Live coverage: Capito-Tennant forum at WV Business Summit

August 28, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito are due to attend a U.S. Senate candidate forum.
The forum is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs as part of the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.
Third-party candidates won’t be involved.
The forum will be streamed online at www.wvchamber.com .
Tennant and Capito are vying for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Capito is a seven-term congresswoman and Tennant is West Virginia’s secretary of state.
Tennant and Capito will also debate Oct. 7 in Charleston. The West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP are organizing that debate.

Live Blog Capito-Tennant forum at WV Business Summit

Mooney releases first ad

August 26, 2014 by Dave Boucher

GOP nominee Alex Mooney touts his ability to stop the “war on coal” and repeal “Obamacare” in his first television advertisement of the general election cycle, released today.

Alex Mooney, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, released his first TV ad today.

Alex Mooney, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, released his first TV ad today.

The 30-second spot, entitled “Working for West Virginia,” is airing in the Charleston TV market, said campaign spokesman Nick Clemons. He wouldn’t give an exact amount for the size of the ad buy, but said it was “just under six figures.”

Mooney and Democrat Nick Casey are vying to succeed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., as representative for the 2nd Congressional District. Capito is leaving the seat in a bid for the U.S. Senate.

The spot shows five different people heralding Mooney’s work and vision (the campaign made sure to point out each person lives in West Virginia.) They say Mooney has a “record of standing up to” President Barack Obama and a “perfect record” voting for lower government spending or against tax increases while serving as a state senator.

“I will fight for West Virginia jobs and values in Congress,” Mooney said, in a statement announcing the new ad.

“No one will fight harder to end Obama’s War On Coal, repeal Obamacare, and protect our values which are being trampled on by President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress.”

(Republicans, who have the majority in the U.S. House, have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 50 times. It’s never gone anywhere in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate and would be vetoed by Obama even if a repeal measure did make it out of Congress.)

The people in the ad don’t point out Mooney’s votes and service as a senator took place in Maryland. Mooney, who also served as the Maryland GOP party chairman, moved to the Eastern Panhandle in 2013 and announced his candidacy shortly thereafter.

His residency is a consistent attacking point for Democrats, and Casey bashed him this morning for not mentioning the move in the ad. Casey’s campaign manager Derek Scarbro says the ad is “misleading.”

“Mooney introduces himself to voters but conveniently forgot to mention that he just moved here from Maryland last year to run for Congress,” Scarbro said in a campaign statement.

“Mooney calls himself a ‘senator’ and talks about his legislative experience in his new ad just like he did during the primary, but he never says that he was a State Senator in Maryland.”

The Casey camp recently released it’s own ad, called “Cheap,” championing the argument Casey is fiscally responsibile. The Mooney campaign said the ad was disingenuous, pointing to Casey’s support of a massive federal stimulus package while Casey served as chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party.

Mooney’s campaign recently released a poll (from a Republican pollster) that said the GOP nominee leads Casey by 12 percentage points. The Casey campaign said they don’t think the poll is credible.

The general election is Nov. 4.

