W.Va. Politics

Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

West Virginia Democrats Want GOP Candidates Off Ballot

Del. Suzette Raines
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  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.

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Election 2014
11:02 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Number of Registered Democrats in W.Va. Drops to Historic Low

Credit DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Republicans in West Virginia are touting an accomplishment this week that has historical significance for the state. For the first time in more than 80 years, Democratic voter registration has dropped to below 50 percent.

Numbers from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office show it is true, that number has dropped, but just barely.

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Politics
11:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

West Virginia Primary: Five Things to Know

Credit WBOY

  West Virginia voters will cast primary election ballots today to set the November slate for a U.S. Senate seat, three congressional districts, the entire state House of Delegates, half of the state Senate and many local races.

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Politics
12:36 am
Tue May 13, 2014

2014 Primary Election Live Blog

Credit Photo Illustration by Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Polls are now closed around the state. Keep refreshing this page to see the latest.

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Black Lung benefits
10:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tomblin Hopes Feds Reconsider Black Lung Benefits Funding Cuts

Credit Department of Labor

 Federal funds for black lung benefits in West Virginia were cut about 44 percent. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Black Lung Clinic program now limits awards to $900,000 per grantee.

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Budget Priorities
8:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Child Advocacy Groups Question Priorities in Governor Tomblin's Vetoes

Credit Gov. Tomblin's office (@GovTomblin / Twitter)

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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W.Va. Politics
5:36 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

W.Va. GOP Giving State Dems a Run for Their Money

Credit West Virginia Legislature

By tying state Democrats to President Obama and Washington, West Virginia Republicans hope to claim congressional wins and end Democrats' 83-year-rule in the state House of Delegates.

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W.Va. Budget Reactions
3:59 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Child Advocacy Groups Question Governor's Priorities

Credit Gov. Tomblin's office (@GovTomblin / Twitter)

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.

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West Virginia Morning
8:46 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Water Woes in McDowell County Examined, Students Learning in New Ways, Clock Ticking in Legislature

On this West Virginia Morning, state legislative officials are working against the clock and snow to get more bills passed.

We explore the water problems in McDowell County more deeply,

And students don't need classroom settings to learn.

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West Virginia Morning
9:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Food Pantry for College Students, House Bills in Senate, Song of the Week

On this West Virginia Morning, college students are using a food pantry in Huntington. Food pantries for college students are becoming more popular.

Also, the clock is ticking down on getting bills passed through the hurdles of the legislature this session.

Also, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin are on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:44 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Veterans Getting Help, Homeless Getting Jobs, Legislative News

On this West Virginia Morning, state veterans are getting help at WVU, where more than 1,000 students served in the military.

Homeless persons in Huntington are also getting help, finding jobs.

That, and legislative news.

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West Virginia Morning
8:54 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Water Hero, Post-Spill Tourism in Charleston, Legislative News

On this West Virginia Morning, we meet a water hero.

Also, updates from the legislature on government fraud and a bill on abortions.

Visitors are also in Charleston talking about tourism, and the water spill.

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West Virginia Morning
8:52 am
Tue February 25, 2014

New Energy Regulations, Zombies Debts, & Other Legislative News

On this West Virginia Morning, new EPA regulations are on the way, on existing coal-fired power plants. A conference in Morgantown tries to sort out what's on the way.

In the State Legislature, the House of Delegates looks at a Zombie Bill, and the Senate looks at gun rights.

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West Virginia Morning
8:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Unfair Trade Practices Legislation, The Flatlanders on Mountain Stage, & More

On this West Virginia Morning, tempers flare in the State Senate over a bill that looks at trade practices.

Also, the House looks at taxpayer protections.

Those stories, and The Flatlanders perform as part of the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:43 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Remembering Poets From Years Past, Gas Well Control, Legislative Coverage

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia University professor is keeping the memory alive of some poets who honored African American civil rights.

Also, an update on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania, just north of the West Virginia border.

Those stories and more!

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West Virginia Morning
9:23 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine Bill in the Senate, Alcohol Sales on Sunday, & Frack Waste Concerns

On this West Virginia Morning, the State Senate goes through a very spirited debate on a prescriptions bill.

Also, the House of Delegates looks at allowing alcohol sales earlier in the day on Sunday, despite some opposition in the House.

A public hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee gives those concerned over frack waste a chance to weigh in.

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W.Va. Politics
5:16 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Delegate Switches Parties to Run for State Senate

Del. Ryan Ferns announced he had switched parties and will run for the state Senate in 2014 as a Republican.
Credit Ashton Marra

Del. Ryan Ferns announced Monday he has switched parties and will run in 2014 for the state Senate as a Republican.

The former Democrat is in his second term in the House of Delegates and first made the announcement in his hometown of Wheeling, W.Va.

Ferns then traveled to Charleston, W.Va., where he, surrounded by Republican members of the state legislature, filed his pre-candidacy papers with the Secretary of State’s Office for the Senate seat.

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Drug Abuse
3:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Wyoming Co. Added to Federal Drug Traffic Area

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.)
Credit Rahall.house.gov/

Another county in Southern West Virginia is now recognized as a high drug trafficking area. Congressman Nick Rahall announced the federal label today. The title means the County is eligible to receive additional Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.

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West Virginia Morning
9:50 am
Mon November 11, 2013

A fire in Marlinton, the state's political future is up to young voters, and meet Sputnik

  A fire engulfs a city block in downtown Marlinton, the state's political future lies in the hands of voters who have traditionally voted the way their families did or aren't getting out to the polls at all, and the inaugural Iron Pour heats up Morgantown for sculptors. 

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W.Va. Politics
5:39 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

A new generation of West Virginia voters in search of a new party

Credit DonkeyHotey/Flickr

On a national level, political watchers say West Virginia is on the verge of a big change, one that would pull the state from its traditionally Democratic roots and push it toward a future of Republican leaders and a new generation of young voters might be behind that change.

West Virginians are a proud people, proud most of all of their heritage. Almost any West Virginian can share his or her story of a parent or grandparent who came to the state to work in the factories, steel mills or coal mines to provide for their families.

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