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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • 'Caved to the far-left': Entrenched red state GOP incumbent loses primary after PAC hammers him on key issue (WV Senate president)

    05/16/2024 4:37:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/15/24 | Andrew Miller
    A stalwart in the West Virginia Republican Party for decades lost his primary race on Tuesday night due in part to his support of a controversial bill that critics say would provide healthcare for illegal immigrants, according to a group that actively campaigned against him. West Virginia GOP State Sen. Craig Blair, the president of the state senate who has served as a state senator since 2013 and in the legislature for years before that, lost to his primary challenger Tom Willis on Tuesday night, WV Metro News reported. Stand For Us PAC, a group that put $1 million into...
  • West Virginia GOP Senate president, doctor who opposed drawing back vaccine laws ousted in election

    05/16/2024 4:30:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 5/15/24 | LEAH WILLINGHAM and JOHN RABY
    West Virginia voters ousted the Republican state Senate president on Tuesday, as well as a doctor who drew fire for breaking with his party over school vaccination policy. They were among at least eight incumbent GOP legislators who lost in the state's primary elections.
  • West Virginia Primary - State Races

    05/14/2024 7:46:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    WSAZ ^ | May 14, 2024 | WSAZ
    Donald Trump (R) 188,807 88% Joe Biden (D) 65,791 71% More results on link
  • In W. Va. primary, establishment candidates for governor highlight culture war issues

    05/14/2024 5:12:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/1324 | Randy Yohe
    With incumbent Gov. Jim Justice reaching his term limit and running for the U.S. Senate, a field of Republicans is competing to replace him in a primary Tuesday. While they address issues specific to the mountain state, like the future of coal productionand low school scores, the national debate over transgender rights is filling many of their campaign ads. "Fairy tales aren't facts, a boy is not a girl," says an ad for candidate Chris Miller. "I'm fighting to make sure that girls are never forced to play sports with guys," says one from candidate and current Attorney General Patrick...
  • Election deniers: West Virginia voters must pick from GOP candidates who still dispute 2020 outcome

    05/13/2024 3:20:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When West Virginia Republicans vote in Tuesday's primary, they will have a hard time finding a major candidate on the ballot in any statewide race who openly acknowledges that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Embracing or skirting the line on election denialism has become an unspoken checkoff among Republicans running for governor and Congress in one of the states most loyal to former President Donald Trump. What is spoken — almost constantly — is praise for the party's presumptive White House nominee from a slate of candidates that includes a convicted Jan. 6 insurrectionist...
  • Huntington Mayor Petitions for Abortion Ballot Measure Discussion in West Virginia's Special Session

    05/04/2024 11:25:48 AM PDT · by Morgana
    WV News ^ | May 3, 2024 | staff
    The mayor of Huntington, Steve Williams, has initiated a petition. He wants Gov. Jim Justice to talk about a potential abortion vote during the special session in May. The Supreme Court of the United States reversed Roe v. Wade in 2022. This resulted in West Virginia implementing a near-complete abortion ban known as the Unborn Child Protection Act. This act makes most abortions in the state illegal. Exceptions exist for situations where the mother's life is at risk, or in cases of rape and incest reported quickly to the police. Williams, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, wishes to add reproductive rights...
  • Court Reverses Ban West Virginia Girls Who Protested Transgender Athletes

    05/03/2024 9:03:55 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/03/2024 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    A West Virginia judge has reversed a school district’s ban on the five girls who protested against being forced to compete against a transgender player in their high school track & field events. Last month, five girls protested against being forced to compete against transgender students by stepping into their shot put ring but then stepping right out again, thereby forfeiting their events. 5 middle school female athletes in West Virginia on Thursday refused to throw shot put against male Becky Pepper-Jackson. They “stepped in” then “stepped out” in protest. This is how you finally stop men from ruining women’s...
  • West Virginia Middle School Students Who Refused to Compete Against Trans Student Banned From Sports

    04/30/2024 7:45:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2024 | David Strom
    Some protests are more equal than others. As students rampage on college campuses, block highways, and shout expletives at Jews, five middle-school female students who silently and respectfully declined to compete against a boy have been banned from competing in school competitions. I am not making this up. NEW: Five girls from Lincoln Middle School who refused to compete against a transgender athlete during a shot put competition have been BANNED from future competitions.West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit against the Harrison County Board of Education on student's behalf. “I will do everything in my power...
  • Fury after five WV middle school student who protested a trans athlete's participation are BANNED from future competitions as state's AG fights for their freedom of speech

    04/30/2024 7:29:24 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/30/2024
    ive West Virginia middle school students who protested a trans athlete's participation in a shot put competition have been banned from future competitions. Becky Pepper-Jackson, 13, competed in the Harris County Middle School Track and Field Championship on April 18, two days after a federal appeals court ruled West Virginia’s transgender sports ban violates the teen's right under Title IX. Five girls from Lincoln Middle School stepped up to the circle for their turn, then refused to throw the ball. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit against the Harrison County Board of Education on the student's...
  • Fury After 5 WV Middle School Students Who Protested a Trans-athlete's Participation are BANNED from Future Competitions

    04/30/2024 5:23:15 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 57 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 30, 2024 | Emma Richter
    Five West Virginia middle school students who protested a trans athlete's participation in a shot put competition have been banned from future competitions. Becky Pepper-Jackson, 13, competed in the Harris County Middle School Track and Field Championship on April 18, two days after a federal appeals court ruled West Virginia’s transgender sports ban violates the teen's right under Title IX. Five girls from Lincoln Middle School stepped up to the circle for their turn, then refused to throw the ball. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a lawsuit against the Harrison County Board of Education on the student's...
  • EXCLUSIVE: West Virginia Girls 'Step-Out' Of Track & Field Meet To Protest Transgender Competitor

    On Tuesday, a United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a West Virginia law that bars biological boys from competing on girls' sports teams cannot be enforced with regard to a 13-year-old who competes on the girls' track and field team at the athlete's middle school. "The defendants cannot expect that [this athlete] will countermand her social transition, her medical treatment, and all the work she has done with her schools, teachers, and coaches for nearly half her life by introducing herself to teammates, coaches, and even opponents as a boy," Judge Toby Heytens wrote in his decision, according...
  • Appeals Court Overturns West Virginia State Law Protecting Women's Sports From 'Transgender' Athletes

    04/17/2024 10:19:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/17/2024 | Madeline Leesman
    On Tuesday, a federal appeals court struck down a West Virginia law that protects female athletes from male athletes who think they are women. According to NBC News, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to halt the law, which prevents so-called “transgender” athletes from competing on teams that align with their “gender identity” in the state’s public schools and colleges. Reportedly, Becky Pepper-Jackson, a 13-year-old “transgender” child, argued that the law prevented “her” from running on the girls’ cross-country team and track teams at her middle school (NBC News):The federal appeals court, which is based in Richmond,...
  • Toddler Dies From Fentanyl Exposure; Mother and Second Woman Charged

    04/17/2024 12:37:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/16 | Sarah Sager
    Two women have been charged after a toddler died in October of 2023 from fentanyl exposure. One of the women was the mother of the child. Courtney Daniel Toney-Baylous is charged with child neglect resulting in death after her 3-year-old daughter died in October of 2023. Jessica Lindsey-Shelton has also been charged with child neglect resulting in death.
  • West Virginia will not accept voter registrations collected by Biden Administration

    04/13/2024 5:14:31 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 19 replies
    WBOY ^ | Apr 10, 2024 | Alexandra Weaver
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner (R) said Wednesday that the state will not accept applications “illegally gathered by Federal agents.” At issue is an Executive Order signed by President Joe Biden in March of 2021, but in a press release, Warner said it was just last week that the country’s chief election officials were told on a call with the White House that it’s implementing voter registration policies. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Michael Watson wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday that he “had the chance to ask a White House official about the plans...
  • FBI to bury ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s file, agency rejects Herald public records request

    03/29/2024 11:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 28, 2024 | JOE DWINELL
    There’s no way in hell they shouldn’t tell all’.. The FBI is closing the book on the agency’s “corrupt” handling of James “Whitey” Bulger — forever. The feds are refusing to make any further installments of Bulger’s case file public, saying the records are “investigative” and no longer subject to the Freedom of Information Act. “The records responsive to your request are law enforcement records; there is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records, and release of the information could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings. Therefore, your request is being administratively closed,”...
  • Man was trying ‘to forcibly take’ 5-month-old before Upshur County shooting, deputies say

    03/23/2024 4:58:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | March 22, 2024 | Alexandra Weaver
    BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WBOY) — One man is in critical condition and facing criminal charges after the second shooting that happened in Upshur County on Wednesday. Austin Arbogast, 24, of Buckhannon went to a home on Bailey Ridge Road in Buckhannon on Wednesday, March 20 “to forcibly take” a five-month-old child, according to a press release from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. Arbogast was reportedly saying that “he was coming to the residence to cause bodily harm to [the victim’s] family, and kill the entire family,” the release said. Deputies said a shoe print on the outside of the front door,...
  • Manchin won't back Biden judicial nominees without at least one supportive Republican

    03/21/2024 8:58:56 AM PDT · by CFW · 17 replies
    Just the News ^ | 3/20/24 | Ben Whedon
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday indicated that he would not support President Joe Biden's judicial nominees if they could not secure the support of at least one upper chamber Republican. "Just one Republican. That’s all I'm asking for. Give me something bipartisan. This is my own little filibuster. If they can't get one Republican, I vote for none. I've told [Democrats] that. I said, 'I'm sick and tired of it, I can't take it anymore," he said, according to Politico. The moderate senator, who is retiring at the end of his current term, has long taken positions...
  • How West Virginia’s Mac Warner Is Fighting The ‘Worst Election Interference’ In U.S. History

    03/12/2024 9:35:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MARCH 12, 2024 | M.D. KITTLE
    The secretary of state has tightened election security in West Virginia and condemned federal intelligence agencies’ election meddling.Ensuring the integrity of West Virginia’s elections is part of Mac Warner’s job, but the secretary of state has been just as zealous about protecting national elections from unfair meddling.Now in his second term as the Mountain State’s top election official, Warner has cleaned up West Virginia’s bloated voter rolls and severed the state’s ties with leftist-linked voter roll groups. Even political opponents have credited Warner, who is running for governor as a Republican, with being “vigilant” to make West Virginia elections “very...
  • State of the Race: Six key Senate seats Republicans look to flip in 2024

    03/10/2024 3:46:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/10/24 | Kyle Morris, Paul Steinhauser
    Republicans are gearing up for what could be an epic showdown for majority control of the Senate with several contentious elections around the country later this year. Democrats control the U.S. Senate with a 51-49 majority, but Republicans are looking at a favorable Senate map in 2024, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs. Three of those seats are in red states former Donald Trump carried in 2020 - West Virginia, Montana and Ohio. Five other seats, one of which is held by an independent, are in key swing states narrowly carried by President Biden in...
  • West Virginia Gov. Justice Rips MSNBC Hosts Mocking Voters’ Border Concerns

    03/06/2024 10:28:28 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 11 replies
    DCNF via MSN ^ | 3/6/24 | Megan Turner
    Republican Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia criticized MSNBC hosts on Wednesday for mocking voters concerned about illegal immigration. The MSNBC panel, which included hosts Jen Psaki, Joy Reid and Rachel Maddow, were discussing Tuesday night exit polling including one which found that immigration was a top issue in Virginia. Several panelists mocked voters’ concerns, with one referencing West Virginia’s proximity to the state, to which Justice responded in a post on X “What an incredibly insulting statement about the hardworking, good people of West Virginia by liberal elites @JRPsaki and @Maddow,” Justice said. “Biden’s open-border policies have created a...