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Political Valley

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

As you can see there is a divide in the way the newspapers in “political valley” look at various races.  The WV Press Association has pushed this week as Endorsement Week.  As a result it is easier for voters to compare the opinions of newspaper editorial boards.  They are to be commended for taking this action.  Earlier this week we carried other endorsement editorials & news.  Go to PHILLIPSBILLBOARD to read.   Click on the headline to read the full story.

Endorsements show wide-ranging opinions

The WV Press Association

What’s your opinion on the status of politics in West Virginia?  It’s a state with a Democratic voting majority that has voted Republican in the last three presidential elections.  Political opinions can clearly shift in the Mountain State.

Ag commissioner

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

The state Department of Agriculture has a budget of $65 million a year and a staff of more than 350 people.  For 44 of the last 48 years Democrat Gus Douglass has been its commissioner.

Chafin, Davis

Editorial [The Charleston Gazette]

A long stretch of West Virginia’s future hinges on one portion of the Nov. 6 election ballot, which will fill tow 12 year-tem on the state Supreme Court.  The winners will help set Mountain State legal precedents affecting all aspects of life.

Tomblin: Governor choice

Editorial [The Charleston Gazette]

We wish Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin were more loyal to the Democratic Party and willing to support President Obama for a second term in the White House. However, in the Nov. 6 election, voters must choose among names on the gubernatorial ballot. The Republican nominee is so unpalatable that we have no choice but to back Tomblin.


Editorial [The Charleston Gazette] 

Since he first became West Virginia’s attorney general in 1993, Darrell McGraw has won more than $2 billion for the state, mostly from dubious operators who violated state consumer laws. 


Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail] 

The governor’s race only seems like it’s between Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney.  It should be about the elephant in the room.

Attorney general

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

The attorney general is one of the most powerful elected officials in the state.  Darrell McGraw has occupied that position for 20 long years.

Supreme Court

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

West Virginia has a reputation for a prickly legal climate.  That perception developed in part because of legislative decisions, in part from how the attorney general has used his office, and in part because some State Supreme Court justices were not committed to fairness.


Huge out-of-state spending in West Virginia attorney general’s race

By Ry Rivard

A conservative, anti-regulation group is spending $1.6 million to try to defeat Democrat Attorney General Darrell McGraw, according to West Virginia Secretary of State records.

TV attack ads for 3rd District spill into Charleston

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Although they can’t vote in the race for 3rd Congressional District, Kanawha Valley residents have heard a lot about Rep. Nick Rahall and Republican Rick Snuffer lately. 

Ryan Here Saturday

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold a rally Saturday at Valley View Campgrounds near Morristown.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the event at noon. The venue is located at 43523 National Road, near the Jamboree In The Hills site.

To RSVP and receive a ticket, visit or go to the Steubenville Victory Center, 100 Mall Drive B-8, Steubenville.


Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Political news and endorsements have increased this week.  I will share a few to assist readers who are not in the “political valley” keep up.   Click on the headline to read full story.

U. S. Senate

W.Va. needs to change the Senate; Republican John Raese would

The Charleston Daily Mail

The U.S. Senate race between former legislator, secretary of state and Gov. Joe Manchin and his Republican challenger, John Raese, presents a painful choice for many West Virginians. 

Political ad may spark lawsuit

By Zack Harold [Daily Mail Staff]

State Sen. Walt Helmick’ s campaign for state agriculture commissioner last week threatened legal action against Suddenlink Communications if the cable company continued running a Republican-sponsored ad against him.

Republicans Making a Comeback

By Mike Myer [The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register]

I don’t belong to an organized political party, goes the old joke – I’m a Democrat. For some time in West Virginia, that would have been more appropriate for Republicans.

Congress: 2nd District

The Charleston Mail

Republican Shelley Moore Capito works hard and with all people

Few members of Congress are as hard working and effective as Republican Shelley Moore Capito has been.

Romney is clearly the best choice

The Inter-Mountain

Before casting your vote in the election for president, ask yourself two questions:

First, is the United States better off today than four years ago? Even more important, will you be better off four years from now?

