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  • W.Va. Dems to Obama: Enjoy the DNC Without Us

    06/19/2012 9:00:18 AM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2012 | Dan Friedman
    Three top West Virginia Democrats will literally keep their distance from President Obama by skipping the Democratic National Convention in September. Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Nick Rahall and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, will not be part of the state's convention to the Charlotte, N.C., convention to officially nominate President Obama as his party's nominee, State Democratic Party Chair Larry Puccio announced Monday. "I intend to spend this fall focused on the people of West Virginia, whether that's representing them in my official U.S. Senate duties or here at home, where I can hear about their concerns and ideas to solve...
  • Three Top West Virginia Democrats to Skip Convention

    06/18/2012 3:50:39 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 18, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    Three high-profile Democrats from West Virginia are not planning to attend the Democratic National Convention in September. Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Nick Rahall and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin have opted not to go to the convention in Charlotte, according to a West Virginia Democratic Party press release. President Barack Obama is not popular in the state, and in 2010, Manchin ran a TV ad openly attacking the administration on cap-and-trade. Manchin, who is on the ballot again in November and does not face a difficult race, had already said this spring he wasn’t sure he would vote for Obama’s re-election.
  • A Lawyer Who Almost Became West Virginia's Top Attorney Is In Jail For Shooting A Guy In The Leg

    06/16/2012 11:20:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 15 June, 2012 | NA
    A prominent West Virginia attorney faces serious charges for shooting an apparent homeless veteran he says was staying on his property. Ex-West Virginia attorney general candidate Hiram Lewis is wielding the state's so-called "Castle Doctrine" defense for shooting the man who claimed he was the lawyer's roommate, the ABA Journal reported Thursday. That law – like the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws – justifies the use of violent force against home invaders. Lewis claims that the man, Stephen Bogart, wasn't really his roommate but was a homeless veteran he allowed to stay on his property for a week. But then...
  • Former Senate, attorney general candidate arrested in Clay Co. shooting(WV)

    06/14/2012 5:23:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A former candidate for state attorney general and U.S. Senate was arrested Wednesday for shooting a man in Clay County. He claims the man broke into his home. State Police arrested Hiram Carson Lewis, 41, who nearly defeated state Attorney General Darrell McGraw in 2004 and vied for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2006, at his Elk River Road home in Procious, near Clay. Troopers responded to the home about 1 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a shots-fired call from the home. Lewis told troopers he shot Stephen Bogart in the leg after Bogart barged into...
  • Robbery Suspect Dead in Pharmacy Shooting(WV)

    05/30/2012 4:22:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 May, 2012 | Colin Lawler
    WHEELING - A man is dead after attempting to rob an Elm Grove pharmacy at about 5 p.m. Friday. According to authorities an unknown white man entered the Elm Grove Pharmacy located at 101 E. Bethlehem Blvd. carrying a gun tried to hold up the store. A pharmacy employee then shot the man, killing him. The investigation was turned over from the Wheeling Police Department to the West Virginia State Police. State Police Sgt. D.L. Robinson said no information would be released as the incident is under investigation. Wheeling officers, State Police, representatives from the Brooke County Medical Examiner and...
  • Will The War On Coal Unplug Obama In November?

    05/23/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2012 | Editor
    Energy: As coal use drops, job losses rise and electricity prices skyrocket, an electoral map of the 16 top coal-mining states does not bode well for an administration whose energy policy consists of algae and exploding electric cars. Earlier this year, Houston-based GenOn Energy Inc. announced plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years, saying that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and Elrama. Two plants in Ohio...
  • Tea Party Express Announces “Reclaiming Our Future” 7th National Bus Tour (TPX 7)[Flyers #13!]

