The WV-GOV Special Election Open Thread.
Polls close at 7:30 PM Eastern Time: I have absolutely no idea how long it’ll take for results to come in. Or, for that matter, who’s going to win. If we had another month, Bill Maloney would be a shoo-in. As it is… it’s going to be a close-run thing, ladies and gentlemen: a close-run thing. Just remember, though: if Maloney wins, well, special election | Read More »
WV-GOV going down to the wire.
It’s honestly the best way to describe it. PPP is doing its best to put a positive spin on the way that their own polling is showing Democratic Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin going from a 46/40 lead over Republican businessman Bill Maloney to a 47/46 lead now, but the trend is fairly clear. September’s polling showed 14% undecided; today it’s 7%, and those numbers | Read More »
RGA Ad: Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Pays.
The RGA has a website (West Virginia Pays) and an ad up to get people… acquainted… with acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D): To refresh people’s memories: West Virginia – a coal-producing state that is almost stubbornly Democratic on the local level, despite the fact that the national Democratic party elite dreams of dismantling the coal industry – last year saw Democratic governor Joe | Read More »
Gov Manchin (D CAND, WV-SEN) values real estate values over miners’ lives.
The Manchin administration in West Virginia has decided that the needs of its new, state-owned technology park outweigh the needs of miner safety. Let’s walk through this:
Special election in WV?
The report is that West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) will be pushing for having a 2010 special election for the late Senator Robert Byrd’s seat. In this he’s joined by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), who shares with Manchin a desire for the job. Which is fine: neither politician is making a secret of it and they’d be the most likely candidates for 2012 | Read More »
Time for the *important* Byrd succession question.
Now that it’s been determined by the Secretary of State for WV that there will be no special election for Byrd’s now-vacant seat… OK, let me just note something here. The seat was held by a Democrat; the Governor is a Democrat; the state government is more or less dominated by Democrats. The people of West Virginia seem more or less happy about this state | Read More »
And now, a *special* message for all supporters of Alan Mollohan (D, WV).
Seeing as we have now just learned that the corrupt little suckweasel has been defeated in his primary bid. For all of you fighting for that man’s right to batten off the body politic, I just want to pass this along: I wanted to kick it all techno, but none of them really sung to me, you know? Moe Lane PS: David McKinley for Congress. | Read More »
West Virginia’s Coal Civil War?
It’s kind of quiet, but there may be one actually brewing. Compare this: Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., seems to have become a convert. Last week he signaled strongly that promises from the White House are not enough. During a Senate hearing on Obama’s proposal for the * budget, Rockefeller lashed out. According to one published report, Rockefeller made it clear “he isn’t sure he trusts | Read More »
2010 Dem Retirement Watch: Who’s your favorite?
And by ‘favorite’ I mean either ‘one you’d like to see gone’ or ‘one who is on the cusp.’ Watching either type try to decide whether they can hold out another two years for a Presidential election – and whether there’s any point to it, given the way that this President’s approval ratings keep shrinking – should provide us all with many hours of innocent | Read More »
Democrats declare war on West Virginia. Again.
Well, it’s not like the state voted for the current President anyway. Hell, the often-strained history between West Virginians and national Democrats stretches back to 1863. Still, this is a little… petty… of the Democratic party, isn’t it? A Pittsburgh-based coal company, CONSOL Energy, will lay off nearly 500 of its West Virginia workers next year and its CEO blames environmentalists dead-set against mountaintop mining | Read More »
West Virginian Democrats shocked at War on Coal.
(H/T: Instapundit) They’re particularly indignant that the President that so many of them supported has decided to let the EPA strangle their state’s core industry via the selective refusal of permits. Which is not surprising, given that this administration’s hatred of the coal industry was not precisely a secret – but still, they’re upset: West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama’s | Read More »
Real estate shenanigans and the Democratic Party.
Reading Brian Faughnan’s piece about Rep Alan Mollohan’s (D, WV-01) steering earmarks to his landlord while receiving free rent reminded me, of course, of Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s (D, formerly IL-05) steering lucrative polling contracts to his landlord while receiving free rent. And now I’ve been reminded by fellow RS Contributor Mark I that Senator Bob Menendez (D, NJ) notoriously steered earmarks the | Read More »
Well, so *what* if kids can’t hunt for fossils?
The Democrats are trying to pass a public lands bill here. Besides, fossil enthusiasts are too small a group to be worth any consideration past the minimum. From CQ (no link, sorry): A public lands bill on its way to the House floor is meeting resistance from an unlikely constituency: amateur fossil hunters. The bill (S 22), which encompasses dozens of measures to expand national | Read More »
Coal Guy on Fox: You do realize that Obama called for the destruction of my industry, right?
(Via Hot Air) OCA President Mike Casey gently tries to explain why the coal industry is freaking out about Senator Obama right now: It’s because he works for the coal industry, you see, and when you get told that one of the Presidential candidates for President is on the record for being in favor of gutting your industry – which supplies, again, roughly half of | Read More »