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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • Live updates: Ferguson protests turn violent; building, cars burn

    11/24/2014 8:45:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 268 replies
    WXYZ Detroit ^ | 10:35 PM, Nov 24, 2014 | Scripps National Desk
    10:30 p.m. Central Time: Fires continue, and while many protestors are still out in Ferguson, Missouri, reporters say the crowds had dwindled a bit. Some protestors are shouting profanity at police and members of the media. One building is engulfed in flames and is destroyed. CNN reports the building is a Little Caesars pizza restaurant.
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon enters West Virginia prison (RAT)

    11/18/2014 8:25:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    charolleteobserver.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2014 | Michael Gordon
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon traded jeans and a light brown sweater for a khaki green prison uniform – and a once promising political career for a serial number on Tuesday. At his sentencing last month, his attorneys asked a federal judge to allow the felon to spend his birthday and the coming holidays with his wife and children in Charlotte. Instead, Cannon kicked off his 44-month sentence just before noon Tuesday. Cannon entered prison when he stepped out of a black SUV in front of Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown and checked in with the guards. He was...
  • West Virginia to remove words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from all state tax forms

    11/14/2014 1:11:16 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of two federal court rulings striking down West Virginia’s marriage protection amendment, which had previously defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the state tax department has announced starting next year, it will remove the words “husband” and “wife” from all tax forms and informational materials, replacing them with the more gender-neutral “spouse.” Until then, the agency says same-sex couples can use the current tax forms with the understanding that a married household may have two “husbands” or two “wives” under the new definition of marriage in the state. According to a notice...
  • Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted in 2010 mine disaster

    11/13/2014 7:25:06 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/14
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, was indicted Thursday on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation that followed the blast.
  • Report: Mollohan Should Have Been Indicted

    11/13/2014 1:38:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 13, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    Documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) from the Department of Justice provide "hard evidence" that former Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) should have been prosecuted after NLPC exposed his questionable financial dealings, and triggered a Justice Department investigation. CREW executive director Melanie Sloantold Politico yesterday, "It was clear the Justice Department should have indicted Mollohan." Mollohan was defeated for re-election in 2010 in a Democratic primary. His ethics woes were a key issue in the campaign. Although we have not yet had the opportunity to study the underlying documents, CREW has released a very concise...
  • GOP used car salesman tops senior W.Va. senator (raise $0 for campaign)

    11/13/2014 5:12:13 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Nov 2014 | By JONATHAN MATTISE
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mark Maynard owns a used car lot, runs a towing business and spends his spare time on a professional drag racing pit crew. And despite not raising a dime for his Republican campaign and agreeing with his Democratic opponent on almost all the issues, he defeated West Virginia's longest-sitting state senator.The same momentum helped Republicans win a U.S. Senate seat held for decades by a Democrat, sweep three congressional seats and take majorities in the Legislature for the first time in eight decades. "Everybody's low approval rating of the president and the way he was running...
  • GOP used car salesman tops senior West Virginia Senator

    11/13/2014 3:24:52 AM PST · by Din Maker · 46 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 13, 2014
    Mark Maynard owns a used car lot, runs a towing business and spends his spare time on a professional drag racing pit crew. And despite not raising a dime for his Republican campaign, he defeated West Virginia's longest-sitting state senator. That was the kind of election it was for West Virginia Democrats. As voters took out their disgust with President Barack Obama, Maynard defeated Sen. Truman Chafin, a lawmaker Republicans previously had bothered to challenge only once in three decades. Not a single campaign check came Maynard's way, nor did he report spending anything. Potential donors told Maynard he didn't...
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on “Fox News Sunday” to be “extremely aggressive” in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Extremely aggressive,” she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. “That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. “We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • 2014 fallout: Democratic officeholders jumping ship for the GOP

    11/06/2014 2:11:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/6/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the wake of Tuesday’s drubbing, soft Democrats in Congress are pledging to stand with the president’s party… for now. So-called independent Sen. Angus King (I-ME) backed off his pledge to caucus with the majority party in the 114th Congress on Wednesday. He was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who represents a state which is shifting rapidly from blue to red without the requisite stopover into purple territory. The story is not the same on the state-level. As the fallout from the 2014 tsunami settles, a wave of party jumpers is sapping the Democrats of authority on the...
  • 'I'm Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment': Teen Becomes Youngest Lawmaker

