Welcome to the 2012 Legislative Brief, your one-stop shop for legislative news from a variety of sources throughout West Virginia, and my view of legislative happenings on the horizon. The regular 60-day Legislative Session as well as the First Special Session have both adjourned.
My View from the Capitol:
Below are some of the political highlights from Tuesday's Primary Election in West Virginia:
- A convicted felon, serving 210 months in a Texas penitentiary for extortion, received 41% of the vote against President Barack Obama!!
- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin won hands down the nomination as did Bill Maloney, the republican nominee, who will be challenging Tomblin in the November General Election.
- US Senator Joe Manchin III easily won the democratic nomination and will face John Raese in the fall election. Raese was unopposed in the primary.
- All three of West Virginia?s members in the US House of Representatives easily won their respective party?s nominations on Tuesday night. Winners were:
- First District: Congressman David McKinley
- Second District: Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito
- Third District: Congressman Nick Rahall
- Current Justice Robin Davis and ?Tish? Chafin won the democratic nominations for the two seats on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Davis and Chafin will face John Yoder and Allen Loughery in the fall election. These terms are for 12 years.
Monday, May 14th, will mark the first day of the monthly Legislative Interim meetings. It is anticipated the Joint Committee will meet on Monday morning to review and approve the topics which will then be studied throughout the remainder of the year.
News From Around the State:
West Virginia Secretary of State?s Office Unofficial Election Results ? Primary 2012
National Races, WV Results
Capito Wins Primary
Snuffer to Faceoff Against Rahall
WV Gov?s Race is Rematch
Bayer CEO Says WV Needs Tax Reform to Garner Investments