Political news and endorsements have increased this week.  I will share a few to assist readers who are not in the “political valley” keep up.   Click on the headline to read full story.

U. S. Senate

W.Va. needs to change the Senate; Republican John Raese would

The Charleston Daily Mail

The U.S. Senate race between former legislator, secretary of state and Gov. Joe Manchin and his Republican challenger, John Raese, presents a painful choice for many West Virginians. 

Political ad may spark lawsuit

By Zack Harold [Daily Mail Staff]

State Sen. Walt Helmick’ s campaign for state agriculture commissioner last week threatened legal action against Suddenlink Communications if the cable company continued running a Republican-sponsored ad against him.

Republicans Making a Comeback

By Mike Myer [The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register]

I don’t belong to an organized political party, goes the old joke – I’m a Democrat. For some time in West Virginia, that would have been more appropriate for Republicans.

Congress: 2nd District

The Charleston Mail

Republican Shelley Moore Capito works hard and with all people

Few members of Congress are as hard working and effective as Republican Shelley Moore Capito has been.

Romney is clearly the best choice

The Inter-Mountain

Before casting your vote in the election for president, ask yourself two questions:

First, is the United States better off today than four years ago? Even more important, will you be better off four years from now?

State treasurer

The Charleston Daily Mail

Republican Mike Hall would be a distinct asset in this position

THE state Treasurer’s Office runs a $13 billion banking operation, a program that lets people save for children’s education; and a division that connects people with unclaimed property.

Manchin, Baber discuss mountaintop mining, redistricting after Raese walkout

By Eric Eyre [The Charleston Gazette]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber told Gazette editors Friday that they support expanding West Virginia’s renewable energy portfolio, but they also said the state can’t abandon coal.

Democrat voter base in decline

By Jared Hunt [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

Though still in the majority statewide, West Virginia Democrats have seen their ranks erode over the last four years as independents have gained force.

Editorial: Tomblin has proven during tenure he’s best choice to lead the state

The Herald-Dispatch

The past 24 months have been busy ones for West Virginia politics and Earl Ray Tomblin. 

Maloney tax plans tangled

By Ry Rivard [Daily Mail Capitol Reporter]

The Republican candidate for governor said he wants to amend the state constitution to eliminate a key tax on businesses and give local governments more authority to come up with their own taxes.

Manchin:  Only Choice

The Charleston Gazette 

As we’ve said before, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is partly a DINO (Democrat in name only). He stands with Republicans on some major issues — in contrast to West Virginia’s senior senator, Jay Rockefeller. Manchin won’t even say whether he will vote for Democratic President Obama, and he refused to attend the Democratic National Convention, to avoid identification with the national ticket.

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