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  • James River Coal pushed into bankruptcy

    04/10/2014 12:13:12 PM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    A combination of a heavy debt load and a dramatic decline in demand and prices for coal pushed Richmond-based James River Coal Co. into Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday along with more than 30 of its subsidiary businesses, said in court filings Tuesday that it lost an estimated $16 million in 2013, as coal volumes and revenue dropped dramatically from 2012 to 2013. “The debtors’ businesses have reached the point of unsustainability absent utilization of the tools presented by Chapter 11,” James River Coal Chairman, President and CEO Peter Socha...
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • Group Rallies Against W.Va. Governor's Veto of 'Abortion Bill'

    04/01/2014 8:35:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Members of West Virginians for Life rallied Tuesday in Charleston and had a candlelight vigil later that night at the Governor's Mansion. It was in protest of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of House Bill 4588 -- the so-called Abortion Bill. It would have prevented abortions after 20 weeks unless there were overriding medical concerns for the mother's health and life. Organizers of the vigil said they wanted to show Tomblin how they felt about the veto of a bill putting new restrictions on late-term abortions.
  • West Virginia’s “Pro-Life” Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/30/2014 11:24:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who describes himself as pro-life and campaigned as a pro-life candidate, has vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. West Virginians for Life, the statewide pro-life group, tells LifeNews it is disappointed in Governor Tomblin’s veto of HB 4588, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Similar bills have been passed in ten other states and Governor Tomblin is the only governor who has vetoed one of these bills. fetalpain2In his veto message, the Governor claimed that attorneys advised him the bill was unconstitutional. Many cite an Arizona law as proof,...
  • 'Pro-Life' West Virginia Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Restriction

    03/29/2014 7:46:54 PM PDT · by gooblah · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Mar 2014, 2:00 PM PDT | by Dr. Susan Berry 2
    On Friday, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed a measure that would protect unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the Democrat-led state legislature. As Breitbart News reported on March 10, the West Virginia state Senate passed the measure, 29-5, with the support of 19 Democrats. The bill also passed in the state House by a vote of 79-17 with the support of 33 Democrats. The legislation, which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, is based on scientific evidence...
  • Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy

    03/25/2014 12:04:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 97 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 3/24/2014 | ABC 13
    Timberlake, VA - Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it's what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique. It's also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School. Her grandparents pulled the plug on her time there after they said she was no longer welcome. The family received a letter telling them that if their eight year old granddaughter didn't follow the school's "biblical standards," that she'd be refused enrollment next year. She's out and in public school now. Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a huge heart, and as far as her grandparents are concerned, she is a completely normal...

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...
  • West Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP

    03/23/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's best hopes to tip the chamber's balance of power. The party could win a narrow majority this fall if it holds onto its 45 Senate seats and takes six of the 55 held by Democrats, including that of West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. She is one of the few moderate candidates out there and has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s. If she beats her Democratic...

    03/14/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.11.14 | Natalie deMacedo
    It looks like the Democrats are steadily losing the war on women. The state of West Virginia, which votes for Republican presidents but has a Democratic governor and state legislature, passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks because babies are viable outside the womb and can feel pain. West Virginia is the first Democrat-ruled state to do so, and the vote was not even close: The state’s Democrat-led House the House passed the bill 85-15, according to the Associated Press. The Senate had previously passed the bill 25 to 9, according to the Herald Dispatch. The outstanding support for...
  • Astonishing poll shows 38-year Democratic congressman down 14 points (Rahall)

    03/14/2014 4:53:18 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/14/14 | Michael Barone
    Here's an astonishing poll: David Freddoso at Conservative Intelligence Briefing links to a report by the Washington Post's Aaron Blake that West Virginia 3rd district incumbent Rep. Nick Rahall trails Republican challenger state Sen. Evan Jenkins by a 54-percent to 40-percent margin. The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group, a Republican firm which, like several Democratic and other Republican firms, has had a good record for reliability over the years. This is astonishing for several reasons. Rahall, first elected in 1976, is now the seventh most senior member of the House, with three of the more senior members retiring...
  • US Rep. Nick Rahall(D-WV): I supported Bush more than Obama (More Dem Panic)

