W.Va. Politics

Wheeling resident, entrepreneur, and a Democrat Ralph Baxter announced Tuesday he’s running for office, challenging the incumbent Republican Congressman David McKinley in West Virginia’s First Congressional District.

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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office is sending postcards to residents who may be eligible to vote but haven't registered.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 18. The election is Nov. 8.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) plans to provide live coverage of the first televised debate between GOP Senate President Bill Cole and Democratic candidate Jim Justice.

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Congressman David McKinley announced his intentions Monday to run for re-election in West Virginia’s 1st District after earlier statements that he would consider leaving Washington to run for governor.

  Former state Delegate Mike Manypenny has opened an early campaign account to run for Congress in northern West Virginia.

On Monday, the Democrat filed paperwork to start raising money to run in the 1st Congressional District.

Republican Congressman David McKinley first won the seat in 2010. If McKinley opts to run for governor, the decision would result in an open congressional race.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.

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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.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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  In a possible bid for governor, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he raised more than $310,000 over two months and has about $546,000 in cash.

In a news release Thursday, Morrisey said the totals account for a late January fundraising start and a new $250,000 self-loan.

Morrisey's campaign says he may use the cash for re-election or the open governor's race next year.

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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.

A conservative group that has boosted Republicans has nixed its $100,000 per person breakfast fundraiser.

  An invitation obtained by The Associated Press said the Go West Virginia Inc. breakfast would take place Tuesday in Charleston. It said donors wouldn't be publicly disclosed.

Eric Lycan, an attorney for the group, said the event wasn't held and none is currently scheduled. The Courtyard Marriott, where the event was supposed to take place, confirmed the fundraiser was canceled.

After a landslide victory on Tuesday, Saira Blair, an 18-year-old fiscal conservative, will become West Virginia's youngest lawmaker.

Blair earned 63 percent of the vote, winning a seat on the West Virginia House of Delegates.

In a statement on her campaign's Facebook page, Blair said her election sent a message that the road to "prosperity and success is rooted in conservative values and principles."

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The seat in the second Congressional Delegation came up for grabs after Shelley Moore Capito decided to run for the United States Senate.

The enthusiasm at the Mooney campaign’s post-election party in Charles Town was anything but quiet. As soon as the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., supporters showed up in droves.

Throughout the evening, the vote tally between Mooney and Casey remained close, but the Republican’s supporters never faltered in confidence.

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If you’ve been watching West Virginia politics play out on social media this election season, you’ve probably noticed some pretty vitriolic rhetoric. Some of it comes from the usual suspects--like candidates and their parties. But, some of it--it’s not clear where it’s coming from. Not surprisingly, there are those who contribute to the state’s political discourse through the veil of anonymity.

Byrd's Finger: A Contractor for the Republican Party

When it comes to politics on Twitter, one of the most active accounts in West Virginia is Byrd’s Finger. It’s an obvious reference to the late Democratic senator Robert C. Byrd. But, there’s no question it’s coming from a Republican point of view.

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Former Congressman Allen West will headline a West Virginia Republican event in two weeks.

The South Florida Republican will speak at the West Virginia GOP Eastern Panhandle Victory Reception in Martinsburg. The Sept. 28 event will showcase candidates in the Eastern Panhandle.

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  West Virginia's top legislative leaders don't think clamoring over coal this election helps Appalachia's already-sputtering industry.

A U.S. Senate race and two competitive House contests have hammered on fear of federal regulation further stifling coal.

Republicans lump Democrats in with President Obama, an ever-unpopular figure in West Virginia. Democrats zig-zag to show they don't support his energy policies.

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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.

Citizens in Grafton Are Turning Their Town Around

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West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, part two of a series of reports about the state’s changing political climate.  And tonight, the town of Grafton in Taylor County celebrates the first “First Friday” in an effort to turn their town around.

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  A former top adviser to President George W. Bush will raise money for Republican congressional challenger Evan Jenkins next week in West Virginia.

The Jenkins campaign says Karl Rove is heading to Huntington for a Sept. 9 fundraiser. Rove was Bush's deputy chief of staff and senior adviser.

As Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail reports, a poll by R. L. Repass--comissioned by the newspaper--shows that unemployment and jobs, health care and the federal budget all registered as higher priorities compared to coal.

Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant will square off in a live televised debate for West Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat.

The two hopefuls will meet Oct. 7 in Charleston for the race's first announced debate. The West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP are organizing the event.

Capito, a seventh-term congresswoman, announced Thursday she would participate. Tennant, West Virginia's secretary of state, confirmed her participation in June.

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