Politics

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional.

Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Secretary of State Mac Warner. Both are Republicans.

Kara Lofton

A Democratic Party executive committee chairman from Greenbrier County has resigned following Gov. Jim Justice's flip from Democrat to Republican.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Jim Justice officially returned to the state’s Republican Party Friday afternoon.

The change came less than 24 hours after the governor announced his intention to flip parties during a Donald Trump campaign rally.

W.Va. GOP Shares Mixed Reactions to Justice Flip

Aug 4, 2017
Darron Cummings / AP Photo

Democratic Gov. Jim Justice's announcement that he was switching parties came around 7:30 Thursday night, but word of his departure had already been leaked to national outlets like The New York Times and the Associated Press, and it wasn't long before members of both parties from the top down made their thoughts about the decision known.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has filed to run in the 2018 U.S. House primary in West Virginia's 3rd District.

Williams' campaign announced the filing Wednesday in a news release.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says his office will assess any request it receives for information on the state's voter rolls but is limited by law in what it can provide. Warner, a Republican, said in a statement that his office had not received a request as of Friday afternoon from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Warner said West Virginians' privacy was of "paramount importance" and that his office would abide by state law.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop Thursday, May 5, at the Morgantown Event Center.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is traveling to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia this weekend to urge fellow senators to oppose Senate health care legislation and retain the Affordable Care Act.

Jenkins Will Take on Manchin in 2018 Senate Race

May 8, 2017
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Congressman Evan Jenkins has announced he’ll run against Sen. Joe Manchin in 2018. 

The two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives announced he’ll run against Manchin for his seat in 2018 in a 3 minute video sent out by the Jenkins campaign Monday afternoon.

Nancy Andrews / West Virginia University

The stories of the hardworking, blue collar West Virginians who looked to Trump as an outsider willing to change the political order in Washington have been told by both local and national media outlets, but the question now is whether he will stick to his word.

U.S. National Archive Jack Corn

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Appalachia? And how confident are Appalachians that Trump will change the economy and bring back thousands of coal mining jobs?

courtesy BBC

Who are you and what matters to you? What are your hopes for the future under a new US presidency? These are the questions being asked in a new 4-part radio series by the BBC and APM called “The Response: America’s Story”. The series will cover President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. It's producing its first episode right here in West Virginia, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting is helping with the launch.

W.Va. Electors Cast 5 Votes for Trump

Dec 19, 2016
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

There were no surprises today as five West Virginia electors cast the state’s official votes for the next president and vice president of the United States. 

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant read the five official electoral college votes cast at the Capitol Monday by the state’s members of the electoral college during a ceremony in the House of Delegates chamber. 

Why Aren't More Women Running for Office?

Nov 29, 2016
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography


In West Virginia politics over the past decade, one trend gets a lot of attention: the trend from blue to red. More statewide and federal offices in West Virginia are held by Republicans after this year’s election than have been in decades.

 

But there’s another trend-- one that can be seen nationwide--that’s also apparent in West Virginia elections.

With just days left in the 2016 election cycle, more than 140,000 West Virginians have already cast their ballots, but the candidates at all levels are still working to get your vote.

Tyler Evert / Associated Press


When it comes to traditional Democratic politicians, Jim Justice is likely not the first person who comes to mind for many.

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West Virginia Legislative Photography/maryanncalytor.com

Long-time Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer announced in 2015 that he would not seek re-election this year and in the spring, stepped down from his post 8 months before the end of his term.

With a wide open seat, a politically connected Republican and an underdog Democrat have traveled West Virginia rounding up support for their candidacies, but the election marks the first time in 40 years someone with the last name of Gainer will not be elected to the office.

Thousands Cast Ballots on First Day of Early Voting

Oct 27, 2016
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the first day of early voting, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office says 24, 251 people have cast their ballots at polling places across the state.

Early voting began Wednesday and lasts through Saturday November 5. Polling sites will be open Saturday, October 29, as well.

West Virginia Attorney General's Office, West Virginia Legislative Services

If you’ve turned on a local commercial TV or radio station in the past few weeks, then you probably already know that the race for Attorney General is pretty heated.

Republican-incumbent Patrick Morrisey is up for re-election this year after considering and ultimately passing on a bid for governor. Morrisey is taking on Democratic Delegate Doug Reynolds, a Huntington attorney who also owns media and construction companies.

Both have been on the attack in a race that some polls show is too close to call just two weeks away from Election Day.

Dark Money is Making a Difference in W.Va. Elections

Oct 27, 2016

Voters in 27 states will cast their ballots for state Supreme Court justices when they head to the polls in November. In West Virginia, voters made their choice for the high court in May, something new for the state this election cycle, but a study from the Brennan Center for Justice says there is something else that was noteworthy about what happened in that primary.  

Anne Li reports, researchers are looking to West Virginia to prove that outside money really can sway a race.

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