    11/06/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by Paul R. · 24 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 11/5/2014 | Fox & Friends
    18-year-old Saira Blair, a Republican from West Virginia, just became the youngest elected lawmaker in the country after trouncing her 44-year-old Democratic opponent 63 percent to 30 percent to earn a seat in West Virginia’s House of Delegates.
  • Davis, Fluke And Dunham: Liberal Feminism’s Rage Spiral

    11/06/2014 4:15:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 11-6-14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Radical liberal feminism — the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control — has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it’s been a really rough week, or so. And I’m not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the “war on women” narrative by defeating Colorado’s ”Mark Uterus.”The story also played out in Texas, where — writing about the race — Mollie Hemingway observed: “Wendy Davis was the face of ‘War On Women’ Politics. How’d that go?” And it played out in California, where Sandra Fluke lost a bid for...
  • Saira Blair: 5 Things To Know About America’s New Youngest Lawmaker

    11/06/2014 9:56:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | 11-5-14 | Julianne Ishler
    Saira has caused quite a storm in the media! She shocked everyone, when at just 18, she was elected to represent her district in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Here are five things to know about the youngest lawmaker in America! Saira Blair may be 18, but she’s already proven to be the strongest candidate to represent a small district in West Virginia. The young Republican, who did most of her campaigning out of her college dorm room, defeated 44-year-old attorney Layne Diehl in a landslide victory on Nov. 4. Here are five fascinating facts about Saira! Saira Blair:...
  • Libs trashing Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican who just won a seat in the WV legislature

    11/06/2014 7:06:00 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | November 5, 2014
    This could be the nicest thing you read today, via the Wall Street Journal: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1˝ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote. In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running...
  • West Virginia, the nation's least Hispanic state, elects its first Latino congressman

    11/06/2014 6:45:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Nov 4, 2014
    The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party. Mooney beat Casey with 46.7 to 44.2 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. After his victory, Mooney tweeted: "I cannot thank you enough for this humbling opportunity to serve the people of West Virginia." Latinos make up just 1.2 percent – or slightly more than 22,268 – of the Eastern Panhandle state's population. Mooney, 43, ruffled feathers with his...
  • The Social Justice of Coal

    11/06/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Robert Bryce | Robert Bryce
    Demonize coal. Keep the poor in the dark. And, above all, keep pushing the fantasy that U.S. government action (with or without the approval of Congress) is essential to dealing with climate change. That — in a nutshell — is the climate-change strategy of the Obama administration and its environmentalist allies. Evidence of the third point can be found by looking at the “Clean Power Plan” — the 645-page set of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last June that, if it withstands legal challenges, will effectively outlaw the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States....
  • Hall Switches Parties, GOP Will Control Both Chambers of WV Legislature

    11/05/2014 5:43:58 PM PST · by tellw · 49 replies
    WV Public Broadcasting ^ | 11/5/14 | Dave Mistich
    Senator Daniel Hall has left the Democratic Party, flipping the West Virginia Legislature entirely into the hands of the GOP, according to a source in the state's Republican Party office. The party affiliation change comes after a deadlock in the state Senate where Republicans and Democrats each had 17 members as a result of Tuesday's election. The switch was first reported by The Charleston Daily Mail. Hall served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 to 2012. In 2006, he unsuccessfully ran for the House of Delegates as a Republican. Hall's counterpart in the Senate's 9th District, Democratic...
  • This Pro-Life 18-Year-Old Just Won a Race to Become a State Legislator (West Virginia)

    11/05/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 11/5/14 | Steven Ertelt
    If you’re concerned about the future of the country and want to know if the next generation of Americans cares about pro-life issues, look no further than the state of West Virginia. There, pro-life 18-year-old Saira Blair, who graduated from high school in May and is now a college freshman, ran on a pro-life platform to beat an incumbent state legislator. Blair gives hope to pro-lifers wondering if teenagers really “get it” and want to make a difference for life. sairablair2“I think I’m fully capable of doing the job, and I don’t think it’s rocket science by any means —...
  • West Virginia Elects America’s Youngest State Lawmaker

    A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1˝ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote.
  • McConnell wins Ky. as GOP bids for Senate majority