    03/13/2014 9:08:16 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-12-2014 | Russell Berman
    March 12, 2014 Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama Russell Berman A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular. He is facing a state senator, Evan Jenkins, who switched to the GOP to challenge him, and the House Democratic campaign committee recently added him to its “Frontline” list of members that need the most help saving their seat in November. “There’s no...
  • Campaign Urges West Virginia Governor to Sign Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/12/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    life news ^ | Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, and Karen Cross
    Over the weekend the West Virginia House and Senate put the finishing touches on a hugely important bill. If Gov. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs HB 4588– The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act– West Virginia’s unborn babies, who can feel pain, will be protected from abortion. If there is not a compelling state interest in protecting unborn children from such a hideous death, what would qualify? If Gov. Tomblin signs the bill into law, West Virginia will join ten other states and the United States House of Representatives that have passed similar bills. If Governor Tomblin signs the bill into...
  • In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience

    03/11/2014 7:27:13 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 4 replies
    89.9 WWNO ^ | February 13, 2014 | Brian Naylor
    Nate May's Prius is loaded down with water. The back is filled with boxes, each holding three one-gallon jugs that he just bought at Walmart. He and other volunteers are driving around Charleston, W.V., dropping off the jugs to people who have contacted his ad hoc group, the West Virginia Clean Water Hub. It's paid for with donations. "There are a lot of people this has put in a difficult bind. Some of them can't get out, some of them are elderly, some of them — it's just too much of a financial burden," May says. "We just take them...
  • West Virginia Inmate Charged With Threatening President

    03/10/2014 5:19:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK ^ | WOWK
    A West Virginia prison inmate has been accused of threatening President Barack Obama and his family via mailed letters. Robert Dale Tasker, 43, is charged in an indictment with three counts of threatening Obama and one count of threatening the president's family. The alleged threats were mailed in December and February. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each count.
  • West Virginia House Passes Abortion Bill

    03/09/2014 2:37:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception has passed the West Virginia House and will be sent to the governor to sign into law. On Saturday, the House passed the bill 85-15 with two delegates not voting. House Speaker Tim Miley denied requests to talk about the bill. The Democrat from Harrison said lawmakers had too many bills to get through. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he's concerned that a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks could be unconstitutional.
  • House Approves Bill to Stop Obama's "War on Coal"

    03/08/2014 12:28:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 March 2014 | Raven Clabough
    House Approves Bill to Stop Obama's "War on Coal" 07 March 2014 The House has approved a bill to block President Obama's climate plan that aimed at regulating so-called carbon pollution from new power plants.
  • Democrat Senate Panic: Gardner Makes A Total Of 14 Democratic Seats Vulnerable

    02/27/2014 9:29:16 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    Hugh ^ | February 27,2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The GOP’s probability of taking over the United States Senate increased dramatically Wednesday with the entry of Rep. Cory Gardner into the race against incumbent Obamacare enthusiast Senator Mark Udall in Colorado. 1. West Virginia: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito v. no one. Jay Rockefeller quit after Capito got into the race. She will win, going away. 2. South Dakota: Former Governor Mike Rounds in South Dakota v. no one in South Dakota This is a mortal lock for the popular Rounds. 3. Arkansas: Rep. Tom Cotton v. the hapless legacy senator Mark Pryor in Ark Pryor won his seat because...
  • West Virginia Senate: Capito (R) 49%, Tennant (D) 35%

    02/26/2014 7:33:03 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito posts a 14-point lead over Democrat Natalie Tennant in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the likely 2014 U.S. Senate race in West Virginia. A new statewide telephone survey finds that Capito earns 49% support from Likely West Virginia Voters to Tennant’s 35%. Four percent (4%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 500 Likely Voters in West...
  • Why Do Appalachians Love Clinton and Hate Obama?

