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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Yesterday was a big day in WV 2012 election.  Gubernatorial candidates faced off at The Charleston Daily Mail and US Senate candidates went at it in Eastern WV.  Here are a few clips to give you a quick update on WV political developments.  Tonight all eyes will be on Denver for the first and most important presidential debate.


(To read the full story click on the headline.)

Gubernatorial candidates draw contrasts

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Reporter]

Daily Mail Capitol Reporter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bill Maloney, the Republican candidate for governor, easily ticks off West Virginia’s problems, as he sees them.

The business climate isn’t good, the courts are lacking, the tax code needs to be reformed, the coal industry is over-regulated and West Virginia is home to one of the worst educated populations in the country.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the Democrat incumbent and veteran of the state Senate, wonders  just what Maloney plans to do about any of it.

U.S. Senate candidates square off in Shepherdstown

By Vicki Smith [The Associated Press]

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Republican John Raese’s unrelenting portrayal of incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin as anti-coal and in bed with an “anti-West Virginia” Obama administration is “ridiculous and absurd” and “a bald-faced lie,” the third-party candidate in the race said Tuesday night.

Kennedy referenced in US Senate debate in W.Va.

By The Associated Press

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Listen to the U.S. Senate debate in West Virginia, and you might think the late Sen. Edward Kennedy is still alive.

Perdue, Hall spar over campaign contributions

By Eric Eyre [The Charleston Gazette]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Republican candidate for state treasurer sharply criticized incumbent John Perdue Tuesday for accepting $28,800 in campaign contributions from at least 35 state employees who work in Perdue’s office.


Staying Updated

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Below is a collection of news from around the State.  You can read the full story you find of interest.  Just click on the headline.

Continuity VS. Change

By Phil Kabler [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made his case for re-election to a full four-year term during interviews with Gazette editors Monday, while Republican challenger Bill Maloney and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson said it is time for a change in state government.

Senate hopefuls still clash over federal deficit

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Sen. Joe Manchin and challenger John Raese agree the country is on the verge of a fiscal disaster, but the two differ sharply over how to fix the problem.

House candidates report finances

By Jess Mancini [The Parkersburg News and Sentinel]

A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 8th District is the top campaign spender so far among Wood County candidates, according to financial disclosures filed with the secretary of state.


Editorial [The Parkersburg News and Sentinel]


Registered Republicans throughout West Virginia who received automated political phone calls criticizing some of their party’s leaders recently may have spent a few moments wondering what was up.

Leonhardt presses for working together Food security is paramount

By Rachel Molenda [Journal Staff Writer, Martinsburg]

West Virginia is widely known for its coal and natural gas resources. Most people do not think about the state’s large agricultural sector. Citizens will have to consider this, however, Nov. 6 when casting their votes for the next Agriculture Commissioner. Kent Leonhardt thinks he is the candidate for the job.

Helmick prioritizes food safety, regulations

By Rachel Molenda [Journal Staff Writer, Martinsburg]

As attempts to grow West Virginia’s agricultural industry continue, voters will choose the next agriculture commissioner Nov. 6. Walt Helmick, a state senator, believes his policymaking experience makes him qualified for the position.

Both Manchin and Raese are West Virginians

By Michael Holz, [Berkeley County, Letter to Editor, The Journal, Martinsburg]

There have been a lot of false reports about John Raese’s residential status, claiming that he’s a resident of Florida and not West Virginia. The inference is that Mr. Raese is some sort of wealthy elitist who enjoys life in the Sunshine State while trying to secure political power by claiming to be a resident of West Virginia in order to run for the U.S. Senate.

Not All Voters Created Equal

By Seth Borenstein [Associated Press, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WASHINGTON (AP) – When it comes to electing the president, not all votes are created equal. And chances are yours will count less than those of a select few.

Energy interests fueling Tombin’s W.Va. gov bid

The Associated Press [The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The coal industry and other energy interests are helping to fuel West Virginia’s governor’s race, contributing both to Republican Bill Maloney and the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the latest campaign finance reports show.

