West Virginia

Chamber of Commerce jumps into races in Idaho, W.Va.

Chamber of Commerce jumps into races in Idaho, W.Va.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year’s congressional elections. The Chamber’s involvement in Idaho marks the second time in recent months that […]

Murdered West Virginia Sheriff was a strong, anti-drug crusader

Murdered West Virginia Sheriff was a strong, anti-drug crusader

Just months before being gunned down, Sheriff Eugene Crum made good on a campaign promise to do what many in law enforcement have attempted for years in southern West Virginia — crack down on drugs, especially the illegal sale of prescription pills. In three months and two days on the job, he’d already helped indict […]

Convict gets 72,000 votes in West Virginia Democratic primary

Convict gets 72,000 votes in West Virginia Democratic primary

When they finished counting the votes in Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primary elections in West Virginia, the two expected candidates won:  Mitt Romney on the GOP side and Barack Obama for the party of the donkey. But the candidate who pulled down 70,000 votes was not someone named Paul, Romney or Santorum. It was Keith […]

The stupidity of Rand Paul

The stupidity of Rand Paul

Kentucky Senatorial wannabe Rand Paul showcased his ignorance of the state he wants to represent as well as its history by flunking a simple test some weeks ago  on the history of “bloody Harlan County” and its meaning to the struggle of coal miners in that state. When asked by Details magazine about the significance […]

Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Craning their necks and clapping to Appalachian music, West Virginians bid farewell Friday to Robert C. Byrd, their beloved senator who rose from childhood poverty in a coal mining town to become the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries watched as Byrd’s […]

Bob Byrd: Passion, poetry, pork

Bob Byrd: Passion, poetry, pork

How that man loved to speak. Robert C. Byrd once talked in the Senate for 14 hours and 13 minutes straight. In his half century in that chamber he spoke of the Roman Empire, the West Virginia coal fields, the Peloponnesian War and the West Virginia mountains. He recited poetry, quoted the Bible like the […]

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Robert Byrd, 92, the longest serving Senator in American history, died this morning in a Washington area hospital. The West Virginia lawmaker was admitted last week for heat exhaustion and dehydration but his condition was far more serious. “However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition […]

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical weather gathering strength in the Caribbean could be the latest bad news for BP crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that has been plagued with setbacks for more than two months. It is still too early to tell exactly where tropical storm Alex might […]

West Virginia voters dump long-time incumbent

West Virginia voters dump long-time incumbent

A West Virginia congressional seat that’s been held by a Democrat for generations is now up for grabs after 14-term incumbent Rep. Alan Mollohan was swept out of office on a wave of voter unrest that an opponent called a referendum on President Barack Obama. The congressman is the first U.S. House incumbent to be […]

Anti-incumbent mood threatens veteran Democratic congressman

Anti-incumbent mood threatens veteran Democratic congressman

Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan has delivered for his West Virginia district for nearly three decades — steering millions of dollars in projects that have helped an anemic economy. But such earmarking by a powerful member of the House Appropriations Committee has drawn scrutiny and stirred the anti-Washington fervor coursing through this year’s elections. Suddenly, Mollohan […]