    05/23/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT · by Syncro · 16 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | May 23, 2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Announces “Reclaiming Our Future” 7th National Bus Tour June 1st – June 11thSacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, is launching its “Reclaiming Our Future” national bus tour on June 1st in Wisconsin. Amy Kremer, Chairman of Tea Party Express, said, “This tour kicks-off with a heavy focus in Wisconsin in the days leading up to the critical recall election. There is a stark contrast between what is happening in D.C. under the direction of President Obama and Vice President Biden, and that of Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor...
  • Obama loses 40% of the vote in two Democratic primaries (Even with no primary challenger!)

    05/23/2012 7:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama had no national primary challengers in his second nomination race in most states, including Kentucky. Who knew it would still be a tough choice for voters? Kentucky voters in the Democratic primary preferred the empty slot to the empty suit, apparently: About two out of every five Democratic voters in Tuesday's presidential primary in Kentucky chose "uncommitted" instead of voting for President Barack Obama. "I'm at a victory celebration for 'uncommitted' who performed admirably" said [state GOP chair Steve] Robertson. "I've never met the guy but know that he highly embarrassed Obama."Robertson contended that the Democrats who vote...
  • Obama loses more than 40 percent of Kentucky primary voters to ‘uncommitted’ option

    05/22/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/22/12 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary to the “uncommitted” option — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win votes in an uncompetitive primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Obama led “uncommitted” just 58 percent to 42 percent. Obama trailed in more than 60 Kentucky counties. It was just the latest episode of the president taking less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year. He ceded 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia to an incarcerated man in Texas...
  • Police say gang presence in Western Virginia is serious matter

    05/22/2012 10:21:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 17, 2012 | Lerone Graham
    In some areas, half of the violent crimes are linked to gangs, according to the attorney general's office. RADFORD -- Gangs are a growing issue in Virginia that can only be tackled with awareness and information. That was the sentiment imparted Wednesday during an all-day gang training session held at Radford University. The training, first in a series of anti-gang sessions sponsored by the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, were open to law enforcement and the public. Some 50 law enforcement employees sat in McGuffey Hall to learn how gangs operate and about their presence in various parts of...
  • Homeowner Shoots Intruder in the Chest(WV)

    05/18/2012 5:29:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 14 May, 2012 | Lauren Weppler
    A Raleigh County shooting is under investigation after a homeowner allegedly takes the law into their own hands. At 6 a.m. Monday morning Raleigh County Sheriff's Captain Mitch Barley said a male in his early 20's attempted to break into a home on Haley Hill Drive in Fairdale. Captain Barley said when the homeowner opened the door the intruder attempted to hit the person with a club and then the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest. The alleged intruder is currently receiving treatment at Raleigh General Hospital. Barley said he believes he will recover. No names have been released...
  • Biden Doesn’t ‘Blame People’ For Voting Felon Over Obama in W.Va. (Cause it's Bush's fault)

    05/18/2012 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 18, 2012 | DEvin Dwyer
    Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that it’s understandable why 40 percent of Democrats in this month’s West Virginia presidential primary opted for a convicted felon serving time in a Texas prison over incumbent President Barack Obama. “When you’re out of work, man, it’s a depression. And a lot of people are still hurting because of this god-awful recession we inherited that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could really get going. And so I don’t blame people; they’re frustrated, they’re angry,” Biden said in an interview with WTOV-TV in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. “At the end of the day, they’re...
  • Voters Say We Are All Inmate No. 11593-051 Now

    05/10/2012 2:42:06 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 10, 2012
    Tuesday's Results: The Tea Party shows it's alive and well, Wisconsin's embattled governor gets more votes than the top two Democrats and a federal inmate gives the president a primary battle. The natives are still restless. Conservative pundit and IBD contributor Ann Coulter once said she, like many Americans, would rather vote for Jeffrey Dahmer, known for his unusual culinary choices, over President Obama. Federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49, is not quite in Dahmer's league, but for a substantial portion of West Virginia Democrats, he is also preferable to our campaigner-in-chief. Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal...
  • 40% of West Virginia Dems would rather have a jail bird than Obama as president

