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January 8, 2022

Statehouse Beat: Justice’s Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “Lies, damn lies and statistics,” and that saying came to mind last week reading news accounts about a small net positive migration of new residents into the state during fiscal 2020-21. Read the full article.

First cited by the director of a state right-wing think tank (right-wing think tanks were a thing in the days of Bill Buckley, but are more of an oxymoron in the era of Trump), the in-migration numbers, coupled with a United Van Lines survey of top states for inbound moves, were heralded by conservatives and right-leaning media in the state as some vindication of policy decisions by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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