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  • Big money flows into 10 battleground Senate races as GOP defends its majority

    09/15/2018 4:59:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2018 | John W. Schoen, Jacob Pramuk
    With less than two months to the crucial November election, a handful of battleground Senate races have captured an outsized share of campaign cash in the 2018 midterm cycle. As of mid-September, roughly 40 percent of the more than half a billion dollars in direct contributions raised by Senate candidates had flowed into just 10 races. They include contests for open seats in Arizona and Tennessee. The rest are for races in which incumbents are defending seats: in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. And some 70 percent of the $185 million in spending by...
  • Kavanaugh Fight Has Red State Dems Ducking for Cover

    09/12/2018 9:48:18 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Sept 12, 2018 | Sally Persons
    Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has prompted one of the most contentious battles on Capitol Hill since Donald Trump became president. ... Chuck Schumer and the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee threw every punch at Kavanaugh they could muster, not to mention a few knees in the groin. The party’s progressive wing demanded no less -- a failure to engage in this fight would have made them targets from an array of liberal groups and activists. But Senate Democrats faced another dilemma, too: The prospective justice’s confirmation process is occurring in the heat of a hotly...
  • Miss America contestant: Trump 'caused a lot of division'

    09/07/2018 8:18:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 7, 2018 | Wayne Parry
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A contestant in the Miss America pageant says President Trump "has caused a lot of division" in the nation. Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, was asked an onstage question Friday night about what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation. She replied "Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces. Unfortunately he has caused a lot of division in our country."
  • SCOTUS Fight: It Seems Red State Democrats Are Totally And Utterly Screwed

    09/06/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 06, 2018 8:30 AM | Matt Vespa
    For liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, it’s an easy choice regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both sides have made up their minds weeks before these hearings, which have devolved into total clown shows, started this week. With former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl being tapped to serve the remainder of the late John McCain’s term, we have a decisive vote locked up. Kyl is probably going to vote for Kavanaugh. I’m betting McCain would have a “yea” vote as well if he were healthy. The point is the game is over. We have won. The votes are...
  • Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

    09/03/2018 7:19:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 9-3-2018 | AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein
    It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely,...
  • In Kavanaugh confirmation fight, just a handful of senators hold the key

    09/02/2018 10:04:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2018 | Chad Pergram
    The Senate’s final verdict on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – whose high-stakes, high-wire confirmation hearing begins Tuesday – will hinge on the views of just a handful of lawmakers. As it stands, Republicans hold a razor-thin, 50-49 majority with one vacancy. Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will soon appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., but even then the GOP majority can suffer few defections. These are the senators to watch: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska These senators can be mavericks in their own right. Further, they fret about how health care issues...
  • Interstate 68 Meetings Continue in Washington

    08/30/2018 10:18:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wheeling News-Register ^ | July 17, 2018 | Joselyn King
    MOUNDSVILLE — Trump Administration officials are continuing to listen as West Virginia officials push for an expanded Interstate 68 from Morgantown through Marshall County. Marshall County Commissioner Robert Miller led a contingent to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Brittany Carter, the White House assistant director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Miller said the group discussed the I-68 project’s prospects of being included within Trump’s expected $200 billion infrastructure improvement plan, which should be presented to Congress by the end of this year. The I-68 project is expected to cost at least $1 billion. “$200 billion isn’t a...
  • Mingo County Schools bus driver arrested on DUI charge in Boone County (WV)

    08/30/2018 8:17:18 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 11 replies
    WSAZ News Channel 3 ^ | August 29, 2018 | WSAZ News Staff
    A Mingo County Schools bus driver was arrested Tuesday after police say he was driving the school bus while impaired. David Lee Justice Jr. was driving the Mingo Central High School girls team to a soccer game when he was pulled over along U.S. 119 in Boone County. One coach was also on the school bus. West Virginia State Police say he failed field sobriety tests and later had blood drawn to check for drugs or alcohol. Justice's father said he believes his son had a medical emergency on the bus, like a heat stroke. He said his son is...
  • The short drive to Charleston just got a lot more expensive (West Virginia toll hike)

    08/25/2018 9:59:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | June 20, 2018 | Charles Owens
    So tolls will soon be increasing along the 88-mile West Virginia Turnpike. This doesnÂ’t come as much of a surprise, as the move to double tolls had gained significant momentum in recent months.Years ago, there appeared to be a solid push among lawmakers in the deep south counties to eliminate tolls once the original bond indebtedness associated with the construction of the turnpike expired. But a number of factors, including the stateÂ’s budget crisis in 2017, derailed those efforts.Members of the West Virginia Parkways Authority Board voted on June 7 to double tolls effective Jan. 1, 2019. The move will...
  • Boisterous Trump “Hell Day” Rally Grates on the Media

    08/22/2018 5:34:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush ^ | August 22, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: To the audio sound bites. Trump last night in Charleston, West Virginia. Trump is an amazing figure in a lot of ways. But as Drudge headlined in the Drudge Report yesterday it was hell hour for Trump, hell afternoon. The media talking about the darkest days of Trump’s presidency, could the end be near? And everybody was thinking, “Oh, my God. This is it. They’re finally gonna get rid of Trump.” And Trump is not staying in the White House sulking or getting mad. He went out to a previously scheduled campaign rally in West Virginia, he gets off...
  • Manchin rebuffs Dem effort to delay Kavanaugh confirmation hearings

