On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.
In Mooney-McKinley Republican Primary, Who Has The Advantage?
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Two West Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives will face each other in next year’s Republican primary.
Because of population loss in the 2020 Census, West Virginia lost one of its three House seats.
After redistricting, incumbent representatives Alex Mooney and David McKinley are running against each other.
They’re both Republicans, and they voted the same way 87% of the time in their last term.
But, that’s where the similarities end.
McKinley, a native of Wheeling, is in his sixth term representing northern West Virginia. He was previously a member of the state House of Delegates and chaired the state Republican party.
Mooney, of Charles Town, is in his fourth term. He moved to the eastern panhandle in 2014 after serving as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. His current district includes Charleston.
While McKinley is well-established in West Virginia, it may take more to win in the new district.
Mooney has more than $2.7 million in his campaign account, while McKinley has $630,000.
Mooney also has an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who remains popular in West Virginia.
“It’s setting up as a very interesting and probably pretty competitive primary,” said Kyle Kondik, an election analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Kondik initially thought McKinley had the edge because he’s more familiar to West Virginia voters.
But, he added, Trump’s endorsement and a bigger fundraising haul boosts Mooney’s chances.
“McKinley starts with an advantage because of geography,” Kondik said. “And then it’s a question of, ‘how does Mooney overcome that?’ Well, a Trump endorsement and having more money, those are two things that are helpful.”
Another issue that could cut both ways: infrastructure.
Mary and I want to thank all of you who approached us at the WVU game to express your support for my Infrastructure vote and how we put the needs of our state ahead of politics. Go Mountaineers…
On this West Virginia Week, the state legislature began winding down its 2024 session. Wednesday marked the last day for new bills to pass out of their chamber of origin, and now both the House and Senate are voting on bills proposed by their colleagues across the rotunda.
On this episode of The Legislature Today, there is just one more week of the 2024 West Virginia Legislative session. These last days of the regular session are usually when state budget issues are debated and resolved. But a surprise notification from the federal government that the state return nearly half a billion dollars in COVID-19 funds has several major legislative funding issues on hold.
A surprise notification from the federal government that the state must return nearly half a billion dollars in COVID-19 funds has several major funding issues on hold.
These last days of the regular session are typically when state budget issues are debated and resolved.