The Capitol Notebook took a brief Labor Day break, but we’re back this morning with your daily lunchtime rundown.
Yesterday, top Democrat officials visited the United Mine Workers of America’s annual Labor Day picnic in Racine. Each year’s rally seems to have a prevailing theme. This year, speakers tended to focus on the union’s battle with Patriot Coal over retiree benefits.
Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., called Patriots attempts to cut off benefits “unfair,” “unjust” and “immoral.” Sen. Joe Manchin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant vowed to fight alongside the union to secure retiree’s benefits.
In other news…
- Speaking at yesterday’s rally, Manchin also said he does not support a military intervention in Syria because he hasn’t “found anyone in support of us going over” among his constituents.
- On Sunday, a group of citizens gathered along Kanawha Boulevard in downtown Charleston to protest a U.S. strike on Syria. This comes after a similar-sized group rallied at the state Capitol last Wednesday supporting an intervention.
- An event organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, coming Wednesday to the Clay Center, hopes to generate positive discussions on West Virginia’s economic future.