Archive for the ‘WV Senate Race 2010’ Category

Legislature Passes Senatorial Succession Bill

Monday, July 19th, 2010

After five days the Legislature has passed the bill to allow a special election to select a successor to U. S. Senator Byrd.  Details yet available.

Special Session on Byrd Seat at Impasse

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The Associated Press is reporting a special election for the Byrd U. S. Senate Seat is in doubt.

Shelley’s Weekend Plans

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito spoke with National Review about her plans for the weekend.  She appears to be taking a serious look at becoming a candidate for the U. S. Senate.  The interview will give phillipsbillboard readers a look at how she is approaching this serious decision.

Washington’s Senate Take This Morning

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Insiders in Washington read The Fix even before coffee.  Its focus again this morning is the WV Senate Race.  Phillipsbillboard readers will want to see today’s take.  With the state Legislature yet to weight in who knows what Friday will bring?

Governor Releases Succession Legislation

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Governor Manchin’s office just release the fine print for the special session of the Legislature on succession.  With the interest being shown by West Virginia voters phillipsbillboard decided to post all the background released minutes ago.

July 13, 2010

Governor Releases Legislation for the Upcoming Special Session
The governor will make an U.S. Senate appointment by 5 p.m. Friday 

Contact: Sara Payne Scarbro, 304-558-2000 or

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today released the special session legislation, which will clarify the state code on the succession process for the vacant senate seat left due to the passing of longtime U.S. Senator, Robert C. Byrd.  

The Governor’s legislation coincides with the West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s statement last week, which stated the Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives the governor the authority to call a special primary and special general election to coincide with the regular general election this November. The legislation also includes a provision to require the state to pay for the entire costs of both special elections.

“The governor’s bill is very simple,” Jim Pitrolo, Manchin’s director of legislative affairs and policy, said. “We are taking the Attorney General’s opinion and clarifying state code so there can be no doubt as to how the law should be interpreted.  This bill would merely clarify the state code so that there is no question that we could have a special primary and special general election.”

If the legislation is passed, then the governor can proclaim an election this November to fill the U.S. Senate seat, which would include a special primary election, probably to be held in August or September.

“We are releasing the bill to legislators and the public today for discussion and comment,” the governor said. “Releasing the bill early should give legislators enough time to give it a full and thorough review. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant informs us that absolutely every day counts if we are going to be able to have a special primary election.”

There are various election deadlines, some that are in federal law and cannot be waived, that the state must follow in order to hold a valid special election that includes a primary. The governor and the secretary of state have been meeting with a bipartisan group of county clerks to outline the process for a special primary and special general election.

“If we wait too long, all West Virginians will not be able to select their party nominee at the polls, and we would be forced to utilize a party convention or other form of candidate selection to choose nominees for the election. Because of this, Gov. Manchin will ask the Legislature to consider suspending its rule that a bill must be read on three separate days so that the legislation can go into effect quickly and the state can begin preparing for a special primary,” Pitrolo explained.

Gov. Manchin will call the Legislature into special session to consider the legislation starting noon Thursday, July 15. In addition, The governor is expected to make an appointment, to fill the seat temporarily, by 5 p.m. this Friday.

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The Fix

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Across the nation the process and politics to send another West Virginian to the United States Senate is receiving  attention.  The Fix, a Washington Post Political News and Analysis column is one of the most interesting.

Democrat and Republican operatives as well as West Virginia voters will find this fascinating.  The members of the Legislature may be in for the most usual special session ever.

Manchin To Announce Intentions

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Governor Joe Manchin told POLITICO in Boston he will announce his intentions about entering the Senate race on Monday.  Manchin says only “procedural” matters regarding who would become governor were he to vacate the position remain.

He is attending the National Governor’s Association annual summer meeting.

Manchin’s Legal Counsel Issues Statement

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Governor’s Legal Counsel has issued a statement advising the Governor to call a special session of the Legislature next week to address the issue of succession.  The statement is below.


Statement from the Governor’s Legal Counsel Jonathan Deem regarding the need for a special session to address succession:

Contact: Sara Payne Scarbro,
“I am advising the Governor, in light of the varying opinions on the succession law, to call a special session of the Legislature next week to address the issue.
“I’ve received dozens of calls this week from lawyers volunteering their time and opinions on this subject.  I’ve spoken with lawyers from Charleston, New York, Washington D.C., past colleagues and friends.
“No two lawyers agree on when the election may take place or how the process should be handled.

“It is especially clear to me, now that the Attorney General has officially said that he disagrees with the Secretary of State, that the only way to finally put this issue to rest is for the Governor to call a special session.

“If the Legislature does not clarify its intent, the State risks a legal challenge that would undermine or delay the ability of the people to vote in an election.

“The Attorney General graciously agreed, in his opinion to the Governor, to work with the other officers of the Executive Branch and the Legislature to address these issues.  The State should take him up on that offer as soon as reasonably possible.”

Manchin Capito Matchup In Senate Race

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Rasmussen Reports conducted a telephone survey of Likely Voters in West Virginia Thursday night.  Governor Manchin is matched with two potential Republican opponents.

Click the link above for the results.