W.Va. Politics

Election 2014
2:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional House Seat Remains Red

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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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Technology & Politics
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

These (Quasi) Anonymous Social Media Accounts Are Interjecting Themselves Into W.Va. Politics

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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10:09 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Ex-Florida Congressman to Speak to West Virginia GOP

Credit United State Congress

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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4:43 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Legislative Leaders Say Coal Rhetoric Not Helping

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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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5:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Panetta to Headline W.Va. Dems Annual Dinner

Credit U.S. Department of Defense

  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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11:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Rove to Fundraise for Jenkins' Congressional Bid

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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.

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10:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

West Virginia Poll: Coal Is Not Top Issue for Most Voters

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.
The future of the coal industry isn't the top priority for the vast majority of West Virginians likely to vote to send someone to Congress this year, according to a new West Virginia Poll.
2014 Elections
4:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Senate Debate in West Virginia Set for October

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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3:41 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Panel: No Replacing Withdrawn W.Va. GOP Candidate

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The State Election Commission won't allow a replacement for a Republican delegate who withdrew from the November election.

With GOP Delegate Suzette Raines off the ballot, Wednesday's decision gives Democrats an edge in the 35th House district. Four Democrats and three Republicans will vie for the four Kanawha County seats. Write-in candidates are possible.

In Monday's withdrawal, Raines said she needed time to heal after her mother's death in March and the end of her engagement.

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12:47 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

W.Va. GOP Nixes Speaker Facing Federal Sentencing

Dinesh D'Souza
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Updated: August 6, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. The West Virginia GOP has canceled an event where a conservative scholar would have spoken four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations. State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas says the September 19 Victory Dinner featuring Dinesh D'Souza in Charleston is canceled. He says the event will be rebooked.

Original Post Published: August 6, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

A conservative scholar and author will headline a West Virginia GOP event four days before his sentencing for federal campaign finance violations.

A state Republican Party news release says Dinesh D'Souza will speak at the party's annual Victory Dinner on September 19 in Charleston.

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12:09 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Ballots Set for November Election in West Virginia

Credit WBOY

Barring death, disqualification or withdrawal, West Virginia's ballot for the November general election is set.

Friday marked the deadline for independent candidates to submit signatures to get on the ballot.

Two hopefuls for the U.S. Senate, two for the U.S. House and eight in state legislative races used the signature method to qualify. Their affiliations include Independent, Libertarian and American Freedom Party.

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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

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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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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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12:36 am
Tue May 13, 2014

2014 Primary Election Live Blog

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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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