Senate candidates to commemorate Women’s Equality Day

August 25, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

It’s been 94 years since women were granted the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. And 2014 will be the year West Virginia elects its first female senator.
Both Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant are commemorating the anniversary. Capito is meeting with members of the Women with Shelley coalition tomorrow in Wheeling. Tennant, meanwhile will be in the Eastern Panhandle where she will rally with women, encouraging them to vote in November’s general election. Afterward, she’ll take part in a phone banking event with supporters. Helen Holt, West Virginia’s first female secretary of state, will participate in the events. Holt, 101, is a Republican but has endorsed Tennant in the race.
Both campaigns have gone back and forth, each charging the other with supporting policies that could have a negative affect on West Virginia women. According to the Tennant campaign, Capito has voted against equal pay legislation five times, including the heralded Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that passed in 2009 and was eventually signed into law. However, Capito maintains she didn’t vote for such legislation because equal pay has been a law since the 1960s and passing new legislation is redundant.
“This is yet another instance of Natalie Tennant desperately trying to distort Shelley’s positions in order to distract from her own record of strongly supporting Obama, who pays female White House staffers less than 87 cents for every dollar paid to men, and whose policies are bad for women, families and jobs,” said Capito spokeswoman Amy Graham.
Tennant’s spokeswoman Jenny Donohue said Capito is running against Tennant, not Obama and his policies.
“While taxpayers are paying Congresswoman Capito $200,000 a year in Washington, West Virginia women are struggling to buy groceries and pay daycare bills,” she said. “Those women deserve honest answers about the choice they have this election. Congresswoman Capito is running against Natalie Tennant, not President Obama, and it is Congresswoman Capito who voted five times against equal pay for West Virginia women — no one else.”
Tennant’s salary is listed at $95,000 a year. Graham said though her salary is smaller, it’s equally unfair for Tennant to campaign for higher office while women struggle.
“Natale Tennant’s perpetual campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime is an insult to all the women and families in this state who are working hard to make ends meet,” Graham said.
Tennant is in her second term as secretary of state, but ran for governor in the 2011 special gubernatorial election. Capito is in her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the first time she has sought election for other office since she was first elected to Congress in 2000.
The Tennant campaign isn’t the only group to target Capito’s voting record on women’s issues. The AFL-CIO is joining with other organizations for a Women’s Equality Day rally on Tuesday ” to celebrate
Women’s Equality Day and bring attention to conflicting statements from Representative Capito,” according to a news release. The rally will begin at 5:30 at 4815 MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City, outside Capito’s Charleston field office.

GOP to file legal action in Raines race

August 25, 2014 by Dave Boucher

The West Virginia Republican Party plans to ask the Supreme Court to overrule the Secretary of State and allow Marie Sprouse-McDavid onto the ballot this fall.

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, cited the reason death of her mother and the end of a long romantic relationship as to why she cannot run for re-election. Republicans are filing legal action to replace her on the ballot.

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, cited the reason death of her mother and the end of a long romantic relationship as to why she cannot run for re-election. Republicans are filing legal action to replace her on the ballot.

The party notified the Secretary of State, West Virginia Attorney General and Robert Rupp, chairman of the State Election Commission, it plans to file legal action. GOP state party chairman Conrad Lucas had predicted legal action was possible. He called for quick action from the state in a statement:

“It is very clear that the will of the people is to have a full slate of candidates on the November ballot. It is also clear that Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and the State Election Commission did not apply well established precedent and objective case law regarding this matter. The will of the people and established law in West Virginia should not be ignored. Any action other than granting the people of the 35th District the right to choose their own representatives thwarts the very principles on which our nation was founded.”

A 30-day notice is required for any person or group that plans to file a lawsuit against a state agency. The GOP is asking the agencies to waive that time period due to the approaching election.

The GOP is seeking a “writ of mandamus” from the state Supreme Court. It’s essentially an order from the high court to force the Secretary of State to allow Sprouse-McDavid on the ballot. Sprouse-McDavid was recently chosen as the Kanawha County GOP’s favored candidate to replace Delegate Suzette Raines, who withdrew from the racing noting personal issues and facing legal challenges.

The GOP filing cites the case of Samuel Cravotta, who successfully petitioned the court to have his name on the ballot as a GOP challenger to then-Rep. Bob Wise in 1992. I explain  more of that case here.

This is a developing story. Look for more information as it becomes available.

 

CDC: No WV health officials specifically trained for chemical disaster

August 19, 2014 by Dave Boucher

None of West Virginia’s state public health officials were trained to respond to a chemical disaster at the time of the recent massive chemical leak and water contamination, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Virginia doesn't have any state health officials specifically trained in responding to chemical disasters like the one that happened at Freedom Industries in January, according to a new federal report.

West Virginia doesn’t have any state health officials specifically trained in responding to chemical disasters like the one that happened at Freedom Industries in January, according to a new federal report.

“Currently, there are no epidemiologists in positions that respond to acute chemical or radiological releases, or specifically tasked with natural disaster response,” the report states.

“There also are no programs to enhance occupational safety and health of responders.”

The report comes as an additional review of the state’s response to the chemical leak earlier this year, where thousands of gallons of MCHM and other chemicals leaked into the Elk River and contaminated drinking water for roughly 300,000 people. Although the state discovered the leak Jan. 9, federal investigators believe it’s likely as many as two tanks were leaking before that day.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has some epidemiologists, public health officials who study patterns and causes of disease and injury to people, according to the U.S. Bureau for Labor statistics. The CDC determined none of those epidemiologists were specifically trained to deal with chemical or natural disasters.

Instead, epidemiologists who normally focus on infectious diseases led the epidemiological efforts for the state during the leak and contamination response, the report states.

Those epidemiologists didn’t get training in “assessment to chemical exposure” until late March of this year, months after they started leading the health response to the chemical leak.

“DHHR may want to consider additional resources such as hiring an epidemiologist who would lead the response for environmental disasters and acute environmental incidents,” the report states.

The CDC also recommended more DHHR planning for natural disasters like calamitous winter weather or a derecho and man-made disasters like chemical spills or bridge collapses. West Virginia should team with other states to get the proper training and access to information necessary to better respond to similar disasters in the future, the report suggests.

The DHHR’s head of epidemiology said the state is considering the CDC’s recommendation, but state health officials believe the CDC’s report “confirms” the state is taking steps necessary to continue protecting citizens in the event of a disaster.

“Over the last six months, the Bureau for Public health has been exploring additional training opportunities that will further strengthen the response preparedness of our agency’s epidemiologists during times of disaster,” said Dr. Loretta Haddy, state epidemiologist.

Multiple state agencies and the water company were consistently criticized for their response to the leak. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said it was a personal decision whether families would believe their tap water was safe. Nearly a month after the leak state public health officer Dr. Letitia Tierney compared a decision to drink tap water and jumping off a bridge with a parachute in arguing people have different definitions of “safe.”

The CDC has als0 faced criticism. A week after the leak the head of the CDC said it would be a good idea for pregnant women not to drink water that contained any amount of the chemical, but supplied little details as to why the announced was delayed.

The federal agency was also slow in releasing information about how it determined the “screening level” for how much chemically tainted water could be safely consumed. It eventually announced the 1 part per million “screening level was a “short term” guide, only to be used for consumption over a 14-day period. The screening level also only considered exposure through consumption of tainted water, not touching such water with the skin or inhaling contaminated vapor.

Hundreds of people reported rashes, burning skin and other negative health affects after state and federal officials announced water was safe to use once people flushed their plumbing systems. Eventually, the CDC and state health department acknowledged the symptoms could be a direct result of chemically tainted water in homes before and after their residents flushed their plumbing.

Since then Tomblin has said he wouldn’t change anything about the state’s response to the leak. A state “after action review” looking into it’s response to the leak has not yet been released.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher@dailymailwv.com. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.

Group makes big ad buy in third district

August 15, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

A group “dedicated to holding Washington’s feet to the fire on the practical issues” has made a substantial ad buy in West Virginia’s third congressional district.
Grassroots GPS announced a $335,000 ad buy in the Charleston, Beckley/Bluefield and Roanoke markets. The ad, titled “Coal” takes Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall to task for his support of President Barack Obama and the “war on coal.”
The ad makes note of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emissions rule that Republicans and Democrats alike decry as harmful to West Virginia’s economy.
“Congressman Nick Rahall endorsed Obama and voted for a carbon tax that could devastate West Virginia jobs, drive up our energy bills and cripple our coal industry,” the ad states.
In 2013, Rahall voted for the Progressive Caucus Budget, which did include a $25 per ton tax on carbon dioxide. That measure failed in the House by a 84-327 vote.
The ad makes reference to HR 4850, a bill that would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions, and urges voters to contact Rahall’s office and ask him to support the bill. However, Rahall is listed as a cosponsor on a similar bill, HR 4808, along with Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito. Rahall is the only Democratic cosponsor of that bill, introduced in June. HR 4850 was introduced a few days later and has one cosponsor.
“€œI am proud to wake up every day and fight with all of my heart for West Virginia’s coal miners, coal jobs and our very way of life– and these shady out-of-state billionaires must be from outer space if they think they can tell us West Virginians one thing about the values that make our state great,” Rahall said. “The truth is these are Evan Jenkins’ puppet masters at it again, and they’re willing to say and do anything to prop him up because they know Jenkins will push their agenda in Washington instead of looking out for West Virginia.”
The Grassroots GPS ad will air on cable and broadcast through August 28. It does not endorse or mention Rahall’s Republican challenger, state Sen. Evan Jenkins.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, announced two new endorsements in the November election.
The National Association of Women Business Owners and HuntPAC have come out in support of Capito.
“Congresswoman Capito’s record shows she understands the important role entrepreneurs play in our economy,” said Darla Beggs, national board chair of NAWBO. “We are proud to lend our endorsement to Congresswoman Capito and look forward to seeing her continue her efforts on behalf of small business owners in the U.S. Senate.”
HuntPAC is the bipartisan political action committee of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. The committee endorsed Natalie Tennant, Capito’s Democratic challenger, for secretary of state in 2012.
Capito also is endorsed by the West Virginia Coal Association, which also endorsed Tennant in previous elections, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She said the endorsements show she stands for small business.
“I am extremely grateful for the endorsements of these organizations, which share my commitment to growing and protecting jobs and small businesses,” Capito said. “Standing up for West Virginia starts with fighting President Obama’s job-killing policies and working to create an environment where our economy, our small businesses and our people can thrive.”
But Tennant’s campaign argues Capito has a record of working against small businesses, while Tennant as secretary of state has worked to help entrepreneurs by cutting fees and making it easier for them to file necessary paperwork on time.
“Congresswoman Capito has a proven record of padding the pockets of Wall Street bankers at small businesses’ expense,” said Tennant campaign spokeswoman Jenny Donohue. “In fact, while Natalie Tennant was cutting fees for West Virginia businesses, Congresswoman Capito was leading the charge to increase the fees businesses are forced to pay big credit card companies.”
Capito called for the delay of an amendment aimed to cap credit card swipe fees in 2011. Members of the Senate voted to amended Dodd-Frank legislation and cap the amount of swipe fees, or transaction fees, banks and credit card companies may charge retailers. Capito and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., introduced a bipartisan bill in the House to delay that legislation and call for a one-year study on how the changes would affect business.

Update: Raines officially withdraws

August 11, 2014 by Dave Boucher

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Delegate Suzette Raines has officially withdrawn as a candidate for House of Delegates in the 35th District.

“Suzette Raines has officially withdrawn as a candidate,” said Jake Glance, spokesman for the West Virginia Secretary of State.

The lawmaker noted personal issues–and not Democrat legal filings accusing her of breaking the law–as the reason why she cannot pursue re-election. (More on her personal statement is below).

Raines or the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee still need to formally  ask the State Election Commission for permission to replace her on the ballot for the No. 4 general election.

State laws says the commission must determine a candidate has “extenuating personal circumstances which will prevent the candidate from serving in the office if elected,” in order to allow for a replacement.

Raines or the county GOP must make their request by close of business Tuesday. If the commission grants the request, the county must pick a candidate by Aug. 18.

This is a developing story. Check back in for updates throughout the day.

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ORIGINAL (10:50 a.m.): Although Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, is officially still on the November ballot–as of 10:50 a.m. today–she told the Daily Mail she’ll file her withdrawal paperwork this morning.

(Jake Glance, a spokesman for the West Virginia Secretary of State, confirmed Raines had not filed her withdrawal paperwork this morning.)

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, cited the reason death of her mother and the end of a long romantic relationship as to why she cannot run for re-election. Raines officially withdrew this morning.

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, cited the reason death of her mother and the end of a long romantic relationship as to why she cannot run for re-election. Raines officially withdrew this morning.

Raines announced last week she would withdraw in the wake of legal actions and allegations from Democrats.

Raines, 30, provided a copy of a personal statement she said she plans to submit with her withdrawal.

She noted two personal issues in particular as the reason she cannot attempt a bid for re-election: the death of her mother and the end of an engagement “after a 7-8 year relationship.” Raines writes:

“The deterioration of nearly every aspect of my life has taken a significant toll on my emotional well-being, my career and ability to provide for the increased financial demands as I now assume responsibility for my mother’s obligations and properties, coupled with the immense grief after the tragic and unexpected loss of both parents at a young age.