    05/10/2012 4:44:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    Perhaps the prison inmate and the president could switch places? Wall Street Journal: ____________________________ Democrats-those are members of the president's party-voting in the West Virginia presidential primary gave 40% of their votes to a man whom the Associated Press identified as a federal prison inmate. Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, the AP reported. With 90% of precincts reported, he had 40.3% of the vote to Mr. Obama's 59.7% Mr. Judd was leading or had won in at least five of the...
  • Eight West Virginia Counties Vote for Federal Inmate Over Obama in Dem Primary

    05/09/2012 12:21:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush ^ | May 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Democrats did turn out, however. Well, they didn't turn out in Wisconsin. They didn't turn out in North Carolina. But guess where they did turn out? Democrats turned out big time in West Virginia in the presidential primary to vote for an inmate. A federal prisoner, the Boyd Crowder of West Virginia. Federal Inmate 11593-051. There's a picture of the guy. Let me see if it's still up. Let me check real quick. Yep, there's a picture of the guy on Drudge, a picture of Inmate 11593-051. This is the guy that gave Obama a run for...
  • Bad day for Obama, unions in NC, WV, and especially WI

    05/09/2012 6:29:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/09/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Looks like Tuesday was a bad day for Barack Obama, Democrats in general, and particularly the unions. Three states held primaries, and in each, voters rejected positions and/or candidates associated with all three, in embarrassing vote totals. Let’s start with the least significant of these outcomes, the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia, where an inmate in federal prison ran a novelty primary challenge to Barack Obama — and came within 20 points of winning (via Polipundit): An obscure federal prison inmate gave President Obama an unexpected run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic Primary Tuesday, highlighting the...
  • Felon beats Obama in several West Virginia counties

    05/09/2012 4:59:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 8, 2012 | Byron Tau
    A Texas felon gave President Obama a run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic primary, beating Obama in several counties and winning enough of the vote to be eligible for at least one delegate at the convention, according to the Associated Press. Perennial candidate Keith Russell Judd, currently serving 210 months in a federal prison, is currently pulling down roughly 40 percent of the vote to Obama's 60 percent. Judd has caused problems in other elections as well. In 2008, Idaho Democrats were peeved Judd qualified for the ballot, with one Democratic official calling him a "yahoo prisoner...
  • Federal Inmate Makes Strong Showing Against Obama in Primary (WV)

    05/08/2012 9:35:25 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    West Virginia has never been a hospitable state for President Barack Obama. Still, the results of Tuesday’s balloting seem to mark some kind of low point. Democrats–those are members of the president’s party–voting in the West Virginia presidential primary gave 40% of their votes to a man whom the Associated Press identified as a federal prison inmate. Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, the AP reported. With 90% of precincts reported, he had 40.3% of the vote to Mr. Obama’s 59.7%
  • 1 in 3 West Virginia Democratic primary voters choose felon over Obama

    05/08/2012 8:40:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/08/12 10:06 PM ET | Josh Lederman
    A felon incarcerated in Texas took one in three votes away from President Obama in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday. Keith Judd, who is serving time in a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, for extortion, took 37 percent of the vote, with 50 percent of precincts reporting. Obama captured the remaining 63 percent. By locking up more than 15 percent, Judd may be entitled to at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention in September. …
  • Obama Might Lose West Virginia Delegate to Federal Inmate

    05/08/2012 7:11:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 8, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama might not be the only Democratic presidential candidate to receive a national party delegate in West Virginia. Keith Judd might receive one, also. But, in order for him to be represented at the Democratic National Committee convention in North Carolina, he must win at least 15 percent of the vote. The Charleston Gazette reports: Under state and national Democratic Party rules, if little-known Democratic presidential candidate Keith Judd secures 15 percent of the vote in today's election, he will technically be entitled to have at least one delegate from West Virginia at the Democratic National Convention in...
  • Cut Ten Commandments down to 6? (Appointed by 0bama)

