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 »
40 in 2010: WV-01
(In order for the Republicans to take back the House in 2010, they need to net 40 seats. It’s a long shot, but it is possible. By my count, there are 92 Dem-held seats that the Republicans have at least an outside chance of winning. That number will change as we get closer to election time, of course. But for now, I’ll be highlighting some of these seats from time to time.)
There’s a lot of talk about the realignment shift, wherein conservative southern Democrats turn Republican while liberal northeast Republicans turn Democrats. Well, the liberal northeast Republicans have turned, but the southern Democrats are still hesitating. So will Nancy Pelosi be the one to finally be the catalyst to get a southern revolution? Who knows. But sometimes you feel there’s a perfect storm brewing, and if it doesn’t happen now, it never will. That’s probably not the case for all districts, but it just might be the case in West Virginia.
West Virginia 01
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Location: The northern third of the state. It doesn’t contain Charleston or any other large cities, but does include WV University. It’s fairly rural, a bit blue-collar-ish, almost purely white, and supposedly fairly conservative.
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 »
WatchBlog: Mollohan, Rahall Under Seige
Today was kind of a tough day for Democrat Congressman Alan Mollohan, representing West Virginia‘s 1st District. First, a story from The Washington Post: For three years, Rep. Alan Mollohan has chaired the important Appropriations subcommittee that controls the Justice Department‘s $65 billion budget. At the same time, he has been under a Justice Department investigation, according to documents and two sources briefed on the | 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 »
Speaking of Separatist States…
With the Russian-Georgian conflict erupting over South Ossetia, I figure it’s a good time to recall the history of the Union-Confederate conflict over West Virginia. No, the situations are not really close to the same in terms of centuries of ethnic issues or international politics, but some of the themes are very concurrent. Both situations deal with a population split between affinities to their old | Read More »