Debra McCown

Debra McCown is an award-winning journalist based in Abingdon, Virginia. She can be reached at debra (dot) mccown (at) gmail (dot) com.

Coal Shoulder


ABINGDON, Va. — While the coal issue drove higher Republican voter turnout and percentages in Virginia coal country, it wasn’t nearly enough to change Tuesday’s election outcome in the state. According to unofficial vote totals released by the Virginia State Board of Elections after midnight, President Barack Obama had won the state with 50 percent […]

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In Virginia, Turnout Matters


BRISTOL, Va. — Less than 5 miles from where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke Oct. 5, running mate Paul Ryan greeted a crowd in a second Washington County, Va., campaign stop Thursday. Speaking outside Universal Fibers at the Bristol-Washington County Industrial Park, he brought a pro-business message. “We want to release American businesses to […]

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Hope Turned Into Damnation


GRUNDY, Va. — More than 5,500 people turned out Sunday afternoon at a mountaintop park in remote Buchanan County to show their support for coal. With the “War on Coal” rhetoric that’s been on a lot of Republicans’ lips this election season, a lineup of political speakers that included Matt Romney, son of Presidential hopeful […]

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