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West Virginia (GOP Club)

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  • Conrad Lucas, America's youngest GOP chairman, is running for Congress in West Virginia

    11/20/2017 2:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2017 | Aaron Carpenter
    Conrad Lucas, the youngest GOP state party chairman in the United States, has announced he’s running for Congress. Lucas, who just turned 36, has served as chairman of West Virginia’s Republican Party since 2012, when he was just 30 years old. He is ready to bring fresh leadership to Washington and help Donald Trump pass his agenda through Congress. Lucas listed his accomplishments as GOP chairman in a phone interview with the Washington Examiner, and explained how he plans to serve the people of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District....
  • West Virginia Governor to Switch from Democrat to Republican (At Trump Rally)

    08/03/2017 4:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 3, 2017 | Jonathan Martin and Michael D. Shear
    Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Democrat who was elected last year even as President Trump carried the state by 42 points, is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties, according to three sources familiar with the plans. Speaking to reporters in the White House Thursday, Mr. Trump promised “a very big announcement” at a gathering in Huntington, W.V., that is expected to draw thousands of supporters from across Appalachia, a region that gave Mr. Trump some of the largest margins of his election. Mr. Justice, a billionaire coal and...
  • First two Democrats back Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

    03/30/2017 2:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 30, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley
    Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp on Thursday became the first Democrats to support the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, giving Republicans two of eight Democratic votes needed to avoid a nasty fight on the U.S. Senate floor next week. Both West Virginia's Manchin and North Dakota's Heitkamp are up for re-election next year in states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. "I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not...
  • It’s Time To ‘Primary’ Joe Manchin And Heidi Heitkamp And For Democrats To Have Guts

    02/19/2017 2:02:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 18, 2017 | Richard Greene, Author of "Words That Shook The World"
    My Democratic Party believes there is man-made climate change. My Democratic Party believes in science. My Democratic Party believes in protecting the environment. On February 17, 2017 two Democratic United States Senators voted for a man who is a climate denier, a science denier and a destroyer of the environment to head The Environmental Protection Agency. For that alone, Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp must be “primaried” in 2018 and we should start finding qualified, principled, Progressive candidates in their states today who can take them on and represent true Democratic values in Congress. I don’t care that West Virginia...
  • The Democrats Retreat From Reality

    01/27/2017 5:58:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2017 | Matthew Continetti, Editor in Chief
    “Retreat” is an appropriate description of what took place in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, this week. Senate Democrats took a break from not confirming President Trump’s cabinet to visit this historic city in a state the president won by 40 points. According to Politico the assembled were scheduled to hear from associates of the Clinton family and to “hold lessons on how to talk to real people.” Oh to be a fly on the wall. I like to imagine Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer nodding sagely as Joe Manchin, the only Democratic senator with a modicum of common sense, asks...
  • Trump could help Republicans pick up two more Senate seats

    12/04/2016 6:36:38 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4th, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    There is a reasonable chance that two more Democrat Senate seats could be lost to the GOP when the next Congress convenes.
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate in West Virginia says he can't support Clinton

    08/24/2016 9:27:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 22, 2016 | Louis Nelson
    As a growing tide of Republicans distance themselves from their party’s presidential nominee, at least one Democratic candidate is doing the same thing to Hillary Clinton. West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice said “I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton” during an appearance Monday on the state’s MetroNews radio network. Justice, a billionaire whose business interests include coal mining and West Virginia’s famed Greenbrier Resort, said he will not support the former secretary of state over her proposed energy policy. “The reason I can’t be is her position on coal is diametrically, completely wrong in many, many different...
  • Half Of West Virginia's Sanders Fans Would Vote Trump

    05/23/2016 7:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Quadrangle ^ | May 24, 2016 | Otis Underwood
    In an email sent out on Wednesday, Bernie 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver declared plans to push for a contested convention in Philadelphia in July. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely Democratic Voters believe the Democratic Party should be more like Clinton, but 39% say it should be more like Sanders. He campaigned in OR and California on Tuesday and his victory in West Virginia highlighted anew Clinton's struggles to win over white men and independents - weaknesses Trump wants to exploit in the fall campaign. The split on the left comes after months...
  • Mooney endorses Cruz for 2016 presidential run

    01/12/2016 2:42:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | January 12, 2016 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Second district Congressman Alex Mooney endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Tuesday in his run for the White House. Mooney will become Cruz for President's West Virginia Chairman. "I am proud to endorse Ted Cruz for President. Senator Cruz's father, Rafael, visited West Virginia to discuss how he fled communist Cuba to live in freedom in America just as my mother did," said Mooney in part of a statement. "I have had the pleasure of visiting with Senator Cruz on several occasions to discuss the shared conservative policies for which we are fighting in Congress." Cruz responded that...
  • In rural America, a startling prospect: Voters Obama lost look to Sanders

    10/06/2015 10:59:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Weigel
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Shelley Brannon, 62, can sum up the Obama presidency with three words. Well, three words and an exclamation. “He screwed us,” said Brannon, a coal miner from Wise County, Va., as he sat outside a rally for the United Mine Workers of America. “Man, he screwed us.” He shook his head under a camouflage hat that matched his camouflage UMWA T-shirt, and he described his fantasy of dumping nuclear waste in the yards of environmentalists, “if they think coal’s so bad.” He mulled over the mistake he says the UMWA made in 2008, when it endorsed Barack...
  • Saira Blair becomes youngest ever W.Va. legislator (18 year-old Republican ran out of her dorm room)

    11/05/2014 11:12:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jacob Bojesson
    West Virginia University student Saira Blair (R) will become the youngest person to ever serve in the West Virginia state legislature after getting elected Tuesday. Blair, an 18-year-old freshman, was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 59th district after beating her two opponents by a landslide. Blair received more than twice the votes of her main opponent, Democratic Party candidate Layne Dieh. “It was amazing to see that the 59th district had so much faith in me,” Blair said shortly after getting the results. Blair celebrated the victory at Buffalo Wild Wings before heading to...
  • How Senator Lautenberg's Death Makes the Senate Even Less Functional (Boo-hoo!)

