There’s a little breaking news from Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, this morning.
After indicating (almost, we believed, confirming) she could run for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito‘s 2nd District seat, Raines said she will not make a run for U.S. Congress next year. From the press release:
“I have weighed this decision very carefully and, while I understand the necessity for strong representation in D.C., my place is at home continuing to represent WV’s 35th House District and caring for my mother as she battles a serious illness.”
Raines previously announced she would run for the seat currently held by State Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha. McCabe plans to retire after his current term is through. Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, also plans to run for that seat.
In other news…
- There’s a new black bear at the Attorney General’s Office.
- Yesterday I spoke legislators and others who attended last week’s trip to North Dakota, collecting their thoughts on what the Roughrider State had to say about its oil and natural gas trust fund. Here’s an older story I wrote about how North Dakota’s trust fund works.
- The acting director of the state Division of Juvenile Services has been reimbursed more than $5,000 so far this year to travel, live and eat in Charleston.
- A judge denied West Virginia Radio Corp.’s request for a preliminary injunction against IMG College and West Virginia University, over the college’s recent media rights contract with the company.
- A circuit judge reinstated the $200,000 cash-only bond for Mark Bramble, the assistant attorney general arrested for shooting up his South Hills home earlier this month. A Kanawha Magistrate previously lowered the bond at Bramble’s preliminary hearing to $250,000 or 10 percent cash, meaning the attorney could have been released by posting $25,000.