    05/08/2012 6:39:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | Laurence Hammock
    Could the Ten Commandments be reduced to six, a federal judge asked Monday. Would that neutralize the religious overtones of a commandments display that has the Giles County School Board in legal hot water? That unorthodox suggestion was made by Judge Michael Urbanski during oral arguments over whether the display amounts to a governmental endorsement of religion, as alleged in a lawsuit filed by a student at Narrows High School. After raising many pointed questions about whether the commandments pass legal muster, the judge referred the case to mediation - with a suggestion: Remove the first four commandments, which are...
  • 4:40 p.m.: Possible shooting reported at EHS (Elkins High School, WV)

    05/03/2012 2:10:18 PM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 5 replies
    The Inter-Mountain ^ | 5/3/12 | The Inter-Mountain
    Several emergency officials are responding to Elkins High School for a possible report of an officer being shot. A suspect reportedly is on scene and is on foot, but has not yet been captured. Emergency scanner traffic indicates the suspect is described as while male, possibly in his 50s, with a brown T-shirt and glasses. Police have locked down the school, blocked the Beverly 5-lane and are searching the area, including local stores. Police also are searching for a possible suspect in an attempted carjacking in the area behind Kmart, and it is unclear if it's the same person. Additional...
  • WV Democratic Governor Not Backing Obama

    05/02/2012 6:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he is not endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election, saying the president “has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business.” Tomblin is running for re-election in the heavily Democratic and major coal-producing state this year. He won a special election for the governorship last year after Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. “As a loyal member of the Democratic party and as governor for our state, I will continue to do everything I...
  • Dem Gov of WV Won't Back Obama

    05/02/2012 12:26:28 PM PDT · by sunmars · 15 replies
    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) has announced that he will not endorse Barack Obama for re-election, stating, “[the president] has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business.”
  • Winter Storm Watch (western NY, central/western PA, WV mtns)

    04/21/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT · by palmer · 96 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | April 21, 2012 | N/A
  • Obama's 'war on coal' likely to give GOP edge in West Virginia

    04/20/2012 3:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 04/16/201295 | John Gizzi
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- “Last week, I was talking about some coal deals,” businessman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese told a packed crowd at the local Holiday Inn Saturday night, “and I said let’s close the deals before the hammer-and-sickle come down.” The 200-plus guests at the Berkley County Republican dinner here cheered. They knew exactly what Raese was talking about: the Obama administration’s assault on the coal industry that is the economic backbone of West Virginia. Almost to a person, Republicans we spoke to here agree that a series of regulations and rulings from the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Cecil Roberts: 'Lisa Jackson Shot Us'

    04/04/2012 2:20:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies ^ | 3 April 2012 | MetroNews Talkline
    The President of the United Mine Workers of America says the regulation of carbon emissions from coal is not just an American issue. "You have to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world. You can't just regulate them through the EPA of the United States," Cecil Roberts said on Tuesday's MetroNews Talkline. Roberts says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency is exceeding its authority with proposed new regulations for required greenhouse gas limits for all new coal fired power plants. He says those limits will shut down the development of new plants since the levels cannot be reached without...
  • Hillary Clinton coming to VMI in Virginia (MEGA BARF ALERT)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton to visit VMI next week Associated Press LEXINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting Virginia Military Institute next week. VMI says Clinton will be presented with the college's Distinguished Diplomat Award on April 3. She also will address VMI cadets. VMI Superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III says Clinton's work throughout her public life makes the award "highly appropriate." The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in advancing U.S. interests abroad through diplomacy. The event at Cameron Hall is free and open to the public.
  • EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants

    03/27/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants By RYAN TRACY And KEITH JOHNSON WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed strict limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants despite warnings from utilities and others that such a step to would lead to the demise of coal-fired electricity generation. The agency outlined a standard that analysts said would effectively ban new coal-fired stations unless they use carbon-capture technology, which hasn't yet been proven cost-effective. The EPA said the rule wouldn't apply to existing power plants, including when they make modifications to comply with other air-pollution rules, addressing a major concern...
  • Judge slams EPA for axing coal permit

    03/23/2012 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2012 | ERICA MARTINSON
    A federal judge slammed an Obama administration gambit to revoke mountaintop mining permits Friday, saying the EPA invented authority where there was none. “EPA resorts to magical thinking” to justify nullifying permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Arch Coal Inc.’s Mingo Logan mine in West Virginia, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. Berman Jackson said the EPA’s effort to revoke permits already issued by the Army Corps lacked the backing of any statutory provision or regulation. “It posits a scenario involving the automatic self-destruction of a written permit issued by an entirely...
  • Troll flunks audition

    03/21/2012 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Mustang Driver · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | March 21, 2012 | Don Surber
    Inspired by how moderators at Lucianne and Free Republic handle comments, I refuse to let just anyone comment. Liberals who are nice are OK. Especially if they are from West Virginia or Cleveland. But then at that point they are not really trolls, just readers who disagree with me. As for actual trolls, I do not blog to be berated. As readers know, I have told a few people who are unhappy with my writing that there are a million other blogs. Go read them. Free speech means I support your right to speak on your soapbox. This is “mine.”...
  • UDPATE: Two Arrested, One on the Run in Milton Flea Market Shooting(WV)

    03/17/2012 1:40:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 16 March, 2012 | NA
    UPDATE 3/16/12 @ 6:00 p.m. CABELL COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been arrested and one person is on the run after a robbery and shooting at the Milton Flea Market. Cabell County Sheriff's deputies say they are searching for Brett Newman, 31, of Huntington. He is accused of shooting Edward Perry, a longtime vendor at the market in a robbery that went very wrong very quickly. “It was scary, it could be me the next time,” Boyd Meadows said. Meadows is the owner at the flea market. He heard the gunshots and saw one of the suspects...
  • 3 Pro-Gun Bills Await Governor's Signature in West Virginia

    03/13/2012 4:14:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 12 March, 2012 | NRA
    This past Saturday saw the adjournment of the 2012 legislative session and with it came good news for NRA members across the Mountaineer State, as three NRA-backed bills are now headed to the Governor for his approval. Senate Bill 149, introduced by state Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-16), would mandate police authorities return all seized firearms, not currently being held as evidence in a criminal investigation, to the lawful owner if able. If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the firearm, SB 149 would require these agencies to sell these firearms at a...
  • Former West Virginia (Democrat) sheriff, county clerk plead guilty to attempting to steal election

    03/10/2012 6:53:40 PM PST · by Redcat · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Eric Shawn
    As the sheriff of Lincoln County, W.Va., Jerry Bowman is sworn to uphold the law. But the 58-year-old law enforcement veteran stood in a federal courtroom in Charleston on Wednesday and pleaded guilty in a shocking voter fraud case that has stripped him of his job and could send him to prison for a decade. Prosecutors say Bowman and former Lincoln County Clerk Donald Whitten, 62, were part of a scheme to steal the May 2010 Democratic primary by stuffing ballot boxes with illegal absentee ballots. Bowman admitted to falsifying more than 100 of the absentee ballot applications and even...
  • West Virginia Senate Unanimously Passes Firearms Destruction Prevention Legislation

    03/01/2012 5:39:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies · 6+ views ^ | 1 March, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( After passing in the state Senate Judiciary Committee last week and in the state Senate Finance Committee on Monday, Senate Bill 149 was passed in the West Virginia Senate unanimously today. We expect SB 149 to soon be assigned to the state House Judiciary Committee for its consideration. Introduced by state Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-16), SB 149 would mandate police authorities return all seized firearms, not currently being held as evidence in a criminal investigation, to the lawful owner if able. If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the...
  • State leaders put public employees ahead of highways

