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News Room



PEIA board cuts health care benefits for state workers

December 14, 2011

Members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency's finance board unanimously voted Tuesday to cut health benefits by $18.4 million and take steps that will reduce the plan's long-term liability for retiree premium subsidies by $5 billion.

Senate OKs Marcellus drilling bill

December 14, 2011

Local state senators are calling the Marcellus shale bill passed by the Senate Tuesday a step in the right direction.

W.Va. unemployment rate decreases slightly in Nov.

December 14, 2011

West Virginia's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.1 percent in November, down from 7.3 percent in October.

Employees covered by PEIA to see $18.4 in benefit cuts

December 13, 2011

State and public school employees covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency will see benefit cuts totaling $18.4 million next year, under a 2012-13 benefits plan approved by the PEIA Finance Board Tuesday.

Senate quickly passes Marcellus legislation

December 13, 2011

It took the state Senate a total of 16 minutes Tuesday to amend and pass, by a 33-0 vote, its version of the Tomblin administration bill to regulate Marcellus Shale horizontal drilling.

Counselors seek Medicaid reimbursement in state

December 13, 2011

Even though the hourly pay is considerably lower, licensed counselors are willing to accept Medicaid patients in West Virginia out of a desire to help the distraught, one of them advised a legislative panel Monday.

Manchin disappointed in Marcellus bill

December 13, 2011

The man instrumental in the legislative investigation into Marcellus shale drilling isn’t happy with the end result in front of lawmakers for a vote this week.

Marcellus bill clears panels

December 12, 2011

he Senate Judiciary and Finance committees endorsed new rules Monday for West Virginia's share of the Marcellus shale field, amid criticism of the proposal's attempt to regulate drilling in the vast natural gas reserve.

Robert Rupp: Teddy Roosevelt's vision repeated

December 12, 2011

It is not often that my students in U.S. History 101 have their assignment coincide with a president's visit.

Deficit may be lowest in 4 years

December 12, 2011

The federal government is on pace to run a deficit below $1 trillion for the first time in four years, modest progress in the face of intense debate in Washington over spending.

Jane Cline, Mary Jane Pickens join Spilman Thomas & Battle

December 12, 2011

Two former top executives at the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner have joined the law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle.

W.Va. nears public worker benefit plan

December 12, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appears close to launching a plan that would cut a $10 billion funding shortfall in half and then gradually pay down what remains, those involved in the discussions told The Associated Press.

Supreme Court Justice, judge to meet with legislators

December 12, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis and Judge Alan Moats from the 19th Circuit will give a presentation on truancy to the Joint Standing Committees on Education and the Judiciary at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the House of Delegates Chamber at the Capitol in Charleston.

Legislature starts special session on Marcellus rules

December 11, 2011

Legislators convened in special session Sunday evening to take up the governor's version of a bill to regulate Marcellus Shale gas drilling (HB401, SB4001), but whether they will be able to pass the legislation before the session ends is unclear.

Lawmakers begin special session

December 11, 2011

West Virginia would charge natural gas drillers $10,000 and $5,000 permit fees, require advance notice to surface property owners and rely on its Department of Environmental Protection to set standards for well sites under a special session bill introduced Sunday to regulate the Marcellus shale field.

Marcellus bill would set $10,000 permit fees, require advance notice

December 11, 2011

West Virginia would charge natural gas drillers $10,000 and $5,000 permit fees, require advance notice to surface property owners and rely on its Department of Environmental Protection to set standards for well sites under a special session bill introduced Sunday to regulate the Marcellus shale field.

State appears close to OPEB paydown plan

December 11, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appears close to launching a plan that would cut a $10 billion funding shortfall in half and then gradually pay down what remains, those involved in the discussions told The Associated Press.

Tom Miller: Mine settlement alone isn't enough

December 11, 2011

Last week's record $210 million settlement that Alpha Natural Resources agreed to pay -- including $46.5 million in restitution to families of the 29 coal miners who died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion -- clearly is not enough to satisfy families of the victims.

Kirkendoll's colorful financial disclosure

December 11, 2011

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's appointment of Art Kirkendoll to fill his vacant Senate seat has drawn some discontentment among constituents in the 7th Senatorial District.

Public hearing on gas drilling set in W.Va.

December 10, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing on proposed Marcellus shale drilling rules.

George Hohmann: Drivers license requirements getting tougher

December 10, 2011

If you can't lay your hands on your original Social Security card, you might begin planning to get a replacement.

Debate on restricting cold meds heating up

December 5, 2011

Legislators and law enforcement officials indicate they still plan to push for legislation making the meth-making component pseudoephedrine available by prescription only, but consumers and lobbyists say there are other options that should be considered.

State health insurance costs up more than 50 percent Premiums continue to climb despite low median income

December 5, 2011

Private health insurance premiums in West Virginia jumped 55 percent over the last seven years and deductibles increased 84 percent during that time.

Sobel resigns from WVU, but reasons unknown

December 3, 2011

A West Virginia University economist who’s written books about the state’s business climate has resigned.

BIC forum discusses shale, drugs

December 2, 2011

Legislation on Marcellus Shale drilling and Pseudoephedrine were the main topics discussed Thursday evening at a regional meeting of the West Virginia Business and Industry Council.

Tom Miller: Maloney considering second run for governor

December 3, 2011

Last month's West Virginia Supreme Court decision that approved the legislature's latest plan to draw new boundary lines for the districts in the House of Delegates and state Senate to be used during the next decade was no surprise. Neither are renewed pleas by critics that the process should be placed in the hands of an independent commission instead of allowing the Legislature to do the job every 10 years.

Maloney Strategy Already Clear

December 3, 2011

Maloney Strategy Already Clear

Highland gets Health Care Authority's OK to build Clarksburg facility

December 2, 2011

Highland Hospital officials announced today that the Charleston-based mental-health provider has been given permission to open a hospital in Clarksburg, but administrators at a Fairmont hospital plan to appeal the decision.

Ethics board considers licensing board questions

December 1, 2011

Members of the state Ethics Commission wrangled with a longstanding quandary Thursday: Should members of state professional licensing boards also be able to serve as officers of professional associations, whose members are licensed by the boards?

McDowell delegate, Moore, faces DUI charge in Ohio

December 1, 2011

A House of Delegates member from McDowell County was cited for driving under the influence in Ohio last weekend, court records show.

State tax revenues fall $42M short in November

December 1, 2011

State tax revenues fall $42M short in November

Manchin votes against payroll tax extension

December 3, 2011

Extending a payroll tax reduction in money directed to Social Security would take America down “a slippery slope” and endanger retirement checks of recipients into the next generation, Sen. Joe Manchin warned Friday.

Capito lashes out at book's allegations

December 3, 2011

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and other members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle are fighting back against a new book that says they used knowledge gained through their positions in Congress to make money in the stock market.

Rahall backing Joint Chiefs addition

December 3, 2011

Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., is urging a House-Senate conference committee to keep a provision in the new National Defense Authorization Act that will give the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Potential candidates considering run for state treasurer's office

December 1, 2011

Treasurer John Perdue, whose business and political dealings are subject of a federal investigation, may face a Republican challenger in 2012.

Federal court moving on redistricting case

December 1, 2011

Three federal judges from West Virginia will consider a challenge of the state's congressional redistricting plan.

Group says West Virginians benefit from national health reform law

November 30, 2011

More than 25,000 West Virginia Medicare members have saved more than $13 million in prescription drugs in 2011 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, members of a group that favors health care reform said Wednesday.

Affordable Care Act helps seniors save on medication

December 1, 2011

West Virginians saved more than $13 million on prescription drugs so far this year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March 2010.

News at 4 p.m.: W.Va. group promotes U.S. health care law’s savings

November 30, 2011

The federal health care overhaul has saved more than 25,000 West Virginians more than $13 million so far this year.

Ohio County man, Chesapeake settle lawsuit over lease

November 30, 2011

Chesapeake Energy has settled a lawsuit that claimed the company's lease to drill a natural gas well on an Ohio County man's farm wasn't valid.

Assistant prosecutor to run for House of Delegates

November 30, 2011

Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Fred Giggenbach has filed pre-candidacy papers to run for the state House of Delegates.

Governor hopes for Marcellus shale special session

November 30, 2011

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is hoping to call the Legislature into session to pass new natural gas regulations in mid-December, the governor's spokeswoman said.

Lawyer for ex-judge says he doesn't know of federal probe

November 29, 2011

A lawyer representing a former Huntington judge, who recently retired amid recent reports that he awarded an uncharacteristically high number of disability benefits in the cases he's handled, said Tuesday he didn't know of an alleged criminal probe of his client.

McKinley challengers line up in 1st District

November 29, 2011

A veteran community organizer has filed pre-candidacy papers to seek the 1st District congressional seat next year.

W.Va. still faces redistricting challenge

November 29, 2011

A Kanawha County lawyer who unsuccessfully challenged West Virginia's redrawn legislative districts has shifted his sights to the state's slightly tweaked congressional map.

District Fight Going Federal

November 30, 2011

A Kanawha County lawyer who unsuccessfully challenged West Virginia's redrawn legislative districts has shifted his sights to the state's slightly tweaked congressional map.

Tomblin to hold five holiday parties at mansion

November 29, 2011

Elected officials, legislators, other public servants and private citizens across West Virginia are being invited to attend holiday parties at the Governor's Mansion.

Rowe Announces Leadership Team

November 29, 2011

An 11th Circuit Court Judge vying for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals announced the creation of a campaign leadership team, according to a Nov. 29 news release.

Thumbs down: Legislative forecast fuzzy on finances

November 29, 2011

Each year, West Virginia lawmakers approve bills that have an impact on the money the state spends or collects.

W.Va. justices hear redistricting arguments

November 18, 2011

A desire to protect incumbents, preserve Democratic majorities and enhance the clout of more populous counties hindered the West Virginia Legislature's recent redistricting of its Senate and House of Delegates, the state Supreme Court was told Thursday.

Beane eyes Supreme Court seat

November 18, 2011

Before an enthusiastic crowd Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane announced he is a candidate for one of two open seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Perdue tells staff to assist in federal investigation

November 18, 2011

Treasurer John Perdue told his staff Thursday to cooperate with federal investigators, who reportedly are looking at the unusually large number of high-dollar donations staffers made to his failed campaign for governor.

Gubernatorial succession action needed in state to bring stability

November 18, 2011

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took his oath of office, lawmakers are looking into ways to make gubernatorial succession less rocky than West Virginia has experienced over the past year.

Justices appear loath to intervene in redistricting case

November 17, 2011

Three of the state Supreme Court's five justices said Thursday the court may not strike down the newly drawn state Senate and House of Delegates districts.

Redistricting opponents have their say in court

November 17, 2011

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Thursday in five separate challenges to overturn House of Delegates and Senate redistricting plans, on the grounds they are unconstitutionally gerrymandered in order to protect incumbent legislators.

15 Perdue workers donated to boss on same day

November 16, 2011

Nearly a third of the 48 employees who work for State Treasurer John Perdue and contributed to his unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial bid earlier this year wrote $500 to $1,000 checks to their boss' campaign all on the same day in February, campaign finance records show.

State lawmakers ready to fix autism insurance law

November 16, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will try to correct errors in a new law that improves insurance coverage for children for autism.

Lawmakers ready to fix autism insurance law

November 16, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will try to correct errors in a new law that improves insurance coverage for children for autism.

Forbes gives The Greenbrier 4 stars

November 17, 2011

While delighted with the prestigious Five Star award gained this year by The Greenbrier Spa, resort owner Jim Justice said the recognition is “bittersweet” because The Greenbrier itself once again fell short of that top ranking given by the Forbes Travel Guide.

Kessler says no grudges over McCabe support for Senate president

November 15, 2011

Newly elected Senate President Jeff Kessler said that if he makes any changes in committee chairmanships, it won't be because of any votes in the Senate Democratic caucus.

Retiring Recht wants senior status judgeship

November 15, 2011

Ohio County Circuit Judge Arthur Recht is retiring Jan. 31 but wants the state Supreme Court to name him a senior status judge.

GOP foe outspent Tomblin before close gubernatorial win

November 15, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was slightly outspent by his GOP opponent before his narrow win in last month's gubernatorial special election.

Maloney outspent Tomblin before close W.Va. gov win

November 15, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was slightly outspent by his GOP opponent before his narrow win in last month’s gubernatorial special election.

Tomblin outspent before close W.Va. gov win

November 15, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was slightly outspent by his GOP opponent before his narrow win in last month's gubernatorial special election.

Lawmakers end brief session with Tomblin appointments

November 15, 2011

The special legislative session that began with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin taking office has wrapped up with the approval of his latest political appointees.

Panel addresses access to judicial system

November 15, 2011

A decade ago, Krista Fink's then-husband looked over at her and flashed a grin as they both sat in a family courtroom.

Manchin reflects on his first year as senator

November 15, 2011

In his first year as a U.S. senator, Joe Manchin has met all 99 of his colleagues. Sometimes, he wishes he'd talked to them more.

http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/554186.html

November 16, 2011

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been in office for one year.

Manchin marks 1st anniversary as US senator

November 15, 2011

In his first year, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he's met all 99 colleagues and spent time with constituents back home.

State: 911 fees not diverted

November 15, 2011

West Virginia legislators on Tuesday disputed a federal report contending the state diverted nearly $4 million of 911 fees to other uses.

Carper seeks answers on state’s 911 funds

November 16, 2011

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper wants to know why the state diverted nearly $4 million in 911 fees last year from counties to state programs and agencies.

Strong leadership is in place to help West Virginia meet its many challenges

November 16, 2011

As the West Virginia Legislature convened very briefly this week, two men who represent Marion County or parts of Marion County took two prominent leadership positions within the West Virginia State Senate.

Thumbs down: State should clarify proper use for 911 fee revenues

November 15, 2011

A communication gap seems to exist regarding how West Virginia handles the revenue from the 911 fees that state residents pay on their cellphone bills.

Kessler retains Senate leadership post

November 14, 2011

For the second day in a row, a state elected official removed "acting" from his title.

Kessler overcomes challenge, elected Senate president

November 14, 2011

Sen. Jeff Kessler won his bid Monday to lead the state Senate, beating out a faction led by Kanawha County Sen. Brooks McCabe.

Surplus state funds unlikely to go for highways

November 15, 2011

Even though the condition of state roads is the top complaint from constituents, the Legislature's two finance chairmen say they would rather not devote surplus funds to highway repairs.

Tomblin appoints Kirkendoll to WV Senate

November 14, 2011

Longtime former Logan County Commissioner Art Kirkendoll is replacing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the West Virginia Senate. Tomblin appointed the 60-year-old on Monday.

Draft amendment proposes W.Va. governor changes

November 14, 2011

West Virginia governors would be able to serve 10 consecutive years if they started out by completing an unexpired term of two years or less, as part of a proposal that emerged for legislative review Monday.

http://dailymail.com/News/201111140128

November 14, 2011

West Virginia governors would be able to serve 10 consecutive years if they started out by completing an unexpired term of two years or less, as part of a proposal that emerged for legislative review Monday.

Tomblin takes oath as 35th governor

November 14, 2011

After nearly a year acting as governor, Earl Ray Tomblin made it official Sunday afternoon, taking the oath of office as West Virginia's 35th governor.

Tomblin sworn in as governor

November 16, 2011

State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin became West Virginia's 35th governor Monday, taking his oath before heading to Washington, D.C., where he saw his predecessor sworn in as a U.S. senator.

http://dailymail.com/News/statehouse/201111130014

Tomblin now just plain 'governor'

November 13, 2011

Earl Ray Tomblin became West Virginia's 35th governor Sunday - no more "acting" prefix, no more hyphen "elect," no more asterisk.

It’s official: Governor Tomblin

November 14, 2011

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin became the Mountain State’s 35th governor in a ceremony Sunday afternoon on the south plaza of the state capitol.

Tomblin Sworn in as W.Va. Governor

November 14, 2011

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, sworn in Sunday as the Mountain State's 35th chief executive, pledged to keep a tight rein on government finances and to champion the state's coal industry, stances he credits for his close October special election win.

Earl Ray Tomblin inaugurated as WV Governor

November 14, 2011

For the first time in almost a year, West Virginia has an elected governor. Earl Ray Tomblin was inaugurated at the State Capitol grounds Sunday.

W.Va. Dems recommend Tomblin's Senate successor

November 14, 2011

Longtime former Logan County Commissioner Art Kirkendoll is on the short list to replace Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the West Virginia Senate.

Justices set Nov. 17 redistricting hearing

November 9, 2011

Legal challenges to West Virginia's legislative redistricting plans cleared an initial hurdle Wednesday when the state Supreme Court called on officials to defend the new maps, setting a Nov. 17 hearing for arguments in the cases.

TEXT: Gov. Tomblin's inaugural address

November 13, 2011

Good afternoon, my fellow West Virginians. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to have been chosen as the chief executive of our Great State. I promise that each and every day, I will honor your trust and build upon the privilege of being your Governor.

Some question need for W.Va.'s 311 phone system

November 11, 2011

Emergency officials in some West Virginia counties are questioning whether there’s a need for a proposed 311 non-emergency phone system supported by the state police.

Electronic records will improve health care

November 13, 2011

Does your doctor have an electronic health record? I hope so. Hospitals, rural clinics and doctor practices are implementing electronic health records (EHRs) with the goal of improving the care that they deliver to you. Greater use of this new technology will provide a myriad of benefits.

Statehouse beat: Depriving the choice of experienced incumbents

November13 , 2011

If there was any doubt that, from the Legislature's perspective, the first and paramount goal of redistricting is self-preservation, House Speaker Rick Thompson's response to the lawsuits now pending in the state Supreme Court removed it.

http://wvgazette.com/News/201111110145

November 12, 2011

In what has already been a busy year at the Capitol, this could be the busiest week of the year.

Attorney questions legality of district plan

October 18, 2011

The House of Delegates' redistricting plan looks like it was drawn up by a slacker high school student, a South Charleston attorney who is challenging the plan said Monday.

W.Va. retailers: ‘Sudafed bill’ would burden businesses, hike health care costs

October 18, 2011

Placing some 15 common cold and allergy medications on a prescription-only basis can only serve to jack up health care costs and impose a burden on the business community, says the West Virginia Retailers Association.

Editorial: Let's not demand too much of our volunteer firefighters

October 18, 2011

Modern-day volunteer fire departments face increasing challenges in keeping their rosters filled. Busier lifestyles, two-worker households, less commitment to community service -- all combine to thin the ranks of people willing or able to donate their time to protect the property and lives of others.

State still pursuing health insurance exchange

October 16, 2011

With the future of the federal health-care overhaul anything but certain, West Virginia continues to pursue one of its key components: An insurance exchange meant to pool the buying power of individuals and small businesses.

Statehouse beat: Shoulda, woulda, coulda

October 16, 2011

Random observations, following the special election and legislative interim meetings:

Phil Kabler: Election draws lobbyists' cash

October 15, 2011

Elections -- special and otherwise -- kept lobbyists occupied this summer and fall, and accounted for most of the $67,089 they spent from May though August, according to financial disclosures filed with the state Ethics Commission.

Manchin Cast in Same Mold as Byrd

October 15, 2011

A fellow from Oregon, in West Virginia working on a political campaign, was asked this question: So, in Oregon, how important is it to Democrat candidates to get endorsements from the National Rifle Association, anti-abortion groups, the chamber of commerce and the manufacturers' organization?

W.Va. approval of Obama down, poll finds

October 14, 2011

While negative campaign ads featuring President Barack Obama weren't enough to help Republican Bill Maloney win the governor's race, a new poll indicates they may have helped the GOP lock up the state for the 2012 Presidential Election.

Mister Bee chips facing production problems

October 14, 2011

The state's only potato chip manufacturer, Mister Bee Potato Chip Co., reportedly is facing production and product flow problems.

GOP looks forward to 2012 gubernatorial race

October 14, 2011

Last week, Republican Bill Maloney lost the state’s special election for governor. But, the state GOP is energized by Maloney’s strong showing and is striving to take the seat next year.

Raamie Barker Promoted to Gov's Senior Advisor

Oct 13, 2011

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of Raamie Barker to serve as Senior Advisor.

Cooper files suit over House redistricting

October 13, 2011

In a petition filed late Thursday, a South Charleston lawyer asks the state Supreme Court to throw out the House of Delegates redistricting plan as unconstitutional.

Today is deadline for recount in governor election

October 13, 2011

The candidates in last week's gubernatorial election have one more day to ask for a recount.

Canvassing for Governor's Election Complete

October 12, 2011

Officials say all 55 counties in the Mountain State have declared their results in this past Special Gubernatorial Election.

Report: State grads got more jobs, less pay

October 12, 2011

lightly more West Virginia public college graduates landed jobs in the state in 2010 than the past two years, but their annual wages went down, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.

Omission riles Thomas Health System

October 11, 2011

A Nashville company that is preparing to offer Medicare Advantage plans in the region has omitted Thomas Memorial and Saint Francis hospitals from its provider network, provoking the hospitals' managers to issue a notice.

Acting Senate President Says He Has Votes To Make It Permanent

October 10, 2011

The leader of the state Senate says he would like to quit the "acting."

More students from W.Va. colleges struggle to pay off loans

October 10, 2011

Students from West Virginia colleges entering a recession-wracked job market had trouble paying off their student loans, exceeding the national average for college loan defaults in the 2009 fiscal year, according to a report last month by the U.S. Department of Education.

Robert Rupp: Political ads were appalling

October 10, 2011

If West Virginia's special election for governor were a greyhound race, the winning dogs would be "Falsehood" and "Distortion." In dead last? "The Truth." -- FactCheck.org

Dems, GOP seek 2012 omens in governor's race

October 9, 2011

As they prepare for the big contests of 2012, Democrats and Republicans alike are seizing on the results from West Virginia's special election for governor.

Tom Miller: Tomblin victory leaves room for GOP optimism

October 09, 2011

The victory by Democrat candidate Earl Ray Tomblin over Republican challenger Bill Maloney in last week's special election was much closer than most people had expected.

Statehouse beat: Ready for another election?

October 9, 2011

For readers suffering withdrawal symptoms with the conclusion of the gubernatorial special election, don't fret: There's another election coming up next month.

Court ruling won't end mine permit crackdown

October 8, 2011

Late last week, coalfield political leaders declared victory in their efforts to stop the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency crackdown on mountaintop removal.

The silent workings of Zurich Insurance

October 8, 2011

Zurich Insurance Co. might want to try buying Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s motto, "The Quiet Company."

Neglected road repairs threaten safety, economy

October 8, 2011

About $2.2 trillion is needed to repair and maintain our roads and bridges, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Kabler: To the victors go the spoils

October 8, 2011

Election 2011 winners and losers:

State budget ahead $43 million for year

October 7, 2011

Healthy business activity is keeping West Virginia’s budget ahead of its general tax revenue estimates for the year.

WV Secretary of State proud of special election effort

October 6, 2011

While the voters have spoken in this year’s special election for governor, the secretary of state’s office still has some issues to iron out.

Lawsuits coming against W.Va. redistricting plans

October 06, 2011

West Virginia officials will soon end up in court over the recent redrawing of legislative and congressional districts.

Business Court Committee meets with stakeholders

October 6, 2011

The Supreme Court's Business Court Committee met Sept. 30 with an invited group of attorneys and others representing thousands of businesses across West Virginia.

Tomblin likely to face same challenges in next election

October 6, 2011

Earl Ray Tomblin's narrow victory secures the governor's mansion for the next 14 months, but political pundits question the potential drag President Barack Obama could have on Tomblin when both incumbents seek re-election in 2012.

Is Tomblin's victory a plus for southern counties?

October 6, 2011

Now that a favorite son of the coal belt is governor, does his victory mean good things for southern West Virginia?

News at 10 a.m.: W.Va. issues trump politics in gov's race, but barely

October 6, 2011

Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin edged a Republican newcomer in West Virginia's special election for governor, suggesting the state's recent economic gains mattered more to voters here than an unpopular sitting president of the same party - barely. But the barrage of attack ads targeting Tomblin, the acting governor, likely tightened his race with businessman Bill Maloney in the final weeks.

West Virginia has fared well though 14 months of political turmoil

October 6, 2011

On June 29, 2010, West Virginia didn’t just lose its longest-serving, most-dedicated public servant with the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Senate power shifting again

October 6, 2011

The governor's race may be over, but the state's political dominos keep tumbling.

Green wants senate president; Kessler confident of win

October 6, 2011

Political winds already are churning inside the West Virginia Senate over who will wield the gavel in the 2012 legislative session.

State revenue fund boasts surplus

October 6, 2011

West Virginia's general revenue fund is running a healthy $43.7 million surplus three months into its fiscal year, and officials say that's a comfort given the uncertainty surrounding the global economy.

Mingo excess levy fails; VFDs may shut down

October 6, 2011

Several volunteer fire departments in Mingo County may be forced to shut down after an excess tax levy failed at the polls on Tuesday.

Supporters keep state salsa maker in business

October 6, 2011

A West Virginia salsa maker has avoided a shutdown, thanks to an outpouring of support.

7 lessons from Tomblin's victory

October 5, 2011

Democrats in West Virginia escaped with a win Tuesday night — but margins still matter.

Southern W.Va. landslide gave Tomblin governor race win

October 5, 2011

In Tuesday's election, Southern West Virginians did not pass up the rare opportunity to elect a native son as governor.

Governor race may be close one

October 4, 2011

Voters head to the polls today to answer one question: Who will be the next governor of West Virginia?

Conservative Democrats could hold key in gubernatorial election

October 4, 2011

The fate of today's gubernatorial election may hinge on the loyalty of conservative West Virginia Democrats.

Election winds down with final appeals

October 4, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney each issued final appeals to West Virginia voters Monday, on the eve of a court-ordered special election to award an abbreviated term as governor.

Dumb lawsuits are abundant, and serious ones are often kept out

October 4, 2011

It seems as though anyone can sue anyone else for virtually any reason, anytime they please.

Tomblin campaign: Not playing politics

October 4, 2011

Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's campaign denies it was playing politics when it implicated Republican challenger Bill Maloney in an extortion plot that was a likely attempt to smear Maloney's campaign in the final days of the election.

Election-eve poll shows a dead heat for governor

October 3, 2011

A special election for governor that has attracted national attention, including nearly $6 million in electioneering expenditures by national party organizations, ends Tuesday in an apparent dead heat between the two top contenders.

Maloney-Tomblin Race a ‘Toss-Up’

October 3, 2011

The race for governor of West Virginia is "looking more and more like a toss up" between acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Bill Maloney, a national polling organization concluded this morning.

State Farm: Deer crashes still likeliest in state

October 3, 2011

State Farm says West Virginia continues to be the most likely state where deer and vehicles collide.

State Farm: Deer crashes still likeliest in W.Va.

October 3, 2011

State Farm says West Virginia continues to be the most likely state where deer and vehicles collide.

Tomblin Campaign Denies Politics Behind Maloney "Implication"

October 3, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's campaign denies it was playing politics when it implicated Republican challenger Bill Maloney in an extortion plot that was a likely attempt to smear Maloney's campaign in the final days of the election.

Political Dirty Trick Won't Work

October 2, 2011

No one in their right mind would believe Harry Marshall Rae.

Despite short term, W.Va. governor race intensely fought

October 2, 2011

The prize in West Virginia's special election for governor on Tuesday is a 14-month term, well short of the normal four years, but you wouldn't know that from the intensity and expense of this year's race.

Special Election for Governor a First in W.Va.

October 1, 2011

West Virginians will head to the polls Tuesday to select their next governor.

Dueling messages greet W.Va. governor race voters

October 1, 2011

The leading candidates in Tuesday's special election for governor have offered West Virginia voters two options: continue a recently set course that has yielded modest success for the state's economy and finances or seek a totally new direction in the hope of escaping the state's chronically bad rankings for income, poverty and educational attainment.

FBI arrests man in alleged smear plot

October 1, 2011

A federal criminal charge alleges a Florida man attempted to extort $50,000 by threatening to smear acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia’s upcoming special election for governor.

Twists and turns as election nears

October 1, 2011

Final questions going into Election Day:

FBI arrest in threat vs Tomblin in governor's race

September 30, 2011

The FBI alleges a Florida man hatched an extortion plot that threatened to smear acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia's upcoming special election for governor.

Extortion try grazes Tomblin

September 30, 2011

A Florida man was arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly attempting to extort $50,000 from a Wheeling greyhound breeder. The man also allegedly threatened to smear state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, who is acting as governor.

Candidates in WV governor's race target property taxes

September 28, 2011

Both of West Virginia's major party candidates for governor have campaigned against non-real estate property tax but the state's constitution poses a major hurdle to their plans.

Turnout slow as early voting period winds down

September 28, 2011

Though turnout has been slow so far, election officials are hoping their the number of residents casting their ballots in the special gubernatorial election will pick up by the time the early voting period ends on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Gubernatorial candidates focus on voter turnout

September 28, 2011

It's the "team with the most points at the end of the game wins" cliche of politics: elections are decided by who gets the most votes.

Uninsured motorists are negative effect from recession

September 27, 2011

Most of us can rattle off a long list of negative effects from the economic downturn — from devalued real estate to diminished 401(k)s.

Rahall pleased by colleagues support of autism funding

September 27, 2011

If and when Congress finds a way to compromise and keep the government funded, it’s likely to include a chunk of money for autism research. Rep. Rahall has championed the cause.

National governors groups continue spending in W.Va. race

September 27, 2011

The electioneering arms of the national Republican and Democratic governors associations have spent more than $5 million for the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election -- or nearly double what the two major party candidates have spent on their campaigns.

Property taxes targeted in governor's race

September 27, 2011

In West Virginia's special election for governor, both Republican Bill Maloney and Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin favor cutting some property taxes. Either winner would face several hurdles, including the state constitution and the schools and local governments that now rely on the revenue.

Early, absentee votes in W.Va. election top 23,000

September 27, 2011

Early and absentee ballots have topped 23,000 in West Virginia's special gubernatorial election.

Roadblocks to Justice Discussed in Wheeling

September 27, 2011

The Access to Justice Commission met in Wheeling Monday and received ideas on how to help the poor, elderly and disabled navigate the legal system.

W.Va. Business and Industry Council endorses Tomblin

September 27, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has been endorsed by the West Virginia Business & Industry Council in the Oct. 4 special election for West Virginia governor.

State gubernatorial campaigns going to the dogs

September 27, 2011

The final week of the West Virginia governors race is set to be dominated by attempts to equate the two leading candidates to two men — and a few dogs — who don't even appear on the ballot.

Puccio calls on Maloney to return Blankenship money

September 26, 2011

State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio Monday called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney to give back a $1,000 contribution from former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Tomblin keeps fundraising edge in gov race

September 26, 2011

Republican Bill Maloney has again tapped his personal wealth and out-of-state donors in an attempt to keep pace with acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, according to the final round of campaign finance reports before West Virginia's Oct. 4 special election for governor.

Tomblin keeps fundraising edge in governor’s race

September 26, 2011

Republican Bill Maloney has again tapped his personal wealth and out-of-state donors in an attempt to keep pace with acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, according to the final round of campaign finance reports before West Virginia’s Oct. 4 special election for governor.

W.Va. Race In Home Stretch

September 26, 2011

Political hopefuls wanting to be West Virginia's next governor are bracing themselves for one last week of campaigning.

Tomblin The best choice for West Virginia

September 25, 2011

West Virginians are in the midst of electing a governor to serve for one year.

Tomblin maintains fundraising edge in W.Va. governor race

September 25, 2011

Republican Bill Maloney has again tapped his personal wealth and out-of-state donors in an attempt to keep pace with Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, according to the final round of campaign finance reports before West Virginia's Oct. 4 special election for governor.

Tomblin can make reforms

September 25, 2011

The Eastern Panhandle has a lot of the same issues facing it that other parts of the state have, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told The Journal's editorial board during a recent interview.

Endorsement: Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin, W.Va.’s gubernatorial election

September 25, 2011

Voters in West Virginia face a crucial decision Oct. 4 when they choose the next governor of the Mountain State.

Maloney's deficit spending

September 24, 2011

Evidently, somebody forgot to tell Bill Maloney that Republicans oppose deficit spending, based on the last round of campaign spending disclosures before the Oct.4 special gubernatorial election.

Republicans spend more on governor's race ads

September 21, 2011

With a $1.08 million advertising buy this week, the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee's total spending on independent electioneering on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney has topped $1.8 million so far.

State’s false claims rank low

September 21, 2011

Even though it handed out more than $10 million in improper payments last fiscal year, West Virginia is one of the top states in the nation in wringing out fraud and errors in its unemployment compensation system.

Rahall says ‘corrupt’ label a distraction

September 21, 2011

West Virginia’s longest-serving representative in Congress was called out as one of the 14 most corrupt members of Congress by a left-leaning organization.

Editorial: You can improve government by voting

September 20, 2011

More than 1.2 million West Virginians are registered to vote in the Oct. 4 special election for governor, and we hope they will.

Manchin makes 'robocalls' for Tomblin's campaign

September 19, 2011

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is calling on voters -- literally -- to support Earl Ray Tomblin in the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

Maloney's attacks off base

September 17, 2011

Last week, both in the only statewide televised debate for the gubernatorial special election, and subsequently in an interview with Gazette editors, Republican Bill Maloney took the following positions:

Editorial: Tomblin is best choice in governor's race

September 17, 2011

West Virginia has many challenges, but by most measures, the state is in better shape than it has been in years and moving forward.

UMW endorses Tomblin in W.Va. governor's race

September 16, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has picked up another coal-related endorsement in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Tomblin: Clear choice

September 16, 2011

Early voting starts Wednesday in West Virginia's special election for a short-term temporary governor. It's an odd event: a rare two-person election (or five, if you count three fringe aspirants). The winner on Oct. 4 will serve only briefly, until next year's regular election.

$10,000 Drilling Fees Sought

September 15, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers want natural gas operators to pay $10,000 to drill a well in the state's Marcellus Shale field, but an industry leader said such an increase will hinder drilling activity.

Tomblin: Ready to lead W.Va. into the future

September 15, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia is primed for an extended period of growth and that his long track record in state government makes him qualified to lead the state into the future.

Capitol notebook: Treasurer says he will run for re-election

September 15, 2011

State Treasurer John Perdue will run for re-election in 2012, he said Wednesday.

Maloney says business struggles prompted governor run

September 14, 2011

Throughout the special election campaign, Maloney has been critical of Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin's support for state subsidies for greyhound breeders, since Tomblin's mother and brother operate a greyhound kennel that has produced winning greyhounds.

State unemployment rate rises in August

September 14, 2011

West Virginia's unemployment rate climbed to 8.0 percent in August, up from 7.3 percent in July.

W.Va. SAT scores top U.S. averages in reading, writing

September 14, 2011

West Virginia's high school students topped the national average scores for reading and writing on the SAT college-entrance exam.

Tomblin says state has done better during his tenure

September 14, 2011

Though he's been criticized for being a career politician, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday that his record speaks for itself.

Monroe County proceeds with lawsuit to challenge House redistricting

September 9, 2011

The Monroe County Commission announced Thursday they are moving forward with a legal challenge to the current House of Delegates redistricting plan.

Redistricting documents kept private

September 9, 2011

Legislative officials have denied the state Republican Party's Freedom of Information Act request to see all documents related to the recent redistricting process.

West Virginia insurance contract awarded

September 9, 2011

Zurich Insurance Co. has won a $19 million, one-year contract to provide workers' compensation insurance to state agencies, West Virginia Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Riley announced.

Federal court tosses lawsuits over health reform

September 9, 2011

A federal appeals court in Virginia dismissed two lawsuits Thursday that had challenged the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Redistricting documents kept private

September 9, 2011

Legislative officials have denied the state Republican Party's Freedom of Information Act request to see all documents related to the recent redistricting process.

West Virginia insurance contract awarded

September 9, 2011

Zurich Insurance Co. has won a $19 million, one-year contract to provide workers' compensation insurance to state agencies, West Virginia Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Riley announced.

Federal court tosses lawsuits over health reform

September 9, 2011

A federal appeals court in Virginia dismissed two lawsuits Thursday that had challenged the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Leaders: It’s time to end bickering, help Americans get back to work

September 9, 2011

The time for inaction and bickering is over.

Justice gives $25 million to Scout project

September 8, 2011

Jim Justice stood atop Garden Ground Mountain with two Boy Scouts Thursday, taking in the spectacular view and surveying the ongoing construction at a future campsite that will be named after his father.

Hamlin native nominated to federal appeals court

September 8, 2011

President Obama has nominated Hamlin native Stephanie Dawn Thacker as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

State Chamber endorses Tomblin for governor

September 8, 2011

The state Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday it is backing acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's election bid, a coup for Democrat Tomblin that was quickly blasted by Republicans.

Maloney wants drug-testing of teachers, welfare recipients

September 8, 2011

West Virginia should start drug-testing school teachers and welfare recipients to help curb growing statewide abuse of illegal and prescription drugs, the Republican candidate for governor said at a debate Wednesday night.

Tomblin seeks to get message out

September 8, 2011

Getting his message out - that's the goal of acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin between now and the Oct. 4 special election for governor.

Candidates Debate Gas Drilling in W.Va.

September 8, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is ready to call the state Legislature into special session to address natural gas drilling regulations - and is "somewhat confident" the state will attract two ethane crackers.

Maloney: Drug Test Teachers

September 8, 2011

Republican West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney believes all state employees should be drug tested as a condition of employment, including public school teachers.

Baber Calls for Increase In Resource Severance Rates

September 8, 2011

Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber believes that with a bevy of natural resources, West Virginia should be among America's wealthiest states - but instead finds itself "in a three-legged race with Mississippi to see who can be the poorest state in the nation."

Poll: Maloney Gains, Tomblin Up by 6 Points

September 8, 2011

New polling numbers show Republican Bill Maloney gaining ground in the race to be West Virginia's next governor, but acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin still shows a six-point lead as they head toward the Oct. 4 special election.

State tax revenues exceed forecasts

September 8, 2011

State tax revenue receipts are running slightly higher than expectations two months into the fiscal year.

Monroe County latest to threaten lawsuit over redistricting

September 8, 2011

Monroe County commissioners are the latest group to threaten a lawsuit over the state House of Delegates redistricting plan.

Candidates debate drug testing for teachers

September 7, 2011

West Virginia should start drug-testing school teachers and welfare recipients to help curb growing statewide abuse of illegal and prescription drugs, the Republican candidate for governor said at a debate Wednesday night.

Candidates debate in W.Va.

September 7, 2011

The Associated Press WHEELING — West Virginia should start drug-testing school teachers and welfare recipients to help curb growing statewide abuse of illegal and prescription drugs, the Republican candidate for governor said at a debate Wednesday night.

Justices promote access to courts

September 7, 2011

State Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin believes the state's civil justice system has become scary and complex for most West Virginians.

Mike Oliverio Announces He’s Going to Run Again for Congress

September 7, 2011

Democrat Mike Oliverio made the rising national debt the focus of his 2010 congressional campaign, and he plans to do it again in 2012.

State candidates for governor to spar in Wheeling

September 7, 2011

Wheeling is hosting the only debate featuring the three main candidates in the race to become West Virginia's next governor.

Gubernatorial Debate Tonight

September 7, 2011

Candidates seeking to be West Virginia's next governor will debate tonight in downtown Wheeling, and a political polling group plans to release numbers today showing the race getting tighter as the Oct. 4 special election approaches.

Oliverio wants rematch against McKinley

September 6, 2011

Mike Oliverio wants a 2012 rematch in the 1st Congressional District.

Oliverio planning to run for 1st District in 2012

September 6, 2011

Mike Oliverio says he wants a rematch in West Virginia's 1st Congressional District.

Oliverio to announce 2nd run at Congress

September 6, 2011

Mike Oliverio is ready to take another shot at running for Congress.

Thumbs down: Status of state's rural roads linked to higher death rate

September 6, 2011

For West Virginians who drive the state's roads regularly, it's no surprise that they are far from ideal. However, a recent report rating rural roads across the country underscores that deficiencies in roadways come with a deadly cost.

Baber questions exclusion from gubernatorial debate

September 6, 2011

A third-party candidate says he's been wrongly left out of a TV debate for the West Virginia governor's ra

Brooke Officials Question Precincts in Redistricting

September 5, 2011

Redistricting legislation that takes one delegate away from Brooke County's representation in Charleston was signed into law Friday by acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Gov. race features dueling economic views

September 5, 2011

CHARLESTON (AP) - The leading candidates for governor in West Virginia's special election have very different views on how the Mountain State is doing. But that doesn't mean either is wrong.

Chamber speakers call for regulatory reform

September 5, 2011

Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card told a friendly audience at the Business Summit that some layers of federal regulation need peeled back and the Obama administration needs to also review all of the regulations currently in the works.

Statehouse Beat: Tomblin's supposed greyhound ties

September 4, 2011

As Rick Thompson and John Perdue tried unsuccessfully in the special primary, Bill Maloney is trying to beat a dead horse (dog?) regarding Earl Ray Tomblin's supposed ties to his family's greyhound breeding kennel.

Editorial: $91.5 million verdict brings new test to state liability law

September 4, 201

The longstanding debate centered on the perception of West Virginia as a "judicial hellhole" has been revived as the result of a $91.5 million verdict against a Charleston nursing home.

W.Va. AFL-CIO endorses Tomblin

September 3, 2011

West Virginia's largest union organization has endorsed Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin for governor, despite calling him the state's most anti-labor senator earlier this year.

Tom Miller: Tomblin has definite edge in upcoming vote

September 3, 2011

It's only a month until West Virginia voters elect a new governor for an abbreviated 15-month term instead of the usual, four-year stint in the executive mansion.

Phil Kabler: House, Senate leadership on shaky ground

September 3, 2011

After two decades of predictably stable leadership in the state Senate, under Earl Ray Tomblin, and the House of Delegates, under Chuck Chambers and Bob Kiss, the current leadership teams in the House and Senate are looking about as steady as houses of cards.

Report says economic recovery elusive in state

September 3, 2011

Unemployed workers in West Virginia will have little to celebrate on Labor Day this year.

George Hohmann: Indiana governor's viewpoint

September 3, 2011

Who said, "We have the lowest property taxes in America. Homeowners will never be taxed at more than 1 percent of their home's market value. It's built into the constitution. And there's a 3 percent cap for business"?

Kessler Boots Possible Rival

September 2, 2011

Acting West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler ousted Sen. Brooks McCabe from the body's leadership Thursday after learning of McCabe's plans to potentially challenge him for the Senate presidency.

Supreme Court sets regional meetings on truancy

September 2, 2011

State Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis and Circuit Judge Alan Moats plan public meetings around the state to discuss truancy and how the court system can help reduce it.

W.Va. chamber crowd hears from governor race candidates

September 2, 2011

Acting Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin touted the state government's strong financial position while Republican challenger Bill Maloney argued that West Virginia was overtaxed and had low household incomes during a campaign forum Thursday.

Candidates talk business during Chamber summit

September 2, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney laid out starkly different future paths for state government in separate presentations to the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit.

New poll shows Tomblin leading race, favorably viewed by voters

September 2, 2011

Acting Gov. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Earl Ray Tomblin holds a 16-point lead over Republican nominee Bill Maloney heading into the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election, according to a new poll from the state Chamber of Commerce.

McCabe stripped of Senate title

September 1, 2011

A simmering political storm has cost one Kanawha County senator his leadership position and could be a sign of a greater battle to come.

Political campaigns find that some truths are inconvenient

August 29, 2011

Corporations are people. The fundamentals of the economy are strong. I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

Caperton outearns Harvard president

August 29, 2011

The president of the College Board, the nonprofit owner of the SAT entrance exam, has seen his compensation triple since 1999 and now gets more than the head of the American Red Cross, which has more than five times the revenue.

W.Va. Chamber to Unveil Poll of Mountain State Residents' Positions

August 28, 2011

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce thinks it knows what is on the minds of West Virginians, but it wants to make sure.

Tomblin outraises Maloney 3 to 1 in W.Va. governor's race

August 27, 2011

Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin has raised more and spent less than Republican Bill Maloney in the state's special election for governor, leaving him with nearly $1 million on hand as the campaign heads into its final month.

Tomblin, Maloney turn in campaign expense reports

August 27, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tom-blin turned in his campaign expense report Friday, showing his bid to become governor in his own right has generated $1,254,433.79.

Tom Miller: Politics prevail in redistricting fight -- again

August 27, 2011

A second attempt by the West Virginia Legislature to create new district boundaries for 100 members in the House of Delegates after the 2010 U.S. Census will now be the subject of a lawsuit. The Putnam County Commission voted 2-1 last week to challenge the new plan in court. Other counties like Raleigh County who believe they may have been treated unfairly have been invited to join the litigation.

Attorney looking at lawsuit over redistricting

August 27, 2011

Any decision on whether Raleigh County will file a legal challenge against the controversial House of Delegates redistricting plan will have to wait while the county commission’s attorney, Bill Roop, examines the bill and explores all the options.

Paul T. Farrell Jr.: Maloney wrong on Stella-Jones

August 27, 2011

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney recently told West Virginia voters that the Stella-Jones Corp. closed its Ripley plant in 2010 because a Jackson County jury awarded a former employee wages in an age discrimination lawsuit.

Analysis: Numbers paint encouraging picture for Tomblin

August 26, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's campaign has raised $1.25 million since late May, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.

New Poll Shows Tomblin Leads Maloney

August 25, 2011

With less than six weeks before the special election for governor, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin leads Republican challenger Bill Maloney by 14 points, according to a poll out from the Mellman Group.

Mellman has Tomblin up 14 in W.Va.

August 25, 2011

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin holds a 14-point lead in the West Virginia governor's race with just over a month until voters head to polls, according to a survey provided to POLITICO.

Kump to introduce oversight legislation

August 26, 2011

Delegate Larry D. Kump, R-Berkeley, wasn't happy about the state lawsuit filed against the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District, but he also wasn't surprised there could be problems in local receiving streams, based on citizen complaints he'd been receiving long before the litigation, he said.

Occupation tax hearing scheduled for October

August 26, 2011

A Kanawha Circuit Court judge has set a date for arguments in the court challenge against Huntington's proposed 1 percent occupation tax.

Union Leaders Slam Capito at Protest

August 25, 2011

Protesters outside the Kanawha City office of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., railed against the congresswoman Thursday afternoon, going so far as to blow up a giant pig balloon in front of her office.

Labor groups rally in downtown

August 26, 2011

Members of the West Virginia AFL-CIO and the West Virginia Alliance for Retired Americans sponsored a Rally for Justice in Bicentennial Park Thursday

Verdict sparks debate on medical liability law

August 26, 2011

A recent $90.5 million jury verdict against a local nursing home has brought a new spotlight on a 2003 law to limit medical liability damages and promises to propel what could be a lengthy debate that ends up in the state Supreme Court.

Longtime Assistant Senate Clerk Stepping Down

August 26, 2011

A longtime employee in the state Senate is retiring.

Study examines state’s population, workforce projections

August 25, 2011

New research at West Virginia University is not bringing good news about the state’s population or workforce projections in the next two decades.

Unemployment falls in all W.Va. counties in July

August 24, 2011

State officials say unemployment rates declined in all 55 West Virginia counties in July.

Unemployment falls in all W.Va. counties in July

August 25, 2011

The unemployment rate dropped in Cabell County and all 55 West Virginia counties in July.

Details released on Manchin administration probe

August 25, 2011

New details emerged Wednesday on the now-ended probe of former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration.

W.Va. is off the bad list on workers comp costs

August 24, 2011

On Aug. 18, Stateline.org, a service of the Pew Center on the States, reported on workers compensation costs among the states. Costs affect where businesses invest money and create jobs.

Editorial: Job development continues as state's most urgent need

August 22, 2011

Two recent reports underscore the urgency facing West Virginia regarding economic development.

'We’ve got nothing, and we’re not getting anywhere’

August , 2011

Now that the House of Delegates has made a complete mockery of the redistricting process, at least one member of the junior chamber has turned his focus toward the floundering Marcellus shale controversy.

Local delegates call for veto of districts

August 23, 2011

Following the passage of a controversial bill redistricting the Mountain State, and specifically carving up one of southern West Virginia’s largest counties into districts of varying size and representation, at least three delegates are calling for a veto.

District lines change again

August 23, 2011

The legislative boundaries of Mercer and McDowell counties are changing again.

Redistricting plan angers Putnam Republicans

August 23, 2011

Putnam County Republicans are furious over the Legislature's plan to redraw the county's political boundaries.

Senate passes bill to Tomblin

August 22, 2011

It’s not quite a done deal and it didn’t pass by much, but the new delegate districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates moved one step closer to becoming the law of the land for the next decade, but there are still some challenges on the horizon.

Lawyers gear up for appeal in $91.5 million Charleston nursing home case

August 21, 2011

Earlier this month, a jury awarded Tom Douglas and his family $91.5 million after deciding that staff in a Charleston nursing home caused the death of his dementia-stricken mother by not providing her enough food and water over a span of about three weeks in 2009.

W.Va. lawmakers end 2nd redistricting session

August 21, 2011

Two special sessions later, West Virginia lawmakers completed the once-a-decade task of redistricting Sunday with final passage of a plan for the House of Delegates.

Lawmakers end redistricting session

August 21, 2011

Two special sessions later, West Virginia lawmakers completed the once-a-decade task of redistricting Sunday with final passage of a plan for the House of Delegates.

Senate Narrowly Passes Redistricting Bill

August 21, 2011

The House redistricting bill narrowly passed the State Senate on Sunday that would reapportion delegate districts across the state.

Statehouse Beat: Public not so welcome at district carving

August 21, 2011

Now that the House redistricting saga is over (at least until the legal challenges begin), one thing is clear: House leadership wanted to keep public input on the plan to a minimum.

W.Va. House OKs redrawn political lines

August 20, 2011

For the second time in just over two weeks, the House of Delegates on Saturday passed its redistricting plan, this time on a 55-38 vote.

House OKs redistricting plan

August 20, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates would increase its share of single-seat districts and provide more representation for the Eastern Panhandle and Morgantown areas under a redistricting plan passed by delegates Saturday to the Senate.

Proposal angers delegates

August 20, 2011

New proposed redistricting maps became available just after midnight Friday morning, and it wasn’t long before members of the 27th House district were fuming over the results.

Some want independent redistricting commission in W.Va.

August 20, 2011

State lawmakers won't have to redraw West Virginia's political lines again for another decade, but some are talking now about creating an independent commission to handle redistricting the next time around.

Redistricting change to 30th riles delegate

August 19, 2011

An apparent push to rework the plan to break up Kanawha County's 30th Delegate District has angered the architect of the fragile compromise.

Redistricting change to 30th riles delegate

August 19, 2011

An apparent push to rework the plan to break up Kanawha County's 30th Delegate District has angered the architect of the fragile compromise.

Two firms left in workers’ comp bidding

August 19, 2011

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. and Zurich Insurance Co. remain in the running to provide workers' compensation insurance to state agencies, but Chartis' bid has been thrown out.

Legislators begin to tackle redistricting errors

August 18, 2011

The West Virginia House of Delegates will return into session at noon today to continue the work of drawing new lines for the state’s 100 delegate districts.

W.Va. redistricting: Part II

August 18, 2011

Legislators convened a second special session on redistricting at noon Thursday -- but won't get down to serious work on redrawing House of Delegates districts until Saturday.

Lawmakers resume redistricting

August 18, 2011

West Virginia’s Legislature began its second redistricting special session of the month Thursday, but isn’t scheduled to vote until the weekend on a plan for the House of Delegates that will replace one vetoed by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin because of technical errors.

DuPont plaintiffs can sue, seek medical monitoring

August 18, 2011

Fourteen plaintiffs in a personal-injury case against DuPont can enroll in a related, court-administered medical monitoring program even as they sue the chemical giant over a former West Virginia zinc-smelting plant that they say made them sick.

Redistricting

August 18, 2011

The West Virginia Legislature will have to revisit parts of the redistricting plan approved Aug. 5 to correct some technical flaws in the mapping.

Redistricting fix will cost taxpayers

August 18, 2011

Most West Virginia lawmakers will receive $281 per day during what could be a several-day process to fix the House of Delegates' redistricting plan.

Redistricting fix will cost taxpayers

August 18, 2011

Most West Virginia lawmakers will receive $281 per day during what could be a several-day process to fix the House of Delegates' redistricting plan.

Redistricting do-over starts today for House

August 17, 2011

A do-over session on redistricting House of Delegates districts gets underway at noon today, after Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, acting as governor, vetoed a previous plan on Wednesday.

Redistricting bill vetoed; new session starts today

August 17, 2011

West Virginia's Legislature is heading back into special session Thursday to redraw House of Delegates districts, after acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the House plan passed during a special session earlier this month.

NEWS AT NOON: Redistricting bill vetoed; new session Thurs

August 17, 2011

West Virginia's Legislature is heading back into special session to redraw House of Delegates districts.

State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

August 17, 2011

West Virginia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in July, down from the 8.6 percent rate in June.

Putnam County considers district lawsuit

August 17, 2011

The Putnam County Commission is discussing a lawsuit, either on its own or with other counties, should the House of Delegates fail to substantially change its redistricting plan in the upcoming special session.

Redistricting plan remains up in the air

August 17, 2011

Depending on who you talk to, a special legislative session to address redistricting that begins Thursday either will be quick and simple or long and substantial.

W.Va. Republicans Ready for Redistricting Re-Do

August 17, 2011

As legislators prepare to reconvene in Charleston Aug. 18, Republicans in the House of Delegates are hoping for a slower, more open redistricting process.

Mayors differ on opinions of proposed redistricting

August 17, 2011

Kanawha County mayors are all over the map in their opinions of the House of Delegates' redistricting plan.

A 'Botched' Bill

August 16, 2011

Former state lawmaker Oshel Craigo is the latest to say the House of Delegates erred in its recent redistricting efforts.

Single-payer: Sensible health plan

August 16, 2011

Some federal courts are ruling that America's breakthrough 2010 medical reform is kaput because government cannot force people to pay for health insurance.

Agency nabs fraudulent unemployment claims

August 16, 2011

Workforce West Virginia says more than $80,000 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits were recovered in the second quarter of this year.

Putnam commissioners plan to sue over House redistricting

August 16, 2011

Putnam County commissioners said Tuesday they'll take legal action over the state House of Delegates redistricting process if delegates don't fix problems during their special session later this week.

Redistricting still undecided

August 16, 2011

Area legislators will be returning to Charleston Thursday to work out a final plan on how to organize the state's legislative districts.

Senate will wait while W.Va. House redistricts again

August 15, 2011

When the latest special legislative session convenes Thursday, the Senate will try to keep busy while the House of Delegates is working to redo its legislative redistricting plan, the Senate majority leader said Monday.

Wyoming clerk walks to protest redistricting

August 15, 2011

The circuit clerk of Wyoming County believes sometimes "you just need to take a little walk."

Wyoming clerk walks to protest redistricting...again

August 15, 2011

From time to time, David “Bugs” Stover, Wyoming County circuit clerk and president of the West Virginia Circuit Clerk Association, gets a bee in his cap and just has to walk to Charleston.

Chairman says redistricting bill errors fixed

August 15, 2011

Ahead of a special session later this week, the chairman of the House of Delegates' redistricting committee says all of the errors in a controversial redistricting bill have been identified and corrected.

Do-over session to start with fixed bill

August 15, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will begin their special session Thursday with a fixed version of the House of Delegates redistricting plan that must be vetoed because of technical errors. But whether they stick with that plan remains to be seen.

Capital focus: Do-over session to start with fixed bill

August 15, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will begin their special session Thursday with a fixed version of the House of Delegates redistricting plan that must be vetoed because of technical errors. But whether they stick with that plan remains to be seen.

Delegates should re-do redistricting

August 15, 2011

In a process that critics charge was rushed, lacked transparency and discouraged public input, the Democratic majority in the House of Delegates redistricted the state for the next 10 years.

Election Commission to Help with Redistricting Education

August 15, 2011

The state Election Commission will participate in an effort to educate the public on new political boundaries once redistricting maps are signed into law.

Disservice

August 14, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had to veto a redistricting plan for West Virginia’s House of Delegates because of mapping errors.

Tom Miller: Some still pushing for single-member districts

August 14, 2011

Plans for another special legislative session this week to correct mistakes in the bill to change district lines in the House of Delegates have put rumblings about a possible court challenge to this new arrangement on hold temporarily until the necessary corrections are made.

Do-over House session to start with corrected bill

August 14, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will begin their special session Thursday with a fixed version of the House of Delegates redistricting plan that must be vetoed because of technical errors. But whether they stick with that plan remains to be seen.

Session to start with corrected bill

August 14, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers will begin their special session Thursday with a fixed version of the House of Delegates redistricting plan that must be vetoed because of technical errors. But whether they stick with that plan remains to be seen.

Editorial: Redistricting maps need to be presented sooner

August 13, 2011

The West Virginia legislature this week will have to revisit parts of the redistricting plan approved Aug. 5 to correct some technical flaws in the mapping.

redistricting session begins anew Thursday

August 13, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling lawmakers back to their Capitol desks Thursday, possibly opening the door for Republicans to make a final pitch for 100 single-member districts in the House of Delegates.

Phil Kabler: One big mess

August 13, 2011

It didn't require an astute legislative observer like lawyer/lobbyist and former state Democratic Party chairman George Carenbauer to determine there was a high likelihood the House of Delegates had royally screwed up its redistricting plan (HB 106) by amending it on the fly on the final day of the special session.

Fixing redistricting bill to take days

August 12, 2011

State legislators likely will be in town at least three days next week - at a cost of about $30,000 a day - to fix what went wrong in the House of Delegates' redistricting plan.

Tomblin receives NRA endorsement

August 12, 2011

Earl Ray Tomblin has received the National Rifle Association's endorsement for the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

BOE: Workers' comp fell last school year

August 12, 2011

Since Jennifer Colvin came on board during the 2010-2011 school year in the newly created Raleigh County Schools safety director position, she has been crunching the numbers and charting the trends to target issues of safety that can be addressed to lower the expenditure of workers’ compensation claims.

Legislators returning to adjust districts

August 11, 2011

Five days after the West Virginia Legislature approved the state's new House of Delegates, Senate and Congressional districts, members will be heading back to Charleston to correct errors with the House of Delegates lines.

Special session adds $95M to budget

August 11, 2011

West Virginia roads, hospitals and schools are among the beneficiaries of $95 million approved during last week's special legislative session.

Redistricting veto will give House room to maneuver

August 11, 2011

Delegates will have the opportunity to start the House redistricting process over at square one, rather than simply correcting errors in the current plan, under the veto message and special session call that Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, acting as governor, will issue on the bill.

Editorial: Why keep redistricting secret?

August 1, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Why on earth did Legislature leaders keep West Virginia redistricting plans half-hidden until the special map-changing session had already started, when it was mostly too late for people to voice opinions?

Special session starts

August 2, 2011

CHARLESTON (AP) - The West Virginia Legislature launched a special session for redistricting and other topics Monday with a new Senate map that splits 13 of the state's 55 counties and a draft plan that leaves 53 of 100 House of Delegates seats in multi-member districts.

Company wants to build temporary WV jail units

August 1, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Representatives of a Georgia company pitched a short-term, and relatively inexpensive, solution to West Virginia's prison and regional jail overcrowding crisis to legislators Monday.

WV Congressional delegations backs debt deal

August 1, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Monday, West Virginia's members of Congress supported the budget compromise reached after weekend negotiations between leaders of both parties.

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30th Delegate district remains intact in proposal in the House

August 2, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Kanawha County's seven-member 30th District survives intact in the first draft of the House of Delegates' redistricting plan, which was released Monday afternoon.

Capitol Notebook: Delegate out of the doghouse

August 2, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Ron Walters is out of the doghouse.
The Kanawha County Republican caused quite the stir in the House of Delegates during the final days of the regular legislative session earlier this year.

Senate panel approves redistricting plan

August 1, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All 11 speakers at a hastily called public hearing by the House Select Committee on Redistricting Monday evening were unanimous in their support for single-member delegate districts -- and in their dissatisfaction with the House redistricting process.

Single districts proposed in Cabell

August 2, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Parts of eastern and southern Cabell County would get their own single-member delegate district, according to a plan that was unveiled Monday as the West Virginia Legislature kicked off its redistricting special session.

Redistricting the state: southern WV to get the scraps

August 2, 2011

CHARLESTON — A McDowell County lawmaker is promising to fight what he is calling a redistricting ploy by northern West Virginia lawmakers to pit the "south against the south" in 2012.

WV Redistricting debate starts today

July 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's special session on redistricting should begin today with separate proposals that reduce, but do not eliminate, multi-member districts in the House of Delegates and that reunify some counties within state Senate districts, legislative leaders said Sunday.

Chamber Intern Mark Flannery's Op Ed: Redistricting

July 29, 2011

Redistricting faces complex questions in the House of Delegates, but the solution is simple. Our antiquated methods don't provide good government that West Virginia so desperately needs for a system that businesses can trust, constituents can hold accountable, and youth can be energized by.

Tom Miller: Redistricting, food taxes, etc.

July 30, 2011

This week's special session of the West Virginia Legislature is scheduled first and foremost to allow lawmakers to draw new boundaries for this state's three congressional districts. There's also the need to draw new legislative districts for members of the House of Delegates and State Senate using the new numbers from the 2010 U. S. census.

Kanawha Senators want new district to include Putnam

July 28, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County's four state senators are united in efforts to create a new senatorial district encompassing western Kanawha County and eastern Putnam County, Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, said Thursday.

Op Ed: Single member district give better representation

July 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It is a matter of simple division and purer democracy.

Beckley- Raleigh Chamber supports intact 27th district

July 29, 2011

BECKLEY — Splitting up Raleigh County during the redistricting process would be bad for the community, a local business association officially announced.

Mercer delegates ready to reshape political boundaries

July 29, 2011

PRINCETON — Mercer County legislators are preparing to head to Charleston Monday to reshape the political landscape for at least the next 10 years. The west Virginia State Senate Redistricting Task Force met in Mercer County last week and received important insights from the public.

Wood Co representatives oppose redistricting plan

July 29, 2011

PARKERSBURG - Local and national state officials have kicked down one redistricting plan that has been circulating throughout the state.

Gubernatorial candidates have resources

July 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Neither has a pink marble driveway, but both the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor have an affluence that sets them apart from most West Virginians.

Aloi replaces longest serving judge

July 28, 2011

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- West Virginia's newest circuit judge is being sworn in during a public ceremony in Fairmont.

Gov. Tomblin set to address issues

July 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As the nation draws ever closer to its debt ceiling, many West Virginians are turning to Sen. Joe Manchin's wall to vent their frustration and offer advice.

Unemployment rate expected to decline in July

July 28, 2011

The unemployment rate in West Virginia remained at 8.6 percent in June, but state analyst said that could fall in July. WorkForce West Virginia reported that total unemployment is down 2,200 over the year.

Armstead wants time to study maps, meet people

July 28, 2011

Lawmakers deserve a preview of how West Virginia’s political landscape would be altered, so they can talk it over with their constituents, in advance of a redistricting showdown, says House Minority Leader Tim Armstead.

Sen. reviews congressional lines

July 28, 2011

Incumbent Republicans Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley ostensibly would have to run against each other to keep their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives if a proposed congressional redistricting plan by state Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, were adopted.

Tomblin weakened executive order on Marcellus drilling

July 27, 2011

The Tomblin administration weakened an executive order on the regulation of Marcellus Shale gas drilling just hours before the order was signed and publicly announced, according to records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Former Mineral GOP official loses lawsuit

July 27, 2011

A judge has upheld the Mineral County Republican Executive Committee's removal of a member who supported a Democrat in last year's election.

House readies plan for redistricting

July 27, 2011

A draft plan for redrawing the House of Delegates' districts should be made public by Friday evening, or early Monday at the latest, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting said Wednesday.

Redistricting plan called ‘power grab’

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Republican incumbents Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley could be forced to run against each other to keep their seats under a plan being circulated in the state's Democrat- controlled Legislature.

BrickStreet seeks to keep state agency coverage

July 27, 2011

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. has decided it wants to continue providing workers' compensation insurance to state agencies.

Tomblin calls redistricting special session for next week

July 26, 2011

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, acting as governor, announced Tuesday that he will call the Legislature into special session Aug. 1 to deal with redistricting and tax reform measures.

Brickstreet will bid on state business

Tuesday July 26, 2011

After saying for months that BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. was no longer interested in providing state agencies with workers' compensation insurance, BrickStreet's president and chief executive officer said the company will indeed submit a bid.

W.Va. districts may share counties

July 26, 2011

For the first time in its history, West Virginia may no longer keep counties intact to ensure equal populations for its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the chairman of the state Senate's share of the redistricting process said Monday.

Redistricting Could Cost Brooke County One Seat

July 26, 2011

Brooke County would lose one of its two representatives in the West Virginia House of Delegates if a proposed plan for redistricting is passed by state lawmakers.

District changes may face lawsuits

Tuesday July 26, 2011

Threats of court challenges hang over lawmakers' heads as they prepare to redraw the state's political boundaries.

Letter to the editor: Scott Icard on the 30th

Mondya, July 25, 2011

In a recent letter by Paul Miller, a senior policy analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, he suggested a plan to draw down the remaining $22 million in federal stimulus money for unemployed workers.

WV may have US House districts sharing counties

Monday, July 25, 2011

For the first time in its history, West Virginia might no longer keep counties intact to ensure equal populations for its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the chairman of the state Senate's share of the redistricting process said Monday.

WV Workers compensation system

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More than five years ago, state officials decided something had to be done about the West Virginia workers’ compensation system.

Redistricting framed by state’s history

July 24, 2011

As West Virginia prepares to redraw its legislative and congressional boundaries, lawmakers and residents alike are looking at what state history has to say on the topic.

Medicaid cuts could force hospitals to close, CEOs say

July 23, 2011

Debbie Hill keeps an anxious eye on the debt ceiling standoff in Washington.

Kabler: State to do lobbying and insight on redistricting the 30th

July 23, 2011

After all these years of trying to regulate lobbyists, the state of West Virginia will become one -- at least for four days this week.

Dissent slams med mal cap ruling

Friday July 22, 2011

A judge who helped West Virginia's Supreme Court hear a recent medical malpractice case is blasting the outcome.

Workers’ comp premiums may drop

Friday July 22, 2011

A key ingredient used to determine workers' compensation insurance premiums is on track to decrease 8.1 percent in November — a reduction that would save the state's 36,000 employers a total of more than $25 million.

Tomblin: Chances of Cracker Good

July 21, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has a "very good" chance of landing an ethane cracker that would lead to hundreds of new chemical jobs.

Speakers added to Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit

Thursday July 21, 2011

Gubernatorial candidates Earl Ray Tomblin and Bill Maloney and journalist Juan Williams have been added to list of speakers at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit.

McDowell lawmaker challenges legality of single-delegate districts

July 21, 2011

A McDowell County delegate is challenging the legality of single-member delegate districts.

Senate redistricting process continues

July 20, 2011

Once the last of 12 statewide public hearings concludes Thursday in Princeton, the Senate Task Force on Redistricting will begin work to redraw the 17 state Senate districts for the next decade, the panel's chairman said Wednesday.

Officials have high hopes for lawmaker conference

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Charleston is set to host about 1,000 lawmakers from 15 states next year after being named the home of the 2012 Southern Legislative Conference.

Officials have high hopes for lawmaker conference

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Charleston is set to host about 1,000 lawmakers from 15 states next year after being named the home of the 2012 Southern Legislative Conference.

Delegate Defends Current District Lines

July 20, 2011

A Kanawha County delegate says she and the other six House delegates in West Virginia's 30th District represent their area well.

Local house delegates split along party lines on districts

July 19, 2011

The city of Bluefield became a single-delegate district after the 1990 census, but had to include a portion of Bramwell to meet the minimum 18,300-18,500 population it needed after the 2000 census.

Editorial, June 19, 2011: Redistricting Why Balkanize

July 18, 2011

Should Nitro have its own delegate in the Legislature, working for just one town's interest?

30th’s delegates ‘leaning toward keeping’ district

July 18, 2011

With West Virginia lawmakers weighing when and how to hold a redistricting special session, the state's largest legislative district may remain that way under proposals being considered by its representatives.

W.Va. redistricting drafts show dueling approaches

Monday July 18, 2011

With West Virginia lawmakers weighing when and how to hold a redistricting special session, the state's largest legislative district may remain that way under proposals being considered by its representatives.

House moves ahead on redistricting

July 18, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates takes its next step toward redistricting Tuesday, when members have been asked to submit the initial round of draft maps responding to the 2010 Census.

At-large House of Delegates members

July 18, 2011

A key question facing West Virginia legislators involved in the redistricting process is whether the state should keep the large number of what amounts to at-large House of Delegates members it does now.

W.Va. House moving ahead on redistricting

July 18, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates takes its next step toward redistricting Tuesday, when members have been asked to submit the initial round of draft maps responding to the 2010 Census.

Capital Focus: West Virginia House moves ahead with redistricting

July 18, 2011

West Virginia’s House of Delegates takes its next step toward redistricting Tuesday, when members have been asked to submit the initial round of draft maps responding to the 2010 Census.

W.Va. ranks 27th in state, local tax burden

July 18, 2011

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Nothing can be certain in this world except death and taxes.”

Kanawha to lose part of state Senate district

July 17, 2011

The maps aren't out yet, but Kanawha County residents can expect a few sure things when lawmakers redraw Statehouse district lines later this summer.

Manchin raises $1 million for re-election

July 17, 2011

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has already raised $1,044,999 for his 2012 re-election campaign, according to his latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, which include contributions made by June 30.

House redistricting maps due Tuesday

July 17, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates takes its next step toward redistricting Tuesday, when members have been asked to submit the initial round of draft maps responding to the 2010 Census.

W.Va. House moving ahead on redistricting mapsE

Sunday July 17, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates takes its next step toward redistricting Tuesday, when members have been asked to submit the initial round of draft maps responding to the 2010 Census.

Justices want procedures, rules for business court

July 16, 2011

An "encouraging" announcement Friday from the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia could mean a more friendly business environment in the state.

Panel working on business court proposal

Friday July 15, 2011

The West Virginia Supreme Court has given a committee the go-ahead to design a new court system that would consider business-related lawsuits.

Protecting our region

July 15, 2011

Select panels in the Senate and House of Delegates are currently developing plans that will determine where district lines are drawn for the purpose of elections that will decide state and federal representation in West Virginia for the next 10 years.

State's credit rating upgraded to AA+

Tuesday July 12, 2011

West Virginia stands to save at least $400,000 after a credit rating agency upgraded its assessment of the state's finances, a senior advisor to acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Monday.

Deadline extended for W.Va. workers’ comp insurance bids

Tuesday July 12, 2011

The state Insurance Commission has extended the deadline for insurance companies to submit bids to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to state agencies.

Little-known state unit focuses on insurance fraud

Monday July 11, 2011

Seemingly harmless offenses like padding claims and bolder actions like staging car wrecks and arson are all versions of insurance fraud, which is estimated to cost the average family $1,200 a year.

Michael Aloi appointed circuit judge

July 9, 2011

Marion County has a new circuit court judge.

Redistricting meeting planned

July 7, 2011

elegates John Ellem and Dan Poling of Wood County are sponsoring a public meeting to discuss redistricting from 7-8:30 p.m. July 21 in Parkersburg City Council Chambers.

County delegates not sold on single-member districts

Thursday July 7, 2011

As lawmakers prepare to redraw the state's political boundaries, Kanawha County's seven-member 30th House of Delegates district is now the prime target in a battle to reduce the number of House districts represented by more than one lawmaker.

Householder to present redistricting plan

July 7, 2011

When the West Virginia Legislature returns to Charleston on Monday for three days of interim meetings, Delegate Eric Householder plans to present the House of Delegates Redistricting Committee with a proposal that would give Jefferson County three single-delegate districts, all within the county boundaries.

Business briefs: Cabin Creek VFD gets subsidy check

Wednesday July 6, 2011

State Auditor Glen Gainer and acting state Insurance Commissioner Michael Riley were scheduled to join local legislative leaders Tuesday evening to present the first volunteer fire department workers' compensation subsidy check to the Cabin Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Capitol notebook: Tomblin has had few debates so far

Wednesday July 6, 2011

Two of the five candidates for governor were interviewed by a special interest group in Morgantown Tuesday night.

Court affirms withholding of W.Va. Medicaid funds

July 6, 2011

The federal government acted within its authority when it withheld more than $446,000 in Medicaid funds from West Virginia to collect its share of a settlement with a pharmaceutical company, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

New budget year begins with surplus

July 5, 2011

West Virginia begins its new budget year on a strong, nine-figure note, after concluding the prior year June 30 with a surplus that Tomblin administration officials estimate at $330 million.

Medical malpractice damage-award caps still generate debate

July 4, 2011

Medical malpractice lawyer Paul T. Farrell Jr., recalled a recent case he handled in West Virginia in which a doctor accidentally removed a boy's colon instead of his spleen.

W.Va. starts new budget year with $330M surplus

July 4, 2011

West Virginia begins its new budget year on a strong, nine-figure note, after concluding the prior year June 30 with a surplus that Tomblin administration officials estimate at $330 million.

House eyes single-seat districts

July 4, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates will almost certainly increase the ranks of its single-seat districts this year, but whether it can carve out individual districts for all 100 seats is another matter, the head of its redistricting committee tells The Associated Press.

House eyes single-seat districts

July 3, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates will almost certainly increase the ranks of its single-seat districts this year, but whether it can carve out individual districts for all 100 seats is another matter, the head of its redistricting committee tells The Associated Press.

House eyes more single-seat districts

July 03, 2011

West Virginia's House of Delegates will almost certainly increase the ranks of its single-seat districts this year, but whether it can carve out individual districts for all 100 seats is another matter, the head of its redistricting committee tells The Associated Press.

Editorial: Survey cites weaknesses in state's business climate

July 3, 2011

West Virginia has been served another reminder of its challenges in growing its economy.

Expect scramble for Senate post

July 3, 2011

If Earl Ray Tomblin wins the election for West Virginia’s next governor, there will be a scramble in the Senate to replace him as Senate president.

Mingo lawyer steps up campaign for Supreme Court

Friday July 1, 2011

Mingo County lawyer Tish Chafin began a formidable campaign for Supreme Court this week backed by dozens of other attorneys, businessmen and Democratic Party stalwarts.

Chafin announces Supreme Court bid

June 30, 2011

Letitia "Tish" Chafin formally declared her candidacy for the West Virginia Supreme Court Thursday afternoon.

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ECONOMIC PROFILE

Jay: Cut deficit by ending corporate loopholes, taxing wealthy

June 30, 2011

As Congress negotiates how to cut the federal deficit, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says lawmakers should consider cutting corporate tax loopholes and raising taxes on the wealthy.

PSC taking comments

June 30, 2011

West Virginians are now able to let their voices be heard online about cases pending before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

WV ranked 46th for business

Thursday June 30, 2011

West Virginia has once again finished near the bottom in a national survey ranking the best states for business.

Insurance commissioner wraps up 30-year career in state government

Thursday June 30, 2011

Jane Cline, one of the most powerful, high profile women in West Virginia, wraps up a 30-year state government career today.

Chafin running for WV Supreme Court

June 30, 2011

A Mingo County attorney with ties to the Northern Panhandle announced Wednesday she will seek a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 2012.

Tomblin lead field in primary fundraising

Wednesday June 29, 2011

West Virginia's special primary for governor cost the candidates $5.7 million, with the six Democrats spending more than three-fourths of that, the latest campaign finance reports show.

Harrison County GOP pushes for redistricting

June 29, 2011

You probably knew that Harrison County is the state's 41st District.

Home rule suit threatens Charleston

June 29, 2011

A series of recent lawsuits challenging Huntington's new occupation tax could torpedo home-rule-based reforms in Charleston -- and Charleston and other affected cities may intervene in the case, city attorney Paul Ellis said Wednesday.

AG McGraw running for a sixth term

June 29,2011

Attorney General Darrell McGraw is running for a sixth term

Virginia named America's Top State for Business in 2011

June 28, 2011

Virginia topped our inaugural study in 2007 with Texas at number two.

Bipartisan redistricting plan available for Putnam County

Tuesday June 28, 2011

A bipartisan plan for precinct and magisterial changes will simplify and cut costs of ballot preparation, address convenience and safety and equalize population in line with 2010 Census, Putnam County Brian Wood clerk told commissioners.

Miller column: Census numbers may predict trouble ahead

June 26, 2011

It's a dubious distinction that serves as a warning of what could well be a continuing trend. For the first time in this nation's history, a state has experienced more deaths than births in an entire decade.

Kabler column: Reasons to rethink redistricting

June 25, 2011

When the redistricting special session gears up later this summer, legislators could have another incentive for breaking up multi-member House of Delegates districts: The threat of a federal civil rights lawsuit if they don't.

Mason wants voice in W.Va. House

June 25, 2011

Charles Humphrey says he's worked for several years to attract businesses to Mason County.

Virginia named America's Top State for Business in 2011

June 28, 2011

The Old Dominion State returns as America's Top State for Business in 2011, and we're starting to detect a pattern here.

Top States: #46 West Virginia

June 28, 2011

Redistricting is regional challenge

June 21, 2011

When it comes to redistricting in West Virginia, political gerrymandering is a historic concern with the minority Republican Party worried that the state's Democratic Party will use its majority control to strengthen its hold on state government

State’s on their own to create jobs

June 20, 2011

Deficit-strapped states must help create the 20 million jobs needed this decade without much aid from a federal government facing its own fiscal shortfall, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Monday.

Wood County delegate Larry Border dies at 60

June 9, 2011

West Virginia Delegate Larry Border, who served in the Legislature for 20 years and was known for always helping others, died Wednesday after suffering a stroke. He was 60.

Larry Border dies at hospital

June 9, 2011

Delegate Larry Border, R-Wood, passed away Wednesday night at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph's Campus, according to a family friend at the Border home who had received the information from the delegate's wife and daughter.

Tish Chafin to run for W.Va. Supreme Court

June 8, 2011

Mingo County lawyer Tish Chafin plans to run for the state Supreme Court next year.

David McMahon: Single districts won't cure our ills

June 8, 2011

The Chamber of Commerce and others are advocating for the use of 100 single member districts for the House of Delegates during the redistricting of the State Legislature. There certainly are rural areas of the state where the population is spread out, where there are geographical groupings of social and commercial interests that have the right population, and where there are other existing, sensible political boundaries -- and in these areas single member districts make much sense. But like most simple answers to complex questions, having single member districts everywhere in the state is not a good idea.

Jay sees momentum for public safety bill

June 8, 2011

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Senate Commerce Committee chairman, was pleased that his committee approved the Public Safety and Wireless Innovation Act on Wednesday afternoon. It will now go before the full Senate.

Rockefeller’s public safety network bill hits Senate floor

June 8, 2011

A bill designed to give emergency communications officials a slice of the wireless spectrum for a “nationwide, interoperable wireless communications network” went a step further Wednesday.

W.Va. ranks fifth among states for GDP growth

June 8, 2011

West Virginia had the nation's fifth-fastest growing economy last year, according to a federal report released Thursday.

Redistricting Issue Addressed by W.Va. Delegates

June 8, 2011

Ever since census numbers were released, the issue of redistricting has been on the minds of West Virginia legislators, everywhere.

Family suing South Charleston church after child's camp injury

June 6, 2011

Two parents filed a lawsuit against a South Charleston church last week after their 9-year-old son allegedly fell and struck his face on a carpeted-cement floor during a Bible camp game in which he was wrapped chest to foot in plastic.

New health care law to be explained Saturday

June 7, 2011

Registration is open for those in Beckley who are interested in learning more about how the Affordable Care Act is poised to change the health care industry.

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. reports increase in profits in 2010

June 7, 2011

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. earned $52.8 million last year, a 35.7 percent increase over the $38.9 million earned in 2009.

Investigation costs state more than $60,000

June 7, 2011

The state has paid $60,704.52 to handle a federal investigation of former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration, according to state records.

Statehouse Beat: Secretive feud turns illegal

June 5, 2011

Imagine my surprise to learn that I'm having a feud with House Speaker Rick Thompson.

Phil Kabler: Single-member districts become hot topic

June 4, 2011

As the special session on redistricting draws nearer, it looks like the battle lines are being drawn between House leadership, which wants to preserve multi-member districts (or, as I like to call it, "The Incumbent Protection Act") and groups of various political denominations that are loudly calling for single-member districts.

Tom Miller: Single-member delegate districts unlikely

June 4, 2011

The possibility that the West Virginia Legislature will create 100 separate, single-member delegate districts when it redraws the boundaries for the 2012 election as a result of the 2010 Census seems unlikely. Despite growing public support for this approach, only 10 of the 30 members on the committee appointed recently by House Speaker Richard Thompson represent one of the current 36 single-member districts.

Deer-vehicle collisions most likely in W.Va.

June 2, 2011

With the weather getting hot and fawning season peaking, it is more likely motorists might encounter the unpleasant sight or smell of an animal carcass on the side of the road.

Manchin probe over, say officials

June 2, 2011

A federal probe of former Gov. Joe Manchin's administration is over, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

W.Va. revenue up 9 percent

June 2, 2011

Despite a worsening national economy, the state of West Virginia is on track to close the fiscal year with a healthy bump in tax collections.

Lawmaker sees status quo mindset in panel exclusion

June 2, 2011

Minority Leader Tim Armstead isn’t turning a slow burn but said his outspoken support for single-member districts figured in his exclusion from a special House of Delegates panel studying redistricting.

Voters should decide on issue of single-member districts in W.Va.

June 2, 2011

West Virginia’s Legislature has an important duty this year.

House redistricting a political issue

June 2, 2011

Just as warm weather returned to the Mountain State, the issue of redistricting in the House of Delegates has turned the heat up in the West Virginia gubernatorial race as well.

Former Logan delegate gets 2 years in prison

June 1, 2011

A former member of the state House of Delegates was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Wednesday for operating an illegal gambling ring in parts of Southern West Virginia and Kentucky.

Ex-GOP official backs Tomblin

May 31, 2011

The leader of the Logan County Young Republicans has left his party to support Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the upcoming special gubernatorial election.

Bed Bugs Make Themselves at Home in Morgantown Apartments

May 31, 2011

Most people have heard the phrase "Don't let the bed bugs bite,” but for two West Virginia University students, the funny phrase said before bed has become a nightmare.

Convicted ex-W.Va. delegate seeks home confinement

May 31, 2011

With his sentencing set for Wednesday after several delays, a former West Virginia legislator believes an array of health issues and a record of generosity should keep him out of federal prison.

W.Va. Justice Robin Davis to seek re-election

November 30, 1999

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says she plans to seek re-election in 2012.

Special license plates bring in $1.2 million for State Road Fund

May 29, 2011

The Friends of Coal Association became the first nonprofit group to be approved for its own special license plates through the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.

Phil Kabler: Most senators collect full expenses

May 28, 2011

Having read recent columns about how legislative lobbyists spent a total of $330,405 during the past legislative session -- with lobbyists providing lunch for legislators at the Capitol virtually every day of the session -- one reader called to ask if legislators pro-rated their expense reports to account for the fact that they almost never have to buy lunch (and oftentimes, dinner) for themselves.

High W.Va. gas prices reflect road fund woes

May 28, 2011

Motorists stopping at the pump in West Virginia this holiday weekend are getting a pricey reminder of the state's struggle to fund its roadway needs.

Manchin already making name known in U.S. Senate

May 28, 2011

Six months into his new job on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has busily pursued a brand of consensus-building that helped him twice win the governor’s mansion and continues to keep him in view of West Virginia voters as the 2012 election nears.

Bridge named to top 10 arches list

May 28, 2011

The longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere accepted another accolade with VirtualTourist.com’s “World’s Top 10 Arches” rankings.

Program helps state workers carpool

May 31, 2011

State employees who work in Charleston can now sweat a little less over steep gas prices.

W.Va. House of Delegates forms redistricting committee

May 26, 2011

Nearly a third of delegates have been assigned to draft the West Virginia House's redistricting plan.

Delegate considering rematch with Rahall

May 26, 2011

A West Virginia delegate came out against foreign policy comments made by the 3rd District’s congressional representative, adding that depending on redistricting efforts, he may make an attempt at his seat.

Claims awarded against state increase in state

May 25, 2011

Monetary claims awarded against the state have more than doubled in the past year.

Many delegates back smaller state districts

May 25, 2011

A majority of state House of Delegates members have told the state Chamber of Commerce they support efforts to have fewer or smaller multi-member delegate districts.

W.Va. ranks high for deaths of pedestrians

May 25, 2011

West Virginia ranked 24th in the nation in pedestrian deaths as 237 people died on the state's highways between 2000-2009, according to a report released Tuesday by Transportation for America.

Better Roads, Jobs Demanded

May 25, 2011

State Delegates Scott Varner and Mike Ferro said Tuesday they will try to arrange a town hall meeting to discuss residents' concerns related to natural gas drilling.

To have a vibrant state, W.Va. must retain youth

May 24, 2011

If West Virginians want to write a dynamic next chapter in our history, we must make our state a place where the future is brighter than the past.

West Virginia avoided an unemployment debt

May 24, 2011

Two years ago, state officials saw the obvious. After enjoying its lowest recorded unemployment rate ever, West Virginia was about to be sucked into the recession and people would lose their jobs.

Unemployment down in nearly all 55 W.Va. counties

May 23, 2011

Unemployment rates continue to fall in most of West Virginia's 55 counties.

Public hearings to be held on redistricting

May 23, 2011

Kanawha Commission President Kent Carper called for public hearings to discuss the redrawing magisterial districts in the county.

Ireland skipping Republican event

May 23, 2011

An event initially billed as an opportunity for Republican gubernatorial candidates to publicly unite following the May 14 party primary may instead highlight some hard feelings in the party.

Statehouse Beat: Maloney will have it tough

May 21, 2011

Final thoughts on the special primary election, and a first look at the Oct. 4 special election:

Groh nominated to U.S. judiciary

May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama wants a West Virginia circuit judge on the state's federal bench.

McCabe pushes for move to metro government

May 20, 2011

Continuing his quest to find entities willing to take the plunge into metro government, state Sen. Brooks McCabe came to Parkersburg Thursday.

Obama nominates Berkeley judge for federal judiciary

May 19, 2011

President Obama wants a West Virginia circuit judge on the state's federal bench.

Jay joins other senators in defending Medicare

May 19, 2011

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., was one of four senators who released a report on Thursday showing the increased costs the proposed House Republican budget would impose on senior citizens by cutting Medicare benefits.

State should reject attempt to exploit ethics law loophole

May 17, 2011

It didn’t take long for someone to seek out a loophole in West Virginia’s new ethics law, which doesn’t take effect until July 1. State officials should immediately slam shut the door on this attempt.

State unemployment rate drops

May 16, 2011

West Virginia's unemployment rate dropped nine-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in April.

State redistricting not politics as usual, Senate leader says

May 15, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers are keeping their minds open and the drawing board blank as they hear from state residents about redistricting, the legislator overseeing the Senate's share of the process tells The Associated Press.

Statehouse beat: Election has more than two winners

May 15, 2011

Winner: Earl Ray Tomblin, obviously. Tomblin may have only been acting as governor, but it was a virtuoso performance, if one with Machiavellian overtones.

Westfield Insurance Launches Education-Focused Website for High School Students

May 9, 2011

Westfield Insurance, an Ohio-based insurance carrier, has launched its education-focused website at www.ShareDriveExcel.com, an interactive resource and community hub for high school students, parents, educators and the general public.

Primary election turnout down

May 9, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Despite earlier statements to the contrary, two Kanawha County officials now believe voter turnout will be lower than expected for the gubernatorial primary election on May 14.

Gloves off in last week of gubernatorial campaign

May 9, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The last week of the gubernatorial primary election is shaping up to be an exchange of attacks on both sides.

Low voter turnout – Big dollars raised for Governor’s Special election:

May 8, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Election officials may expect low turnout in West Virginia's primary race for governor, but the candidates have collected more than 8,700 contributions totaling nearly $4.5 million.

Statehouse beat: Attack ads don't do any good

May 8, 2011

Final thoughts on the May 14 special gubernatorial primary (or, as it may be remembered, the election that voters forgot):

Candidates for governor receive several endorsements

May 8, 2011

FAIRCLOTH ENDORSEMENT: Republican candidate for governor Delegate Larry Faircloth has been endorsed by West Virginia Veterans for Freedom.

Democrats have 10-to-1 fundraising edge

May 8, 2011

FAIRMONT — By a 10-to-1 margin, Democrats have raised more money than Republicans in their bid to become governor, according to campaign finance reports.

W.Va. Delegate Dale Martin dies unexpectedly

May 5, 2011

CHARLESTON — Delegate Dale Martin, a folksy, down-to-earth lawmaker with an ever-present smile and a penchant for cutting to the chase on sticky highway issues, was found dead Wednesday. He was 59.

Tomblin, Maloney lead in money

May 5, 2011

PARKERSBURG - The acting governor and a Morgantown businessman lead Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates in fundraising for the reporting period, according to financial disclosures filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State.

Goodwin relates time in Senate

May 5, 2011

VIENNA - Carte P. Goodwin said his few months in the U.S. Senate were some of the most memorable in his life.

Acting state first lady takes leave to campaign

May 4, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Acting West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin is taking a break from her higher education job to join her husband's gubernatorial campaign.

Tomblin attacked for racing affiliation

May 5, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's affiliations with the dog racing industry have spurred an attack from one of his opponents in the race for governor.

Kessler Says Tomblin Claims Are ‘Fiction’

May 5, 2011

WHEELING - Acting West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler said acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's claims that he "reduced the state sales tax" and "gave raises to teachers" are "fiction."

Congressional districts get big reactions

May 5, 2011

MARTINSBURG -Redrawing the 2nd Congressional District so that the Eastern Panhandle is not combined with Kanawha County drew the most enthusiastic reaction of any recommendations made Wednesday evening at the West Virginia Senate Redistricting Task Force public informational meeting.

Infrastructure needs: New transportation bill a necessity

May 5, 2011

In his prediction of the passage of a funding measure to help repair the nation’s aging infrastructure, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood correctly argued this week that there are no Democratic or Republican roads or bridge.

State revenue returns to pre-recession levels

May 4, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three years after a global financial crisis set off the worst downturn since the Great Depression, state government revenue levels are finally returning to pre-recession levels.

Hundreds turn out for early voting

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Kanawha County officials have seen high numbers of voters in the first three days of early voting for the May 14 special gubernatorial primary.

Mountain Party selects gubernatorial candidate

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--The Mountain Party has tapped former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber to be its nominee in the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election.

Governor's race: Democrats debate at UC

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With less than two weeks until Election Day, three Democrats who hope to be West Virginia's next governor squared off Tuesday evening on issues including the economy and education.

Caperton buys Workman's South Hills home

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton has purchased a home on Roscommon Road in Charleston that belonged to state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman.

Tomblin outpaces fellow Democrats in fundraising

May 3, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the past month, state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin raised more money for the special gubernatorial primary election than the other five Democratic challengers combined, according to campaign financial statements filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday.

Holloway: West Virginia Good Example of Malpractice Reform

May 2, 2011

WHEELING - Wheeling internist Dr. John Holloway said if President Barack Obama needs an example for malpractice reform, he should look to West Virginia.

Revenue Growth Strong In WV

May 2, 2011

Revenue growth for the state of West Virginia so far this budget year is 8.5 percent and it appears the state will end the fiscal year, June 30, at about $200 million above estimates in tax collections.

Arch Coal to buy Scott Depot-based ICG

May 2, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Coal giant Arch Coal announced Monday it is buying Scott Depot-based International Coal Group, reversing its move out of the Appalachian coalfields in another major industry consolidation.

Revenue Growth Strong In WV

May 2, 2011

Revenue growth for the state of West Virginia so far this budget year is 8.5 percent and it appears the state will end the fiscal year, June 30, at about $200 million above estimates in tax collections.

Editorial: Vote-by-mail experiment yields promising results

May 1, 2011

An election experiment in Morgantown last month provided some encouraging results for officials and citizens concerned about dwindling voter turnout in recent decades.

West Virginia senator runs afoul of anti-abortion group

May 1, 2011

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin heads toward the 2012 election without a longtime political ally, with West Virginians for Life alleging the freshman Democrat has betrayed those who helped him win office.

Capito's husband joins Wells Fargo Advisors

May 1, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Charleston finance executive Charlie Capito has joined Wells Fargo Advisors as manager of the company's offices in Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg and Beckley.

Experience gives Tomblin, Ireland an edge in all-star gubernatorial primary

May 1, 2011

FAIRMONT — (Editor’s note: West Virginia’s special primary election for governor is coming upon us quickly. Voters will go to the polls Saturday, May 14, and choose among the eight Republican and six Democrat candidates who will go on to run in the Oct. 4 general election. Looking at the Republican and Democrat tickets, the Times West Virginian Editorial Board discussed each candidate and his or her merits, coming to a unanimous decision on endorsements.)

All Justices Recused From W.Va. Supreme Court Case

May 1, 2011

CHARLESTON — In an extremely rare move, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently heard a case without any of the five elected justices taking part in the oral arguments.

Meetings planned for redistricting

May 1, 2011

Every 10 years after the U.S. Census is released the state legislature has to re-draw the lines for the State Senate, House of Delegates and congressional districts based on population shifts and the Senate task force is inviting the public to participate this year.

O’Neal wants look at multi-member districts

May 3, 2011

In West Virginia, every voter is represented by one delegate — or two, or three, or four, or five or seven.

SOS early voting by county link

May 3, 2011

Click above To See Daily Updated Early Voting And Absentee Numbers

Vote-by-mail election a success

April 28, 2011

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s first vote-by-mail election was a success.

Vote-by-mail election a success

April 28, 2011

West Virginia’s first vote-by-mail election was a success.

Study shows public workers could earn more in private sector

April 28, 2011

The average state and local government worker in West Virginia makes about $3,000 more a year in salary and benefits than the average private sector worker, a new study has found.

Quest for Governor’s Job Heats Up

April 26, 2011

Mounting job losses, billions in outstanding pension debt and other post-retirement benefits, and a booming Marcellus Shale natural gas industry - all are issues awaiting West Virginia's next governor when he or she takes office later this year.

Campaign trails: NRA endorses Tomblin in special election primary; Perdue releases video

April 26, 2011

NRA ENDORSES TOMBLIN: The National Rifle Association has endorsed Earl Ray Tomblin in the May 14 special gubernatorial primary elections, Tomblin's campaign announced Monday.

Early voting for WV governor primary starts Friday

April 25, 2011

Early voting for the May 14 special gubernatorial election begins Friday and continues through May 11.

Meetings planned to discuss redistricting

April 22, 2011

It's almost certain West Virginia's congressional, state senate and house of delegates districts will be realigned.

Unemployment rate drops

April 12, 2011

West Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped one-half of a percentage point to 9.7 percent in March.

Perdue holds town hall meeting

April 12, 2011

State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Perdue held a town hall meeting Monday at the Wood County Senior Center to address the issue of ever-increasing utility rates.

Natalie Tennant: Invest in Main Street

April 10, 2011

Take a walk down Capitol Street here in Charleston and it's clear -- small businesses are the backbone of our economy. The same is true in towns and cities across our state. But did you know that fully 97 percent of West Virginia companies are classified as small businesses?

Union supporters rally at Capitol

April 10, 2011

About 400 union members and supporters gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Sunday afternoon, to reiterate their support for state workers in Wisconsin and Ohio.

W.Va. tax revenues resuming pre-recession growth

April 10, 2011

West Virginia officials are confident the budget year will end with a surplus and believe general tax revenues offer crucial evidence that the state has nearly climbed out of the recession.

Effects of labor on election unclear

April 10, 2011

With a month to go before the May 14 primary, a big question in the Democratic field is how much the unions can do for their chosen candidate for governor, House Speaker Rick Thompson, and how much Thompson can do for the unions if he wins.

Ethics panel studies potential loopholes in new lobby law

April 7, 2011

West Virginia's new ethics law hasn't yet kicked in, but some members of the state Ethics Commission are already worried it has loopholes.

GOP candidate Clark: State's image can be improved

April 7, 2011

Gubernatorial candidate Ralph William Clark said he believes improving West Virginia starts first with improving its image.

Mattox: Loss of fees doesn’t hurt highways

April 8, 2011

Sacrificing some $40 million from the higher motor vehicles fees envisioned by the Legislature doesn’t hurt the Division of Highways since the money was never anticipated in the first place, Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox insisted Thursday.

Tomblin leads Democratic primary in internal polls

April 8, 2011

Two separate internal polls show Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin with a lead in the special primary for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Manchin's pay freeze may have been illegal

April 8, 2011

The Manchin administration's six-year freeze on discretionary pay raises for 22,000 public workers may have been illegal, a state circuit court judge said months before acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ended the freeze late last month.

Ireland Talks ‘Tough’

April 8, 2011

Former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland describes herself as "tough, tested and conservative."

Thompson: Legislature Needs Elected Governor

April 8, 2011

West Virginia Speaker of the House Richard Thompson believes the Legislature this year lacked the needed guidance of an elected and independent governor.

Kessler Wants Gas Money Set Aside for 'Future Fund'

April 6, 2011

West Virginia is expected to make much money from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Kessler wants the state to save a quarter of the resulting severance tax dollars for the future.

Morgantown Tests 'Vote by Mail' Ballot System

April 6, 2011

Mail in voting is something that has been around for more than a decade, but relatively unheard of on the eastern side of the country.

W.Va. Delegation To Forgo Salary During Shutdown

April 6, 2011

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Congressional delegation is vowing to give up their salaries during any federal government shutdown.

Surge in state business tax signals economic growth

April 5, 2011

West Virginia's business tax collections were up 700 percent in March compared to the same month last year, a sign that West Virginia's economy continues to improve significantly.

Thompson campaigns in area

April 5, 2011

House Speaker Rick Thompson only needed to go as far as the Guyan Country Club to rally his supporters for a gubernatorial campaign event Tuesday.

House GOP members want Tomblin to address spending transparency

April 5, 2011

A group of Republican delegates, including two from Cabell County, is urging acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to place a measure that would increase transparency of state spending on the agenda for a future special session.

Lawmakers assemble redistricting game plan

April 5, 2011

West Virginians can expect public hearings and a Website to help them keep tabs and weigh in on the redrawing of the state’s legislative and congressional districts, lawmakers say.

Political notebook: State senator vows to take on 'right wing wackos'

April 5, 2011

Gubernatorial candidate and acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, was playing to his base during a Democratic Party event in Charleston over the weekend.

State Senate Redistricting Task Force appointed

April 5, 2011

Nine or 10 informational meetings will be scheduled across the state to get public input on redrawing the West Virginia Senate's district lines, state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said.

Goodwin says he has no political plans

April 5, 2011

Former U.S. Senator Carte Goodwin, D-W.Va., says he's not planning on returning to the political realm anytime soon.

Tomblin Signs Several Bills Into Legislation

April 5, 2011

As part of the recent legislative session, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed several bills Monday afternoon.

Uneven recovery, inflation fears delaying "rite of passage" for some American teenagers -- getting a driver's license

April 05, 2011

Some American teens are having to delay getting their driver’s licenses as the result of an uneven economic recovery and rising prices, a new Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company survey shows. The poll, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nationwide, surveyed 1,483 parents of driving age teens (15-19 year olds) between December 10, 2010 and January 5, 2011.

Former Senator Goodwin says no political plans

April 05, 2011

Former U.S. Senator Carte Goodwin, D-W.Va., says he's not planning on returning to the political realm anytime soon.

Governor signs several bills into law

April 04, 2011

As part of the recent legislative session, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed several bills Monday afternoon.

Congressional districts similar

April 04, 2011

West Virginia's three U.S. House members may not have to fear a radical shakeup of their congressional districts by state lawmakers.

Rockefeller: More to do editorial

April 04, 2011

Every day in towns across West Virginia, men and women leave their homes to do a hard, dirty and physically-demanding job.

Editorial: Judicial system is hurting WV

March 31, 2011

Senate Bill 307 -- legislation to establish an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia -- passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate this past legislative session. Gov. Tomblin supported this effort and encouraged passage of the bill.

Gov. debate scheduled for EP

April 03, 2011

West Virginia had the third lowest population growth in the nation from 2000 to 2010.

Campaign financed by energy and lawyers

April 03, 2011

Coal and natural gas companies, lawyers and the financial services sector are among the major donors who have helped the candidates for West Virginia governor amass more than $3.4 million, the opening round of campaign finance reports show.

New Senator reviews Session

April 03, 2011

Only until after the issues of a special gubernatorial election and the leadership in the West Virginia Senate were settled could senators get down to business, Wood County's freshman lawmaker said.

Del. Ellem supports non-partisan elections of judges

April 03, 2011

One bill that did not make it past committee in the most recent legislative session was a bill to elect judges and Supreme Court justices on a non-partisan basis.

Census shows WV slowest growing state

April 03, 2011

West Virginia had the third lowest population growth in the nation from 2000 to 2010.

Steve Roberts: W.Va. needs an intermediate court of appeals

March 24, 2011

Senate Bill 307 - legislation to establish an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia - passed overwhelmingly in the State Senate this past legislative session. Gov. Tomblin supported this effort and encouraged passage of the bill.

Redistricting on legislative website

Census Bureau releases local W.Va. data

March 24, 2011

Wheeling's population has dropped more than 9 percent since 2000, new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate.

Martinsburg, Morgantown lead growth among cities

March 24, 2011

Martinsburg and Morgantown were the only cities in West Virginia to show any significant population growth between 2000 and 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday.

Tomblin vetoes DMV fee hike bill

March 24, 2011

Calling it unconstitutional, unwise in a recession and unnecessary with a bigger yield in tax collections, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin used his veto pen Wednesday on a bill to raise $40 million for the road fund via higher vehicle fees.

Tomblin vetoes DMV fees

March 23, 2011

Tomblin vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have raised Department of Motor Vehicles fees by $43 million a year.

Important deadlines in the upcoming special governor’s election

March 22, 2011

Voters in southern West Virginia will have to make a decision relatively soon regarding who should be the Mountain State’s next governor. And they will have plenty of choices. Eight Republican candidates are vying for the state’s top post, along with six Democrats.

McGraw busy after appeals revisions

March 22, 2011

The number of criminal appeals being fought by state Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office has risen sharply because of new rules put in place by the state Supreme Court.

Lawmakers to tackle redistricting

March 22, 2011

Listening to the public could prove as important as harnessing the latest technology to redraw West Virginia’s congressional and legislative districts, one of the Legislature’s in-house redistricting experts advised lawmakers last week

Lawsuit alleges Tomblin overacting as governor

March 22, 2011

A filing received by the West Virginia Supreme Court Friday alleges that “acting as governor” Earl Ray Tomblin has exceeded the constitutional bounds of his position.

Legislators talk about redistricting

March 22, 2011

Early indications seem to point to Wood County seeing little, if any change from the redrawing of West Virginia's congressional and legislative districts, local legislators said.

Importance of open government must always be in front of public

March 18, 2011

Since 2005, news agencies around the country have observed Sunshine Week as a way to promote the importance of open government. This year’s observation is taking place this week, March 13-19.

Tomblin: Inaction a let down

March 18, 2011

Seeing "great potential" in West Virginia's Marcellus Shale seam, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Wednesday expressed his disappointment in the Legislature's failure to pass regulation about the drilling.

Huntington gets OK for new taxes

March 18, 2011

The city of Huntington has received permission to impose two new kinds of taxes, a move that will increase its revenues by an estimated $3.5 million next year.

Lawmakers draw daily pay for week of little action

March 18, 2011

West Virginia lawmakers appear ready to pass a state budget today and, after two months in the Capitol, finally leave town.

House, Senate conferees wrap up state budget work

March 17, 2011

House and Senate budget conferees completed work on the 2011-12 state budget bill (HB2012) Thursday evening -- a bill that designates how state agencies are to spend a total of more than $11 billion for the budget year that begins July 1.

Union, Chamber leaders at odds over session

March 17, 2011

The head of the state's largest labor organization had harsh words Wednesday for the president of the state Chamber of Commerce.

Campaign trails: Group backs Thompson as W.Va. governor

March 17, 2011

The West Virginia Education Association's Political Action Committee has endorsed House Speaker Rick Thompson, D, in the special gubernatorial election.

Study flunks W.Va. for online government transparency

March 16, 2011

A watchdog group has given West Virginia a failing grade for the transparency of its state government spending.

Teachers unions support House speaker

March 16, 2011

House Speaker Rick Thompson scored the endorsements of the state's two teachers unions on Tuesday.

Public finance campaign supporters worried about pilot program

March 15, 2011

Supporters of publicly financed judicial races are worried West Virginia won't have enough money for a pilot program meant to reduce the influence of special interests in state Supreme Court elections.

Tomblin won't call special session

March 15, 2011

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he does not plan to call a special session of the Legislature to address key bills that died on Saturday at the end of the 2011 regular session.

Lawmakers agree to strengthen ethics law after long disagreement

March 13, 2011

West Virginia’s ethics law is making room for a few more teeth.

Legislators hike motor vehicle fees to help highway account

March 13, 2011

Driving a motor vehicle in West Virginia is going to become a little more costly.

Statehouse beat: House ends up in chaos

March 13, 2011

What a long, strange session it was: Beginning with an unprecedented constitutional crisis (potentially still to be resolved in court) over the leadership of the Senate in President Earl Ray Tomblin's self-imposed exile, and ending with the House of Delegates in melt-down mode last week.

WV legislative activity from "final night"

March 13, 2011

The following is a summary of some of the legislative activity from Saturday's "final night" session of the WV State Legislature, as reported by the Associated Press.

Senate, House Blame Each Other for Failed Bills

March 14, 2011

State lawmakers ended the 2011 legislative session Saturday without passing major bills concerning volunteer fire departments, Marcellus shale regulations and erasing $8 billion in potential debt, and leaders in the House of Delegates and Senate pointed the blame at each other.

Officials lament session results

March 14, 2011

Leaders in the House of Delegates are looking back on the just-ended legislative session and re-evaluating some missed opportunities.

Legislature wraps up session

March 14, 2011

Concerns with how the succession of governor would be handled and its aftermath ended up having an impact on the whole regular session of the West Virginia Legislature.

Lawmakers end session on mixed note

March 13, 2011

The West Virginia Legislature ended one of the most unusual sessions ever with plenty of tension to go around.

4:30 p.m.: West Virginia Legislature approves pay raises

March 12, 2011

West Virginia's teachers, elected judiciary and other state employees have won pay raises from the Legislature.

GOP delegate slows House business to a crawl

March 10, 2011

A session of simmering resentment among House Republicans boiled over Thursday, when Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, demanded that all bills on third reading in the House be read in their entirety -- a move that slowed business in the House to a crawl.

Committee recommends business court for W.Va.

March 9, 2011

The state Supreme Court is being encouraged to create a new system to consider all business-related lawsuits in West Virginia.

New court proposals are thoroughly appealing

March 11, 2011

The initiation of a feasibility study for a business court and the establishment of an intermediate appellate court were two of the more attractive recommendations made by Gov. Joe Manchin's Independent Commission on Judicial Reform.

Editorial: Creating an appellate court is a good step for state

March 6, 2011

A proposal aimed at improving West Virginia's "judicial hellhole" image moves to the House of Delegates this week

Senate Bill 608

March 1, 2011

The legislation to increase West Virginia DMV fees (SB 608) was approved yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee and is poised for passage in the full Senate later today. The bill was quickly approved yesterday on a unanimous vote with minimal discussion.

Senate Finance endorses W.Va. DMV fee hikes

March 1, 2011

West Virginians would see drivers license and motor vehicle fees jump by more than $39 million a year under a measure meant to boost State Road Fund revenues.

Bills on DMV fees, U.S. 35 tolls advance

March 1, 2011

Bills on DMV fees, U.S. 35 tolls advance

DMV Fees Could be Going up

March 1, 2011

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would raise about two dozen fees charged by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Firefighters Hope Tomblin Addresses Workers' Comp

February 2, 2011

Members of the West Virginia Firefighters Association say Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin promised to deal with the looming workers' compensation problem at a meeting in his office Wednesday.

GOP: Capito won't run for governor

January 27, 2011

Despite recent polling numbers that show she would defeat any challenger for West Virginia’s highest office in an October special election, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is staying put.

W.Va. Senate panel approves June 20 primary

January 27, 2011

West Virginia took a first step Thursday toward holding a special June 20 primary for governor, after the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the measure.

Debate centers on June primary

January 26, 2011

Conventions to choose nominees for governor will disenfranchise those unable to go, the chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party said.

Business Leaders Discuss W.Va. Workforce Needs

January 26, 2011

Business leaders gathered in Fairmont to discuss the future of West Virginia's workforce.

Some senators still may seek court opinion on new rules

January 25, 2011

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin briefly presided over the Senate Friday, but it wasn’t enough to quell critics who say he should come back to the Senate full time.

EP legislators to caucus on Mondays

January 19, 2011

Area legislators on Monday resumed their weekly Eastern Panhandle caucus meetings, which give policymakers an opportunity to focus on issues of local and regional importance.

Tomblin begins to work on Special election

January 19, 2011

Tomblin says he will begin to work with legislative leaders and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to finalize the process for having two special elections -- a primary and general -- for the office of governor this year.

New Name for WV Insurance Co

January 19, 2011

Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield has a new name that reflects its partnership with Highmark Inc.

New Election by 11-15-2011

January 18, 2011

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to set a statewide election for governor no later than Nov. 15.

Validity of first passed piece of legislation questioned

January 18, 2011

A bill to correct an inadvertent error in a 2010 law to fast-track parole hearings (HB2001) passed the Senate Tuesday on a 32-0 vote -- setting up a precedent vote Wednesday to see if the House will accept bills passed by the Senate, as currently configured, this session.

Tomblin appoints new public officials

January 18, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin continued to fill out his administration Tuesday, tapping a former tax commissioner for his Cabinet while moving a lottery official to oversee liquor regulations.

W.Va. town questions legality of mayor-legislator

January 14, 2011

Vienna City Council is questioning the legality of Mayor David Nohe also serving in the Legislature.

Ethics bill clears House Judiciary

January 14, 2011

A bill that would toughen the state's ethics laws cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Kanawha delegate to introduce legislation for special election

January 14, 2011

Delegate Patrick Lane said he will introduce legislation in the coming days calling for a special gubernatorial election.

Confusion in Senate continues

January 14, 2011

The controversy over the leadership of the state Senate didn't end Thursday and likely won't until the state Supreme Court weighs in.

Vienna council discusses Nohe’s role

January 14, 2011

Vienna City Council continues to wait for an opinion from the attorney general on the legality of Mayor David Nohe also serving as a state senator.

State of the State

January 13, 2011

Declaring that West Virginaia is poised to gain economic ground in the Great Recession's wake, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin detailed a legislative agenda Wednesday focusing on jobs, education and the state's natural resources.

State of the State

January 13, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promised “the dawning of a new era” in West Virginia, using his first State of the State message Wednesday to pledge his effort to help businesses grow, improve education, mine coal safely and keep paying off debts without tax hikes.

Statehouse leaders discuss agenda

January 11, 2011

Four key legislative leaders agree that the state is at a particularly historic turning point, but hope the current debate over who should be governor and when doesn't stop the Legislature from acting on other important issues.

Court hears case for governor vote

January 11, 2011

Members of West Virginia's Supreme Court questioned Tuesday whether ordering a special election for governor this year would violate the constitutional separation of powers and intrude upon a duty of the Legislature.

Arguments heard by justices in election case

January 11, 2011

Members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court questioned Tuesday whether ordering a special election for governor this year would violate the constitutional separation of powers and intrude upon a duty of the Legislature.

Justices consider next election for governor

January 11, 2011

State Supreme Court justices heard proposals Tuesday for a timeline for an election to pick a new governor, but gave little indication of what their decision will ultimately be.

Chafin warns of constitutional crisis in political shuffle

January 11, 2011

If a predicted reshuffling of the leadership deck in Charleston become a reality Wednesday, it will create a constitutional crisis for the Mountain State, according to current Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin.

Power shift: Lawmakers must work toward unity

January 11, 2011

These are confusing times in the West Virginia Legislature. A power struggle that is pitting lawmakers from the deep south coalfield counties of southern West Virginia against those living in the northern end of the state is prompting concern — and rightfully so.

Kessler defends leadership shake-up in Charleston

January 11, 2011

Sen. Jeff Kessler doesn’t view the leadership shake-up in Charleston as a power struggle between the deep south counties and northern West Virginia.

Lawmakers to try anti-texting law again

January 10, 2011

Legislators will take another swing during the upcoming session to pass legislation to prohibit drivers from texting on cell phones.

Bill to regulate Marcellus Shale advances out of interims

January 10, 2011

A contentious draft bill to impose new regulations and higher fees for drilling for natural gas into the Marcellus shale fields advanced out of a legislative interim committee Monday -- but without a recommendation for its passage.

Senate shakeup to affect old bills

January 10, 2011

The shakeup in the state Senate could change the fate of ethics legislation that died there last year.

Manchin embarks on tour of state

January 10, 2011

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has embarked on a statewide tour to hear what West Virginians want out of the federal government.

West Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates weigh in on future

January 8, 2011

Five potential candidates say whoever is elected West Virginia's next governor faces a grim term in office.

Chafin slams plan for W.Va. Senate leadership change

January 7, 2011

Recent news out of Charleston concerning a reshuffling of the leadership deck in the state senate may be a little premature according to State Senator H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, the Senate majority leader. Chafin is a 28-year veteran state senator from William-son who has served as Senate majority leader for more than two decades.

EP Delegation calls for special election of governor’s vacancy

January 7, 2011

The consensus among Republican state delegates representing the tri-county is that a special election absolutely is needed to replace former Gov. Joe Manchin, who left when he was elected to fill the unexpired term of late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Senate leaders hope to help state in new roles

January 7, 2011

Kanawha County's four state senators hope that their new leadership positions in the Senate will be a benefit not just for the county, but the entire state as well.

Tomblin seeks lieutenant governor for W.Va.

January 7, 2011

West Virginia could soon have the position of lieutenant governor to help determine gubernatorial succession if the governor needs to leave office before his term is up.

Sen. Prezioso sure to make presence known as Finance Committee chairman

January 7, 2011

Soon after Roman Prezioso was first elected to the West Virginia Senate back in 1997, he established as one of his personal goals attaining a major chairmanship in that body.

Prezioso gets powerful new post

January 6, 2011

When the Legislature reconvenes next week, state Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, will have a powerful new post as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Snyder is tapped for Senate post

January 6, 2011

State Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, has been named chairman of the important Senate Government Organization Committee.

Officials: Redistricting means significant gains for Panhandle

January 6, 2011

Eastern Panhandle residents stand to gain considerable representation in Charleston - in both the Senate and House of Delegates - as state redistricting work gets under way later this year, legislators said Wednesday.

Redistricting likely to be done in summer

January 6, 2011

While it is likely the Eastern Panhandle will gain legislators in the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, redistricting will not occur until a special summer session for the Legislature.

High Court to hear election's case

January 6, 2011

The state Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear two hours of oral arguments in the contentious and politically charged fight over when West Virginians should elect the state's next governor.

Supreme Court to hear special election arguments

January 6, 2011

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments on whether the state should hold a special election for the vacancy in the office of governor.

Tomblin says state needs a lieutenant governor

January 6, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin believes West Virginia should elect a lieutenant governor to take over when its chief executive departs.

Tomblin suggests lieutenant governor

January 6, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday he wants West Virginia’s constitution amended so an elected lieutenant governor takes over when its chief executive departs.

Tomblin pitches lieutenant governor proposal

January 6, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday he wants an amendment to the state constitution to provide for an elected lieutenant governor.

Tomblin: Outlook good for W.Va

January 6, 2011

West Virginia's acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin assured those attending Wednesday's Legislative Preview Luncheon that there will be no new tax increases, no layoffs of state employees and no programs shut down in 2011 because of the fiscal responsibility of previous Legislatures.

Chamber wants district, court changes

January 6, 2011

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce released its recommendations for the upcoming legislative session Thursday, calling on lawmakers to create single-member legislative districts and an intermediate court of appeals.

Key groups don't foresee big shift in Senate

December 30, 2010

Leaders of the state's largest labor and business lobbying groups don't think the leadership shakeup in the state Senate will lead to major changes in influence for either side.

WV revenues strong at mid-point of budget year

January 5, 2011

West Virginia has had its eighth straight month of better-than-expected tax collections, providing further evidence of a rebounding state economy.

Leaders break bread, silence

January 5, 2011

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ended a long silence with House Speaker Rick Thompson on Tuesday to talk about the state budget.

Snyder looking forward to year

January 5, 2011

The first regular session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature begins at noon Jan. 12, and state senators and delegates face some pressing issues as well as some unique circumstances in the 147 years of the state.

Unger ‘humbled’ by appointment to post

January 5, 2011

Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said he was honored and humbled for being picked to be the West Virginia Senate's majority leader when the body convenes next Wednesday for the beginning of its regular session.

Senate's new leader picks team

January 5, 2011

Incoming acting Senate President Jeff Kessler will be bringing some new faces into the Senate's top leadership team.

Kessler assembles leadership team for state Senate

January 4, 2011

Poised to be elected to the new position of acting Senate president next week, state Sen. Jeff Kessler on Tuesday announced his leadership team for the 2011 regular session.



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