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News Room 2010

Kessler Claims to Have the Votes

December 28, 2010

State Sen. Jeff Kessler said Monday he now has the votes needed to solidify his place as acting Senate president when the Legislature convenes Jan. 12.

Recruiting businesses to the state

December 29, 2010

County, state and federal officials, in varying degrees, all deserve credit for bringing Macy’s new $150 million fulfillment distribution center and 1,900 jobs to Berkeley County. As The Journal’s coverage has documented, many people, had a key role in making this development a reality.

State treasurer visits Mingo

December 29, 2010

West Virginia's State Treasurer was in Williamson Monday, encouraging people to take advantage of the state's SMART529 College Savings Plan and drumming up support for a gubernatorial campaign

Area lawmakers weigh in on special election

December 29, 2010

As the gubernatorial succession debate continues to brew in Charleston, local lawmakers are weighing in on whether or not a special election for governor should be held before 2012.

Carper predicts Kanawha County will lose state Senate seat

December 29, 2010

U.S. Census figures showing local population statistics have yet to be released, but Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper already believes Kanawha County is set to lose a seat in the state Senate.

Officials disagree on special election for governor

December 28, 2010

The fight is on in the state Supreme Court as House Speaker Rick Thompson and Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin battle over how long Tomblin will be allowed to hold the title of West Virginia’s acting governor.

Texting ban takes effect in Kentucky

December 27, 2010

In West Virginia adult drivers are still allowed to type messages into their cell phones while on the road, but in nearby Kentucky this will soon change.

McHugh sworn in for third time at Supreme Court

December 16, 2010

Joined by dozens of well-wishers who braved the elements from as far away as Preston and Mercer counties, Thomas McHugh took the oath of office as a Supreme Court justice for a third time Thursday afternoon.

Unions want vote for governor in '11

December 16, 2010

Labor unions and a veteran Charleston lawyer are among those weighing in on when West Virginia should hold its next election for governor.

W.Va. House eyeing parole fix, ethics measure

December 16, 2010

Repairing West Virginia’s parole law and revisiting a failed ethics proposal will be top priorities for the House of Delegates when the Legislature returns next month, according to Speaker Rick Thompson.

Insurance commissioner plans forum

December 14, 2010

The West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commission will host a Health Insurance Exchange public forum today at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Senate power struggles continue

December 14, 2010

The state Senate is in the midst of a dramatic power struggle over who will lead the chamber while Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin serves as acting governor.

Senate Democrats divided over leadership plan

December 14, 2010

West Virginia's Senate Democrats met in an apparently contentious, nearly three-hour closed-door caucus Monday, a caucus that left them even more sharply divided over who should be the Senate leader while Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, D-Logan, serves as acting governor.

Kessler Ready for W.Va. Senate Leadership

December 14, 2010

Democratic state Senate members Monday tapped Sen. Jeff Kessler to be "acting Senate president" if the full Senate votes to create the new position when it convenes next month.

West Virginia makes Judicial Hellhole list

December 15, 2010

West Virginia's civil justice system remains among the worst in the nation despite expectations last year of significant reforms, according to the American Tort Reform Foundation's ninth annual Judicial Hellholes 2010-11 report.

Tomblin gives education ‘high priority’

December 7, 2010

No specifics are in mind for now, but acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he intends to assign education a major position in his plan of action in the State of the State address next month.

News at Noon: Panhandle Legislative Summit Tuesday

December 6, 2010

The Berkeley County Commission legislative summit, an annual event that brings together commissioners and legislators from across the Eastern Panhandle, is set for Tuesday.

WV begins work on setting up health insurance exchange

December 6, 2010

West Virginia officials are researching how to set up the state’s exchange program. The Office is holding public forums across the state this month and next to get input on what its exchange should look like and how it should operate.

Kessler in Line for New Job; Seeks Senate Leader Role

December 5, 2010

State Sen. Jeff Kessler believes he has the support to be the West Virginia Senate's acting president, but his fellow senators must first pass a new rule that creates the position.

Tomblin takes message on state’s economy to Rotary

December 5, 2010

Unlike many other states struggling with recession’s impact, West Virginia has avoided tax increases and government layoffs while maintaining a budget surplus, but it still has challenges to meet, the state’s new governor told local Rotarians Friday.

Tomblin trumpets state’s fiscal stability

December 5, 2010

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited with the Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial board last week during a swing through Mercer County. Tomblin and his communications director, Jacqueline Proctor, visited with the Princeton Rotary Club on Friday for lunch and took time to meet with the editorial board.

