trade unions. A southern West Virginia town in the state’s poorest county has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. All of these regions, with the exception of Howard County, Indiana, are former Democratic Party strongholds. McAllen and Brownsville, in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, were the first and second poorest cities in the United States, according to 2010 census data. In the aftermath of Joe Biden’s victory, the Democratic Party and the corporate media are attempting to portray the 71 million people who voted for Donald Trump as fascists and racists. In the lives of workers in these counties, the years 2009-2017 meant significant increases in poverty, foreclosures and drug overdoses, and declining life expectancy. You can follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. So a few days ago, I represented a guy down in McDowell County, West Virginia, on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a two-lane road in an ATV/UTV/side-by-side. They are deeply impoverished and ravaged by the social crisis. West Virginia / McDowell County / Trump #1105261 CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 View other clips in this broadcast → Material supplied by VTNA may be … These regions share other commonalities. WOAY-TV is a family-owned television station located in Oak Hill, WV. Attorney John Bryan filed the lawsuit against Jefferson County schools Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson on behalf of bus drivers Tina Renner and Pamela McDonald. Trump almost quadrupled his vote in Starr County, winning 8,224 votes versus 2,224 in 2016. Far From the American Dream in West Virginia . And it is time to point fingers.”. This List of members of the 77th West Virginia House of Delegates lists the members of the House of Delegates for the 77th West Virginia Legislature. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food. Similar conditions prevail in Wyoming and McDowell counties. Although these fascists are not an insubstantial force, they make up a minority of Trump voters. In 2015, the World Socialist Web Site encountered homeless autoworkers living near Kokomo’s auto plants. Support for Trump in West Virginia is no secret, but it is notable that in the southern portion of this low turnout state, increased numbers of voters supported Trump in 2020. While it is certainly not the case that all Trump voters supported his candidacy after voting for Sanders in 2016, these figures do show there is a substantial mood for a fighting left-wing perspective against inequality and, as Sanders said at the time, against the Democratic Party “establishment.” Most Sanders supporters in these regions, however, were justly disgusted by his effort to save the hated Democratic Party and elect Clinton, and decided not to support him again in 2020. In this once-Democratic, poorest-in-the-nation county, three of four voters supported Trump over Clinton Sanders had dropped out of the 2020 race before the West Virginia primary. In 1977, Youngstown Sheet & Tube cut 40,000 jobs in a single day, known as “Black Monday.”. The Democratic vote remained the same in these counties. What is required is to win these workers on the basis of a real program to confiscate the wealth of the financial aristocracy and distribute it to meet the needs of broad sections of the working class who have been subject to decades of attacks on social conditions by both Democrats and Republicans. Massive steel strikes shook eastern Ohio, giving steelworkers one of the highest standards of living of any section of the working class. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. Donald Trump swept West Virginia, and trounced Hillary Clinton in McDowell County by almost four to one (4,614 votes to 1,429). McDowell County is the southernmost county in the state. Fifty-seven percent of children live in poverty, and the county has a vacant housing rate that is 20 times the national average. Trump’s coup and the rise of fascism. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. West Virginia has the highest percentage of Facebook users who “like” Donald Trump compared to other presidential candidates – 32 percent.. One recent poll showed Trump trouncing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the state, 61 to 24 percent. This study reviews four areas in particular: Donald Trump’s victory in Ohio was due in part to increased support in the eastern area of the state that was once a center of steel production. The authors always neglect to mention that it was increased anti-Trump turnout among “white men,” “white people” and “white people without college degrees” that flipped industrial battleground states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania to Biden. The short answer: Most did leave. In 2019, Youngstown, Ohio had the second-highest poverty rate in the country, at 37.9 percent. In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, is roughly half white and half black, though the county as a whole is majority white. In Cameron County, home to Brownsville, Trump won 48,834 votes in 2020, up from 29,472 in 2016. 