October 2018

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October 2, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Less than a year after teachers in West Virginia went on strike for better pay and changes to public health insurance, Governor Jim Justice announced a new plan to help the state employees' public insurance plan.

PEIA, or the Public Employees Insurance Agency, is the health insurance plan for state employees in West Virginia.

Governor Justice announced Tuesday $100M will be put towards PEIA. He also announced that he will introduce a bill to give...

October 10, 2018

Justice presser or GOP stump speech?
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail; Statehouse Beat

Have to say that in my nearly 29 years of covering the Statehouse, I have never seen a gubernatorial press conference so blatantly political as the one Gov. Jim Justice held last week.

(Actually, I had to watch the video replay since I was covering the impeachment trial, and given Justice's reputation for being notoriously late, I feared the two would overlap.)...

October 11, 2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Republican Gov. Jim Justice promised last week to offer school workers and other state employees another 5 percent raise, plus $100 million to fund looming cost increases to their health insurance coverage, all without another school worker strike.

Union leaders suggested Justice’s new proposal is because he fears possible anti-GOP sentiment in the midterm election that’s about a month away. Justice didn’t reference that, but he did reach...

October 12, 2018

By: Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

An appointed, incumbent delegate in Kanawha County running her first full-fledged campaign is ready to duke it out with the teachers’ unions.

Sharon Lewis Malcolm, a retired state employee running as a Republican, repeatedly praised the Legislature for granting a 5 percent pay raise to teachers and state employees without raising taxes.

October 15, 2018

Alex Thomas, WV Metro News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Outside of the U.S. Senate contest, it is hard to find a race in West Virginia that has garnered as much attention as that of the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

While seeming like an easy Republican victory on paper (President Donald Trump won the district ...

October 15, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 15, 2018

WVEA-PAC Endorses Judicial Candidates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. − WVEA-PAC met on Saturday, October 13 to finalize their endorsements for the November 6 General Election. WVEA-PAC endorsed the following candidates: WV Supreme Court of Appeals – Joanna Tabit (Division 1) and Jeffrey Kessler (Division 2).

WVEA-PAC Chairperson Dale Lee comments on the WV Supreme Court candidates, “I believe we have endorsed two individuals, Tabit and Kessler...

October 16, 2018

Erin Beck, Beckley Register-Herald

October 17, 2018

Non-affiliated voter numbers continue to grow in Mountain State
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since the May Primary Election, Republicans and voters with ‘No Party Affiliation” have made up the largest number of new registered voters in West Virginia.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office as of Oct. 15, 10,385 state residents have registered as Republicans since May 8, while 9,467 has...

October 18, 2018

BY: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice has notified Public Employees Insurance Agency Executive Director Ted Cheatham that state funding for PEIA for the 2019-20 plan year will total $575 million — an amount unchanged from the current plan.

By law, the governor must provide what is known as the guidance letter to PEIA by Oct. 15 of each year, so that the PEIA Finance Board can devise the next year’s benefits plan, a proposal that goes out to public hearings...

October 19, 2018

By: Jessica Farrish, Beckley Register-Herald

Education, jobs, opioid recovery and infrastructure are key issues facing West Virginia, candidates in the national and state races said Thursday morning.

Around 375 guests attended the annual "Meet the Candidates" breakfast at the Raleigh Convention Center, hosted by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

Among them were United States Sen. Joe Manchin and challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey....

October 22, 2018

By: Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In Kanawha County, after you vote for U.S. Senate, West Virginia Supreme Court and other races, your trip down the Nov. 6 general election ballot will take you to a long list of school expenses and confusing numbers.

Welcome to the Kanawha County school system excess levy.

For the past quarter-century, Kanawha County...