Zander Aloi Published

Can Trump, Justice Keep Their Promises to West Virginia?


Jim Justice and Donald Trump both won big in West Virginia, and now it’s time to get down to the real challenge of governing.

With Congress on his side, will Trump be able to repeal Obamacare? And what will that mean to the approximately 200,000 West Virginians who receive insurance through the program? 

Even with both houses of Congress on his side, will Donald Trump’s plans to return American manufacturing to its former glory really work?

How will Governor-elect Justice deal with a legislature controlled by the GOP?

Scott Finn, Rick Wilson, and Laurie Lin debate these questions and more on this post-election edition of the Front Porch.

Also on the podcast: the politics of division, the ethics of the Electoral College, and a Buddhist parable from Rick.

The Front Porch” is a place where we tackle the tough issues facing West Virginia and Appalachia with some of the region’s most interesting thinkers.

WVPB Executive Director Scott Finn serves as host and provocateur, joined by Laurie Lin, a conservative lawyer and columnist, and Rick Wilson, a liberal columnist and avid goat herder who works for the American Friends Service Committee .

Subscribe to “The Front Porch” podcast on iTunes or however you listen to podcasts.

An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available above.

Share your opinions with us about these issues, and let us know what you’d like us to discuss in the future. Send a tweet to @radiofinn or @wvpublicnews, or e-mail Scott at sfinn @

The Front Porch is underwritten by The Charleston Gazette Mail, providing both sides of the story on its two editorial pages. Check it out: