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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Loughry arrested by FBI, faces 22 federal charges

    06/20/2018 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 30 replies
    WVNews ^ | 6/20/18
    CHARLESTON — Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was arrested by the FBI Wednesday morning and will face 22 federal charges after a grand jury meeting in Charleston indicted him Monday. Loughry will face charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, witness tampering and lying to federal agents. The indictments had been sealed and weren't acted upon until Wednesday, when federal agents showed up at his house at about 7:30 a.m. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the charges during a press conference at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston.
  • Inflatable bounce house could mean trip to 'big house'

    06/20/2018 3:11:33 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 32 replies
    WTRF ^ | June 20, 2018 | Staff
    A father and son may yet rue the day when an inflatable bounce house came into their lives, should it lead to an extended stay at the “big house.” In a press release, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell announced federal grand jury indictments of Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan.
  • Joe Manchin: Supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 'was a mistake politically'

    06/06/2018 2:13:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6, 2018 | by Naomi Lim
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday he regretted endorsing failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, adding he would be "open" to throwing his weight behind President Trump's 2020 re-election bid. “I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state. If his policies are best, I’ll be right there,” Manchin told Politico Wednesday. “I’m with him sometimes more than other Republican senators are with him,” he continued later in the interview. “A lot of the policies he’s done [have] been good for the state.” Manchin recalled how Clinton asked him whether she...
  • Boy Scouts to provide condoms at upcoming World Jamboree

    05/24/2018 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | Bradford Richardson
    The Boy Scouts will reportedly provide condoms at the upcoming World Scout Jamboree. The World Organization of Scouting Movement handbook requires the host organization to “ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team staff] at a number of locations on the site.” The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia from July 21 to Aug. 1. The theme is “Unlock a New World.” The World Jamboree is an official World Organization of the Scout Movement event. The Boy Scouts are co-hosting this year’s program with two other scouting organizations, Scouts...
  • Don Blankenship announces spoiler’s bid in West Virginia Senate race

    05/21/2018 10:22:53 AM PDT · by TBP · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2018 | Stephan Dinan
    Don Blankenship, who was defeated in his maverick bid for the Republican nomination to run for Senate in West Virginia, said Monday he’ll run as a third party candidate in November, tossing the race in turmoil. Mr. Blankenship said he has accepted the nomination of the Constitution Party, saying it was a natural fit for his views — and suggested he was out for vengeance against President Trump’s political team. “This time, we won’t get surprised by the lying establishment,” he said. “We were assured by White House political staff that they would not interfere in the primary election. Obviously,...
  • Blankenship to Run as Third-Party Senate Candidate in WV Former convict says he’ll challenge..

    05/21/2018 8:45:20 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Rollcall ^ | May 21, 2018
    . Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who finished third in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary, plans to run for West Virginia Senate as a third-party candidate. Blankenship announced on Monday he’d run as the Constitution Party nominee, Politico reported. He said he’s willing to challenge the state’s “sore loser” law that would prohibit him from running in the general election since he already lost a major party’s nomination. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the GOP nod May 8 to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III in November. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race a...
  • Blankenship Says He’ll Run Third-Party In West Virginia Senate Race

    05/21/2018 6:10:01 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 84 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 21, 2018 | Cameron Joseph
    Don Blankenship isn’t done being a thorn in the side of the GOP. The ex-con former coal baron announced Monday morning that he plans to run as the Constitution Party’s nominee for Senate, a move that could damage his former party’s chances at defeating Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) if he’s able to actually get on the ballot.
  • Trump makes Manchin top target for midterms

    05/17/2018 4:43:02 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    TheHill ^ | May 17, 2018
    . President Trump is making Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a top target this fall, underlining his drive to protect the GOP’s Senate majority even it if means going after a relatively friendly Democrat. Trump told Republican senators in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he plans to spend significant time campaigning against Manchin, who represents a state won by the president over Hillary Clinton by 42 points. One GOP senator said Trump promised to visit the state “several times.”
  • Manchin Falls Behind GOP Challenger

    05/12/2018 7:45:06 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 29 replies ^ | May 12, 2018
    After Tuesday's West Virginia primary, red-state Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is now trailing Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey by two points in his re-election race, according to a new poll conducted by WPA intelligence. Why it matters: That's within the margin of error, but the poll is a sign that the GOP has improved its chances of defeating Manchin since Don Blankenship lost the primary this week. Manchin is in an especially vulnerable position given that President Trump won West Virginia by 42 points 2016. Meanwhile, several Republican leaders and outside groups are looking to West Virginia as a sign...
  • West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina primaries offer November clues, warning

