For some strange reason, I feel this overwhelming urge to put a semicolon before and a comma after "whereas." I've done a little research online, and it appears that "whereas" is just a plain ol' conjunction like "and" and "but." I was thinking it's like "however," but maybe I'm wrong. Can't find anything about it.
There's a great site about conjunctions
Unfortunately, "whereas" isn't even listed on the page. It's not listed under coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs (which is what I thought it was), or subordinating conjunctions.
Here's my examples (I know how we court reporters like our examples):
"And Miller does include the plans and permits in his, whereas the other two do not."
"That appears to be one of the big items, whereas the two adjusters do not include the foundation removal."
Help. Talk me down from the ledge. Tell me why there's no semicolon before "whereas" and why I'm thinking there should be.