Delegate Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio, announced this morning he would switch parties to run against State Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, in 2014.
The announcement comes after a meeting last week with House Speaker Timothy Miley, D-Harrison, during which Ferns apparently said he would never switch to the GOP, according to a prepared statement by Miley.
In other news…
- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will not host his annual Christmas parties in the Governor’s Mansion this year, but will move the events to the Culture Center. That means no party tent on the Capitol grounds, and the larger venue also will allow Tomblin to reduce the number of Christmas parties he holds. Last year, there were five. This year, there will be only two.
- New reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows an increasing number of homeless veterans in West Virginia.
- Hydrocodone was the top-prescribed drug among West Virginia’s Medicare Part D patients in 2011, a new report from Propublica has found.