    08/22/2018 4:19:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is breaking with calls from party leadership to delay Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in the wake of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea. Asked about calls on Wednesday from his Democratic colleagues, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to delay Kavanaugh's hearings, Manchin interjected “that’s not right.” “We do our job. Let’s do our job. ... Delaying is not going to help anything,” he said. Manchin noted that Democratic leaders had not looped him in on the strategy that was announced earlier on Wednesday, a day after Cohen pleaded guilty to...
  • W.Va. Senate Race May Hinge on Trump's Coattails

    08/22/2018 3:50:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 22, 2018
    For years, the most popular politician in West Virginia, hands down, was Joe Manchin. Twice elected governor, the centrist Democrat is now running for re-election as the Mountain State’s senior senator. In 2016, however, Manchin’s mantle was passed to Donald Trump, who carried the state by 42 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. The president remains nearly as popular today as he was on the last Election Day, and as the West Virginia Senate race approaches the post-Labor Day home stretch, the question is whether the Trump mystique will be enough to send Manchin into early retirement. He delivered a clear...
  • Bushie Elise Jordan: Trump’s Base Knows He’s a “Scumbag”

    08/22/2018 4:06:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 87 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When Elise Jordan was writing speeches for George W. Bush and Condi Rice, it’s unlikely that her lexicon included such vulgarities. But now that she works for MSNBC, Jordan needs to establish her liberal street cred by breaking out such coarse lingo. On today’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski asked Jordan whether the Trump base, as represented by the people at attendance at yesterday’s rally in West Virginia, would be moved by yesterday’s news about Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Responded Jordan. “The short answer is ‘no.’ It’s very baked in as of now and is not going to change that...
  • Watch LIVE: Trump holds MAGA rally in West Virginia

    08/21/2018 4:20:07 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 49 replies
    President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Charleston, WV, just hours after his former lawyer plead guilty to the FBI and his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, was found guilty of tax evasion. Trump visits the state on behalf of Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey.
  • LIVE STREAM: President Trump holds rally in Charleston, West Virginia 7 pm on Aug. 21, 2018

    Watch it live at 7 p.m. EST right here on ClickOnDetroit. Trump returning to campaign in West Virginia President Donald Trump is making his sixth visit to West Virginia since taking office. Trump’s campaign says the president will hold a rally Tuesday in Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center. He’s expected to encourage voters to turn out for Republican candidates in the midterm elections, including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey is running against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. Trump’s campaign said he will speak on topics such as the economy, national security, trade and Supreme Court nominee...
  • FBI offers reward for man who allegedly made threats against President Trump

    08/21/2018 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 12 replies ^ | August 20, 2018 | Staff
    CUMBERLAND, MD (WTRF) - The FBI continues their search for a man who allegedly made threats against the President. Authorities said Shawn Richard Christy is wanted for threatening President Trump on Facebook back in June. Reports indicate Christy was last seen in Cumberland, Maryland.
  • He wanted to keep girl as sex slave, eat her, cops said. SC judge gave him probation

    08/20/2018 12:21:06 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 49 replies
    The State ^ | August 19, 2018 | TEDDY KULMALA
    South Carolina man who, police said, wanted to “cannibalize” a young girl after turning her into a “full time baby maker and sex slave” was sentenced to probation, according to court records. Justin Teeter Bensing, 36, of Myrtle Beach, Cpleaded guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, according to Greenville County online court records. The records show he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but that the prison sentence was suspended to five years probation. The suspended sentence means if Bensing violates the terms of his probation, he could be sent to prison for 10 years....
  • West Virginia Senate To Receive Articles Of Impeachment For Supreme Court

    08/20/2018 6:40:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Members of the West Virginia Senate will be called back Monday to start preliminary work on the Supreme Court impeachment process. The Senate’s communication director said that Senate President Mitch Carmichael will call members back at noon Monday, to receive the articles of impeachment approved by the House of Delegates. Coverage of the meeting will be imbedded in a media player below, with video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Senators will discuss and adopt rules and procedures and the trial portion of the process will start at a later date. The West Virginia House of...
  • Red-state Dems embrace key Obamacare rule as election draws near

    08/19/2018 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 8 replies
    Red-state Democrats are embracing one of Obamacare’s most popular provisions to help them win re-election in November. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota unveiled ads this week slamming GOP opponents for trying to gut Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing illnesses, such as diabetes or cancer. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., did the same in a Twitter video. Each of the candidates is seizing on actions by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration to unravel Obamacare. But instead of highlighting the law in general, they are centering on its rules obligating insurers to cover...
  • Next steps in West Virginia Supreme Court impeachments

    08/14/2018 9:09:33 PM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 11 replies ^ | August 14, 2018 | Staff
    With three West Virginia Supreme Court Justices headed to a Senate impeachment trial, 7News spoke to West Virginia Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld about what's next. Senator Weld (R-Brooke) said he, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, Senate President and staff attorneys from both sides have been spending time over the last few weeks putting together rules for the trial.