Upon the advice of medical professionals, I have chosen to eliminate pressures and distractions in my life that do not allow me to fully address the grief that flows from this great loss. I am hopeful to return to public service at some point in the future, but for now I must choose to step away from that arena in order to deal with this loss. Remediating the debilitating impact the events of the last year have had on my life are essential to restoring my health in order to rebuild my life both personally and professionally.

The full statement is included at the end of this post.

Democrats filed legal action in late July that states Raines did not submit paperwork required of political candidates and lied about where she lives.  Raines did turn in campaign finance forms to the Secretary of State and a financial disclosure to the state Ethics Commission, but she did so months after they were due.

The delay raised legal questions state officials argued show conflicting sections of state law.

Raines lived in St. Albans with her longtime boyfriend until relationship problems in the fall of 2013. At this point she said they lived in a different home on the same property, although they were not in a relationship, until April.

She said she stayed at the hospital during the same time while she took care of her mother, who died in March at the age of 59. She said she never lived outside of the 35th District, which she represents.

After the death of her mother and ending her romantic relationship, Raines said she, “struggled from this deep void in my support system while simultaneously attempting to establish a new and safe home.”

“The details of those challenges I do not wish to discuss,” she writes in the statement.

Raines never acknowledges or addresses any of the Democrat’s allegations in her statement.

Noting the death of her father in 2004 at the age of 54, Raines gives a brief description of her mother’s illness and states she has increased obligations and responsibilities following her mother’s death.

She admits filing for re-election while her mother was very ill, but said she underestimated the time it would take for her to grieve. She writes

“Mistakenly I believed despite the outcome for my mother, whose life was cut far too short, I would be healthy and capable of moving on with all aspects of my life, including public service. It simply requires more time to heal and I would be unable to serve if elected at this time in my life.”

In 2013 Raines initially said she would run for the state Senate, then hinted at a run for U.S. Congress. Eventually she cited her mother’s poor health as reasons to not pursue either position.

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, officially withdrew as a candidate for House of Delegates today.

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, officially withdrew as a candidate for House of Delegates today.

Assuming Raines withdraws today, Republicans need to move swiftly in order to replace her on the ballot. Raines or the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee need to officially ask the State Election Commission to allow them to pick a new candidate by Tuesday.

The county GOP can only pick a new candidate if the commission determines Raines had “extenuating personal circumstances which will prevent the candidate from serving in the office if elected,” according to state code.

Republicans serve in three of the four seats in the 35th District, but Democrats were confident before Raines’ announcement they could pick up at least one seat this November.

The general election is Nov. 4.

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FULL RAINES STATEMENT:

I need to withdraw from the race for a seat in the 35th Delegate District because of personal issues flowing from the death of my mother this past March. She passed after an extended battle with cancer and I was with her constantly in the last year of her life. She was initially diagnosed with a seemingly early stage of lung cancer that had a high cure rate. After being deemed cancer free and in remission in late October of 2013, her condition began to rapidly deteriorated despite numerous scans and radiology reports that indicated there were no abnormalities.
During this increasing difficult time I also ended an engagement after a 7-8 year relationship. As a result, I struggled from this deep void in my support system while simultaneously attempting to establish a new and safe home. The details of those challenges I do not wish to discuss.
In January 2014 my mother’s healthcare  providers determined the radiology reports indicating no abnormalities were inaccurate and a PET Scan revealed a more aggressive and rapid growing form of the disease had quickly spread throughout her body.
After losing my father to metastatic colon cancer in 2004, my younger brother and I were (proudly) our mother’s primary caregivers throughout the last stages of her life.
The deterioration of nearly every aspect of my life has taken a significant toll on my emotional well-being, my career and ability to provide for the increased financial demands as I now assume responsibility for my mother’s obligations and properties, coupled with the immense grief after the tragic and unexpected loss of both parents at a young age.
Upon the advice of medical professionals, I have chosen to eliminate pressures and distractions in my life that do not allow me to fully address the grief that flows from this great loss. I am hopeful to return to public service at some point in the future, but for now I must choose to step away from that arena in order to deal with this loss. Remediating the debilitating impact the events of the last year have had on my life are essential to restoring my health in order to rebuild my life both personally and professionally. It is with deep sadness and regret that I acknowledge my ability to serve to my full potential if successful in the November 4, 2014 election would be compromised as a result of the aforementioned circumstances.
I filed for re-election in January 25, 2014 with the knowledge that the prognosis for my mother was not good, but never did our family imagine what was just around the corner. I prayed for the best in terms of her health. Mistakenly I believed despite the outcome for my mother, whose life was cut far too short, I would be healthy and capable of moving on with all aspects of my life, including public service. It simply requires more time to heal and I would be unable to serve if elected at this time in my life.
The most responsible course of action is to seek permission to withdraw from the 2014 election.

Update: WVGOP cancels event with D’Souza

August 6, 2014 by Dave Boucher

UPDATE (6:00pm): The West Virginia Republican Party has cancelled an event with controversial author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza that was scheduled four days before he’s sentenced on a federal crime.

Here’s a statement from WV GOP Party Chairman Conrad Lucas, with more information available here:

“Dinesh D’Souza’s conservative message is a tremendous and timeless one on the past glories of our nation and what we must do to preserve it for the sake of freedom worldwide,” said West Virginia Republican Chair Conrad Lucas. “I was honored to see him speak in college at Vanderbilt. He is a true champion of the conservative cause in America.”
We regret to announce that we have cancelled the previously scheduled event for September 19.
The party drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans for choosing D’Souza. They haven’t announced a replacement yet.
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ORIGINAL: Controversial conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is slated to headline the West Virginia GOP annual “Victory Dinner,” in perhaps his last public appearance before he’s sentenced to federal prison.
Dinesh D'Souza is heading to a West Virginia GOP event days before he faces sentencing in federal court. This picture is from his website.

Dinesh D’Souza is heading to a West Virginia GOP event days before he faces sentencing in federal court. This picture is from his website.

D’Souza is the creator of popular documentary “2016: Obama’s America” and a New York Times best selling author. He also pleaded guilty to charges related to “straw donors,” or giving $20,000 to others so they can donate that money to political campaigns, according to court filings and many media reports.

The practice is illegal, and he faces up to 16 months in prison. D’Souza is  set for sentencing in New York federal court four days after the West Virginia GOP event, according to federal court filings.

State GOP party chairman Conrad Lucas called him a “warrior for more than 20 years for conservative values” in a press release announcing D’Souza’s visit.

“”He is a brilliant academic, but his popular books and film making show his unique ability to make the news of the day digestible and powerful to voters and citizens nationwide. We are proud to bring him to West Virginia at such an important time in our state’s Republican turn to Red,”  Lucas said in the statement.

He didn’t mention D’Souza’s imminent sentencing, and didn’t immediately return a message requesting comment.

In June D’Souza told the Daily Caller going to prison is “something that I have to cope with.”

“It’s certainly not an inevitability. It is in the hands of a judge who will make a decision about that at the end of September. I did something foolish and wrong, which is to say I exceeded the campaign finance limit and I take responsibility for that,” he told the online publication.

D’Souza will keynote a dinner and private reception at the Charleston Marriott, according to the announcement Tickets to the dinner start at $75 per person.

This is a developing story. Check www.dailymailwv.com for more information as it becomes available.

 

Sportsmen support Capito for Senate

August 4, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined Saturday with other Second Amendment supporters who make up her campaign’s Sportsmen for Capito coalition.
She and others met in Hernshaw for a shooting event and “discussion about preserving West Virginia’s cherished traditions and Second Amendment rights,” according to a news release. The coalition has existed since at least 2008 and re-launched for the Senate campaign earlier this year.
Capito’s Democratic opponent, Natalie Tennant, launched a similar coalition last month.
“There are many people in Washington, people who support my opponent, who frankly don’t care about our West Virginia values,” Capito said. “Our state’s traditions are dear to my heard and I will always continue fighting for the right of law-abiding West Virginians to bear arms.”
Capito’s resume includes a lifetime ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association and the West Virginia Citizens Defense League recently announced its endorsement. She opposes legislation co-introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that would restrict gun purchases, and she also opposed the United Nations Arms Treaty, which she says threatens the Second Amendment.
“Shelley Moore Capito has my vote,” said Arlie Hubbard, Sportsman for Capito Kanawha County co-chair. “She always defends the constitution and she will not tolerate anyone trying to take away our protected freedoms. Shelley shares in our small-town traditions, and she is exactly the kind of leader we need representing West Virginia values in the Senate.”

Capito launches new TV ads

July 30, 2014 by Dave Boucher

UPDATE (11:10):  An advertisement for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito appearing on West Virginia airwaves this morning is not the ad the campaign announced in a press release today.

The campaign for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released a different ad this week that's airing on TV stations today.

The campaign for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released a different ad this week that’s airing on TV stations today.

The ad appearing on local TV stations is 30-seconds long and focuses almost entirely on attacking Capito’s opponent, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

The Capito campaign purchased airtime this week with Charleston-based stations WOWK and WCHS, Wheeling station WTRF and Ohio station WTOV, according to records with the Federal Communications Commission. All of the spots are for 30 seconds; the length of the ad mentioned in the campaign’s press release is 60 seconds.

The campaign press release provides information about the content of the other ad–which focuses mostly on the congresswoman talking about coal and energy regulations–but provided little details about when the ad would appear, the cost of the airtime purchase or the stations where it will appear.

Capito campaign spokeswoman Amy Graham did not immediately respond to a question about whether it was the only ad airing for the Capito campaign.

The shorter ad also focuses on Tennant’s endorsement of President Barack Obama in previous presidential elections, mentioning the administrations’ “freedom-killing Obamacare.”

It says the president wants to limit gun ownership rights, panning to a picture of Tennant standing next to an Obama campaign sign.

“Obama tries to limit our rights to own a gun, and Tennant takes to the streets to campaign for him,” says a male narrator, with ominous music playing in the background.

“What else would you ever need to know about Natalie Tennant?”

The photo that appears during this portion of the ad is used frequently by Republicans. The original shows Tennant at the Obama campaign rally, holding the musket she used when serving as the Mountaineer mascot for West Virginia University.

This Capito ad covers Tennant holding the rifle with a larger picture of the Democrat’s face.

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ORIGINAL: In her latest television advertisement in the race for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito relies heavily on what has become campaign’s standard argument: Capito supports coal and her opponent, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, does not.

The campaign for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released its first ad Wednesday in the race for U.S. Senate.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., speaks with people who appear to be employed in the coal industry in the campaign’s first TV ad.

The Capito campaign released the ad, called “Fighting for the home team,” this morning. The spot is 1 minute, about twice the time of the typical campaign advertisement.

A Capito campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about how much air time was purchased, when the ad will air or the TV markets where it will be seen.

The ad starts with Capito addressing a group of men who appear to be employed in the coal industry: most are wearing “stripes,” the clothing with reflective stripes typically worn by underground miners. Capito says West Virginia families are afraid for the future, thanks in no part to a president “who doesn’t seem to care.” She continues:

The president’s come out with rules that say no new coal fired power plants.  But what he’s going to come out with in next several months is you are not even going to be able to even burn coal very limitedly in the existing plants.  And this is really going to hurt West Virginia.

The ad then turns dark (for a political ad), attacking Tennant for her endorsement of President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections and saying the people financing her campaign are “some of the most radical anti-coal people in the country.”

Capito and national Republicans criticized Tennant for campaigning with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Tennant has said she doesn’t agree with Warren’s stance on coal but supports her message of fighting for the middles class and against “Wall Street.” (They also appreciated the $100,000 the senator reported helped drum up in Democratic fundraising for Tennant.)

The announcement comes days after Tennant released her first ad of the campaign. While Tennant says the ad shows she’ll stand up to the president and his policies on energy, the Capito camp calls it disingenuous.

The latest version of the West Virginia Poll, conducted in May, showed Capito had an 11-point edge over Tennant.

The general election is Nov. 4.