Cases will determine election

December 5, 2010

The West Virginia Supreme Court agreed Friday to consolidate two cases that seek the same outcome - a special gubernatorial election in 2011.

Chamber introduces column to inform public

December 5, 2010

Today, the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce introduces this monthly column, Chamber Chat, to inform the public and the business community about the benefits of becoming a member of the chamber.

Coal truck overturns at Massey site; driver killed

December 5, 2010

Federal mine regulators say a coal-hauling truck overturned at a Massey Energy Co. mine site in Fayette County, killing the driver.

Capitol focus: Loans, PACS gave edge to W.Va.'s House candidates

December 5, 2010

Superior fundraising did not necessarily lead to electoral victory for West Virginia's U.S. House candidates, the latest Federal Election Commission filings show.

Putnam delegates support representative for Mason

December 5, 2010

Members of the House of Delegates from Putnam County said they would support a plan to give neighboring Mason County its own delegate in this summer's upcoming redistricting tussle.

Legislators likely to tackle succession law

November 30, 2010

It seems inevitable the 2011 West Virginia Legislature will ponder possible changes in state laws and even an amendment to the state's constitution to modernize the steps required to replace the state's governor in the midst of a term. The only hope is that it doesn't dominate the 60-day regular session that begins in Charleston Jan. 12 which could leave many other key issues unresolved.

W.Va. Insurance Commission talks health insurance

November 30, 2010

The state Insurance Commission is hosting its first public forum on health insurance.

Election of acting Senate president could be on tap

November 29, 2010

When the state Senate convenes in January, senators are likely to vote to create a new position of acting Senate president, one senator said Monday.

Tomblin 'still a country boy'

November 29, 2010

Earl Ray Tomblin's home sits on a hill on the winding Trace Fork Road.

Phil Kabler: Governor needs second in command

November 28, 2010

However the current governor situation works out, it's clear that the Legislature needs to come up with a long-term fix for the gubernatorial succession conundrum.

Joe Manchin taps Democratic strategist to be chief of staff

November 28, 2010

Democratic strategist and TV talking head Chris Kofinis will be the top aide to newly sworn-in West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, sources tell POLITICO.

Homeowners likely to pay for VFD workers’comp

November 28, 2010

Predictably there will be some squawking if and when the idea surfaces in new legislation, but West Virginia homeowners likely will be called on to pay a token increase to help volunteer fire units purchase workers’ compensation coverage.

Special election unnecessary

November 19, 2010

When West Virginians went to the polls on November 2, we believe, they knew exactly what they were doing.

Tomblin still faces inquiries on role in Senate

November 19, 2010

State Auditor Glen Gainer may be among those who seek court answers to questions surrounding Earl Ray Tomblin's move from the Senate presidency to the governor's position.

W.Va. succession process rare among states

November 21, 2010

The way other states handle vacancies in their governors' offices may be of limited value in resolving what questions remain regarding West Virginia's process.

W.Va. court delays decision of governor election

November 22, 2010

The West Virginia Supreme Court won't be making a quick decision on whether there should be a special election for governor.

Davis won't hear case on gubernatorial election

November 23, 2010

Because she plans to run for office in 2012, Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis withdrew herself Monday from hearing a case that will help decide when West Virginia will elect its next governor.

Group files petition for special election

November 22, 2010

The West Virginia Republican Party will back a petition before the state Supreme Court calling for a special election for governor before 2012, the chairman said Saturday.

Phil Kabler: McCabe has reason to be generous

November 21, 2010

SEN. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, was magnanimous when he withdrew from the supposed "race" for president pro tem last week.

W.Va. succession process rare among states

November 21, 2010

The way other states handle vacancies in their governors' offices may be of limited value in resolving what questions remain regarding West Virginia's process.

Phil Kabler: Tomblin embraces new office

November 20, 2010

Events of last week made me think of the last scene in "Annie Hall," when Woody Allen relates his life in terms of the old joke about the guy whose brother thinks he's a chicken.

W.Va. group sues to force early vote for governor

November 20, 2010

A West Virginia citizens’ group filed the first legal challenge Friday seeking a special election for governor before 2012.

Governor vote lawsuit filed

November 19, 2010

A citizens group wants the West Virginia Supreme Court to order an election for governor before 2012.

Manchin's 1996 race records sought

November 19, 2010

A federal investigation of former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration includes a request for his 1996 campaign finance reports, according to a subpoena obtained by the Gazette-Mail.

Senator says he has votes to take leadership post

November 18, 2010

Senate Judiciary Chairman Jeff Kessler said Wednesday night he has the votes to lead the state Senate while Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin serves as acting governor.

Editorial: State's rules of succession need an overhaul

November 18, 2010

West Virginia lawmakers no doubt will spend part of the next legislative session discussing whether a special election should be held in 2011 so the state's voters can choose a governor.

Politicos change jobs as Manchin goes to Senate

November 17, 2010

Some West Virginia government personnel shake-ups are under way, in part as Joe Manchin begins appointing former gubernatorial aides to his U.S. Senate staff.

Keep position of state strong as succession issue is resolved

November 17, 2010

If the minds of West Virginians are spinning with confusion these days, it’s certainly understandable.

Tomblin asks people to 'put West Virginia first'

November 16, 2010

In his first public address as acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday called on all three branches of government to work together to "put West Virginia first."

Tomblin takes charge

November 10, 2010

Incoming Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told members of the media today that he feels ready to take on the challenges that face the state of West Virginia in the next two years.

Tomblin: I'm ready to lead WV

November 10, 2010

Incoming Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told members of the media today that he feels ready to take on the challenges that face the state of West Virginia in the next two years.

Tomblin part of ‘history-making time’

November 10, 2010

In the words of acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, “it’s history-making time in West Virginia.”

Tomblin Expects To Take Over Monday

November 10, 2010

A state trooper provided security for West Virginia's next governor in Wheeling Tuesday, signifying the transition about to happen in the state's government in less than a week.

Price of W.Va. gasoline tops US average

November 10, 2010

Kanawha County residents may have been surprised to see a double-digit increase in the cost of gasoline at the pumps over the past week.

Speaker pushes election to fill Manchin void

November 10, 2010

The speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates has called for a special election to elect a new governor.

Manchin to bid farewell in speech Friday

November 10, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin has scheduled a farewell speech at the state Capitol on Friday, the same day his election to the U.S. Senate is likely to be certified.

Tomblin expects to stay the course as acting governor

November 9, 2010

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin plans to keep state spending at current levels in the budget he'll proposed early next year as West Virginia's acting governor.

Cost of printing court document tops $40,000

November 8, 2010

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has recently released its annual report for 2009, and the glossy, professionally printed booklet came with a price tag of $42,795.

Hoppy's Commentary

November 7, 2010

The next Governor of the state of West Virginia will begin his term as the least well-known Governor of modern times.

Questions accompany Tomblin's rise as governor

November 7, 2010

With West Virginia losing its governor to the U.S. Senate, officials have to go back 141 years to the last -- and only-- time the state's top job has become vacant.

Phil Kabler: Big week ahead in politics

November 7, 2010

This will be a week unlike any other in West Virginia history, in all likelihood ending with a new U.S. senator in office and an acting governor in his place in the Governor's Mansion.

Phil Kabler: Tomblin will have two jobs

November 6, 2010

Evidently, we'll have to wait until Monday to know Earl Ray Tomblin's plans for juggling the dual roles of Senate president and acting governor.

Voters Have Mixed Opinions on Special Election

November 5, 2010

When Gov. Joe Manchin leaves office to head to Washington, D.C., state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin will become the interim governor.

Pledges A Clear And Organized Transfer Of Power

November 8, 2010

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin says he will put aside his legislative duties once he takes over from Gov. Joe Manchin as West Virginia's chief executive.

Beach tops Frich in close state Senate race

November 3, 2010

Democrat Bob Beach barely beat out Republican Cindy Frich in the contest for the state Senate’s 13th District.

Ferns, Storch Win Delegate Seats

November 3, 2010

Both West Virginia 3rd District Delegates-elect Erikka Storch and Ryan Ferns know how important the issue of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling will be for the state's economic and environmental future.

Kump takes 52nd District post

November 3, 2010

Larry D. Kump of Falling Waters edged out Democratic Party nominee Mike Roberts to win his first two-year term in the West Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday night, according to complete but unofficial results released by the Berkeley County clerk's office.

Eric Nelson joins incumbents in 30th District

November 3, 2010

Kanawha County voters seemed mostly satisfied with their representation in the House of Delegate, re-electing 10 incumbents to the county's 11 House seats.

House incumbents, Nohe win

November 3, 2010

The local incumbents will return to the West Virginia House of Delegates while the mayor of Vienna is heading to the state Senate, according to the unofficial count of votes from Tuesday's election.

Wells, McCabe hold onto state Senate seats

November 3, 2010

State senators Brooks McCabe and Erik Wells will spend four more years representing Kanawha County in the West Virginia Legislature.

Unger edges Blair

November 3, 2010

With all 98 precincts reporting in Berkeley and Jefferson counties following Tuesday's mid-term election, incumbent West Virginia Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, appeared to have won re-election to his fourth term representing the 16th Senatorial District following a close race.

Sen. Mike Green holds on to seat

November 3, 2010

Democrat state Sen. Mike Green was able to hold on to his 9th District seat with a victory by 18 percent over Republican opponent Jim Mullins.

W.Va. Dems increase majority in state Senate

November 3, 2010

Democrats increased their majority in the West Virginia Senate in Tuesday's general election, but GOP gains eroded their command of the House of Delegates.

W.Va. Senate Democrats gain 2, House GOP adds 4

November 2, 2010

Democrats increased their majority in the West Virginia Senate in Tuesday's general election, but GOP gains eroded their command of the House of Delegates.

McKinley Claims Win By a Narrow Margin

November 3, 2010

Republican David McKinley defeated Democrat Michael Oliverio by the slimmest of margins Tuesday - 1,357 votes - and will now represent northern West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.

McKinley defeats Oliverio in congressional race

November 3, 2010

Republican businessman David McKinley has won the hard-fought race to claim West Virginia's 1st District congressional seat.

Rahall wins W.Va.'s 3rd District House seat

November 2, 2010

Democrat Nick Rahall has turned back a challenge that focused on whether he supported the coal industry or President Barack Obama's environmental policies.

Capito wins big, Rahall bests former justice

November 2, 2010

With 592 of 592 precincts in the 2nd District, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rahall hangs on to House seat; McKinley defeats Oliverio

November 2, 2010

West Virginia Democrats held on to one U.S. House seat that had the potential to swing to Republican control in Tuesday's elections, but lost the 1st District seat that had belonged to Rep. Alan Mollohan for decades.

McHugh defeats Yoder in Supreme Court race

November 2, 2010

Voters elected Democrat Thomas McHugh to finish an unexpired term on the West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday.

McHugh retains seat on state Supreme Court

November 2, 2010

State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McHugh will stay on the bench after narrowly defeating Republican challenger John Yoder, a circuit judge from the Eastern Panhandle.

Webster edges Greear to keep Kanawha judgeship

November 2, 2010

After a hard-fought race that was often contentious, Judge Carrie Webster edged out Republican challenger Dan Greear to hold on to her seat on the Kanawha County Circuit bench.

No major issues at W.Va. polls, officials say

November 3, 2010

West Virginia officials say everything was running smoothly across the state with no major issues as voters went to the polls Tuesday.

Manchin whips Raese

November 3, 2010

Governor collects 600 more votes than Raese in Wood County

W.Va. voters: Economy biggest worry this election

November 2, 2010

One of Republican John Raese's themes in the campaign to become West Virginia's next senator was that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin would be a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama's health care policy.

Senate, House and W.Va. Supreme Court election results

November 3, 2010

View the results.

Manchin wins U.S. Senate race

November 3, 2010

West Virginia voters rejected arguments their popular governor would be a rubber stamp for the agenda of President Obama, electing Democrat Joe Manchin to fill the unexpired term of the late Robert C. Byrd.

Manchin declares victory

November 2, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin defeated millionaire Republican John Raese on Tuesday, keeping the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Robert Byrd for a half-century in the party's hands.

Voters taking to polls today

November 2, 2010

Voters in Ohio and West Virginia head to the polls today for the 2010 general election.

Clinton makes last-minute pitch for Manchin

November 2, 2010

West Virginians who don't vote for Gov. Joe Manchin will have lost their common sense, former President Bill Clinton said Monday at a rally for the Democratic candidate.

Election 2010 Happens Today

November 2, 2010

The 2010 election year ends today as voters go to the polls, and political leaders say they'll start work on the 2012 presidential election tomorrow.

Final Pre-Election Polls Show Manchin With Slight Lead

November 2, 2010

The last pre-election polls show West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin with a slight lead over his Republican opponent John Raese in the state's special Senate election.

DMV Announces Electronic Insurance Verification Implementation Progress

October 29, 2010

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce that an important milestone has been reached in the development of an electronic system to identify uninsured motorists. Senator John Unger was the lead sponsor for Senate Bill 394, which passed the Legislature and was approved and signed by Governor Manchin this Spring. Staff at the DMV are putting final touches on a Request for Quote (RFQ) for potential vendors to become DMV’s partner in this endeavor.

Early voting numbers mixed

October 27, 2010

With early elections ending Saturday, officials are reporting mixed results in the numbers of residents who came out to participate in the early voting process.

Third party groups spend $12.7 million on W.Va. elections

October 26, 2010

West Virginia’s U.S. Senate and House races have attracted nearly $13 million worth of attention so far from non-candidate groups, with Republicans benefiting from nearly two-thirds of that spending.

NBA legend West adds voice to Senate race

October 26, 2010

Voters are hearing from a favorite son of West Virginia who's asking them to support Gov. Joe Manchin's U.S. Senate campaign.

Business leaders address key issues

October 26, 2010

The 2010 West Virginia Chamber Legislative Look Ahead Luncheon focused on some of the key issues employers in the state are facing.

Manchin most qualified to represent us in Washington

October 26, 2010

Unlike nearly every other newspaper in our state, we don’t make it a habit to endorse political candidates. In fact, we believe that it only becomes necessary for us to back someone if we feel they are absolutely the best person for the job. The most qualified to represent us.

Many voters still undecided

October 26, 2010

One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Yet in this year of the fed-up voter, even these folks offer little hope to Democrats.

Both sides see hope in early voting

October 26, 2010

Early voting numbers so far show little falloff in Democratic turnout.

Senate battle overshadows congressional race

October 25, 2010

At a window table in the West End Cafe, Henry Watson and J.R. Woodyard struggle to make sense of the 1st District congressional race.

Robert Rupp: State Senate Democrats appear safe

October 25, 2010

The national tide of anti-incumbency has certainly impacted Congressional races. Will it affect the West Virginia Senate?

Hoppy's Commentary for Thursday

October 21, 2010

One of the beauties of the American court system is transparency. The vast majority of court proceedings are open to the public; court documents are a matter of public record; jurors are free to talk about their deliberations after the verdict is issued.

Legislative Races Are Worth Watching

October 21, 2010

As someone who has worked a fair number of years in the news business, I never have felt particularly qualified to recommend one political candidate over another -- not in print, anyway.

Early voting sees 'great turnout so far'

October 18, 2010

Kanawha County officials are predicting high voter turnout in the general election.

W.Va.’s US House hopefuls raise $1.7M, spend $2.6M

October 18, 2010

West Virginia's U.S. House candidates spent $2.6 million during the last three months, with the energy sector, health professionals and financial interests among the key contributors.

House races raise $1.7M, spend $2.6M

October 18, 2010

West Virginia's U.S. House candidates spent $2.6 million during the last three months, with the energy sector, health professionals and financial interests among the key contributors.

Outside money, influence grows in WV races

October 18, 2010

With two weeks to go until the election, campaign ads are everywhere. But it’s hard to tell where or who some of these ads come from.

Capitol focus: U.S. House hopefuls spend $2.6M in three months

October 17, 2010

West Virginia's U.S. House candidates spent $2.6 million during the last three months, with the energy sector, health professionals and financial interests among the key contributors.

Manchin on tightrope as he reclaims lead

October 13, 2010

A poll released Tuesday indicates Gov. Joe Manchin has reclaimed the lead in the U.S. Senate race, suggesting Democratic interest may be perking up despite the candidate's unexpectedly tough challenge.

Manchin regains lead, pollster says

October 13, 2010

A pollster Tuesday said Gov. Joe Manchin has regained the lead for the unexpired term in the U.S. Senate.

Officials consider succession laws

October 13, 2010

Unless the West Virginia Supreme Court or state legislature takes action, voters will have to wait until November 2012 to elect a replacement for Gov. Joe Manchin, should he win the race to fill Robert Byrd's Senate seat, legislative lawyers said Tuesday.

Lawyers: No vote for governor until 2012 if Manchin wins

October 13, 2010

West Virginia could not hold an election for governor until 2012 — when the office is already on the ballot — if Gov. Joe Manchin wins next month’s U.S. Senate race and leaves office more than two years early, the Legislature’s top lawyers said Tuesday.

Lawmakers told new governor election wouldn't come until 2012

October 12, 2010

West Virginians would not get to vote for a new governor until 2012 if Gov. Joe Manchin wins his run for U.S. Senate.

Manchin: Time to ‘put partisanship aside’

October 12, 2010

A little girl wore a “Joe Manchin for U.S. Senate” sticker on her shirt at a campaign rally Monday aimed at firing up Democrats for the general election in November.

Insurance Agents Gather to Discuss Economy

October 10, 2010

Insurance agents were getting up to date at the 110th annual Independent Insurance Agents Convention.

Mercer GOP announces nominees to succeed Porter

October 6, 2010

Mercer County Republican leaders have nominated three county residents to finish the term of the late Delegate Thomas M. “Mike” Porter, R-Mercer, who passed away Sept. 27.

Sen. Barnes announces candidacy for governor’s seat

October 5, 2010

State Sen. Clark Barnes, R-15th District, concerned that West Virginia's future is nearing a "precarious position," has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2012.

Loss of Delegate Could Change Mercer Politics

September 29, 2010

It's just two days after the unexpected death of Delegate Thomas "Mike" Porter, but only a little more than a month remains before Election Day.

Business Summit message is change

September 9, 2010

The West Virginia Business Summit delivered some useful thoughts to those who attended.
A simple message resonated: Get involved. Make a difference. Don't accept the status quo.

Op Ed – WC privatization is success

September 8, 2010

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co., in its fifth year doing business, is a financial success.

Workers' Comp Rates Down in West Virginia

September 6, 2010

When a 2.9 percent decrease in workers' compensation insurance rates takes effect Nov. 1, overall rates will have declined 43.7 percent since the state system was privatized in 2006, state Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline said.

Workers’ comp relief announced

August 5, 2010

The West Virginia State Firemen's Association has announced that the insurance company VFIS of West Virginia also will offer broadform liability coverage to its insured clients as those fire department workers' compensation policies with Brickstreet Insurance renew over the course of the next 11 months.

State to Provide Liability Insurance for West Virginia Firefighters

July 28, 2010

The state agency that provides insurance for 160 state agencies will provide temporary liability coverage for West Virginia volunteer fire departments that are facing loss of coverage

Implementing new rules may take a while, Supreme Court clerk says

July 28, 2010

It could be December before revised rules to West Virginia's appellate process go into effect, says the state Supreme Court's clerk.

Special votes should be held sooner, not later

July 27, 2010

After a couple of weeks of questions about how to fill the Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd, West Virginians are now looking down the road at similar confusion about filling the governor’s office.

House speaker calls for quick election if Manchin wins

July 27, 2010

If Gov. Joe Manchin is elected to the U.S. Senate, state House Speaker Rick Thompson wants an election to fill the gubernatorial vacancy sooner rather than later.

Special election costs increase

July 13, 2010

Kanawha County officials say a special election to fill Sen. Robert Byrd's seat in Congress might cost a third more than originally expected.

Byrd seat filled by Sunday

July 13, 2010

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin on Monday said he hopes to appoint someone temporarily to the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat by Sunday, with plans to announ-ce afterward whether he’ll run for it in November.

Capito Weighs Her Options

July 13, 2010

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito - just back from a congressional trip to Afghanistan - is considering whether her next venture is a possible move to the U.S. Senate.

Gov. Manchin: Three Priorities For Senate Seat

July 13, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin says he has three priorities heading into the next few days in connection with the filling of the vacant U.S. Senate seat created following the death last month of Senator Robert Byrd.

Capito joins call for election to fill Byrd's seat

July 7, 2010

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is joining the call for a November special election to fill the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat.

Manchin urged to fill Byrd's seat quickly

July 7, 2010

The West Virginia AFL-CIO and West Virginia Coal Association are now calling on Gov. Joe Manchin to appoint himself to the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat in the U.S. Senate - and as quickly as possible.

Charleston council urges special election for Byrd seat

July 7, 2010

Charleston City Council became the first elected government body to endorse a special election as a means of selecting a replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd.

AFL-CIO wants Manchin to appoint himself to Senate

July 6, 2010

The West Virginia AFL-CIO says it wants Gov. Joe Manchin to appoint himself to the late Robert C. Byrd's seat in the U.S. Senate, but the list of those calling for voters to pick a replacement is growing.

WV Senator Will Lie Thursday in Repose In Washington, DC Senate Chambers

June 29, 2010

The body of West Virginia Democrat Robert C. Byrd will lie Thursday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. in repose in the Senate chamber, where he served for more than half a century.

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd dies at 92

June 27, 2010

Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the state's powerful coal industry, died Monday. He was 92.

Manchin won't appoint himself as Byrd successor

June 28, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

How Will Court's Decision Affect Insurance Consumers?

June 25, 2010

On June 11, our Supreme Court unraveled significant progress this State has made in recent years to improve West Virginia's insurance climate. In 2005, the West Virginia Legislature repealed a law that enabled a third party to sue an insurance company under a contract to which it is not a party. Earlier this month, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in its decision in Michael v. Appalachian Heating, LLC, No. 35127 (June 11, 2010), held that third parties can sue insurance companies under the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

West Virginia Court OKs Suits Against Insurers Under Human Rights Law

June 25, 2010

West Virginians can bring bad faith lawsuits against insurance companies under the state's human rights act, the state Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled.

State Supreme Court Ruling Causes Controversy

June 24, 2010

The state's highest court recently ruled that State Auto Insurance discriminated against a black family in a property damage claim.

VFD workers' comp group to be announced

June 24, 2010

Members of a workgroup that will address the pending crisis in workers' compensation insurance coverage for more than 400 volunteer fire departments statewide may be announced Friday, a spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin said Thursday.

High court unveils new rules for appeals

May 17, 2010

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals unveiled proposed new rules of procedure on Monday, codifying 42 rules designed to guarantee every case a review.

Some W.Va. primary upsets in legislative races

May 12, 2010

A pair of state Senators, a Democrat and a Republican, and a Democratic House of Delegates member were among those who did not survive in the scores of legislative races decided Tuesday by West Virginia primary voters.

Status Quo For House Of Delegate Races

May 12, 2010

Incumbent House of Delegate members rolled to victories across the state in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Veteran House Democrat Loses Seat in Primary

May 11, 2010

Representative Alan B. Mollohan of West Virginia, a veteran Democrat, on Tuesday became the first House incumbent to lose his seat this year when he was handily defeated in a hard-hitting primary by State Senator Mike Oliverio.

Buy insurance before crash, Justices say

April 16, 2010

Paying for insurance before a crash works better than paying for it after a crash, according to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Intermediate appeals court debate continues

March 13, 2010

Debate about whether West Virginia needs an intermediate appeals court will continue, despite the recent defeat of legislation efforts to create the new court.

Bill aimed at burned-out structures passes

March 11, 2010

Cities and counties across West Virginia have acquired another tool in their fight against dilapidated structures.

Many bills in play as deadline approaches

March 12, 2010

As the Legislature hits the final two days of the regular session, a number of bills still could become law before turning into proverbial pumpkins by the stroke of midnight Saturday.

Lawmakers approve insurance liens for W.Va. cities

March 11, 2010

Lawmakers have signed off on allowing West Virginia's cities and towns to tap insurance proceeds when clearing away buildings destroyed by fire.

Senate Committee Scraps Intermediate Court Bill

March 2, 2010

Legislation that supporters said would improve the state's business climate by guaranteeing an automatic right of appeal died Tuesday. The Senate Finance Committee on a voice vote rejected a bill that would have established an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia.

Manchin tours dilapidated structures

March 1, 2010

As Gov. Joe Manchin toured several dilapidated structures in Huntington on Monday morning, he said there is plenty of evidence supporting two bills he wants legislators to pass.

More Than Just Eyesores

March 1, 2010

Huntington's Mayor tells MetroNews cleaning up rundown properties does more than just make a neighborhood look better.

With A Goal In Mind

March 1, 2010

A bill creating another court system in West Virginia likely won't pass this session, but that's okay with one of the sponsors.

Judicial changes proposed at Legislature

February 24, 2010

From revamping Supreme Court elections to raising the bar for county magistrates, West Virginia lawmakers are advancing a number of proposals this session to change the state's judicial branch.

Thompson still sees work to do

February 24, 2010

House Speaker Rick Thompson is still hoping to create a state business court and help lower the high school dropout rate. He also wants eventually to find a fix for the massive retiree health care costs the state faces.

Insurance fraud unit ups convictions, indictments

February 10, 2010

Investigations by the state Offices of the Insurance Commissioner's Fraud Unit resulted in the indictment of 79 individuals last year on 310 felony counts and 55 convictions, Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline said.

Ban on texting clears hurdle

February 10, 2010

A bill banning texting while driving in West Virginia cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, but not before going through some major modifications.

War of words shows rift over W.Va. appeals

February 7, 2010

Last week's back-and-forth between West Virginia's Supreme Court and its Chamber of Commerce has laid bare the prevailing criticism of the Mountain State's judicial system.

Proposed appeals court doesn't impress justice

February 2, 2010

West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis says she considers the idea of creating a new appeals court in West Virginia a waste of both time and money.

Unopposed seats abound in state legislative races

February 2, 2010

West Virginia's general election is nine months away, but the outcome has already been largely decided for more than a third of the legislative seats up this year.

Chief Justice Davis: No Intermediate Court Needed

February 1, 2010

The chief justice of the state Supreme Court says there's no need for an intermediate appeals court in West Virginia, but she admits the current High Court rules are outdated and need revamped.

Chamber wrong about court appeals, chief justice says

February 1, 2010

In a rare appearance before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis took the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce to task Monday.

Commentary: Steve Roberts | West Virginians deserve right of appeal

February 1, 2010

During his recent State-of-the-State address, Gov. Joe Manchin called for establishment of a right of appeal in West Virginia. West Virginia is the only state that does not provide a right of appeal from a final judgment in a lower court in either civil or criminal cases. This significantly tarnishes the state's reputation in terms of its legal and judicial climate.

Letter to the Editor | W.Va. Deserves Right of Appeal

January 31, 2010

During his recent State of the State Address, Gov. Joe Manchin called for establishment of a right of appeal in West Virginia. West Virginia is the only state that does not provide a right of appeal from a final judgment in a lower court in either civil or criminal cases. This significantly tarnishes the state's reputation in terms of its legal and judicial climate.

Letter to the Editor | Establish right of appeal in the Mountain State

January 30, 2010

During his recent State-of-the-State Address, Gov. Joe Manchin called for establishment of a right of appeal in West Virginia. West Virginia is the only state that does not provide a right of appeal from a final judgment in a lower court in either civil or criminal cases. This significantly tarnishes the state's reputation in terms of its legal and judicial climate.

State employee raises possible for 2011

January 25, 2010

If the state can afford them, Gov. Joe Manchin has plans to give state employees pay raises for four straight years starting in 2011.

Looking for political change

January 24, 2010

State politics are going to change, and it's a trend that will be favorable for the Eastern Panhandle as it unfolds.

Legislators: Political power shift to Eastern Panhandle now under way

January 24, 2010

Sen. Herb Snyder is convinced that the state's political landscape is changing, a power shift that's already causing concern in some southern counties which have historically dominated West Virginia's legislative agenda.

W.Va. Delegate Randy Swartzmiller to Seek Sixth Legislative Term

January 22, 2010

West Virginia Delegate Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, announced Thursday evening that he would seek a sixth term in 2010.

Longtime State Senator Will Not Seek Reelection

January 21, 2010

Hancock County State Senator says he will not seek reelection this year. "This is a decision that's been very difficult," Senator Ed Bowman said on Thursday's MetroNews Talkline.

Senate Democrats to focus on OPEB, financial issues this session

January 18, 2010

The Senate’s been in session for four days, but it’s too early for the floor sessions to have really heated up. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) spoke about what’s on the Democrats’ agenda this year.

Waiting On The Supreme Court

January 18, 2010

State lawmakers are waiting to hear more information from the state Supreme Court after Governor Joe Manchin mentioned some possible new High Court rules during his State of the State Address last week.

Interest Rates Upon Judgments or Decrees

January 15, 2010

Appeals of West Virginia has set the interest rate at 7.00 percent for judgments and decrees entered during the 2010 calendar year.

Manchin unveils array of legislation

January 13, 2010

Gov. Joe Manchin said he has plans to combat the effects of the economic recession during his sixth State of the State address in Charleston on Wednesday night.

State chamber recommends lower taxes, judicial system reforms

January 6, 2010

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce unveiled its recommendations for the upcoming legislative session Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to cut business taxes and reform the state's judicial system.

Budget Questions

January 4, 2010

House Speaker Rick Thompson says West Virginia is in for some lean years.

Unger declares Senate re-election bid

January 4, 2010

Even after serving his third four-year term, Sen. John Unger has projects he wants to complete, which is one of the reasons he has decided to seek re-election.

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