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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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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...