Political Tidbits 12.7.11

GOP Presidential contest comes to WV…Gov. Mitt Romney is the first to launch an effort here…75 political & civic leaders make up the Steering Committee …click here to see the list  [in the interest of full disclosure I am involved in the WV effort].

An INSIGHT INTO THE POLITICAL WORLD OF 2012…is offered by Mark Blankenship Enterprises…just completed a statewide surveysignificant findings as incumbents and challengers ponder entering the 2012 election cycle…all political junkies would be well served to read…just click and go direct to MBE’s website.

An Op Ed by John Overington…the longest-serving member of the WV Legislature appeared in the Charleston DM…it is an interesting and honest insight…into redistricting the WV Legislature…it is a must read as we entered the 2012 election season…click to read.

Policy not Politics…that is what former President & Mrs. George W. Bush are doing these days…Laura Bush visited the state last month…to push The Bush Institute and education…a Decision Makers interview with Laura Bush is worth your time.

Several are eyeing a run for State Treasurer…even though incumbent John Perdue has not announced his intention…Delegate Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha) is taking a serious look…and would be an attractive GOP candidate…another Legislator Delegate Doug Reynolds (D-Wayne) may take the plunge…the political rumor mill says Sen. Mike Hall (R-Putnam) and former State USDA Rural Development Director Rick Rice of Buckhannon are looking.

State Republicans are ready for their annual Christmas Ball…this weekend…tickets are still available @304.768.0493…beyond that word is the Party is drafting a 2012 plan…and is looking forward to favorable returns in the new yearTaylor County Republicans are holding a Christmas Party December 11th…and Randolph County Committee has a holiday luncheon planned.

A tent has appeared at the Governor Mansion…it is confirmed Governor Tomblin is not planning a holiday camp out…but will entertain while protecting the Mansion from heavy pedestrian traffic.

Mike Teets is up and running for Commissioner of Agriculture…his website is active and he worked the Farm Bureau annual meeting…they endorsed him over 44 year incumbent Gus Douglass in 2008…Democrats will have a lot of choices to replace Doulgass…pre-candidacy papers have been filed by…Wayne Casto, Joseph A. Messineo, Steve Miller, John B. Oblinger and Bob Tabb.

The Legislature will be saying so-long to June Canfield (whose husband Jack served three Governors)…after 15 years…guess she will spend her time watching politics.

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