West Virginia Democratic Party

In many parts of the country, President Trump and his unpopularity is a liability for Republicans in 2018, but not in West Virginia.

In the 2016 election, West Virginia supported the president more than any other state. Trump carried the state with 69 percent of the vote.

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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.

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About 2,800 people gathered outside the Capitol in Charleston on Saturday, Jan. 21, to show their support for women’s equality one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.


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A Republican group has bought $500,000 in TV attack ads against West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Jim Justice.

The Republican Governors Association announced the ad Tuesday, putting its investment in the race at more than $1 million.

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Many West Virginians have been switching which political party they are affiliated with.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the most people have switched from Democratic to Republican as the 2016 primaries have neared.

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The West Virginia Democratic Party has announced the time and location for a forum involving the three Democratic candidates for West Virginia governor.

The party on Wednesday announced the event will be held at 11 a.m. on April 16 at the Charleston Civic Center.

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Republicans will maintain their majority in the state Senate after the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals  issued an order Friday morning.

The order calls on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to appoint a Republican to replace former Sen. Daniel Hall who resigned this month.

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Former President Bill Clinton will give the keynote address during the West Virginia Democratic Party's biggest annual dinner.

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One may not expect that eating breakfast could be considered political activism. Yet, on Wednesday morning at Tudor’s Biscuit World on the west side of Charleston, the Democratic Party asked residents of the area to come out in support of a struggling West Virginia food bank.

The event, raising money for the Mountaineer Food Bank, came just one day after another fundraiser was canceled by the conservative non-profit  Go West Virginia Inc.  The Associated Press obtained an invitation to the Go West Virginia event, which called for a $100,000 donation for a Tuesday morning breakfast at the Charleston Courtyard Marriott. The invitation said donors would not publicly be disclosed.

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West Virginia Democratic party chair Larry Puccio is resigning to serve as the leader of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s political action committee.

According to a news release Thursday, Puccio will become chairman of Manchin’s Country Roads PAC. 

Federal Election Commission filings indicate that the Country Roads PAC contributed $26,000 to U.S. House candidates in West Virginia and Ohio during the 2014 election campaign. The group contributed $86,500 to U.S. Senate candidates from 19 states in that election cycle.

The Country Roads PAC was established in 2011 by Jack Rossi, with Manchin acting as its Leadership PAC Sponsor. As a former chief of staff to then-Governor Manchin, Puccio will serve as liaison to elected officials and political leaders. 

“From my time as Governor and now to my time in the Senate, Larry has always been a trusted advisor and someone who has always been connected to the political and legislative workings of West Virginia,” Manchin said in the release.

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Two West Virginia political committees spent about $1.4 million each to help their preferred parties win state legislative posts this election.

According to a campaign finance disclosure filed Thursday, Grow WV Inc. spent more than $1.4 million to help Republicans. Most of the group's money went toward mailings and TV advertisements.

A Charleston attorney says the West Virginia Democratic Party rented a historic riverfront house and trashed it. 

Cynthia Evans told The Charleston Gazette that her Charleston office looked like a frat house Wednesday, the day after the election.

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Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall made the political switch from Democrat to Republican this week giving the GOP an 18 to 16 majority. On Viewpoint Friday, Hall said he made the switch to keep his district relevant.

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  Former secretary of defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta will headline West Virginia Democrats' biggest annual event.

State Democrats announced Wednesday that Panetta will be the keynote speaker at next month's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Panetta served as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013, and CIA director from 2009 to 2011. He managed the military operation that led to Osama bin Laden's death in 2011.

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  West Virginia Democrats say Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot.

They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts.