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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.



Political Tidbits…100 days away

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

100 days to sway the undecided…hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by Obama and Romney on uncommitted voters in a few states…in WV Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney got ahead of the 100 days…he started statewide TV ads last week…fund raising must have picked up…or watch for another big personal check…he spent $2 million in personal funds in the special election.

A new element has been introduced in the WV Governor’s race…Charlotte Pritt…for those new to the political news here…she served as a State Senator…House of Delegates member…and now leads the Mountain Party…and is the only person to ever beat US Senator Joe Manchin in an election…that was the 1996 Democratic gubernatorial primary…Cecil Underwood defeated Pritt that Fall…a campaign I managed…and it was no picnic…as a Libertarian Wallace Johnson took votes from Underwood…in the end Underwood won with 51.6% to Pritt 45.8% and Johnson 2.6%.

This becomes an important developmentfor the both candidate Maloney and Governor Tomblin…the Democrat…Pritt’ s Mountain Party candidate may be able to pull liberal votes from both parties…if there are any in the GOP…creating another close Governor’s election…expect liberal Democrats are already upset with Tomblin…since he will not attend the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte.

State GOP is preparing for its convention in Beckley August 4th…delegates are expected from across the State…plus the State Executive Committee will hold its first meeting under the leadership of Conrad Lucas as the new Chair…he has been busy setting the stage for the 2012 election, raising funds and putting a Team in place…which includes a new Victory Director…Wendy McCuskey one of the best political minds I have met in years…Rob Cornelius will help with Legislative races and media.

In case you missed it…the 2012 presidential debate schedule was announced last week…there will be three…plus a VP debate…Domestic Policy will the topic on October 3rd in Denver…October 16th the candidates will be in Hempstead, NY to debate Foreign and domestic matters…the final debate is October 22nd on Foreign policy in Boca Raton, FL…the VP debate will be October 11th in Danville, KY.

DOWN ON THE FARM…a surprise endorsement of Kent Leonhardt for Agriculture Commissioner…provided by WV Farm Bureau…observers expected longtime Sen. Walt Helmick to be the favorite son…he had supported farm issues in the Legislature…and has been supported by Mike Teets…who got the 2008 endorsement over incumbent  Ag Commissioner Gus Douglass.

No word when the Democrat Jefferson Jackson Day dinner will be rescheduled…it was cancelled due to the storm that hit the State in July.

Republicans are preparing for Tampa…Party Chair Conrad Lucas has named Bill Phillips as Delegation Chair…others set to serve on Committees include Tom O’Neill and Charlotte Lane CredentialsRules Committee Donna Gosney and Bill PhillipsLucas will have a seat on Resolutions…Senator Donna Boley and Delegate Bob Ashley on the Permanent Organization.

Life after the Presidency…an interview with former President George W. Bush…courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center…click here to view.

Purpose of this blog is to keep political developments and news flowing to both Democrats and Republicans…Democrats send along your Tidbits.

Now facts of interest to workers of both parties…Gallup reported 39% of Democrats say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, down from the summer of 2004 (68%) and 2008 (61%)…Republicans (51%) are more enthusiastic than in 2008 (35%) but the same as in 2004 (51%).

Back to the undecided voters…A Washington Post and ABC News polling in recent days…shows there are fewer genuinely undecided voters in the 2012 election campaign…than in any of the last three elections.

Who Has The Money?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Political races are often determined by who has the money – but not always.

The most watched statewide primary campaign is who Democrats will nominate as their candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture.  At least is receiving more than normal attention in the Charleston newspapers.

So let’s take a look at the last pre-primary financial reports that were due in the Secretary of State’s office yesterday.  We will then provide the reports filed by the most likely winners of the gubernatorial campaigns.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Walt Helmick

Joe Messineo

Steve Miller

Sally Shepherd

Bob Tabb


Bill Maloney

Earl Ray Tomblin

If you want to see every pre-primary financial report filed across the state click here.


Governor’s Money Chase

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The 2012 Governor’s race is officially underway.  Just moments ago candidates filed their first primary election finance reports.  In politics the money chase often tells who is in the lead.  This may not be the case this time with candidate Bill Maloney having put $2 million of his personal funds in the 2011 special election.  However, Governor Tomblin has raised more money than Maloney at this point.

Ralph William Clark filed his report and is opposing Maloney in the May 8th primary.  Arne Moltis who is running against Governor Tomblin has yet to file.

Copies of the reports are here for you to review.


Earl Ray Tomblin


Ralph William Clark

Bill Maloney

Maloney Files Pre-Candidacy

Monday, November 28th, 2011

This morning Bill Maloney filed pre-candidacy paperwork for Governor with the Secretary of State.  A full disclosure of candidacy will occur when candidates file for office in West Virginia starting January 9th ending on January 29th.