    05/11/2018 12:14:06 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | 05/11/2018 | Douglas E Schoen
    Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina provided some clues about what to expect in the upcoming November midterm elections – including warning signs for Democrats. In West Virginia, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey emerged as the Republican senatorial nominee in a contentious primary marked by the unusual candidacy of the controversial former coal executive Don Blankenship. Blankenship was convicted and sent to prison for a year for his role in a coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers in 2010. The surprising popularity of Blankenship in pre-election polling – despite his loss Tuesday –...
  • Six Months Out: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators in 2018

    05/10/2018 11:03:50 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Rollcall ^ | May 10, 2018
    Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican running for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) Senate Democrats are still defending 10 states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, but six months out from Election Day, the most vulnerable senator remains a Republican. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller no longer faces a primary threat, but he’s the only Republican up for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won, and in this national environment that’s a tricky place to be. The Democrats’ odds of flipping a few GOP-held open seats in Arizona and...
  • Blue wave? Not so fast after GOP-friendly primary results.

    05/09/2018 5:28:33 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/09/18 | Terry Schilling
    SNIP Tuesday night’s primary election results in Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia provided a major lift to the GOP’s likelihood of maintaining the Senate. In Indiana, Mike Braun, a pro-Trump businessman, capitalized on his grassroots support to defeat two sitting U.S congressmen in order to challenge Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) in the fall. Congressman James Renacci (R) won his primary in Ohio in decisive fashion in order to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). And perhaps most importantly, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey pulled off a major upset in a three-way race, defeating the ever-controversial Don Blankenship, guaranteeing a...
  • .Patrick Morrisey pulls off upset in West Virginia Senate primary, beats Blankenship an

    05/08/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 8, 2018
    .The Fox News Decision Desk can now project a winner in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary. State Attorney General Patrick Morrissey will beat Congressman Evan Jenkins and former coal executive Don Blankenship, who will come in third. The results are a victory for President Trump, who had urged voters to reject Blankenship as doomed to lose to incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in November.
  • Patrick Morrisey wins West Virginia GOP primary for U.S. Senate

    05/08/2018 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 84 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2018 | AP
    BREAKING: State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wins Republican primary in U.S. Senate race in West Virginia. Convicted ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship loses.
  • .Indiana’s Mike Braun, Ohio’s Jim Renacci win Senate GOP Primaries

    05/08/2018 6:42:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 8, 2018
    .DEVELOPING… The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci, who has been endorsed by President Trump, will defeat businessman Mike Gibbons in the Buckeye State’s Republican Senate Primary. Renacci will advance to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown in November.
  • West Virginia & Ohio 2018 Primary Election Results

    05/08/2018 4:44:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 243 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | May 8, 2018 | WOWK
    Keep checking back here for the results of the races you care about. Remember, you won't start seeing election results until the polls close at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 8th. Use the search bar below to filter results.
  • Polls show Blankenship ahead, sparking panic among GOP

    05/07/2018 12:54:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/07/18 | Lisa Hagen
    Internal Republican polls show ex-coal CEO and former convict Don Blankenship in the lead a day before West Virginia’s Republican Senate primary, prompting more GOP fears about a Blankenship surge. SNIP Some Republicans worry Blankenship’s controversial past could jeopardize their chances at unseating Manchin. In a last-ditch effort to suppress Blankenship, Trump on Monday urged voters to reject the former coal executive and instead vote for either Jenkins or Morrisey on Tuesday. “To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Problem is, Don...
  • Two West Virginia Internal Campaign Polls Show Blankenship Narrowly Edging GOP Rivals

    05/07/2018 8:04:51 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 95 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/07/2018 | John McCormack
    Republicans are panicking as internal polls show Don Blankenship, a coal baron who spent time in jail for a mining disaster that killed 29 workers, surging into the lead in the West Virginia Senate GOP primary over Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins. The results of an internal campaign poll conducted for one rival Senate campaign on Saturday and Sunday were: Blankenship 31 percent, Jenkins 28 percent, Morrissey 27 percent. The results of another internal poll conducted Friday and Saturday were: Blankenship 28 percent, Morrissey 27 percent, Jenkins 14 percent. Two weeks earlier, the same rival campaign found...
  • Trump" Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A. G. Morrisey!"

    05/07/2018 5:17:23 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter ^ | May 7, 2018 | President Trump
    To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!
  • 'He's everything': Trump looms large in Indiana and West Virginia primaries....

    05/06/2018 6:41:17 AM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/6/2018 | Al Weaver
    "Trump's playing a huge role in both of those states," said David McIntosh, head of the Club for Growth. "Like everywhere in the country, Republican primary voters really want candidates who are going to support the president and support his agenda." "So you see every candidate pounds his chest and says, 'I'm the most pro-Trump and my opponents — they bet against the president.' It's a repeated line," McIntosh continued. "Voters are smarter than that and sort it out, but it is a huge variable."