Archive for the ‘2012 WV Election’ Category


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.

Political Tidbits…Republican Politics

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Republicans held a state convention in Beckley this weekend…lots of enthusiasm but less than half [215] of the authorized delegates [509] attended…good thing the State Executive Committee [115] met that morning…not sure what this means for the Fall campaign or the Republican movement.

Convention goers were give red meat by their leading candidates…Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito…led as she had a granddaughter visiting and a son’s engagement party brewing at home…Congressman David McKinley gets stronger and better every day…his speech was a real old fashion “barnburner”…Bill Maloney taking a second run for Governor was more businesslike…and Senate Candidate John Raese…on his fifth statewide race…just cannot wait to debate Sen. Joe Manchin.

Ultra conservative Melody Potter teamed up with Kris Warner who supported former Senator Rick Santorum for President…seems this ultra conservative push to control National Committee positions is going on all over the country…they won over Donna Gosney [strong conservative] and Bill Phillips [that’s me]…both leaders in the WV Romney effort since 2006.

Money is what politics is all about these days…it has even reached the level of selecting party leaders…that was made an issue in the above election…Gosney said “why not an auction instead of an election”…it’s sad today’s political culture has become all about money, mean and partisan to the point if you are friends with a Democrat it may cost you a party election.

Both partisanship and money got in the way of my candidacy for National Committeeman…in my speech I reminded Committee members the importance of working with Democrats to the success of Governor Underwood’s campaign I ran in 1996…things were more civil in those days…plus I got hit for my wife contributing to Democrats…never try to control your wife.

Ever take a look at the voters registration numbers…if you add up the registered Democrats (640,378), Independent(213,154), Mountain Party (1298) and Other (21,879) that is 598.272 voters…Republicans had 352,941 registered in June…now tell me how you win without Democrats.

Seems Beckley was chosen as the convention site…as party leaders believe candidate Rick Snuffer has the best chance in years to defeat Congressman Nick Joe Rahall…remember Speaker John Boehner visited WV a few weeks ago…raising money for the 3rd District race.

Party Chairman Conrad Lucas aided those pushing the money issue…he issued a three page “Members Alert” to State Committee members…outlining “his expectation” for the new National Committee members…saying he “expected” them to raise $50,000 annually…from new donors… defined new donors as having not contributed in the previous 5 years…great goal but should have been done more than two days before the election…this was really out of line…coming from someone who has only been Chairman since May.

Lucas got his authority from a By-Laws provision Kris Warner pushed while Chairman…he got added to the By-Laws Article about National Committeeman and National Committeewoman…”They shall also perform such other duties as may be assigned to them by the Chairman”….Warner wanted rid of Donna Boley [National Committeewoman at the time] and Bill Pauley [Committeeman]…Warner who was run out as State Chairman after the 2004 election does not take orders…and Lucas wants to control…there is a divide coming that could extend into the membership of the Committee…will be an interesting show to watch.

Convention delegates got an example of that when Lucas attempted to just name…WV Presidential Electors…without nominations from floor…this created a small ruckus and a lot of parliamentary questions.

Lucas slate was to honor those who have served the GOP… Supreme Court Judge John McCuskey, SOS Betty Ireland, State Chair David Tyson, Congressman Mick Staton and Senator Sarah Minear…the convention confirmed his slate.

Other state candidates spoke and a 2012 WV Republican Party Platform was adopted before the day ended.


Republican Delegate Results

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney was the overwhelming choice when delegates were elected to the Republican National Convention in the May 8th primary.  Romney received 21 of the 28 delegates elected in the primary. Former Senator Rick Santorum won 2 delegates and 5 were uncommitted.  No delegates were received by Congressman Ron Paul or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Three GOP State Party officials are automatically delegates to the August convention in Tampa.  They are National Committeewoman Donna Gosney and National Committeeman James Reed and newly elected party chair Conrad Lucas.  All three are committed to Romney.

Romney will have 24 of the 31 delegates going to the convention in August.

Romney delegates elected At-Large (statewide) were Donna Boley, St. Marys; Bob Ashley, Spencer; Michael Greer, Bridgeport; Rachel Amrine, Fairmont; Rick Barnett, St. Albans; Daniel Amrine, Fairmont; Mark Browning, South Charleston; Bonnie Hersman, Buckhannon; Jerry Mays, Martinsburg;  Andy McKenzie, Wheeling; Bill Phillips, Elkins; Todd Gunter, Charleston; Brian Long, Glen Dale; Tom O’Neill, Buckhannon; and James C. Kline, III, Charleston.

