Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Democratic legislative leaders won’t back Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s call for more audits of the West Virginia Legislature, state office holders and agencies.
The Republican attorney general is urging lawmakers to institute additional audits amid controversy over a $5 million state Department of Agriculture loan program. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating the program’s alleged mismanagement of money.
Democratic Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley questioned the need for more audits.
Miley also has targeted Morrisey for ties to two drug companies that his office is suing. Morrisey said he recused himself from the cases because his companies are his wife’s lobbying clients. The lawsuits stem from the last attorney general.
Miley is calling for stronger conflict of interest laws as a result.