State treasurer

The Charleston Daily Mail

Republican Mike Hall would be a distinct asset in this position

THE state Treasurer’s Office runs a $13 billion banking operation, a program that lets people save for children’s education; and a division that connects people with unclaimed property.

Manchin, Baber discuss mountaintop mining, redistricting after Raese walkout

By Eric Eyre [The Charleston Gazette]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber told Gazette editors Friday that they support expanding West Virginia’s renewable energy portfolio, but they also said the state can’t abandon coal.

Democrat voter base in decline

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Though still in the majority statewide, West Virginia Democrats have seen their ranks erode over the last four years as independents have gained force.

Editorial: Tomblin has proven during tenure he’s best choice to lead the state

The Herald-Dispatch

The past 24 months have been busy ones for West Virginia politics and Earl Ray Tomblin. 

Maloney tax plans tangled

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

The Republican candidate for governor said he wants to amend the state constitution to eliminate a key tax on businesses and give local governments more authority to come up with their own taxes.

Manchin:  Only Choice

The Charleston Gazette 

As we’ve said before, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is partly a DINO (Democrat in name only). He stands with Republicans on some major issues — in contrast to West Virginia’s senior senator, Jay Rockefeller. Manchin won’t even say whether he will vote for Democratic President Obama, and he refused to attend the Democratic National Convention, to avoid identification with the national ticket.

Your Decision

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

[Editor’s Explanation: I quickly learned reviewing the daily newspapers across the state was overwhelming in my quest to provide statewide political news.  I appreciate the response from those outside the “political valley” and will work to provide coverage of significant stories.]

Last evening the 2012 gubernatorial candidates [Governor Tomblin & Bill Maloney] participated in an hour long debate.  The Associated Press which normally provides media coverage to its clients without state capitol based reporters decided not to cover the debate.  The sponsors I believe unfairly would not allow photographers and reporters to cover the debate in the same room as the candidates and permitted only video coverage of the event. The other two candidates whose names will appear on the ballot were excluded.  Hopefully, the stories below will give PHILLIPSBILLBOARD readers a feel of the debate.  The sponsors were the WV Broadcasters Association and the AARP.

Click on the headline to read the full story.

Tomblin, Maloney stand their ground during debate

By Ann Ali [Senior Political Reporter, The State Journal]

After an hour of debate between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and is Republican challenger Bill Maloney, there wasn’t a whole lot of new ground to cover.

Tomblin, Maloney go at it in debate

By Phil Kabler [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

Charleston, WV – In the only debate of their rematch campaign for governor, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stressed his steady leadership and fiscal responsibility, while Republican Bill Maloney argued that West Virginia has lost jobs and economic opportunities during Tomblin’ s 37 years in state politics.

Tomblin, Maloney square off in first and only debate this year

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Charleston, WV – Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney went toe-to-toe Tuesday night in the year’s first and only televised gubernatorial debate.




Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Again WV candidates are at the post.  Ry Rivard [Capitol Reporter for Daily Mail] has provided a snapshot of the political races just as the gate opens on these horse races.  Many PhillipsBillBoard readers and political junkies may not see his Charleston Daily Mail piece.  It is provided here to keep our readers updated.

A Day

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

A day is a year in politics the old saying goes.   In a post just yesterday I made note that I thought dropping Biden and putting Hillary on the ticket would be a game changer in West Virginia.  Today (thanks to a tip from my friend Tom O’Neill) I learned the Weekly Standard has two blog posts related to the future of the Obama/Biden ticket.

Earlier this morning they called attention to the President’s schedule.  It shows an Oval Office meeting with the Vice President and the Secretary of State.  This is followed by a luncheon meeting attended only by the President and Vice President.  See the post here.  Inside that blog is another link you should read.

It gets more curious in another post just past noon Weekly Standard David Axelrod “won’t rule out Biden being dropped”.  Read here.

Obama did not offer an apology or scolding for Biden’s remarks in a People magazine exclusive.  In Washington speak that could mean a dark future for Biden but an even tighter presidential race in West Virginia.

Morning After

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The real fallout from the SOTUS ruling yesterday will be political…at least for now.  Many readers are politically active or more than causal observers of the game.  To provide a feel for the current political fallout I have clipped some pieces from POLITICOS morning newsletter.

SNEAK PEEK – RNC DAY 2 MESSAGING PLAN: The Republican National Committee is holding a 9 a.m. call with Governors Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell and then a Spanish speaking call at 10 a.m. with Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Quico Canseco. They are also releasing a web video highlighting Obama’s promises that Obamacare wasn’t a tax while SCOTUS upheld it as a tax: And they are moving this research piece to highlight the continuing unpopularity of Obamarecare: The RNC will also continue the #FullRepeal hashtag.

DOWN-BALLOT DEMOCRATS IN RED AND PURPLE STATES COULD GET SCREWED: “With Thursday’s defeat, Republicans were handed a powerful tool for motivating their base and a fresh ammo clip for use in House and Senate races across the map,” Charlie Mahtesian reports. “It removed one arrow from the Democratic quiver – the prospect of an outraged and highly motivated base – and provided a new one to the GOP by defining the mandate as a tax…The cautious and measured statements from Democratic House and Senate candidates Thursday reflected the unease about renewing a debate that ended badly for the party in November 2010. The general rule, which seemed to apply to candidates in both parties, was the more competitive the race, the more tempered the response. That meant no touchdown dance for many Democratic Senate candidates – even for former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in Virginia.”

OBAMA LOOKS LIKE A WINNER: “The decision also will give the president a fresh opportunity to try to win the political argument over the law, or at least do a better job of trying to sway a skeptical electorate than he and his team have done since the measure was enacted,” Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post. “For Obama, the elation that he and his advisers may have felt Thursday could quickly dissipate if more bad economic news occurs. It is a long time until November, and the economy, domestically and internationally, remains extremely fragile.”

WHAT IT MEANS FOR NOVEMBER WON’T BE CLEAR FOR WEEKS: “Over the next six weeks or so, health care will be an unpredictable race within a race,” Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman write. “For Mitt Romney, who had every reason to expect the conservative high court to strike down at least a big part of the law, the decision requires a bit of recalibration. He had hoped to portray a full or partial repeal as evidence Obama squandered the trust of the American electorate by wasting two years…[That] will take a back seat to a more generic GOP assault on the law highlighting the court’s insistence that the individual mandate be legally defined as a tax – an approach more likely to appeal to the conservative base than independent voters…Views about the Affordable Care Act are baked into the political cake already, and most independents undecided about their choice this November are bored, confused, exhausted or all of the above about a law that keeps cropping up like athlete’s foot.” More: . My story with Robin Bravender on the tax messaging:



Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Charleston Daily Mail readers got an update this morning on the 2012 WV Democratic Platform from reporter Ry Rivard.  PhillipsBillboard offers readers across the state his review.  Read the full story here.


Monday, June 11th, 2012

Ry Rivard, a young enterprising Charleston Daily Mail reporter, keeps his eye on the political world in West Virginia.  Over the weekend he covered the State Democratic Convention.  Many PhillipsBillboard readers across the State are politically involved or interested.  To help keep them in the loop here is a link. Read the full story here.

Political News…4.20.12

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Gus Douglass Is Running

Ag Commissioner Gus Douglass is back in the race for this old job…when Walt Helmick called for an investigation of the Board of Risk Insurance [BRIM] over a sexual harassment suit [2008] related to Douglass and settled by BRIM…he may have gotten himself another opponent…in his quest to become Commissioner of Agriculture…Douglass is fighting back saying Helmick is ‘not qualified’…he should know having served in that office for nearly 50 yearsread the details in The Charleston Daily Mail…the most qualified candidate was Mike Teets [who nearly defeated Douglass] in 08…but Teets left the race in February…to the disbelief of his supporters and “friends”…who still wonder why.

CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth

By Erik Wasson (The Hill)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.

After five years, the CBO says the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between o.5 percent and 2.2percent.  Read the full story here.

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Supreme Court Says It’s A Go

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A cloud hanging over the 2012 congressional elections has been removed for now.  Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the District Court redistricting decision.  Blocking the January 3rd decision means the redistricting map that moved Mason County from the second district to the third district will prevail – for 2012.  Those wanting to seek election to the U. S. House of Representatives or to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention have until January28th to file.   More details may be found in the Fox News link below.