    02/24/2014 1:00:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/24 | Jonathan Chait
    In Kentucky, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is running even or slightly behind in polls for reelection, despite the state’s heavily Republican lean. The central dynamic of the race concerns whether the Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, can distance herself from President Obama. McConnell is painting Grimes as Obama’s puppet, while Grimes is instead attaching herself to Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are far more popular in the state. Why is that? Here, in today’s Washington Post, is an odd passage explaining Clinton’s popularity vis-à-vis Obama: While President Obama’s approval rating in Kentucky is in the mid-30s, Bill Clinton...
  • West Virginia Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    02/24/2014 7:04:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | Karen Cross
    Unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain are one step closer to protection from gruesome death by dismemberment abortion in West Virginia. The House Judiciary Committee passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.B. 4588) Friday afternoon on a voice vote. Now that H.B. 4588 is out of Judiciary, the bill will go to the House floor for first, second, and third readings. After a favorable vote (and it should pass by an overwhelming margin), the bill will be sent to the Senate. fetalpainAll week long pro-lifers around the state have been following the progress of H.B. 4588. Initially...
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a PresidentÂ’s term are usually not good for the incumbentÂ’s party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. â—¾Alaska, Mark Begich â—¾Arkansas, Mark Pryor â—¾Louisiana, Mary Landrieu â—¾Michigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) â—¾Montana, John Walsh â—¾North Carolina, Kay Hagan â—¾South Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • Urgent Action Needed to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks in West Virginia

    02/20/2014 7:50:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | West Virginians for Life
    Unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain won a great victory in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.B. 4588) passed out of the House Health and Human Resources Committee without debate on February 17, 2014, and the Judiciary Committee plans to have it on the agenda on Friday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Any pro-life West Virginian with a delegate on the Judiciary Committee should contact their delegate and urge them to pass this important lifesaving legislation. For a list of WV Delegates on the Judiciary Committee, click here or see below....
  • West Virginia: Three Daycare Centers Close in Part Because of ObamaCare

    02/20/2014 3:15:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    Today, scores of parents will have to start looking for a new daycare. Three Kanawha County daycare centers will be closing soon. The daycare centers are at the Capital Complex, Shawnee, and Elk Center schools. The county says they’re too expensive to operate and have been losing $65,000 since the beginning of the school year. The buildings are in major need of repairs, too. And there are concerns about added costs because of the Affordable Care Act. Parents impacted by the closures are frustrated and now worried about waiting list to get their child into another daycare.
  • Obama’s War on America: Killing Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power

    02/20/2014 6:41:22 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/20/2014 | Alan Caruba
    If the White House and the EPA is permitted to implement the MATS regulation the economy will dramatically decline. Life in America will resemble that of third world nations. It is entirely based on lies
  • W.Va. House panel OKs bill to limit abortions

    02/17/2014 6:10:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has voted to pass a bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks. The proposal passed Monday in the Committee on Health would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless a physician deems a woman's medical complications pose a risk to her life or would cause irreversible physical impairment. This does not include a woman's psychological or mental condition. The bill would also compel physicians who perform abortions after 20 weeks to do so in such a way that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.
  • West Virginia Democrats Kill Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    02/12/2014 2:52:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | West Virginians for Life
    The leadership of the West Virginia House of Delegates failed to protect unborn babies from suffering excruciating pain during abortions here in the state of West Virginia. They voted against an opportunity to act on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the House chamber on Tuesday, February 11. westvirginia3bMinority Leader Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) made the motion to Discharge the Committee and bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor of the House. The vote to Discharge the Committee failed 48 to 48. The vote was along party lines with the Republicans voting for the bill and two...
  • W.Va. official: People are inhaling formaldehyde

    01/29/2014 1:12:53 PM PST · by gooblah · 15 replies
    Yahoo/ap ^ | JonathanMattise
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official said Wednesday that he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in traces of a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill, but federal health guidelines say people need to breathe "a lot of it" to be a problem.
  • APCO announces coal-fired power plant closures (WV)

    01/29/2014 7:53:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | Kevin Niewood
    Appalachian Power President and COO Charles Patton tells WVVA that the Glen Lyn power plant will be closing and that EPA regulations are playing a major role. The Kanawha River plant, which is just outside of Charleston, and the Sporn units near Point Pleasant, will also be closing. Another one of APCO's Virginia plants will be converted to natural gas in lieu of closing. Patton says it would cost Appalachian Power at least 200 to 300 million dollars to upgrade these plants to meet EPA standards. Company officials are doing everything they can to curb job loss from these plant...
  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 71 replies
    Vanity | November 18, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    The facts 1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election. 2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014. 3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority. The Analysis The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status...
  • Scorched by ‘illegal’ IRS credits, Reid sits on jobless bill amendments (Kelly Ayotte!)

