Capito’s ‘big shoes’

April 18, 2014 by Dave Boucher

Simply adopting the oft-used “big shoes to fill” metaphor was not enough for Ken Reed.

It appears Ken Reed, a GOP candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, thinks Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Ronald McDonald have the same shoe size.

It appears Ken Reed, a GOP candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, thinks Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Ronald McDonald have the same shoe size.

Instead, the GOP candidate in the primary for the seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., chose to drive the mantra home with a little help from Ronald McDonald. Or a clown.

“Shelley leaves some big shoes to fill, but Ken Reed is committed to working just as hard for West Virginia as Shelley has for the last 14 years,” reads the back of the mail piece.

Reed’s latest mail piece went out to voters in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District this week. With Capito leaving the House after 14 years to challenge for the U.S. Senate seat Sen. Jay Rockefeller is vacating, plenty of Republicans are vying to prove they’re in the same vein as Capito.

Bill Raney, head of the West Virginia Coal Association, went for the same angle when he announced the organization’s endorsement for Charlotte Lane, another GOP candidate.

“Charlotte Lane is the clear choice to fill Shelley Moore Capito’s shoes in Washington,” Raney said in late March.

When Lane announced her candidacy she said she was “in the mold” of Capito.

Other Republicans actively campaigning in the race are Alex Mooney, Ron Walters, Jr. and Steve Harrison. While they haven’t explicitly used the same terminology, expect plenty of messaging from all the campaigns in the next few weeks.

The campaigns for both Reed and Mooney have received more than $500,000–Reed loaned his campaign $525,000, with Mooney receiving most of his campaign money from contributions. The Lane and Walters campaigns have also received six figures in donations, although Walters is down to about $2,000 cash on hand while Lane has more than $200,000 ready to use.

With about a month remaining before the May 13 primary and the money still available to most of the GOP primary candidates, don’t be surprised if more sets of shoes appear in your mailbox.


Candidate Meetings: U.S. House 2nd District Democrats

April 17, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

Today, the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board will sit down with Meshea Poore and Nick Casey, the two Democrats running for U.S. House in the second district.
Follow along as we talk with the candidates and learn more about their platforms.

Manchin’s future

April 17, 2014 by Dave Boucher

An article published earlier this week on again led to discussions in the Mountain State as to whether U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would leave Washington for a chance to return to the governor’s seat in 2016.

Sen. Manchin (Labor Day 2013)

He told the beltway publication he was “absolutely” considering a run for the top spot in West Virginia. In the past he’s said he loved being governor and doesn’t like the “dysfunction” of D.C., but an absolutely is a (perhaps subtle, but important) difference.

I’ve asked his spokesman repeatedly since Tuesday for comment from the senator. Manchin declined comment to the Daily Mail. No direct comment from Manchin about the possibility of running for governor appeared in a Gazette story today either.

Here’s what his spokesman sent me Wednesday (and the Gazette, apparently):

“Senator Manchin loved being Governor of West Virginia, and has made no secret of his frustration with the partisan gridlock and dysfunction of Washington. He is fully committed to his job as Senator and fights every day to improve the lives of the people he is honored to represent. Senator Manchin is leaving all his options open for 2016, and will continue to look for the best way to bring commonsense to Washington.”

In the past the senator told me he wouldn’t make a decision about anything until after the 2014 election. He didn’t answer questions about his future plans then either.

Candidate meetings: House of Delegates 13/15 district

April 15, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

Today, the Charleston Daily Mail Editorial Board will sit down with candidates running for the House of Delegates in the 13th and 15th districts, which include parts of Mason and Putnam counties.
Follow along as we learn more about the candidates and find out what they have to offer their districts.

Meet the candidates: U.S. Senate Primary

April 14, 2014 by Dave Boucher

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and other candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race are slated to meet today at 12:30 p.m. with the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board. Follow along with our live blog and live streaming discussion.


Candidate meetings: 35th district Republicans

April 11, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

Today, the Daily Mail editorial board will sit down with five candidates running in the House of Delegates 35th District, including two incumbents.
Follow along as we get to know the candidates a little better and they explain why voters should choose them in May.

Candidate meetings: 35th District Democrats

April 10, 2014 by Dave Boucher

Democrats vying to represent the 35th district in the state House of Delegates are meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board this afternoon. Follow along with the conversation via video and the live blog here:

2nd District Republicans

April 9, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

The Daily Mail Editorial Board is setting down with five of the six candidates running for the Republican nomination in the U.S. House 2nd Congressional District.
Follow along to learn more about the candidates as they answer questions and we get to know them a little better.