Candidates, miners talk coal at rally

By Mark Webb [The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington]

Coal miner John Nelson speaks as Republicans gather for a rally on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

Manchin seeks more state sovereignty

By Curtis Johnson [The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, sits with Evelyn Swain, of Gallipolis, Ohio, in the Kennedy booth, so named because former President John F. Kennedy sat there years ago during a visit to Jim’s Spaghetti & Steak House, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, along 5th Avenue in downtown Huntington.

Thumbs down: Politicians should exempt themselves on robocalls

Opinion, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington

This week, Republicans in West Virginia are complaining about a series of Democratic “robocalls,” which they say violate the rules of the Federal Communications Commission because they did not state who was responsible for the call.

Election candidate profile

The Herald-Dispatch

The 2012 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are running profiles from candidates who have filled out our questionnaire. For answers to more questions from this candidate and others, visit Click Elections, then Local Races. If a candidate has submitted his or her profile information and questions, the candidate’s name will be a blue hyperlink to that information. Candidates’ replies appear as they were submitted and have not been edited.

Statehouse Beat:  Voter fatigue setting in

By Phil Kabler [Sunday Gazette-Mail]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Discussing the voter lethargy surrounding the 2012 election, West Virginia Wesleyan political science professor Robert Rupp remarked that you’d probably have to go back a long ways to find the last time the most interesting statewide race was for state Supreme Court.

For Romney, wealth means both freedom and a trap

By Ann Gerhart and Philip Rucker [The Washington Post]

When Mitt Romney was a young man, his father gave him direct advice: “He said never get involved in politics if you have to win election to pay a mortgage,” Romney often says. “Financial independence was key.”

Sheriff term limits up for vote again

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

West Virginia voters will once again vote on repealing a long-standing constitutional limit on the number of terms county sheriffs can hold office during this November’s general election.

Senator criticizes WVU’s lobbying efforts

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

West Virginia University’s lobbying efforts will focus on trying to curb a decline in research funding and shore up a budget facing cuts by the Tomblin administration.

Full Swing

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Blog News 9.29.12

This is PhillipsBillBoard first Blog News posting.  This has been a busy week for political news.  Thanks for sending me your ideas.  Below is a collection from around the State.   You can read the full story of those you find of interest.  Just click on the headline.  Feel free to forward the newsletter to your friends or they may sign up by clicking on Join Our Mailing List.

General elections are grueling

By Nanya Friend [Editor & publisher, Charleston Daily Mail]

You may be sick of campaign ads and speechifying, but it’s about to get worse.

 Secretary of state to critics: ‘I did my job’   

By Kate White [The Charleston Gazette]

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said voter identification laws are a hot topic, but hopes the issue won’t overshadow the strides her office has made. 

Captio, Swint a student in contrasts

By Jared Hut [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Voters in the middle slice of West Virginia can’t say they don’t have a choice for Congress.

‘Trackers’ now part of political arsenal

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

A weekend run-in between Democrat Attorney General Darrell McGraw and a Republican campaign staffer who was following him illustrates the seemingly omnipresent beings modern politicians have to deal with: trackers.

Democrats target Maloney in robocalls

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

The West Virginia Democratic Party made automated phone calls Sunday to accuse Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney and national Republican Governors Association of throwing state Republican lawmakers “under the bus”.

Raese has experience needed to improve nation

By Thomas W. Newcomer, Charles Town [Letter to Editor, The Journal, Martinsburg]

I had the opportunity to meet U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for the first time just recently. I found him very likable and an excellent politician.

GOP Files Complaint over Robocalls

By Joselyn King [Political Writer, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register]

The West Virginia Republican Party filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday alleging state Democratic leaders violated election laws with a recent automated call effort.

GOP challenger criticizes Tennant over election-fraud cases

By Eric Eye [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

The Republican candidate for West Virginia secretary of state said Monday that incumbent Natalie Tennant is taking too much credit for the spate of election-fraud convictions in Southern West Virginia in recent years.

