Politics

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On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. He still holds a place in state history as the only West Virginia to ever receive a major party’s nomination for the position.

After a day of meetings, parades and celebrations, Davis took the stage in the Clarksburg neighborhood of Goff Plaza. With a major storm rolling in, he stood under and umbrella and accepted the nomination amid the sound of thunder and fireworks, set off prematurely.

  Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney say the global warming debate is better left to scientists.

During Thursday's West Virginia Business & Industry Council forum at the Charleston Civic Center, they added that other countries should step up in reducing carbon emissions.

It marked the first forum featuring both party candidates in this fall's 2nd Congressional District election.

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  Independent Ed Rabel will be on the November ballot in a 2nd Congressional District race featuring Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney.

Rabel was an award-winning CBS and NBC News correspondent. Rabel says in a news release he collected the 2,269 validated signatures required by law. The Mountain Party has endorsed him.

Rabel was born and raised in Kanawha County.

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  Conrad Lucas of Huntington has been re-elected to a full four-year term as chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party.

The state GOP says in a news release Saturday that its Executive Committee unanimously re-elected Lucas at its annual summer meeting in Huntington.

Lucas served as the state party's general counsel and chairman of the West Virginia Young Republicans before being chosen chairman in 2012. He succeeded Mike Stewart, who resigned to focus on career and family.

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It's difficult to imagine a society where everywhere you go, you have to fear for your life, simply because of what you believe in. But for one man, it was his reality until he received asylum in the United States. He lives in Morgantown, and you can hear his story on West Virginia Morning.

His name is Teewende Sandwidi. He speaks seven languages, including four African tribal dialects, along with French, English and German. He's from Burkina Faso, a western landlocked country in Africa just north of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. More than 15 million people live there.

EU Ambassador to U.S. Visits Morgantown

Apr 23, 2014
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A native of Portugal, Joao Vale De Almeida is a fan of soccer and port wines. He’s the European Union’s ambassador to the United States and this was his first trip to West Virginia.

De Almeida spoke to several hundred WVU students about the need for collaboration between America’s government and the European Union as the world’s economy continues to move forward following harsh fiscal times in the last several years. The Ukraine-Russian tension is something De Almeida is paying attention to. He says problems there have the ability to inflict problems on the world economy.

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Two West Virginia counties are among two dozen nationwide that Republicans are targeting to sway women's votes.
 
The Republican National Committee's "14 in '14" program calls for volunteer work in the 14 weeks before the November midterm elections. The initiative will use female volunteers to attract other women from 21 to 40 years old to vote Republican and become involved in election season.

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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A feature article in April’s edition of National Geographic Magazine examines what America and other key countries are doing to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

The article comes as new regulations from the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are up for public comment. 

The article assumes that humans are inducing global climate change, an idea that some Republicans as well as the West Virginia Coal Association, still question. 

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Child abuse and poverty prevention advocates are questioning Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s priorities.

Among the $67 million worth of cuts from the budget bill Thursday was about a $1 million reduction in funding for programs meant to prevent child abuse and child poverty.

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Child abuse and poverty prevention advocates are questioning Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s priorities.

Among the $67 million worth of cuts from the budget bill Thursday was about a $1 million reduction in funding for programs meant to prevent child abuse and child poverty.

Governor Tomblin started the 2014 session with a budget that cut funding for programs like In Home Family Education, Family Resource Networks, Child Advocacy Centers and other child abuse prevention programs.

West Virginia Morning
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On this episode of West Virginia Morning, a Sen. Ron Stollings wants Congress to change SNAP benefits and restrict the purchase of junk food.

The House examines changes in state code, that deal with politicians soliciting state employees.

Those stories and more!

Morgantown Learning Lessons from Elk River Spill

Jan 21, 2014
Ashton Marra

The City of Morgantown’s water utility says it’s using the unfortunate chemical spill in Charleston as a learning opportunity. It is taking action to prevent problems should a similar situation happen in Morgantown. Of course, if the Governor has his way, the changes may not be optional.

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The first day that candidates could file for elective office in West Virginia drew one candidate for the U.S. Senate and four for the U.S. House.

Williamstown Democrat David Wamsley filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office yesterday for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

 
 Filing for the 3rd District U.S. House seat held by 19-term Democrat Nick Rahall are Republican Cabell County Sen. Evan Jenkins and retired Army officer Richard Ojeda II, a Democrat from Logan County.

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West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will be the first guest on this season of The Legislature Today. He will discuss the recent chemical leak.

The episode will be taped live today, and will air this evening at 6:30 on West Virginia PBS. The show airs Weekdays while the the legislature is in session.

You can also hear the show at 6:30 on West Virginia Public Radio, or listen live on the internet.

Governor Tomblin delivered the State of the State address Wednesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. You can watch the archived video of the address right here.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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In a press conference call with reporters Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a passionate case to bring most American forces back from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Manchin says after this year, American forces should only be at Bagram Airfield in that country. It is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

Manchin says that both his frustrations with the American nation’s financial instability, along with the nation’s lengthy stay in that country, are reasons for his feelings.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing legislation, along with five other senators, that would exempt volunteer first responders from a mandate in the new health care law.

The bill is titled “The Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act.” According to a news release, this legislation would amend the Affordable Care Act so that volunteer emergency service workers are not required to be counted as full-time equivalent employees under the healthcare coverage law.

Rockefeller Sees Budget Deal As A Positive Step

Dec 11, 2013
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Sen. Jay Rockefeller released this statement on the Murray-Ryan budget compromise:

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is going to support a budget plan exhaustively worked out by both Republican and Democratic Congressional leadership, when it comes for a vote, which may be as early as this weekend.

Manchin told reporters he's not overjoyed with the plan, but he thinks it's a positive step in the right direction for Congress, which has struggled for years to pass a budget.

"Anybody that says, they just kicked the can down the road, well they did. They just didn’t dent the can as bad as it’s been dented, let’s just put it that way," Manchin said.

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