7/14/2020 0 Comments Finally Clean Water. Eastern Ohio and Southern West Virginia are particular victims of mass job loss, with tens of thousands of coal jobs eliminated in recent decades. In Hidalgo County, home to McAllen, Trump won 89,991 votes, nearly double his 2016 total of 48,642. Nearly 55 percent of the population of the Rio Grande Valley is below the federal poverty line. But after retiring, publishing a book, and even becoming a pilot, Moran wanted to go beyond his business ventures to places he never visited before, including West Virginia’s southernmost county. This is guaranteed to spread racial animosity. Its county seat is Welch. In Wyoming County, Trump increased his vote from 6,547 to 7,254, in McDowell from 4,629 to 5,125, and in Mingo from 7,911 to 8,521. Kokomo is a mid-sized industrial town dominated by deep poverty and extreme exploitation, and it traditionally supports Republican candidates for national office. The fact that many workers are so politically disoriented that they cast ballots for the con man Trump is primarily a testament to their miseducation by the unions, which have spewed nationalism and anti-immigrant chauvinism for 40 years. Email him at [email protected] Dimitrios Manis, a photojournalist based in Washington, DC, recently traveled to McDowell County to talk to residents to find out what made the area such a stronghold for Trump. Roughly 50 percent more Howard County, Indiana residents voted for Obama in 2008, when he carried the state, than they did for Biden in 2020, when Trump won the state by a blowout 57-41 margin. The fact that Trump was able to capitalize on hostility to Obama is the direct result of the ferociously anti-working class character of that administration. Support one another in all good things. Fighting Trump requires understanding the social processes that led so many tens of millions of people to vote for him. Cliff Moore (D-23rd District) Nicholas County. The trade unions, once powerful institutions in these regions, oversaw massive job cuts and decade after decade of concessions justified as necessary to “save” whatever jobs remained until they too were slashed. West Virginia law allows you to do this. The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $49,800 in a Community Facilities Grant to the McDowell County Commission on Aging. For more information about the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGEbm. Of the 3,142 counties in the US, McDowell County comes in at No 3,142 in terms of life expectancy. In Jefferson County, Ohio, per capita income is only $16,476. In Pro-Trump West Virginia Coal Country, the Jobs Keep Leaving Miners still largely support the president but aren’t expecting Washington to come to the rescue A view of downtown Logan, W.Va. In fact, Jefferson County and Mahoning County in Ohio both voted for Obama, and two-to-three times more people in Southern West Virginia voted for Obama in 2008 than for Biden in 2020. Sam Argento (D-35th District) Ohio County. The Trump Administration has shipped over 85,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to congregate care settings such as West Virginia nursing homes, assisted living facilities and to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the state. Undoubtedly Trump has appealed to and won support from outright fascists like the Proud Boys and the 14 militia men arrested in early October for plotting to kill sitting governors. As Leon Trotsky constantly stressed in his writings on Spain, France and Germany, only a resolute and revolutionary program of action—not DSA-style appeals to Democratic Party self-reform—is capable of winning those who wrongly view Trump as an opponent of the political status quo. Support for Trump in West Virginia is no secret, but it is notable that in the southern portion of this low turnout state, increased numbers of voters supported Trump in 2020. McDowell County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia.As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,113. In 2020, Trump saw a staggering increase in his vote total, at least doubling his 2016 result. In McDowell County, ten landholders own over 60 percent of private land. The Colorado native, however, discovered Appalachia’s coalfields were not just rich in history, but also rich in respect for one another. Race Preview: West Virginia is expected to vote in a landslide to give its five electoral votes to Mr. Trump. The Rio Grande Valley has been considered a dependable Democratic region in an otherwise Republican state for several decades. In 2020, 26,400 Howard County residents voted for Trump—in a record turnout in the county—compared to 13,270 for Biden. In Ohio, for example, Sanders won 513,549 votes in the 2016 Democratic primary, but only 142,544 in the 2020 primary. These regions are demographically different, and therefore neither race nor the urban/rural divide can explain the shift toward Trump. This was a seven percent rise from 2018—just one year. Nearly 30 teachers in Jefferson County, West Virginia that attended the rally at the Capital [sic]in Washington DC on Wednesday are now being threatened with termination. But high support for Sanders in 2016 collapsed in 2020. West Virginia University economists