    11/04/2014 4:38:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2014 | Charles Babington
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell won a hard-fought sixth term Tuesday, putting him a step closer to his lifelong dream of becoming majority leader and getting the GOP off to a good start in its goal of taking control of the Senate. Helping his chances was Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's capture of the West Virginia seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Her victory, while not a surprise, gave Republicans the first of six new seats they will need to control the Senate for the first time in eight years...
  • MSNBC: ‘Old White People’ in the South Who Vote Republican Are ‘Going to Die Someday’

    11/04/2014 7:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 4, 2014 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53 [percent], John McCain with 52,” he said. “That’s a changing South. Those old white people? They’re...
  • Capito becomes first female Senator, first Republican in 56 years for West Virginia

    11/04/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    WBOY.COM ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | Mandi Cardosi
    U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will be the first female Senator representing the Mountain State, and first Republican in 56 years. Just minutes after the polls closed, the Associated Press called the race. Typically, two candidates running for a spot in the U.S. Senate to represent a state don't share so much in common. That was not necessarily the case in the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.'s, spot in Washington. Capito and opponent, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, ran campaigns on pro-coal, pro-guns and pro-jobs; just some of the platforms each candidate shared. However, West Virginians showed...
  • Jenkins Defeats Longtime Incumbent Rahall for District 3 U.S. House Seat in W.Va.

    11/04/2014 7:53:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    WSAZ.COM ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | The Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Republican Evan Jenkins has defeated 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall in West Virginia for the District 3 U.S. House race, the AP reports.
  • Jenkins defeats Rahall for WV District 3 seat in U.S. House

    11/04/2014 7:51:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    State Journal ^ | November 4, 2014
    The campaign between Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall and Republican challenger Evan Jenkins for U.S. Congress, representing West Virginia's 3rd District seat, was one of the most anticipated and hotly contested races this fall. It was also one of the most highly financed, with an estimated $9 million spent on the campaigns. The Associated Press called a victory for Jenkins with about 80 percent of the votes reported Nov. 4.
  • Mooney (R - Teaparty) holds thin lead in 2nd District House race (WV)

    11/04/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | 4 Nov 2014 | Allen Tayloy
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Maryland state lawmaker Alex Mooney had a thin lead over Democrat Nick Casey in the race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Democrat Nick Casey With 12 of 17 counties reporting (about 33 percent of precincts overall), Mooney had received 47 percent of the votes to Casey’s 44 percent. Each candidate was on pace to carry his home territory: Mooney with 54.9 percent in Berkeley County and Casey holding 55.4 percent in Kanawha County. The district was thrown open when seven-term Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito launched a successful U.S. Senate campaign.
  • Decision 2014 Election Results (West Virginia Live)

    11/04/2014 5:05:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    WSAZ.COM ^ | November 4, 2014 | UPDATED
    Shelley Moore Capito (R) 0 0% WinnerWinner
  • Sabato’s Final Predictions: Republicans Pick Up 8 Seats In The Senate

    11/03/2014 11:59:16 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/03/2014 | Derek Hunter
    Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and one of the most widely respected political analysts in the country, has come out with his final predictions for the 2014 midterms, and he predicts a good night for Republicans. In his “Crystal Ball” picks, Sabato see an 8-seat pick-up for Republicans in the Senate, which would give them a 2-seat majority.
  • New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races

    11/02/2014 11:47:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 02, 2014
    New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races November 02, 2014 Republican Senate candidates are pulling away in the final days of key races, according to polls released this weekend. Republicans are either leading in Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana or will likely win runoff elections, according to a NBC/Marist poll released Sunday. In addition, the Republican nominee in Iowa, Joni Ernst, now has a 7-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep Bruce Braley, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. Most polls have shown until now that the four races have essentially been deadlocked in the closing...
  • Harassed consumer scores $22.5K from Dish Network

    10/30/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Richard Morgan
    TV provider, Dish Network has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $22,500 to a West Virginia man after it made 31 calls to his cell phone to pestering him to pay an overdue bill. It turns out the man, Chester Moore, was never a Dish customer and didn’t owe the Charlie Ergen-controlled satellite-TV outfit a dime. Plus, Moore had alerted a Dish representative on two occasions of the screw-up. On both occasions, Dish’s reps assured Moore the calls would stop. But the calls — made by an automatic telephone dialing system — kept coming.
  • Columnist Sets Off Storm Calling Michael Brown 'Animal' Who Had To Be 'Put Down' (Don Surber)

    10/28/2014 9:58:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 28, 2014 | Tom Kludt
    The frustration from Charleston Daily Mail's editor and publisher Brad McElhinny was clear when TPM reach him by phone on Tuesday afternoon. "I've had better days," he said. His exasperation was understandable. On Saturday, Don Surber, the West Virginia paper's lone editorial columnist, took to his personal blog to offer his thoughts on "police brutality" and the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. "This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of racists riot in Ferguson, Missouri, in support of a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren...
  • Obama Immigration Delay Designed To Help Natalie Tennant

    10/22/2014 3:39:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Capito for Senate ^ | September 6, 2014
    CHARLESTON, WV – Natalie Tennant got a little help from her friend President Obama today when the White House announced it would delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections – a move intended to benefit Democratic candidates like Tennant. The Capito for Senate campaign released the following statement in response: “It’s appalling that President Obama would delay his deeply unpopular plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants until after the election as a political trick to help struggling Democrats like Natalie Tennant. (SNIP) Last month Tennant’s campaign chairman was caught on tape saying she agrees with Obama...
  • WV Coal Mine Company Lays Off 130 Workers

    10/22/2014 7:23:38 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    WCHS.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | WCHS.com
    After warning in August that hundreds of miners could lose their jobs, Boone County-based Coal River Energy has laid off 130 mine workers. Coal River Energy spokesman James "Skeets" Loving confirmed the layoffs Tuesday. In August, the company warned that 280 mine workers could be out of jobs. Loving said the company laid off 130 employees on Oct. 11, while keeping 94 workers and finding other work for 56 others. The affected mining areas are located near the border of Boone and Kanawha counties. Some are underground and some are surface mines. The company pointed to poor coal markets and...
  • 4 Yeager Airport Personnel Exposed to Unknown Substance; HazMat Team Responds (West Virgnia)

    10/15/2014 9:09:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ STAFF
    UPDATE 10/15/14 @ 11:34 p.m. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four airline personnel were exposed to an unknown substance at Yeager Airport while handling luggage Wednesday night. Yeager Airport Director Rick Atkinson said the four people were affected after a bag was left in the airport terminal -- not on a plane, as first reported. According to Atkinson, the bag was taken off baggage claim on Tuesday. It is unknown where the bag came from or whose it may be. A lost baggage claim was made on the bag and an employee with Delta Global Services was checking on it. CAMC...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Lost Electricity Generation Capacity 7X Higher Than EPA Estimates

    10/10/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER). The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,” IER’s updated report, released October 7, noted. “Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,” the report stated. “Before President Obama’s...
  • House homestretch: 5 key dynamics

    10/10/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/8/14 | Alex Isenstadt
    The battle for the House has turned into trench warfare, with Republicans trying to scrape out enough wins to give them a historic majority and Democrats doing everything they can to minimize GOP gains. If the election were held today, strategists from both sides say, Republicans would expand their current majority by between six and eight seats ... Republicans head into the final weeks of the campaign almost exclusively on offense. Of the 31 or so races seriously in contention, 22 — over 70 percent — are in districts held by Democrats. Twenty of the 31 districts were won by...
  • Mine workers protest at U.S. EPA

    10/07/2014 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    West Virginia MetroNews ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Chris Lawrence
    The rules put in place by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency have dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Appalachian region. The most recent proposal could be the death knell if they are enacted. More than 500 active and retired coal miners from West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia delivered that message to Washington Tuesday. The protest is the most recent demonstration against the clean power rule which would change the rules for emissions on existing coal fired power plants in the United States. The rally, led by the United Mine Workers Union, called on the...
  • Patient at D.C.'s Howard University Hospital Does Not Have Ebola

    10/04/2014 5:22:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    A patient who was evaluated for Ebola at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., does not have the disease, according to the DC Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Patient had traveled to Nigeria recently. That person was admitted to the hospital in stable condition and was isolated. The hospital continues to treat the patient for other illnesses. In a White House briefing Friday, Sylvia Burwell, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, said of the Howard case, "What you see are people taking precautions." There are no confirmed cases of Ebola...
  • Patient Nigeria admitted to Howard Univ Hospital in DC with possible Ebola symptoms