    02/29/2012 5:41:30 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2012 | Don Surber
    Over the weekend came the exciting news that West Virginia officials have been so diligent in their work that the state now has saved $1 billion — at least on paper. “West Virginia is already reaping benefits from recent efforts to rein in public retiree health benefit costs, officials say: They expect to shrink the projected funding shortfall further, by more than $1 billion, and a Wall Street credit rating agency appears ready to praise the state’s handling of its last major liability,” reported Lawrence Messina of the Associated Press. Now $1 billion might not seem like much in other...
  • Man beaten with his own shotgun following two failed robbery attempts of provoked victims

    02/25/2012 8:08:50 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 26th February 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    This is the drunken robber who was left badly bruised after he was beaten with his own shotgun by passers-by. John Columbus Beane, 58, appeared in a West Virginia county courtroom Friday admitting to two charges of first-degree robbery in November that ended with the butt of his own shotgun clubbed repeatedly into his face and head. -snip- His first was a raid of Husson's Pizza just hours before. During the 8pm ambush he entered wearing a ski mask and sunglasses while pointing a .410 shotgun at Husson employees. All managed to escape out the back door leaving Beane to...
  • Teen Tanning Ban

    02/22/2012 9:29:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    MetroNews ^ | February 21, 2012 | Staff
    Kids under 17 would not be allowed to go to tanning beds in West Virginia in a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill, approved 30-4, sets up a regulatory process for tanning beds, including business registration and puts the state Bureau of Public Health in charge of regulating the facilities. The highlight of the bill is the ban for kids under 17. "The committee recommends doing this after we were given some statistics including one from the Yale School of Public Health that found that people who tanned on indoor beds had a 69 percent increased chance...
  • Obama Winning His War on Coal

    02/17/2012 5:56:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 27 replies
    The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ^ | February 12th, 2012 | Staff
    Time may already have run out for Americans to defeat President Barack Obama in his war against the coal industry. Many utility companies already have run up the white flag. Before millions of people even knew about the war on coal, decisions were made that will send their utility bills skyrocketing. Some of those choices are irreversible. A few weeks ago it was revealed at least 32 coal-fired power plants in 12 states, including West Virginia and Ohio, would be closed so utility companies could comply with the Obama administration's air pollution regulations. On the list was the Kammer Plant...
  • Felon drops out of race

    02/15/2012 4:57:00 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 7 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2012 | Don Surber
    Lincoln County, West Virginia, is a poor place whose chief export is Chuck Yeager. What it lacks in money, Lincoln County adds in entertainment. Its elections are liar’s poker among the Democratic Party factions. There are too few Republicans to matter, and so it is the Democratic Party primaries where the cheating occurs. For 14 years, Democratic County Assessor Jerry Weaver and Democratic Circuit Clerk Greg Stowers fixed elections. The feds caught them. They went to prison. Jerry Weaver got out and decided to run for sheriff. He figured since the current sheriff Democrat Jerry Bowman and his buddy, Democratic...
  • NYT: It’s the entitlements, stupid

    02/13/2012 7:18:56 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 17 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2012 | Don Surber
    The trouble with situational ethics is that it leaves you with no morals and without morals it is difficult to be morally superior to anyone. This reduces liberals to whining about hypocrisy all the time by holding the other guy to his high standards and being smug about it. The irony is that in order to apply those higher standards liberals must admit that those higher standards are meaningful. If indeed adultery were nothing, they would not mention a 40-year-old affair by Henry Hyde. But cries of hypocrisy are all that is left to them. They sound a lot like...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustrated (RATS out of the loop)

    02/07/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12
    Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustratedBy Alexander Bolton - 02/07/12 05:15 AM ET Some Democrats are grumbling over how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has run the floor this year. The frustration is felt mostly among junior lawmakers, who want more of a role in decision-making and have yet to resign themselves to the traditional pace of the Senate, where seniority rules and lawmakers often have to wait years to have significant influence. They say Reid’s style leaves them feeling out of the loop. Colleagues have second-guessed Reid’s decision to greenlight a deal with Republicans on the...
  • Tax exempt complain about tax relief for others

