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January-19-2016

Fayette parents lobby lawmakers for safer schools
By Pamela Pritt, (Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — A group of Fayette County parents wearing orange T-shirts saying FUSE walked the halls of the State Capitol Monday talking with anyone who would listen about the state of the schools their children attend.

Fayette United for Safe Education scheduled meetings with the chairs of education in both chambers, Sen. Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, and...

January-19-2016

Randolph delegate Denise Campbell files for Senate run
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Denise Campbell (D, Randolph – 43) officially filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office Monday afternoon, launching her bid for the Democratic nomination for the 11th Senatorial District.

She is the first Democrat to enter the field to challenge Senator Greg Boso (R, Nicholas – 11). Governor Tomblin appointed Boso to this...

January-18-2016

Statehouse Beat: Tomblin handled budget deficit plans well
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter
 
Consensus from longtime Statehouse observers is that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin did a masterful job of framing the debate on how to address the combined $820 million of funding deficits in the current and upcoming 2016–17 state budgets.
He rationally spelled out a plan that combines $250 million of spending cuts imposed over the past two years with some prudent...

January-14-2016

GOP leaders split on Tomblin's tax proposals
By David Gutman and Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Republican legislative leaders were split over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to partially fill the state’s budget shortfall with tax increases, with Senate President Bill Cole open to the idea and House Speaker Tim Armstead deeply skeptical.

Armstead said House members favor cutting state government spending — not raising taxes. In addition to...

January-14-2016

Unions rally at the Capitol during State of the State
By Andrew Brown, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The volume of the crowd grew exponentially louder in the state Capitol and from the far end of the marble-lined Rotunda boos began to mix with the chants of “right-to-work is wrong.”

As Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, made his way toward the House Chamber, his path grew narrower. The walls of unionized teachers, carpenters, electricians and miners squeezed...

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