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West Virginia’s Governor, an ‘Unusual Democrat,’ Fights a G.O.P. Tide

May 01, 2017 - The New York Times

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Even by the nontraditional standards of a neophyte politician — a billionaire often compared to the one now occupying the White House — it was a surprise.

Gov. Jim Justice, a Democrat, strode into the Capitol rotunda here, denounced a series of budget cuts approved by Republican lawmakers and lifted the lid off a silver platter to reveal an aromatic pile of fresh bull manure atop a copy of the spending plan.

“We need to be able to not strangle our state in...