    01/13/2014 2:44:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 1/13/14 | Kenric Ward
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bowing to a flurry of cost-cutting amendments on a bill extending unemployment benefits, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will allow votes on “reasonable” reforms. But he didn’t say when. Reid’s shuffle comes after Republicans blasted the Nevada Democrat for unilaterally blocking amendments that could yield $70 billion in taxpayer savings. “I am not surprised that Senator Reid is backtracking,” said David North. The immigration-law expert praised GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for her amendment to halt IRS child tax-credit refunds going to illegal immigrants.
  • COLD SHOCK: Warming up your car illegal!

    01/12/2014 4:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 123 replies ^ | January 10, 2014 |
    WASHINGTON – The recent nationwide cold snap isn’t just making Americans uncomfortable. It’s turning some into lawbreakers. The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota. Who knew it could be illegal to run back inside while your car is warming up in winter – in a practice sometimes called “puffing”? Many Americans are getting first-hand experience this brutal winter with the latest manifestation of what some call the “Nanny State.” The...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • West Virginia chemical spill prompts state of emergency, water ban in 8 counties

    01/09/2014 5:43:13 PM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/9/14 | Becky Bratu
    West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency Thursday in several counties because of a chemical spill into the Elk River. The advisory was expanded at night from five to eight counties. The state of emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties, according to NBC station WSAZ. Residents were told not to drink the water, bathe in it or cook with the water and only use it for flushing and fire emergencies. Boiling it will not remove the chemicals.
  • RNC starts negative ads in 40 media markets

    01/08/2014 7:20:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate. The early action suggests Republicans see the president’s signature domestic achievement as their way to keep control of the House and perhaps win the Senate. With more than 300 days remaining before Election Day, both sides are looking to set the agenda before voters start paying attention. “Obamacare is going to be the issue in 2014,”...
  • The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

    01/04/2014 6:52:52 AM PST · by Daffynition · 67 replies
    politico ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | JASON KOEBLER
    When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesn’t do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it.
  • Health care glitch affects 18K W.Va. residents

    01/02/2014 11:57:41 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official says a glitch in the federal health insurance marketplace has affected about 18,000 West Virginians trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Jeremiah Samples of the state Department of Health and Human Resources tells the Charleston Gazette ( ) the federal exchange is having problems transferring account information to and from West Virginia's system. He says some other states are having the same problem.
  • Five things Obama must do to avoid lame-duck status ["It's not personal"]

    12/31/2013 4:20:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 31, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama endured a terrible 2013, raising GOP hopes of a Senate takeover in next year’s midterm elections that would turn him into an early lame duck. The GOP needs to win six seats in the upper chamber to take a 51-49 edge, something clearly obtainable with Democrats defending difficult seats in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. With the Senate and House in GOP hands, Obama would have little if any hope of moving his legislative agenda, and would be left to play defense against a GOP Congress in his final two years in...
  • A GOP “dam ready to break” in West Virginia

    12/29/2013 6:54:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/29/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrats in West Virginia have pretty much taken their two Senate seats for granted for a long time now. (And with good reason, since the last time the GOP held those spots, Ike was still president.) They’ve also had a fair bit of success in hanging on to at least some of their three congressional seats in the modern era. This stands in contrast to a seemingly constant ideological shift to the right among voters, demonstrated by the fact that no Democrat presidential candidate has carried the state since Bill Clinton. This shift may be setting the stage for some...
  • WV:UPDATE: Neighbor Stops Home Invaders by Shooting One and Holding Other at Gunpoint

    12/29/2013 9:26:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 23 December, 2013 | Rahel Solomon
    LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Two men are facing charges after police say they were caught red-handed trying to break into a Logan County home Saturday morning. Terry Robbins, a neighbor and family member, caught the two suspects in the house and says he was forced to shoot one of the alleged burglars when he tried to attack him. Robbins told Saturday morning around 5:30 his aunt and uncle called saying their security alarm was triggered. Robbins says when he arrived at the house shortly after, he found Jimmy Walker and Justin Blair. Robbins says he and Walker are distant...
  • West Virginia Citizens Defense League Files For Injunction Against the City of Charleston