Others chosen At-Large were Santorum delegates are Cindy Frich and Kris Warner both of Morgantown and uncommitted Bill Maloney, Morgantown; and Betty Ireland, Charleston.

Elected from the first congressional district were Romney delegates Tom Azinger, Parkersburg; Bob Harman of Keyser and uncommitted Frank Deem of Vienna.  Second district Romney delegates includes Charlottee Lane and Chris Dodrill from Charleston and uncommitted Mike Hall of Hurricane.  Romney delegates in the third congressional district are Marty Gearhart, Bluefield and Conrad Lucas of Huntington.  Rick Snuffer, Beaver is uncommitted.

More results may be found on the Secretary of State website.


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The political environment is most unusual in WV.  The presidential race got attention when Senator Manchin expressed his uncertainty about his vote in that contest.  Now this morning the Charleston Daily Mail has a story about Governor Tomblin.  To keep my non-Kanawha Valley readers informed of all the political developments just visit the Charleston Daily Mail here.

WV Voters Pick

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The West Virginia Poll conducted for the Charleston Daily Mail was released this morning.  Voters picked Romney, Manchin and Tomblin if the election were held today. 

There are some surprising numbers in the results.  For those campaigners needing encouragement remember the old saying “A day is a year in politics”.  The same goes for those encouraged by today’s picture.

The poll also looks at the six-way Supreme Court race for the Democratic nomination.

To see the results, numbers and analysis click on Charleston Daily Mail.

Joe and the Challenge of 2012

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Sen. Joe Manchin is defending his loyalty as a Democrat in an op ed appearing in the Sunday Gazette-Mail.  It all started when he told the National Journal he was uncertain who he would vote for as President in November.    

There is no doubt Sen. Manchin is a Democrat.  It appears as he discusses his votes in the United State Senate and taking on the President he is doing what many West Virginia Democrats started doing in 1996.  That was voting for what is best for West Virginia not just their party. 

I have always believed when Democrats voted for Governor Cecil Underwood that year they started putting the State ahead of party.  I thought it was confirmed when George W. Bush became the first non-incumbent Republican in 70 years to win WV.  It took a lot of registered Democrats to accomplish that feat and again in 2004 & 2008.

However, after the Manchin news broke a prominent lifelong Democrat contacted me saying “Joe’s distancing himself from his President reinforced his reputation as a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) and wimp.”  Further, the negative reaction was much stronger than he would have thought possible and it was coming from liberals, moderates and others.

That assessment was confirmed as Manchin felt compelled to host a call of Democrat County Chairs and State Committee members.  Reports are that Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro compared it to a big family airing their differences.

Despite the belief no one believes Obama is going to win West Virginia, Republicans take it at their own peril to believe so.  The fact the ever popular Manchin had to convene his party’s leaders in an attempt to calm them is a signal they are prepared to battle for Obama’s success and that of their other candidates in November.

Republican Disenfranchisement Ends

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

 Many Republicans felt disenfranchised by their party in 2008.  Delegates to the Republican National Convention were selected at a state convention.  Less than six-tenths of 1 percent of registered Republicans took part in the delegate selection process.  Not this time.

State Executive Committee members who govern the Republican Party listen to the complaints from 2008 and fixed the problem.  Their action will assure national convention delegates are selected by the voters during the May 8th primary as has been done historically.

There will be those who feel when they vote for the presidential candidate that takes care of their responsibility.  It does not.  When voting they will need to look down the long ballot for the candidates to the National Convention.  Voters will select 19 statewide at-large delegates and three more delegates in their congressional district.

Taking time to vote for the National Convention delegates will send a message to never return to a state convention for this process.

State Party committee members were responsive to the call of registered GOP voters.  Now it is up to registered Republicans and like minded Independents to participate.

Manchin on the Fence About Obama Vote

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Manchin on the Fence about Obama Vote

By Dan Friedman (National Journal)

Sen.  Joe Manchin (D-W.Va, who has done more than any other Democrat up for re-election this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.  Read the full story here.

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.

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.