    06/03/2013 5:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 3, 2013 | Philip Bump
    On the third-to-last day that Senator Frank Lautenberg ever voted in the Senate, he joined with 53 of his colleagues to support a compromise on new gun regulations. His vote wasn't enough. Now, Lautenberg's death makes the prospect of revisiting that issue — and a number of other Democratic priorities — substantially trickier. Take the gun legislation. The compromise proposal, which would have expanded background checks to include gun show and online sales, was part of a package that was postponed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the failed vote. It's expected to come back before the Senate at...
  • "God help us" if we don't act on gun violence, Manchin says

    04/14/2013 9:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CBS News' Face The Nation ^ | April 14, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., is "confident," he said Sunday on "Face the Nation," that he and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be able to muster enough Republican support in the Senate to pass an amendment that would expand background checks for gun purchases. "We're close," said Toomey said, appearing with Manchin. "We're discussing with colleagues on both sides. We've got bipartisan support, but there is bipartisan opposition." Toomey and Manchin, along with Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced last week they had struck the deal, which would expand background checks for gun purchases to all commercial...
  • Democrat Joe Manchin: Senate Gun Control Bill Will Not Prevent Another Newtown Massacre (Video)

    04/14/2013 8:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 14, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Joe Manchin was on FOX News today to discuss his proposed gun control legislation. Joe Manchin admitted his bill will not prevent another Newtown massacre, “This is not a universal background check. This is a criminal and mental background check at gun shows and internet sales. It does not infringe on your right as a family… It protects the rights of our veterans… They (families of Newtown shooting victims) even recognized that this legislation we’re working on, which is the background checks on criminal and mental illness would not have saved their little babies.” Then why are Democrats in...
  • 'DC Intervention': Tea Party group to pressure Rubio on immigration, Toomey on guns

    04/14/2013 6:31:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 14, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    The Tea Party Patriots organization is planning protests on Tuesday at the home state offices of several Senators that the group argues are in need of an “intervention” for being sucked up into inside-the-Beltway politics, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). The group is targeting Rubio on immigration reform and Toomey on gun control. “Two Senators in particular are facing Tea Party pressure, as they should--Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA),” Tea Party Patriots said in a release. “Both of these men were elected thanks to Tea Party support, yet Senator Rubio is the...
  • Democrats in Senate Confront Doubts at Home on Gun Laws

    01/24/2013 12:23:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?” But before Senator Joe Manchin III invited a group of 15 businessmen and community leaders to lunch last week to discuss the topic, he had only a vague idea of how anxious many of his supporters were. “How many of you all believe that there is a movement to take away the Second Amendment?”...
  • Romney struggles to get 'hillbilly' vote

    10/01/2012 12:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 1, 2012 | Nico Hines
    DEAD possums litter the roads of the southern United States and whenever Bernie Smith encounters another fallen marsupial he pulls over and hurls the corpse into the back of his truck. One man's detritus is another man's feast: cooked slowly with potato, carrot and celery, the meat becomes tender in a rich and spicy stew known as burgoo. Mr Smith, 67, was showing off this traditional technique at the annual Road Kill Cook-Off festival in Marlinton, West Virginia, an isolated town nestled in the Appalachian mountains. Thousands were on hand this weekend to compare his casserole with barbecue squirrel, bear...
  • Meet Keith Judd, the Superhero Inmate Winning Delegates Against Barack Obama

    05/08/2012 9:10:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | May 8, 2012 | David Weigel
    With 60-odd percent of the vote counted in West Virginia's Democratic primary, a man named Keith Judd can make a unique claim. He has won a greater proportion of the vote -- almost 40 percent -- than any other primary candidate running against Barack Obama. Who's Keith Judd? He's prisoner #11593-051, currently serving out a sentence for making threats at the University of New Mexico. In 2008, he caused a minor stir for making the Idaho primary ballot, confounding state officials, who thought they had rules preventing that sort of thing. Unbowed, he ran again this year, delivering FEC reports...
  • Sarah Palin, president of West Virginia

    11/11/2010 7:24:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | November 11, 2010 | Don Surber
    From Public Policy Polling: 56% of West Virginians say they will vote for the Republican over Obama in 2 years — 34% are for Obama. That’s a reversal of the 59% Democrat/34% Republican registration in the state. Among Republican candidates the preferences are: Sarah Palin 25% Mike Huckabee 22% Mitt Romney 15% Newt Gingrich 15% Everyone else is under 2% Count me in the 23% who said someone other than those 4 or is undecided. By the way, 37% of Democrats say they will vote for the Republican in 2012.
  • Will Pollster PPP Strategically Try To Prop Up Manchin Again?

    11/01/2010 5:40:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Huntington News ^ | November 1, 2010 | Staff
    Having both former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and rock legend Ted Nugent in state over the weekend has created some serious ripples, including one from the Manchin campaign. In response to the overflow crowd of 2,700+ at Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese this past Saturday, the Manchin staff hastily announced that former President Bill Clinton would return to campaign for Manchin on Monday, this time in Beckley. Still, Raese has one more rabbit to pull from his brown Stetson in the form of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who will campaign with...