    12/29/2013 9:01:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 18 December, 2013 | WVCDL
    Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Citizens Defense League has filed for an injunction against the City of Charleston in the Kanawha County Circuit Court. Charleston has continued to enforce multiple city ordinances which are in clear violation of state law governing Home Rule cities, made effective July 1 of this year. Under the state law, Charleston’s firearms ordinances are rendered null and void as a condition of participation in the Home Rule Pilot Program. “The WVCDL is not seeking financial damages; only injunctive relief” said WVCDL President, Keith Morgan. “Charleston is operating in clear violation of state law by...
  • Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party

    12/23/2013 6:27:06 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 22, 2013 | Susan Cornwell
    President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.
  • [WV Dem Senator]Manchin: Obamacare could suffer ‘complete meltdown’

    12/22/2013 12:31:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | December 22, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that Obamacare could be headed for a "complete meltdown" if costs rise too fast and people are unhappy with their coverage. “If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated, and if the coverage is not as good as what we've had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The senator said such a situation would result in the law collapsing under "its own weight."(continued)
  • Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party

    12/22/2013 10:40:06 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | By Susan Cornwell
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work. "If it's so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if...
  • Manchin warns Obamacare could still collapse

    12/22/2013 7:45:01 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | Dec. 22, 2013 | Ginger Gibson
    Sen. Joe Manchin warns that Obamacare could collapse “under its own weight” if there are continued problems, repeating his push for delaying the individual mandate. “If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” the West Virginia Democrat said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This transitional year gives you a chance to adjust the product for the market.”Manchin is pushing legislation with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) that would delay the individual mandate for another...
  • School Board votes to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest High School

    12/17/2013 12:47:34 PM PST · by South40 · 70 replies
    ActionNewsJax.coim ^ | 12/17/2013 | Alyana Gomez
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A time to mend the divide; a sentiment that was met with a standing ovation. The Duval County School Board voted unanimously to remove the name of a Confederate general from a Westside high school. School leaders called it a move for progress.
  • Marcellus region to provide 18% of total U.S. natural gas production this month

    12/09/2013 7:12:29 AM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Production of natural gas in the Marcellus region, located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is expected to exceed 13 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) this month, based on estimates in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR), which will be released later today. The Marcellus region, which produced less than 2 Bcf/d as recently as 2010, is expected to provide 18% of total U.S. natural gas production this month. The total natural gas production estimate is marketed production, while the DPR estimates gross withdrawals, so coming up with a precise percentage is difficult. The rise of...
  • WV Leads 27 States,Territories in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Citizens’ Rights to Buy, Sell Guns

    12/07/2013 10:13:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 4 December, 2013 | NA
    CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia and 25 other states and one territory have filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal government attempt to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own and purchase firearms. “Our Office is proud to lead a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories in this brief to oppose the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to unilaterally create a federal restriction on firearm sales between law-abiding citizens,” Attorney General Morrisey said....
  • West Virginia rejects one year delay for meeting ACA requirements

    11/21/2013 8:40:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    West Virginia Metro News ^ | November 21, 2013 | Shauna Johnson
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is joining more than half a dozen states, so far, in rejecting President Barack Obama’s proposal which allows health insurance companies to renew plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act for one more year. On Thursday, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley said the “single year” re-enrollment proposal is not necessary in West Virginia because of the proactive steps taken, this year, to allow for a transition period that is “consistent with the existing law.” “The abrupt CCIIO (Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight) proposal comes at a time when West Virginia employers,...
  • Rep. Nick Rahall (D- WV): I Don't Regret Voting for Obamacare

    11/20/2013 7:17:51 PM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | NOV 19, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Democratic congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia was one of the 39 Democrats to vote last Friday to allow insurance plans that were on the market in 2013 to be sold next year. But during a radio interview, Rahall made it clear that he didn't regret voting for Obamacare in the first place. "I think there's more good than bad in that law," he said. Rahall added that he thought some of his constituents will find it was in their "best interest" to have their current plans canceled.   "I believe that West Virginians, once they have access to the...
  • 6 States Refuse Benefits to Gay National Guard Spouses

    11/14/2013 5:31:56 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    All Gov ^ | November 13, 2013 | Noel Brinkerhoff
    Half a dozen states are ignoring a federal decree to grant marital benefits to gay members of the National Guard, claiming the mandate conflicts with state laws banning homosexual unions. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (pdf), which prohibited the federal government from recognizing gay marriages, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued an order for gay spouses of National Guard members to receive the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses. But six states—Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia—have refused to comply, despite the fact that the president has...