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June-07-2019

By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail

MINERAL WELLS — It started as a town hall for Gov. Jim Justice to build GOP unity behind his re-election bid.

He criticized those who malign him for “not being Republican enough.” He called on them not to cast stones.

He then proceeded to bash the Senate president for his charge to bring charter schools and education savings accounts into West Virginia, which he compared to “causing a ruckus” and throwing a Hail...

June-06-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s new-look campaign finance law goes into effect Friday, which, among other things, will increase campaign donation limits to match federal levels.

Senate Bill 622 increases individual contributions to candidates from $1,000 to $2,800 per election, up to $5,000 for political action committees and $...

June-05-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia House of Delegates will have to decide what to do with the ”Student Success Act” (Senate Bill 1039)that the state Senate passed Monday.

Both chambers are Republican controlled, but Republican delegates weren’t unified behind the “omnibus” education bill (Senate Bill 451)...

June-04-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House of Delegates leaders aren’t immediately embracing an omnibus education bill passed out of the Senate, but the House majority whip is mincing no words about the role of the governor.

“With all due respect to the governor, his lack of leadership on public education reform has been disappointing,” said Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.

The state Senate passed a broad-reaching education bill during...

May-31-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Mitch Carmichael isn’t ready to guarantee an omnibus education bill will be passed in a single day.

“Am I confident? No, I’m not 100 percent confident on it,” Carmichael said in a press conference response to a question about the comprehensive education bill and a second bill focusing on education savings accounts.

Carmichael wants to consider the 144-page omnibus bill and the separate...

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