    10/03/2014 8:50:45 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 84 replies
    NBC4 ^ | 10/03/14 | Mark Segraves
    Patient traveling from Nigeria admitted to Howard Univ Hospital in DC with possible Ebola symptoms. From Howard Univ : "we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient" Howard Univ: a patient ​has been admitted in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria w/ symptoms that could be associated with Ebola.
  • Red-seat Dems fight for survival

    09/28/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    For years, three House Democrats — West Virginia’s Nick Rahall, Georgia’s John Barrow and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson — have been survivors, defying political calculus to win term after term in solidly red Republican districts. They paddled through the 2010 GOP wave. They even overcame the flood of Mitt Romney’s double-digit margins of victory in each district in 2012. But 2014 could be their ultimate survival test. In an era of increasing polarization, Rahall, Peterson and Barrow are the three Democrats running for reelection who represent the most Republican districts in Congress. They’ve managed to hang on to their seats, even...
  • Dozens Arrested, 190 lbs. of Ginseng Seized (Spoiler Alert: NOT A Parody)

    09/27/2014 4:29:58 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 12 replies
    realfarmacy.com ^ | 9/19/14 | n/a
    West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested according to the Associated Press. The arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia. The defendants violated a ginseng digging law because it was harvested out of season. Ginseng digging season begins September 1st in West Virginia.
  • Chevron first energy giant to meet new sustainable shale standards

    09/19/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday... Chevron’s pledges to recycle drilling fluids, not use open waste pits and to reduce methane leaks address “very big” concerns for many people, said Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Chevron also says it now discloses all of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process in the region. Woodwell said his group hopes other drilling...
  • Collin Peterson Democrat Nick Rahall staffer poses in Keffiyeh with imitation AK47

    09/16/2014 12:07:57 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Twitter.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Holly Fisher
    In addition to being a Field Organizer for the West Virginia Democratic Party, Collin Peterson is also a staffer for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia. No problem with him holding a rifle or what looks like an AK47 imitation airsoft gun. Lot of issue with him appearing to “play terrorist” and post other pro-terrorist imagery:
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Mitch McConnell's wife sits on the board of a group working to kill the coal industry

    08/10/2014 10:56:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2014 | Chris Moody
    For the pro-coal senator, the "war on coal" begins at home. ... while McConnell presents himself as a defender of Kentucky coal mining, a member of his own family who serves as a key campaign surrogate is taking a role in an organization that funds one of the most aggressive anti-coal campaigns in the country. McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry. In 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies...
  • Natalie Tennant's Pro-Obama Past Comes To Haunt Her In West Virginia Race

    08/09/2014 4:46:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Democrats from red states are feeling the heat. Their constituents don’t like Obama, or his polices, and they have to somehow convince them that they’ll be somewhat independent when it comes to fighting for their interests. Natalie Tennant, the Democratic candidate in West Virginia’s Senate race, is trying to disseminate that message of independene with this ad rebuking Obama’s energy policy. It was released at the end of July. She says that she’ll protect coal jobs in West Virginia and “stand up to leaders of both parties who threaten our way of life.” She then proceeds to turn off...
  • Upset Voter Confronts Obama Supporting Democrat Rep. (Article and Video from WV re EPA and coal)

    Coming into the midterm elections, Democrats across the country are attempting to distance themselves from President Obama and his many failed policies, and who could blame them? With historically low approval numbers and the majority of Americans thinking our nation is worse off than when he took office, supporting him now would be the kiss of death in certain states where his agenda has had the worst effects. West Virginia is one of them. A video posted to YouTube Monday shows a concerned West Virginia voter questioning Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant on her support for Obama, specifically his anti-coal...
  • Marcellus Region’s natural gas production reaches record high

    08/05/2014 8:44:47 PM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    FuelFix/ ^ | 5 Aug 2014 | Robert Grattan
    HOUSTON — Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, the most productive period ever recorded there, according to a government analysis. The Marcellus Region, located largely in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, now accounts for almost 40 percent of U.S. shale gas production. The field’s rapid growth has had a major effect on the surrounding markets for gas and isn’t expected to ebb soon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Marcellus Region’s natural gas productivity has surged since 2010, when production totaled 2 billion cubic feet per day. New wells...