WV Strong has done a good bit of reporting on the aftermath of the WV 2018 Teachers Strike. It was one of the biggest news stories of the year, and showed the power of a large group of West Virginians to influence their government, against the wishes of some of those in power. As we reported earlier this month, "Remember In November" was a rallying cry for the teachers earlier this year.
Well with the November Mid-Term Elections almost a month away, it appears some of our legislative leaders have decided to try to color West Virginians memories with their versions of what happened earlier this year.
From WV Public Broadcasting
As the 2018 midterm election approaches, some West Virginia Senate Republican leaders are making use of a large and influential worldwide public relations firm to aid in messaging about this year’s teacher strike and the economy. The politicians making use of the public relations services, which an independent expenditure political action committee is paying for, are not on this year’s ballot.
Emails between Carmichael, Sen. Craig Blair and Mercury employees -- obtained by West Virginia Public Broadcasting through a public records request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act -- also indicate the firm was helping GOP Senate leadership tailor messaging around a number of issues and craft a “proper narrative” regarding this year’s teacher strike and West Virginia’s economy leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, despite neither Carmichael nor Blair being up for re-election this year.
With an announcement coming from the Governor earlier this month claiming he and other legislative leaders have been with the teachers from the beginning, this "proper narrative" is starting to take shape. Which version of events West Virginians "remember in November" remains to be seen.