estimate that McDowell will continue to lose residents at a rate of 1% each year. Ohio has the second highest drug overdose rate in the country—behind only West Virginia—double the national average. The mining counties of West Virginia were the center of labor wars, giving counties like Mingo the moniker “Bloody Mingo.” Wildcat sitdown strikes swept across Central Indiana in 1936-37. The West Virginia counties benefitting from these loans and grants are Barbour, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Roane. But in some areas, Trump’s support increased from 2016 to 2020. Donald Trump says he’s going to make America great again, and … As of October 26 over 200,000 BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to West Virginia. Explaining this with broad accusations of “racism” explains almost nothing. Such comments are a dime a dozen. The short answer is hope. In the more rural Zapata County, Trump won 2,032 votes and carried the county, doubling his vote from 1,029 in 2016. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in West Virginia in 2016 by a margin of 123,860 to 86,354, but lost to Joe Biden in 2020 by a margin of 122,468 to 22,778. The current members of the U.S. Senate from West Virginiaare: To view a map of U.S. House districts in West Virginia and find your representative, click here. There are not 71 million fascists in the United States. See election results, a county-by-county map and more for the West Virginia Presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020. A letter was sent to the teachers by the Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson. An online meeting stramed at wsws.org/live, with David North, Joseph Kishore and Christoph Vandreier. Howard’s county seat is Kokomo, home to several auto plants, including the massive Kokomo Transmission Plant operated by Fiat-Chrysler. Sanders’ support in Mahoning County dropped from 14,066 in 2016 to 2,956 in 2020. Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. Is it any wonder that these regions, led for decades by the Democratic Party and then forgotten as conditions worsened, are voting for a candidate who claims to be opposed to the political establishment? There’s evidence Donald Trump may be more popular in West Virginia than any other state. Out-of-state coal companies own millions of acres in West Virginia, making it difficult for new industries to develop the land. The counties in West Virginia as well as Jefferson County, Ohio and Howard County, Ohio are predominantly white, while the Rio Grande Valley counties are majority Hispanic. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Sons and daughters returned from the Obama-Bush wars, devastated by PTSD, with increased numbers taking their own lives or turning to drugs and alcohol. The West Virginia counties regularly voted over 65 percent for the Democratic Party until the mid-2000s. “Essential community facilities such as healthcare facilities, public safety services and educational services are what help rural West Virginia communities prosper,” said Kris Warner, West Virginia State Director, USDA Rural Development. In the last half-century, about 80 percent of the population of McDowell County, West Virginia, departed as … In the absence of any political representation for many decades and under conditions of constant media lies and attacks on public education, it should come as no surprise that many workers are confused and express their anger by voting for the billionaire Trump. Howard County, Indiana just suffered its highest drug overdose period in the first quarter of 2020. These devastated regions were once the center of historic episodes in the class struggle. Rural Development’s community facilities direct loans and grants can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities; purchase equipment; and pay related project expenses. The Socialist Equality Party opposes the racialists and proponents of identity politics who blame “white people” for Trump’s vote. The World Socialist Web Site has analyzed the 2020 election outcome, focusing primarily on the significance of the increase in turnout against Trump. Why McDowell County needs our help with food, clothing and basic supplies. But beyond these factual inconveniences lies a more sinister attempt to blame many downtrodden and highly confused people for expressing their anger and opposition to the political establishment they hate by casting their vote for Trump. In July, the county ran out of money to perform autopsies on the dead. Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone explore the power of … In Mahoning County, Ohio, a majority of voters supported the Republican candidate in 2020 for the first time since 1956, when Dwight Eisenhower led the ticket. Traveling along Route 52 then Route 80 South from Panther to Iaeger (pronounced Yeager) and then on to the town of Bradshaw. And at the end of Obama’s two terms, many workers in these counties voted for Bernie Sanders, exposing the claim that these regions are hopelessly reactionary and hostile to socialism. UPDATE: 1/12/2021- A federal lawsuit says two West Virginia school bus drivers were suspended in retaliation for attending demonstrations in the nation’s capital. West Virginia was also one of two states where Donald Trump won every county, the other being Oklahoma. It was created in 1858 by the Virginia General Assembly and named for Virginia Governor James McDowell. [snip] Banks is not exaggerating. We were forced to… The media coverage is much the same as it was when Trump won election in 2016, even though this time Trump was defeated by an even larger majority of the popular vote. The corporate media chastises workers in these regions for insufficient appreciation of Barack Obama. The impoverished Rio Grande Valley lies at the southern tip of Texas, across the US-Mexico border from the Mexican city of Matamoros, a center of sweatshop maquiladora production and the center of a massive wildcat strike wave in early 2019. They portray hostility to the former president as a sign of racism and political reaction. In Jefferson County, Sanders won 3,353 votes in 2016 but only 693 in 2020. In many cases, those voting for Trump are the children or grandchildren of those who fought in these mass social struggles, but who have witnessed a catastrophic assault on their living conditions. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. The development of a socialist movement independent of both parties is required to raise the cultural level of all sections of the working class, train them in the history of the class struggle, and convince them of the need for the racial and international unity of the working class against the capitalist system. Teachers in Pro-Trump West Virginia County Threatened with Termination For Attending D.C. Rally By Jim Hayek January 11, 2021 There is a phenomenon fast becoming a new normal in America and it’s something most of us who have been around awhile never thought we’d see: Persecution of fellow citizens strictly because of the political beliefs they hold. McDowell County West Virginia: Home About McDowell County My Story Local Businesses Cool Stuff To Look At Blog Videos Mcdowell County News ... McDowell County Had Faith In Trump, and Then... 7/14/2020 0 Comments 0 Comments Finally Clean Water. Characteristic was an article by Time magazine that appeared the day after the election: “If Donald Trump wins a second term, blame white people.” The author, feminist professor Brittney Cooper, declared that “his [Trump’s] rise is a direct result of white people’s collective rejection of the progress the Obama era signaled. Trump's performance in the state made it his strongest state in the 2016 election by total vote share. Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. 9 talking about this. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly here in the Mountain State to be a strong partner to rural West Virginia businesses, which helps build stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”. (WOAY) – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $1.1 million in direct loans and grants to develop essential community facilities in 14 rural West Virginia counties. In Welch, West Virginia, poverty reigns and around half the children aren’t being raised by either parent. This was the second consecutive presidential election where every county within the state voted Republican. The West Virginia counties are predominantly rural, while Mahoning, Jefferson and two of the Texas counties (Cameron and Hidalgo) are home to medium-sized cities. WOAY covers nine counties in total: Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Wyoming, and McDowell Counties in West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia. House ... Charles S. Trump, IV (R-51st District) McDowell County. When Trump took office in January 2017, Boone County received nearly $269,000 in quarterly coal … For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. In Mahoning County, home to Youngstown, Trump won 58,601 votes, up by more than 600 from his 2016 total. These shifts make clear that workers who supported Trump cannot be dismissed as nothing but a mass constituency for fascism, or, as Hillary Clinton put it, a “basket of deplorables.”. But apparently there is confusion, or ignorance, in the local sheriff's department and/or prosecutor's office. In ageing West Virginia, health system grapples with coronavirus. What’s the power of his message in the poorest county of West Virginia? One local nonprofit describes conditions in Southern West Virginia as follows: “Mingo County has the dubious distinction of ranking last of 55 West Virginia counties for adverse health behaviors, including smoking, obesity, binge drinking, teenage births and motor vehicle crash deaths.” The child poverty rate increased 20 percent from 2010 to 2017. Coal mining illnesses, poverty, ageing population make West Virginia uniquely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. Since 2014, West Virginia has lost nearly a third of its remaining full-time coal jobs as production declines, starving local governments of revenue. Youngstown’s population fell by 60 percent from 1960 to 2010, while Steubenville’s was cut in half over the same period, due to the shutdown of the region’s steel mills. 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