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Some Republicans call on W.Va. Senate to stand #18Strong

By MICHAEL ERB

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Some Republicans are taking a page from the playbook of West Virginia teachers and service personnel, calling for the state Senate to stay #18Strong as they look forward to the coming legislative special session on education reform.

A handful of Republican consultants and legislators attended a meeting Friday of the Mountaineer Breakfast Club at Golden Corral in Parkersburg. Prior to the meeting, T-shirts emblazoned with the state of West Virginia in yellow and the hashtag #18Strong in blue were given to several legislators, an apparent callback to the #55Strong movement during last year’s nine-day statewide teacher and service personnel work stoppage and this year’s two-day strike.

Rob Cornelius, chair of the Wood County Republican Party, said he and some friends created the T-shirts to show their support for Republican senators and their stance on education reform.

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