Tennant urges Congress to pass equal pay

April 8, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

As the U.S. Senate debates the Paycheck Fairness Act, one Senate hopeful is calling on Congress to pass the bill.
Natalie Tennant issued a statement Tuesday, recognized nationally as Equal Pay Day, urging the Senate to pass the measure. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women who work full-time earn 77 cents for every $1 a man earns on average. In West Virginia, women earn 70 cents, according to a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families.
“I want my daughter and all our West Virginia daughters to grow up in a world where they know their hard work has value,” Tennant said. “Make no mistake, paycheck fairness isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s a West Virginia issue because when hard-working families have less take-home pay to buy groceries and support their families, it drags down our whole economy.”
But Republicans argue the version of the Paycheck Fairness Act up for passage now is misleading. They contend Democrats use skewed statistics to support their argument for equal pay. In a memorandum posted Saturday to the Republican National Committee’s website, communications staff points out sex discrimination has been illegal for decades.
“The ‘fix’ that Democrats propose, then, won’t change that,” according to the memo. “It would, however, tightly regulate how employers can pay their employees. This law will not create ‘equal’ pay, but it will make it nearly impossible for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience, reduce flexibility in the workplace, and make it far easier to file frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of trial lawyers.
“Ultimately, this bill will hurt all workers, especially women.”
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is also running for U.S. Senate. She said although the focus is on equal pay, work needs to be done in the areas of education and job creation.
“Women absolutely deserve equal pay for equal work – and equal pay is the law,” she said. “However, there is still a ways to go to ensure women are being paid equally for the work they do. More needs to be done to ensure greater educational and employment opportunities for women, and I will continue to work to improve the lives of all West Virginians.”
National Equal Pay Day is observed yearly on the 97th day of the year to symbolize the 97 extra days, on average, women would have to work to earn the same as their male colleagues.

Business council endorses legislative candidates

April 7, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

The West Virginia Business and Industry Council announced Monday its endorsement of 81 candidates running for the state Legislature.
The council is comprised of more than 60 state trade associations and businesses representing more than 395,000 employees. As such, the council endorsed candidates it believes will further its goal pf promoting a pro-business climate across the state.
“All these individuals support job development, infrastructure improvement, legal fairness and fiscal responsibility – the main items West Virginia’s business community believes will move the state forward,” said BIC Chairman Chris Hamilton “They are champions of ideas to improve the state’s economy and social well-being and we hope constituents across the state will elect them as the nominees in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, May 13.”
The full list of endorsements is below:

Senate Endorsements:

District 1: Ryan Ferns

District 3: David Nohe

District 4: Mike Hall

District 5: Vicki Dunn-Marshall

District: 7: Ron Stollings

District 8: Ed Gaunch

District 9: Mike Green

District 11: Greg Tucker

District 12: Sam Cann

District 14: Dave Sypolt

District 17: Doug Skaff, Jr.

House Endorsements:

District 1: Pat McGeehan, Mark Zatezalo

District 2: Ryan Weld

District 3: Erikka Storch, Chris Elswick

District 4: David Evans

District 6: Roger Romine

District 7: Woody Ireland

District 8: Bill Anderson

District 9: Anna Border

District 10: Vernon Criss, Frank Deem, John Kelly

District 11: Bob Ashley

District 12: Steve Westfall

District 13: Scott Cadle, Josh McGrath

District 14: Jim Butler

District 16: Carol Miller, Jim Morgan

District 17: Matthew Rohrbach

District 18: Kelly Sobonya

District 20: Justin Marcum

District 21: Harry Keith White

District 22: Josh Barker, Michel Moffatt

District 23: Josh Nelson

District 24: Rupie Phillips, Ted Tomblin

District 27: Joe Ellington, Marty Gearhart, John Shott

District 28: John O’Neal, Roy Cooper

District 30: Linda Sumner

District 31: Lynne Arvon

District 33: Roger Hanshaw

District 35: Andrew Byrd, JB McCuskey, Eric Nelson, Suzette Raines, Chris

District 36: Mark Hunt, Vaughn Sizemore, Brad White

District 37: Charles Minimah

District 39: Ron Walters

District 40: Tim Armstead

District 41: Jordan Hill

District 42: Boogie Ambler, Ray Canterbury

District 43: Denise Campbell, Bill Hartman

District 48: Danny Hamrick

District 49: Amy Summers

District 51: Amanda Pasdon, Cindy Frich, Joe Statler

District 53: Randy Smith

District 54: Allen Evans

District 55: Steven Davis

District 56: Gary Howell

District 57: Ruth Rowan

District 58: Daryl Cowles

District 59: Larry Kump

District 60: Larry Faircloth

District 62: John Overington

District 63: Mike Folk

District 64: Eric Householder

District 66: Paul Espinosa