Posts Tagged ‘Charleston Daily Mail’

Must Read

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Most of my readers are either political junkies or people interested in politics, government, public policy or commentary.  So here are “must reads.”

Political polling always seems a mystery to those not engaged in the practice of campaigns. There is an excellent piece on political polling in today’s Charleston Daily.  Zack Harold the Capitol Reporter for the newspaper uses both a nationally known pollster and Mark Blankenship who runs a Charleston-based research and polling firm.  Don’t miss this easy to understand explanation by clicking here.  A side – by side piece explains ‘margin of error’ which is found by clicking here.

Two college professors are writing about today’s youth being turned off by politics.  There commentary has appeared in newspapers across the country including The Charleston Daily Mail.  Having lead the WV Young Republicans in the 1960’s I recall when most colleges had Young Republican clubs and nearly all counties had YR clubs.

The trend today is disturbing and requires the attention of our educators among others.  We must assure civics is being taught in our schools.  Political organizations must create activities that attract young people as politics can be fun.  And finally community leaders need to make room for young folks in civic organizations, which could be the first step to becoming involved in government.

Be sure to read the column by professors Richard Fox and Jennifer Lawless.

Aftermath Part II

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The morning afterwards I wrote a piece about the Aftermath.  I mentioned if there a lesson to be learned from the positive campaign [my wife Jenny’s thought] of Allen Loughry approach in winning a seat on the Supreme Court.  There is a front page story about this very question in today’s Charleston Gazette written by Paul J. Nyden.  Click here to learn the Loughry way.

The aftermath continues for potential change in the WV Legislature. Not only is it being driven by the huge victory by Republican candidates but Democrats must face the new reality.  To help our non-“political valley” readers keep up here is the Statehouse Beat column by Phil Kabler. Stay informed here.

An editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail also addresses the aftermath as it impacts the Legislature.  Read it here.

Good Morning

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Many of PHILLIPSBILLBOARD readers not living in the “political valley” may enjoy reading a wrap-up piece on this Election Day.  It appeared in this morning’s Charleston Daily Mail written by Ry Rivard Mail Capitol Reporter.  It you do Twitter he is worth following @ryrivard election night or anytime for that matter.  Click here to read the wrap-up.


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.


Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Charleston Daily Mail readers got an update this morning on the 2012 WV Democratic Platform from reporter Ry Rivard.  PhillipsBillboard offers readers across the state his review.  Read the full story here.


Monday, June 11th, 2012

Ry Rivard, a young enterprising Charleston Daily Mail reporter, keeps his eye on the political world in West Virginia.  Over the weekend he covered the State Democratic Convention.  Many PhillipsBillboard readers across the State are politically involved or interested.  To help keep them in the loop here is a link. Read the full story here.


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.

Political News 3.21.11

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Palin: I could have brought change in ‘08

By Jordan Fabian (The Hill)

Republicans would have been more successful in the 2008 presidential elections if she was at the top of the ticket, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested Saturday.  Read the full story here.

Party angry over racetrack measure

By Jared Hunt (Daily Mail Capitol Reporter)

Charleston, W. Va. – State Republicans are angry over a bill designed to help the state’s racetracks fight off out of state competition.  Read the full story here.

Some states consider cutting 2012 primaries to save money

By Mary Wisniewski & James B. Kelleher (Reuters)

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Skimpy budgets are cutting into the way states pay for schools, healthcare, and now – even primary elections.

At least six states are considering either canceling or delaying their 2012 presidential primaries, mostly to save money.  Read the full story here.

Many GOP candidates lacking endorsements

By Ry Rivard (Daily Mail Capitol Reporter)

Charleston, W. Va. – As some Democratic candidates for governor seek to distinguish themselves by racking up endorsements, several Republican candidates so far report they haven’t been seeing much interest in them from the special interest.  Read the full story here.

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Vetoing a pay raise may help Tomblin

By Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail

The unwritten rule book of West Virginia politics holds that Democrats kiss up to the unions that represent government workers to get past the May primary and then kiss up to business for the fall campaign.  Read the full column here.

Self-Funded Campaigns

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Charleston Daily Mail reporter Ry Rivard has done some interesting research about self-funded campaigns.    

This approach to financing a campaign in the special election to put someone in the Byrd seat may be the only way.  Time is short and money is always hard to come by in West Virginia political races. 

Check out Rivard’s work.