    02/04/2012 11:45:22 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 8 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2012 | Don Surber
    West Virginia likely will land a $2 billion cracker that will convert the “wet” natural gas in the Marcellus shale into a cheap feedstock for plastics and the like. This will be cheaper than oil-based feedstock. Not only will this mean thousands of jobs in West Virginia to run the plant, the cracker could also help revive West Virginia’s chemical industry, particularly in the Kanawha Valley (Charleston — the state’s capital and suburb of Poca). When I moved here in 1984, we had 15,000 chemical jobs. Today we are lucky if we have 1,500. Naturally, liberals oppose the cracker. They...
  • UPDATE: Legislation In The Works For The Mascot To Carry His Musket (WV)

    02/02/2012 10:27:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Mollie Lair
    UPDATE: 1/31/2012 6:36 PM A proud Parkersburg South Patriot mascot is ready to fight for his school spirit and the for the right to carry his musket. "Anywhere you see the symbol of the patriot, he's carrying his gun. It's painted on the walls of the school. He has his gun with him. I feel that it's part of his uniform," Alex Burdette, the mascot wearing senior says. This muzzle loading mascot is ready to go to war for a Parkersburg South tradition. "I first realized there was a problem when at certain away games the security guards would come...
  • Parkersburg Man Fires Pistol At Intruders(WV)

    02/01/2012 1:02:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 26 January, 2012 | Mollie Lair
    Parkersburg Police tell us the homeowner fired a shot at the man. But there's much more to this story, and more than one robber. Bobby Oliver told police a white male broke into his home through a side door and went up to the third floor. On his way back down, Oliver was waiting. He fired one shot at the burglar with his pistol, but missed. As the suspect ran away Oliver saw another man on his back porch. Both ran through the back yard. There are no leads right now, but police are hoping the community will help. "I...
  • Maloney renews challenge to Tomblin for W.Va. governor's seat

    01/31/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Impy · 10 replies
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | 1-26-12 | Vicki Smith
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Republican Bill Maloney said Thursday he’s ready to finish what he started last year, win the Republican primary in May and then defeat incumbent Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin in the race for West Virginia governor.
  • Why is the answer always a new law?

    01/28/2012 6:37:16 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 55 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2012 | Don Surber
    AS I sat across the long table from state Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, at a meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board on Monday, one question kept rolling in my mind. Why is the answer always a new law? Foster, Delegate Don Purdue, D-Wayne, and others were pitching a bill to the editorial board. Foster, a surgeon now working as an administrator, has considered meth labs and decided the only way to reduce their number is to make West Virginians get a doctor’s prescription to buy cold medications like Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine. He dismissed an industry plan to tighten...
  • W.Va. passes tax break for crackers

    01/26/2012 11:55:10 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 10 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | January 26, 2012 | Don Surber
    Crap, I have to say something nice about the West Virginia Legislature. It ain’t easy being a curmudgeon when public officials do the right thing. But last night the state Senate passed a big tax break for construction of a cracker — a billion-dollar machine that takes natural gas and converts it into a cheap feedstock for plastic. This will mean thousands of jobs, including more than 1,000 six-figure jobs in one of the nation’s poorest states. Plus, the feedstock produced is cheaper than oil-based feedstocks, which will reduce the nation’s dependency on Middle East oil. people overlook the fact...
  • Delivery driver lauded for shooting would be assailant(WV)

    01/22/2012 5:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 21 January, 2012 | David Iversen
    TEAYS VALLEY - Neighbors who saw a Husson's Pizza delivery driver shoot a would be assailant are praising him as a hero. Delivery driver Morgan Vandergriff pulled a concealed handgun and shot DeSean Saunders in the arm and chest after an alleged robbery attempt. "I may order from this place more often," said Sable Point Apartment resident Vinny Masi. "I like this guy. I like what he did. Vandergriff reportedly has had his conceal and carry permit for nearly 10 years, but this is the first time he's ever had to use it. That weapon is the first Husson Pizza...