From The Well…

Monday, October 15, 2018




Diabetics worry about insulin costs. WSAZ reports, “But as the cost of [insulin] continues to rise, it is causing concern for diabetics … around the nation.”



Azinger to replace Deem on election ballot. WCHS reports, “Republicans have chosen former House of Delegates member Tom Azinger to replace Frank Deem on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.”


CBSN reports on West Virginia elections. CBSN reports, “Trump’s impression on the West Virginia Senate race.”


Republican poll shows Manchin, Morrisey in tighter race. Roll Call reports, “A new Republican poll of the West Virginia Senate race shows a tighter race between Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.”


… PolitiFact rates false Manchin’s statement about Morrisey jailing striking teachers. PolitiFact reports, “Manchin tweeted that Morrisey made ‘efforts to put educators in jail.’


“Morrisey, in his capacity as attorney general, said the strike was unlawful — but that meant that striking teachers could have been punished by disciplinary actions, not criminal charges that could land them in jail. While the disciplinary actions could have had severe consequences in some cases, Manchin’s suggestion that ‘jail’ could have resulted is a significant exaggeration.

“We rate the statement False.”


Socialist candidate running for HoD in Fayette. The Fayette Tribune reports, “David ‘Elliott’ Pritt, of Fayetteville, an Air Force veteran and member of the Socialist Party USA, has announced his candidacy for a seat representing District 32 in the West Virginia House of Delegates in the November election.”




Five seek judge spot in First Judicial Circuit. The Intelligencer reports, “Five candidates want to be the next judge in the 1st Judicial Circuit.”


…Eight in Fayette County. The Register-Herald reports, “Fayette County Circuit Court Judge John W. Hatcher Jr. is set to retire Nov. 16. Eight applicants are vying for the judicial seat. “


Impeachment trial in limbo. The Gazette-Mail reports, “Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman’s impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate is in limbo after the Supreme Court Thursday afternoon issued a writ of prohibition, declaring that the proceedings are in violation of the constitutional provisions of separation of powers and Workman’s right to due process.


“However, in a statement Thursday, Senate leadership indicated that it will appeal the ruling to the U.S Supreme Court — and plans to proceed with Workman’s impeachment trial as scheduled, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday…


“In a statement Thursday, Cabell Circuit Judge Paul Farrell indicated that he can no longer preside over the Senate impeachment trials…”


Prezioso says D’s will support Justice’s teacher pay raise. MetroNews reports, “Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso (D – Marion, 13) said Democrats will support a raise for teachers but has questions over the timing of Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement.”



LA officials declare typhus outbreak. The Los Angeles Times reports, “Since July, there have been nine cases of typhus in downtown Los Angeles, six of which infected homeless people, prompting health officials last week to declare an outbreak there…”


CVS, Aetna merger could produce benefits for consumers. New York Magazine reports, “But vertical mergers between companies that make up different links along the health-care chain — like the just-approved merger between the pharmacy retailer CVS and the insurer Aetna — are more likely, under the right conditions, to produce benefits for consumers.”


…CVS stocks close down on Friday. Fortune reports, “The Department of Justice’s approval of CVS’s blockbuster $69 billion acquisition of insurance giant Aetna on Oct. 10 hit a pothole in the stock market just one day later. In the face of broad stock-market weakness, CVS Health  closed down over 7%, losing $6 billion in market capitalization. The drop stems in part from investor concerns about the potential for earnings growth and the potential for efficiency in the merged entity.”


Hancock chooses interim health officer. The Intelligencer reports, “The Hancock County Board of Health will decide … on an interim public health officer following the abrupt resignation of its health officer earlier this week…


“The move comes following the fallout from Tuesday’s meeting, in which public health officer Dr. Anna Suray and board member Phil Rujak both unexpectedly resigned their positions shortly after the board approved, 3-0, to amend its smoking ban and allow smoking at Mountaineer Casino and video lottery cafes throughout the county.”