The Daily Mail’s editorial board is meeting today with candidates for the 37th, 38th and 39th districts for the House of Delegates.
Candidates in the 37th include incumbent Meshea Poore, a Democrat, and Mountain Party challenger Derrick Westly Shaffer.
The 38th District candidates include Democrat Virginia “Ginny” Moles and Republican incumbent Patrick Lane.
The 39th District candidates are Democrat Clint Casto and Republican Ron Walters.
Thanks for following along. Let me know in the comments if you could see or hear well enough and if you have a solution to paving West Virginia’s highways and maintaining the bridges….
Lane: “I pushed hard for single-member districts.” “I’m going to miss the relationships I built with the 3-member district I represented.”
Moles: “I’d like to add that I would support term limits to every office.”
“You get to know the people better than you already do because it’s a smaller area,” Casto says.
Redistricting? Casto likes a single-member district.
Death panels! That’s the topic now.
DOH is in trouble if it needs a solution to come from us.
The original question was about how to pay for highways and bridges. Now we’re off on federal dollars and their effect on the state budget. Anyhow, it’s an interesting discussion.
Lane: “It happens in roads, it happens in health care, it happens in education.”
Moles: “Are you saying the stimulus money was spent on projects we’re going to have to keep on upholding forever?”
Lane: Our budget has exploded. The federal stimulus pumped money into the WV budget, and conservatives wanted to treat it as a one-time influx. Now the stimulus money is ebbing. Spending, meanwhile, has gone up. “My solution is to return our budget process to the level it was pre-stimulus.”
Lane: “There’s no way the citizens in WV can afford to pay more in taxes.”
Moles defers to Lane because she says he’s in the Legislature and has experience of thinking about the budget.
Casto: “I would look at other cuts, other ways we could get the money from.” “If I was going to raise anything on taxes it would be maybe on cigarettes.” “Money is tight and we’re paying a lot of taxes already.”
Casto: “I’m not going to increase taxes on the gas.”
Don Surber: Not enough money to pay for state bridges. How can we pay to maintain WV bridges?
Lane: “It seems to me that if you are serious about democracy, you might want to know who’s voting.”
Lane: “I am for protecting the integrity of our election process.”
Casto: “People are sick of government intervention.”
Lane: “If I walk in and I tell the poll worker who doesn’t know me that I’m Don Surber and they don’t know me and I see your signature in the page and I sign close to what your signature is, they check it out and go on.:
Lane: “I support photo ID.”
Casto: “When I went to school, we signed an honor code.” “I have faith in my neighbor.” “You can interpret that that I have faith in my neighbors.” That seems to mean he opposes voter ID.
Ginny Moles: “I oppose it. I think it disenfranchises elderly people. It disenfranchises a lot of poor people.”
Hanna Maurice: Voters and photo identification…
“I don’t know of any new diseases they have that would require immunizations. But if it protects the child the parents should have a right” to decline. But if it protects the other students, the parents maybe shouldn’t have the right to decline. — Moles.
Moles asks for a clarification about the nature of the legislative rules. “Maybe you all need to do a better job of passing better legislation.”
Lane is saying kids are staying home from school all over West Virginia because of the vaccination issue. “Many have given in and gotten the shots.”
Lane: We need to take into account the potential medical situation. But our role is the body that adopts or rejects an administrative rule that affects the rights of citizens.
Casto is asking Lane a followup question. Some candidates during our meetings have bristled at being asked questions by other candidates. These guys are not running in the same district, though, so it seems to be a friendly conversation.
Lane: “I’m not comfortable abdicating what I view as a Legislative duty to bureaucracy.”
“That has been an issue that I’ve noticed over the years at the Legislature. I generally vote no on every rule bill that comes through. The reason is we do see too much authority to unelected bureaucrats. Second, 90 percent of the people in the Legislature do not read those bills when they come through.”
Lane is saying the new rules should have gone through the Legislature, rather than straight out of DHHR. “It’s keeping kids out of school.” “If they don’t attend school they lose their fundamental right to an education.” “Their parents may be subject to truancy charges.”
Lane is involved with lawsuits over mandatory vaccinations in his outside the Legislature life as a lawyer. 7th and 12th graders have new requirements this year. Some families have held out on getting the vaccinations.
Mandatory vaccinations is our topic of the moment.
Clint Casto is running i the 39th. Ron Walters, the incumbent, couldn’t make it to our meeting. “I just want to give a little back,” Casto says.
She just told a Chuck Yeager story that he might have preferred stayed off the record. Apparently he had a reputation for “The Right Stuff” in more ways than one.
Ginny Moles is running in the 38th, too. I should have mentioned in the intro that this district includes part of Putnam. She has a background in local government and spent 2 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era. She joined the 130th AirLift Wing after that. Now she’s retired and an active volunteer.
Patrick Lane is running in the newly created 38th district. He used to be in the 32nd
We’re going to have a camera going again, and it appears we’re out of focus again, so there’s that.
This is our third or fourth day of House races this week.
We’ve got Patrick Lane, Clint Casto and Ginny Moles here at the moment.
Hello! We’re still waiting for a couple of candidates before we get going.
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