From Clifton, Md. to Dallas, Dallas to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh to Clarksburg, and Clarksburg to the House of Delegates, it’s been a long and circuitous road for Tim Miley to become Speaker of the House. Dave spoke with the newly-elected Speaker last week, and has this profile of the Harrison County delegate on today’s front page.
Generally, Miley thinks his views are in the middle. As judiciary chairman he listened to stakeholders from every side. During his nine years in the House, Miley is confident he’s shown that he doesn’t hold any “hardcore ideology” that could offend either side.
That won’t change in his time as speaker. That also means staying the course of the Democrat leadership before him.
“I think we will maintain the democrat majority in the house if we continue doing what we have done over the nine years that I have served in the House, and get that message out,” Miley said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a Legislature during the time that I’ve been here.”
In other news…
- Today marks the end of West Virginia’s food tax, which Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says will save residents about $52 a year. The state might need that money, however: Tomblin cut $18 million from Medicaid reserve funding last week to avoid finishing the 2013 fiscal year in the red.
- No butts about it. West Virginia University and Marshall University’s smoking bans go into effect today.
- Editor and publisher Brad McElhinny has named Philip Maramba as the Daily Mail’s new managing editor and Kelly Merritt as editorial page editor.
- And in case you missed it on Friday, firearm manufacturer Beretta U.S.A. announced they would not relocate their operations to West Virginia, despite courting from lawmakers. They’re blaming Sen. Joe Manchin.