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House Bill 2966 would put together an independent panel and create the West Virginia Sentencing Commission.

It was taken up by the House Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon and is sponsored by House Speaker Tim Armstead.

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A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring pollution reductions and a $900,000 civil penalty by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement in September with Southern Coal Corp. and 26 affiliates.

Phil Hudok is one of three third party candidates running for the gubernatorial seat. Hudok represents the Constitution Party. He touts his Christian values and his message of freedom as some of his qualifications for governor, and he says if elected, he would help get West Virginia on the right track.

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West Virginia's race for governor pitting Democratic billionaire Jim Justice against Republican state Senate President Bill Cole has cost about $8.1 million so far.

Campaign finance disclosures show Justice has spent $3.5 million through late September. He has loaned his gubernatorial campaign $2.6 million.

Charlotte Pritt
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The Mountain Party has nominated Charlotte Pritt as its candidate for governor.

Pritt was nominated during a party convention in Bridgeport on Saturday.

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Ending the night with around 50 percent of the vote, Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was the clear winner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor after Tuesday’s primaries.

The billionaire thanked his family and his fellow candidates, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, but quickly shifted his focus to the general election and his new opponent, Republican Senate President Bill Cole during his victory speech.

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In his bid for governor, West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice has spent more than $2 million before the May 10 Democratic primary.

In campaign finance filings tracking through April 24, Justice spent $2.1 million since his campaign started. He put almost $2 million of his money in the race and has raised $683,700.

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Three Democratic candidates for West Virginia governor have agreed to participate in a forum next month.

The state Democratic Party says candidates Jim Justice, Booth Goodwin and Jeff Kessler will take part in the forum on April 16.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Booth Goodwin
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Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin plans to discuss his run for West Virginia governor.

The Democrat's campaign says Goodwin will be joined by supporters as he launches his campaign on Wednesday in Charleston.

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Former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has filed precandidacy papers to run for West Virginia governor.

According to the Secretary of State's website, Goodwin filed the papers Friday, four days after announcing that he was stepping down as the top prosecutor in southern West Virginia.

Bill Cole
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A new political committee can raise unlimited amounts of cash to support Bill Cole's Republican bid for governor.

The independent expenditure-only group Accelerate West Virginia formed Tuesday in South Charleston. A news release Thursday announced the group's support of Cole, the state Senate president.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he won't run for governor next year, instead seeking re-election for his current post.

The first-term Republican made the announcement Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.

The decision could help the state's newly empowered Republican Party avoid a bruising primary fight.

 


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Six months after mid-term elections, the race for West Virginia’s next governor is already underway with two major announcements this week from Republican leaders.

On Monday, Republican Congressman David McKinley announced on a conference call with reporters he was setting aside personal aspirations to run for re-election to the House of Representative. His announcement was followed quickly Tuesday by a press conference where Senate President Bill Cole confirmed he would run for the office.

“I will be a candidate for governor of the great state of West Virginia,” Cole said during the short speech at his Nissan dealership near Bluefield. He followed the announcement with a second press conference in Charleston where he was surrounded by Republican members of both the House and Senate.

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Billionaire coal baron and owner of The Greenbrier Jim Justice has officially announced his bid for governor.

Hundreds gathered at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center as Justice made the official announcement Monday after rumors of his intentions spread like wildfire throughout the state last week.


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Billionaire businessman Jim Justice is slated to announce his intentions in the 2016 West Virginia governor's race.

    

Justice's announcement will come Monday afternoon at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center.

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Over 300 teens will be at the Capitol this weekend for a mock legislative session. Teenagers from all over the state who are part of the Youth Leadership Association: Youth in Government will travel to Charleston to hold a student led, mock legislative session for three days.

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Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice says he expects to make a decision in two to three weeks on whether he'll run for governor in West Virginia in 2016.

He told The Associated Press on Wednesday his interest is based largely on helping West Virginia's economy.

The 63-year-old Democrat says he's also been a registered Republican and an independent voter.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Sen. Joe Manchin says he will remain in the United States Senate and not run for Governor. He made the announcement today, after telling people he was seriously considering a return to the Governor's mansion because of gridlock in Congress.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says it's "about a 50-50 toss-up" whether he'll run for governor next year.

The West Virginia Democrat told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he'll make his decision by Memorial Day at the latest.

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State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has filed pre-candidacy paperwork for an open governor's race.

The Marshall County Democrat changed the office he's seeking Thursday in the early paperwork from "undeclared" to "governor."

In a 2011 special election, Kessler placed fifth in the Democratic primary for governor.