Candidates are being endorsed

The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington

CABELL COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ENDORSEMENTS: The Political Action Committee of the Cabell County Education Association has endorsed the following candidates for the Nov. 6 general election:

State Dems make robocalls to Republican voters

By Paul J. Nyden [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

On Sunday, the state Democratic Party began making several thousand robocalls to registered Republican voters in several West Virginia legislative districts that elected Republicans to the state Legislature

Twitter shuts 5 political accounts

By Lawrence Messina [The Associated Press]

Twitter has shut down accounts set up in the names of West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and state Senator Walt Helmick after Democratic Party officials complained they were fakes.

Election-related deadline is Oct. 24 for letter to the editor

Editor’s Log [News and Sentinel, Parkersburg

General Election is fast approaching, judging by the seemingly non-stop television attack ads that say little about anything other than sling mud at an opponent.

Candidates square off in first meeting

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

To hear incumbent Attorney General Darrell McGraw tell it, his Republican opponent is a front man for the companies McGraw’s office prides itself for suing.

Dems, GOP at odds over ‘robocalls’

By Paul J. Nyden [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

Republican candidate Bill Maloney’s campaign filed a formal complaint with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office on Tuesday over automated “robocalls” that the state Democratic Party made to Republican voters.

Election commission won’t appeal ruling on campaign spending

By Phil Kabler [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

As expected, the state Elections Commission voted Tuesday not to appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court a state Supreme Court decision blocking payment of matching funds in a public campaign financing pilot project.

Beau Biden Stumps in City

By Dave Gossett [For The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register]

The son of Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday a Mitt Romney victory would mean immediate budget cuts for military veterans.

Candidates see ways to grow agribusiness

By Phil Kabler [Staff writer, The Charleston Gazette]

Both candidates on the November ballot for state agriculture commissioner believe it is important to expand agriculture as a state industry, but propose different ways to do it.

Some calling for more debates

By Zack Harold & Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Staff]

Voters will get a few opportunities to see West Virginia candidates’ debate this year – but not enough, said some of the challengers hoping to unseat incumbents.

Robocalls prompt GOP outrage

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Republicans are crying foul over a series of weekend phone calls by the West Virginia Democratic Party.

Field at odds over ID laws

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Candidates running to represent Kanawha County’s 36th House of Delegates district clashed over whether the state should enact voter identification laws during a meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board.

100% support for coal

By Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

On Friday the U. S. House of Representatives wrapped up the last week of session before members returned home.

Manchin’s hair and the Flowbee?  It’s not a joke

By Zack Harold [Daily Mail staff]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest ad claims his wife, Gayle, has cut his hair for more than 20 years.

Auditor candidates promise efficient, public awareness

By Phil Kabler [Staff writer, The Charleston Daily Mail]

Seeking his sixth fur-year term as state auditor, Glen Gainer stressed improvements in efficiency and transparency in the office since he first arrived in 1933.

Posts at center of Senate race

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

The 8th District state Senate race has devolved into a debate.

Dem-funded TV ad targeted in governor’s race

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At least some West Virginia television stations are balking at airing an ad attacking the Republican candidate for governor.




Friday, September 28th, 2012

Recently I have been out and about at various events and places.  Often I am hearing “your blog is the only way I know what is going on in politics”.  Followed by why are you not publishing?  Let me explain.

Since I am active in politics (Republican) or have a lot of friends (Democrats) I have tried to be careful not to let my bias come through or hurt the campaigns of those offering themselves to public service.

Careful but not reluctant might be the right policy. Maybe it is time to change my policy.

If you don’t live in the “political valley” along the Kanawha River it is likely you may have missed developing stories or gossip.  I know I have lived there and along the Potomac in Washington.

I don’t have a staff so the only way I can provide you the happenings is gathering news stories and information from you.  Glad to spend what time I have doing so.

Readers of PhillipsBillBoard can become the eyes and ears of this blog.  Just send me “active links” to your area government, political and campaign news.  Candidate information/releases are welcome but “active links” are a must.  Upcoming events might be interesting.  I will review and publish as my time allows.  Send to

I will still be careful but will work to fill the vacuum.  There is a lot happening out there.