Mountain State Views is a podcast hosted by Ogden Newspapers W.Va. state government reporter Steven Allen Adams featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicos, and public policy wonks in West Virginia.
State Sen. Rich Lindsay talks tax reform drama, education accountability, and Senate races
On episode 017 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams sits down with state Sen. Rich Lindsay, D-Kanawha. The two talk about the unfolding tax reform drama on Amendment 2 between Gov. Jim Justice and Senate Republicans, why Amendment 4 would hamstring educational policy making in West Virginia, and how Senate Democrats can work to pick up additional seats in November.
Blair and Hanshaw talk about moving at the speed of business.
On episode 016 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams sits down with Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, to discuss Senate Bill 4001 that opened the door for BHE Renewables and Precision Castparts Corp. to announce a new titanium melt facility on the old Century Aluminum site in Ravenswood. They talk about bringing all the interested stakeholders and members of the opposite party together to help pass economic development bills quickly, and the economic environment being created in West Virginia that will help new and old businesses alike.
Chris Stirewalt returns to talk about "Broken News"
On episode 015 of Mountain State Views, Chris Stirewalt returns for his second time to talk with host Steven Allen Adams about Stirewalt’s new book "Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Drives America and How to Fight Back." The two talk about the current state of journalism, the power of local news reporting, and Stirewalt's start in West Virginia news.
Stirewalt is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a weekly columnist and senior editor at The Dispatch, a political editor for Nexstar’s NewsNation, and co-host of Ink Stained Wretchs, a podcast focused on the American news media with Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Eliana Johnson.
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Brian Dayton talks about the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, workforce needs, and tax reform
On episode 014 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams talks with Brian Dayton, the vice president of policy and advocacy for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce from the chamber’s 86th annual meeting and business summit at the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. The two talk about the importance of the business summit in promoting the state, the need for workers for future construction projects, and the fight over tax reform.
Ryan Frankenberry talks growing the Democratic Party in West Virginia
On episode 013 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams talks with Ryan Frankenberry, the new executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party. The two talk his role and mission in growing the Democratic Party in a state that's now red, where he sees the Legislature after the 2022 elections, and preparations for elections in 2024 when everything is on the ballot, including president.
Ryan Frankenberry is the newly appointed executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party. He previously served as executive director of the West Virginia Working Families Party, a grassroots advocacy organization. He has also served as political director for the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, an analyst for the House of Delegates, and worked on the campaigns for President Barack Obama in 2008, former House Speaker Rick Thompson’s Democratic primary campaign for Governor, and former Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall.
House Minority Leader Doug Skaff talks special session, tax reform, and politics in the House of Delegates
On episode 012 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams talks with House Minority Leader Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha. The two talk about the continued pause of the West Virginia Legislature's special session, the need to tax relief for West Virginians, drama within the House Republican caucus, and what the House Democratic caucus could look like after the November elections.
Skaff has been the minority leader for the House Democratic caucus since 2020. He has served in the House from 2009 to 2013 and since 2019. Skaff is a businessman and entrepreneur who also serves as president of HD Media, owners of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, the Huntington Herald Dispatch, and multiple other newspapers in southern West Virginia.
Listen to Del. Skaff's podcast, Outside the Echo Chamber here.
Looking forward to listening, good luck with the launch.