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Border County Blues: Why Mountaineers are worse off than those across the state line

Some state vs state differences just make sense: Louisiana has more gator attacks than Texas, Florida gets more tourism than Alabama, and Maine catches more lobsters than Minnesota. One that makes no sense can be found at the edges of the great state of West Virginia. According to the bureau… Read More
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Ep. 002: Coal Miner’s Son

In today’s episode, Garrett interviews Jason Huffman, the State Director of Americans for Prosperity – West Virginia and a native West Virginian. Jason shares with us stories about his family’s proud heritage as coal-miners, why he decided to stay in West Virginia, and what he thinks it will… Read More
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Back to School

Schools reopened across the Mountain State this Tuesday, but despite additional measures taken by many schools to remain safe, nine counties were prohibited from conducting in-person classes this week. The West Virginia School Re-entry Metrics and Protocol Program, a color-coded map used to track co… Read More
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What Could Have Been. . .

Teachers, parents, students, and everyone in between are gearing up for some kind of start to the 2020-21 school year. There’s no denying that uncertainty is the prevailing theme this school year.   Will the year start in person or virtually? Can the spread of the coronavirus be contained? What… Read More
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The Dignity of Earned Success

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of discussion recently about unemployment benefits across the United States, as well as right here in West Virginia. How much should unemployment benefits be? How long should unemployment benefits last? Who should qualify and why? Though these questions… Read More
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Instead of Forcing Schools to Reopen, Give Families Their Education Dollars

One of the most contentious debates currently raging across the country is whether schools should reopen in the Fall. The hashtag #schoolsreopening is even trending on Twitter! Everyone has an opinion about it, and every state and school district is coming up with a different plan on how to… Read More
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Welcome to Forgotten America!

In this first episode, you’ll meet the Cardinal Institute team, learn what we mean by the phrase Forgotten America, and get a peek into what you can expect from the Forgotten America podcast.  You can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can support the podcast… Read More
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Musings on the Costs and Benefits of Masks

Discussions about masks are all practically impossible to avoid these days. Although, perhaps, “discussion” is too generous a term for the level of conversation that seems to take place most often. Instead, in my experience, it has a tendency to devolve into a snarky exchange of quips amounting to l… Read More
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A Victory for School Choice!

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled (5-4) in favor of education choice in a landmark case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. I will leave the legal analysis to those far more qualified to do so, particularly to the Institute for Justice, the libertarian… Read More
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Don’t Stop at Police Reform

When voices on both the right and the left agree on something in the battleground of American politics, we all ought to sit up and pay attention. Right now, in the chaos of protests and calls for police reform, America is waking up to the problem of… Read More