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Speaker Thompson Positioning

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Speculation has centered on House Speaker Rick Thompson (D-Wayne) as a candidate for the Democrat nomination for Governor in 2012.  He was elected Speaker in 2007 with the strong support of Labor. 

Many political and business leaders have seen Labor’s support as a liability for Thompson if he enters the Governor’s race.  It appears Speaker Thompson has the same concern.

The Speaker got behind an effort to establish a business court in West Virginia.  It passed the House of Delegates 98 to 0.  This despite an independent committee suggesting the issue needed more study. 

“I have long felt that by creating some kind of business court system, West Virginia would be in a better position to attract and keep businesses of all sizes,” Thompson said in a House press release.

It goes without saying House Republicans and a few Democrats would support such a measure.   Without Thompson’s backing the chance of business getting a victory in the House is slim.

This move will pay dividends for Thompson in 2012.  As a candidate for Governor he can say I have been friendly to business.

Manchin Traveling, Tomblin Moving North

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

A West Virginia tradition has been for the Governor to crown the Queen at the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.  The Inter-Mountain has reported Governor Manchin will be on an out-of-country trip.

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin (D – Logan District 7th) will crown Maid Silvia.  Tomblin is West Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor.

The political twist to all this is in 2004 Governor Bob Wise did not crown Maid Silvia.  Then former President of Davis & Elkins College Dr. G. Thomas Mann did the honors.  Tomblin was Lieutenant Governor in 2004.

Why is this year different?   Could it be that Rammie Baker, Tomblin’s chief of staff told reporter Carra Higgins, “…..Senator Tomblin is a major contender for the governorship in 2012, but has not yet made up his mind about running.”

President Tomblin added to the 2012 speculation when Higgins reported he understands the significance his representation will mean, “…actually tieing in both parts of the state, north and south, as one.”