Political Valley

As you can see there is a divide in the way the newspapers in “political valley” look at various races.  The WV Press Association has pushed this week as Endorsement Week.  As a result it is easier for voters to compare the opinions of newspaper editorial boards.  They are to be commended for taking this action.  Earlier this week we carried other endorsement editorials & news.  Go to PHILLIPSBILLBOARD to read.   Click on the headline to read the full story.

Endorsements show wide-ranging opinions

The WV Press Association

What’s your opinion on the status of politics in West Virginia?  It’s a state with a Democratic voting majority that has voted Republican in the last three presidential elections.  Political opinions can clearly shift in the Mountain State.

Ag commissioner

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

The state Department of Agriculture has a budget of $65 million a year and a staff of more than 350 people.  For 44 of the last 48 years Democrat Gus Douglass has been its commissioner.

Chafin, Davis

Editorial [The Charleston Gazette]

A long stretch of West Virginia’s future hinges on one portion of the Nov. 6 election ballot, which will fill tow 12 year-tem on the state Supreme Court.  The winners will help set Mountain State legal precedents affecting all aspects of life.

Tomblin: Governor choice

Editorial [The Charleston Gazette]

We wish Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin were more loyal to the Democratic Party and willing to support President Obama for a second term in the White House. However, in the Nov. 6 election, voters must choose among names on the gubernatorial ballot. The Republican nominee is so unpalatable that we have no choice but to back Tomblin.

McGraw

Editorial [The Charleston Gazette] 

Since he first became West Virginia’s attorney general in 1993, Darrell McGraw has won more than $2 billion for the state, mostly from dubious operators who violated state consumer laws. 

Governor

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail] 

The governor’s race only seems like it’s between Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney.  It should be about the elephant in the room.

Attorney general

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

The attorney general is one of the most powerful elected officials in the state.  Darrell McGraw has occupied that position for 20 long years.

Supreme Court

Editorial [The Charleston Daily Mail]

West Virginia has a reputation for a prickly legal climate.  That perception developed in part because of legislative decisions, in part from how the attorney general has used his office, and in part because some State Supreme Court justices were not committed to fairness.

OTHER POLITICAL NEWS

Huge out-of-state spending in West Virginia attorney general’s race

By Ry Rivard

A conservative, anti-regulation group is spending $1.6 million to try to defeat Democrat Attorney General Darrell McGraw, according to West Virginia Secretary of State records.

TV attack ads for 3rd District spill into Charleston

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Although they can’t vote in the race for 3rd Congressional District, Kanawha Valley residents have heard a lot about Rep. Nick Rahall and Republican Rick Snuffer lately. 

Ryan Here Saturday

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold a rally Saturday at Valley View Campgrounds near Morristown.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the event at noon. The venue is located at 43523 National Road, near the Jamboree In The Hills site.

To RSVP and receive a ticket, visit mittromney.com/oh or go to the Steubenville Victory Center, 100 Mall Drive B-8, Steubenville.

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