Local

“ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL” a phrase coined by Tip O’Neill [former U. S. Speaker of the House] is playing out in WV…

There is no place more local than Coalton…Saturday was the annual Coalton Days celebration…where 3,000 “locals from across WV” come annually…it a haven for politicians…they gather at former Senator Mike Ross’ home…along with the rest of the locals…where they are feed, introduced…work the crowd…line up for a hometown parade…this year was no different than in the past…except the lone Republican [besides myself] Bill Maloney showed up… quickly outnumbered…Governor Tomblin arrived via helicopter to serve as parade Marshall…Justice Robin Davis got there early introduce herself around…AG Darrell McGraw walked the parade route [with a tie on…it was hot]…a regular at the outing Walt Helmick in his new role as Ag Commissioner candidate was popular…a glimpse  was caught of Mike Hall who seeks to be State Treasurer [another GOP member]…congressional candidate [2nd]Howard Swint promoted Corridor H along the parade route… there were enough House and Senate members…for a quick session of the Legislature…that may be a new way for locals to influence legislative outcomes.

Staying home from a national political convention…is about as local as it gets…well known by now neither Senator Manchin…Governor Tomblin…nor Congressman Rahall…will attend, participate or vote at the Democratic National Convention in September…this is nothing new…Governor Cecil Underwood did not attend the GOP National Convention in 1996 [I ran his campaign].

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney…is getting local with a six state Every Town Counts bus tour…and it seems to be paying off with Republicans…read about it here.

State Republicans are holding local level platform hearings…across the state preparing for their August 4th state convention…Delegate John Overington leading the effort…I attended the Philippi session last night…many ideas from a room full of people…plus Kent Leonhardt [Ag. Commissioner candidate] was there lining up volunteers.

BTW…learned at Coalton retired General Allen E. Tackett…is campaign manager for Justice Davis…General Tackett is one of WV’s most respected citizens.

Great down home advice from Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito…to Boys State participants…urging attendees to learn how to communicate…you may be able to use this advice at home…read here.

Housecleaning or opportunity…Mik Carpenter…who leads the WV GOP Victory Plan…is leaving Friday…may be headed for Washington.

The cash register is ringing today…when candidates for public office…must file their financial reports…will see how much local money has been raised.

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