On Wednesday, West Virginia governor Jim Justice tweeted this:
There are so many reasons to move to West Virginia, and here’s another. We're surrounded by beauty everywhere we look. There's never been a better time to visit and consider moving to West Virginia than now!https://t.co/lyttlih55N
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) March 2, 2023
It’s never been a better time to move to West Virginia. Except if you are:
–a woman. Once the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, WV’s total ban on abortion went into effect:
On September 13, 2022, West Virginia began enforcing its total ban on abortion, which prohibits abortion at all stages of pregnancy, except in the case of a “nonmedically viable fetus”, ectopic pregnancy, or medical emergency. Survivors and victims of rape and incest can obtain abortions up to eight weeks of gestation, but only if they report to law enforcement first. Survivors and victims who are minors have until 14 weeks of gestation to obtain an abortion and must report to either law enforcement or get medical treatment.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, West Virginia officials claimed the state’s 1849 pre-Roe criminal abortion ban was in effect. However, providers challenged the ban and a state court granted a preliminary injunction, preventing enforcement of the pre-Roe ban. 
–a family with a trans kid:
The WV House of Delegates has passed a bill banning gender affirming care for minors. The bill now awaits action in the state Senate.
Trans female athletes from the middle school to university level have been banned from competition (now blocked while on appeal).
–a college student:
Over the opposition of colleges and universities, and students, professors, and staff, the legislature passed and the governor signed a bill allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry on college campuses. This is on top of their attempt to gut the state university.
–a person of color or a LGBTQ person:
A number of municipalities have passed non-discrimination ordinances over the last few years. The state legislature has just passed a bill that allows individuals to discriminate based on their religious beliefs.
Regular order has been dispensed with for this session, so most of these bills have been rammed through with no testimony from experts and minimal public response. Of course the roughshod passage process is meant as insult to injury.
The legislature is also working on some disastrous economic bills. but I’ve depressed myself enough for now.
It wasn’t like this when I moved here in 2008. Joe Manchin was governor and the state had 2 Democratic senators. I was constantly reminded of how friendly and helpful West Virginians were. Now it’s just all a hard meanness, thanks to TFG. This song sums up my feelings about my adopted state: