Why is West Virginia the center of the political universe?

Political Theater, Episode 204

West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin III and Shelley Moore Capito talk in the Senate subway stop at the Capitol in 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin III and Shelley Moore Capito talk in the Senate subway stop at the Capitol in 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Jason Dick
Posted June 9, 2021 at 1:46pm

For a small state, West Virginia has outsize political influence. The Mountain State’s two senators, Democrat Joe Manchin III and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, are in the middle of the biggest debates on the congressional and White House agenda.

Andrea Billups, news director at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, joins us on the Political Theater podcast to explain why these two politicians are so effective.

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