Tag Archives: West Virginia

IT BEGINS: First Democrat Formally Files 2020 WH Bid

ABC News reports: Democrat Richard Ojeda may have lost his bid for Congress in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District but the man who’s been called “JFK with tattoos and a bench press” still has plans to run — for president. Fresh off his defeat last week, Ojeda made the news official Monday morning. It’s a long-shot bid for the White …

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GOP Rep Resigns For Seat On WV State Supreme Court

The Charleston Gazette reports: U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins will be sworn-in as a temporary justice on the Mountain State’s highest court in the East Wing of the capitol. Jenkins effectively resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday after representing West Virginia in Washington, D.C., for almost four years. That congressional seat will remain vacant until January, when one of …

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WEST VIRGINIA: State Supreme Court Upholds “Sore Loser” Law, Blocks Blankenship From November Ballot

The West Virginia Metro News reports: Don Blankenship will not be on the November General Election ballot for U.S. Senate in West Virginia after the state Supreme Court denied his attempt in an order handed down Wednesday afternoon. The order came about three hours after oral arguments had concluded before the Court in which Blankenship’s attorney argued the state’s Sore …

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WEST VIRGINIA: House Committee Votes To Impeach Entire State Supreme Court For Corruption [VIDEO]

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports: The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved 14 articles of impeachment against the four sitting justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Tuesday. “It’s a sad day, and it certainly isn’t a cause for celebration,” Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, said Tuesday as the articles were distributed to the 24 committee members present …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Blankenship Denied Place On Ballot

Politico reports: West Virginia’s secretary of state on Thursday denied Don Blankenship’s bid to appear on the Senate ballot as a third-party candidate, a victory for Republicans hoping to consolidate votes against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in the general election. Secretary of State Mac Warner said Blankenship’s bid would violate the state’s “sore loser law” preventing a candidate who lost …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Anti-Gay Supreme Court Justice Who Wrote Book On Corruption Indicted On 22 Counts Of…

You knew how to finish the headline before you clicked. Law & Crime reports: West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, who authored a book on political corruption in his home state, was indicted on 22 federal charges, ranging from fraud to witness tampering, for alleged corruption of his own. According to the indictment, Loughry fraudulently used a government-issued credit …

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Sen. Joe Manchin: I Might Endorse Trump In 2020

Politico reports: Joe Manchin wants you to know he really likes Donald Trump. The West Virginia senator doesn’t put it quite that way. But more than any other Democrat in Congress, he’s positioned himself as a vocal Trump ally. In fact, the senator, up for reelection in a state Trump won by more than 40 points, told POLITICO he isn’t …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Manchin +12 In New Senate Poll

Politico reports: Senate Democrats didn’t get Don Blankenship as their GOP opponent in West Virginia. But they are nonetheless happy with the matchup between Sen. Joe Manchin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. A Democratic poll taken after the GOP primary this month shows Manchin leading Morrisey, 52-40, in the critical Senate race, according to a summary obtained by POLITICO. The …

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Blankenship To “Cocaine Mitch”: This Isn’t Over [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: Despite finishing last place in the West Virginia Republican primaries last week, Don Blankenship is still releasing advertisements attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who funneled thousands of dollars into that race to oppose him. In a new 60-second spot shared on Blankenship’s Facebook page over the weekend, the failed Senate candidate attacked McConnell for …

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“Cocaine Mitch” McConnell Trolls Don Blankenship

Slate reports: It’s been pretty hard to predict which way the Republican Party would go of late, what with the whole Donald Trump situation, but anyone who bet big on “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell celebrates a political enemy’s defeat by gleefully comparing himself to Pablo Escobar” is cleaning up in the office pool tonight. After Don Blankenship lost the …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Blankenship Finishes In Last Place

CNN reports: Ex-convict and coal baron Don Blankenship has lost his bid for the Republican Senate nomination in West Virginia, CNN projects. CNN projects he will place third, behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins, in the race to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in the fall. The political world was watching to see how Blankenship would …

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Don Blankenship Embraces “Bigot” Charges In Final Ad: Even If It’s True, I’ll Still Do A Better Job Than Others

Fox News reports: On the final day of a chaotic primary campaign, a radio announcement from Don Blankenship, Republican hopeful for Senate in West Virginia, does not seek to deny or explain away charges leveled against him by his own party’s establishment. He’s embracing those attacks instead. “They are calling me a bigot, a moron, a despicable character and mentally …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Don Blankenship Leads In Two Polls

The Weekly Standard reports: Republicans are panicking as internal polls show Don Blankenship, a coal baron who spent time in jail for a mining disaster that killed 29 workers, surging into the lead in the West Virginia Senate GOP primary over Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins. The results of an internal campaign poll conducted for one rival …

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Trump Warns West Virginia: Don’t Vote For Blankenship

Fox News reports: President Trump made an extraordinary appeal Monday for Republican primary voters to oppose former coal baron Don Blankenship in the looming West Virginia Senate primary, saying he “can’t win” in the general election. Trump, in an early-morning tweet, instead urged voters to pick one of his two rivals, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey or Rep. Evan Jenkins. The …

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Bonkers GOP Senate Candidate Ad Attacks “Cocaine Mitch” McConnell And His “China People” [VIDEO]

Politico reports: West Virginia GOP Senate hopeful Don Blankenship is amping up his racial attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a new ad declaring, “Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people.” “While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich,” Blankenship adds. “In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars.” …

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GOP Senate Candidate Photoshops Trump Out Of GOP Opponent’s Pic To Show Him Laughing With Hillary

Yahoo News reports: A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia is running an ad showing his primary opponent shaking hands with Hillary Clinton — something that never happened. The ad uses a manipulated version of a photograph that originally showed his rival shaking the hand of someone else: President Trump. Evan Jenkins, a congressman from West Virginia, …

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GOP Senate Candidate: “Ditch Cocaine Mitch” McConnell

Talking Points Memo reports: In a new off-kilter, 30-second campaign spot, West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship vows if elected to fight for the pro-life agenda, create jobs, “end the drug epidemic” and “ditch cocaine Mitch,” referencing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “One of my goals as U.S. senator will be to ditch cocaine Mitch. When you vote for me, …

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GOP Senate Candidate Attacks Mitch McConnell Because His Wife’s Father Is A “Wealthy Chinaperson” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: A Republican running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia suggested that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faced conflicts of interests because his wife’s father is a “wealthy Chinaperson.” Don Blankenship during a Monday appearance on a West Virginia radio show pointed to McConnell’s marriage to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “I have an issue when the …

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