Revolt in West Virginia’s Coal Country

As protests rage in the State Capitol, a coal miner’s daughter is calling out the fossil-fuel industry in an insurgent campaign for the U.S. Senate

Rolling Stone
Apr 30, 2018 · 15 min read
Student protesters demonstrate against Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Don Blankenship as he speaks at a town hall meeting at West Virginia University on March 1, 2018. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty

By Justin Nobel

On a sunny January afternoon, Paula Jean Swearengin, a 43-year-old accounting clerk and single mother of four…

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