West Virginia Republican Party

Jim Justice
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has donated a combined $20,000 to the state Republican Party while his family businesses' have tax debts in neighboring states.

May 7, 1972: Activist Lenna Lowe Yost Dies at 94

May 7, 2018

  Activist Lenna Lowe Yost died on May 7, 1972, at age 94. The Marion County native and West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate had become involved in women’s issues as a young adult. For 10 years, she was president of the state chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The WCTU, as it’s known, principally opposed the consumption of alcohol but also supported social reforms for women.

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Melody Potter has been selected as the first woman to lead West Virginia's Republican Party.

The state GOP says in a news release that Potter was elected party chairwoman Saturday by members of the state Republican Executive Committee at their winter meeting.

Conrad Lucas
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The chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party announced he’ll be running for West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks live to Conrad Lucas, the chair of the state Republican Party who is in Cleveland for the party’s convention this week and Clark Davis reports from Huntington where addiction treatment specialists are looking to nature assisted therapy. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Jim Justice
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A Republican group has bought $500,000 in TV attack ads against West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Jim Justice.

The Republican Governors Association announced the ad Tuesday, putting its investment in the race at more than $1 million.

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West Virginia Senate Republican leaders were billed almost $21,000 in state money for outside attorneys in a legal case that threatened their majority.

An invoice sent to GOP Senate President Bill Cole shows the upper chamber retained Flaherty, Sensabaugh and Bonasso, PLLC for about $20,700 for the case in January.

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Many West Virginians have been switching which political party they are affiliated with.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the most people have switched from Democratic to Republican as the 2016 primaries have neared.

May 7, 1972: Activist Lenna Lowe Yost Dies at 94

May 7, 2015

  Activist Lenna Lowe Yost died on May 7, 1972, at age 94. The Marion County native and West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate had become involved in women’s issues as a young adult. For 10 years, she was president of the state chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The WCTU, as it’s known, principally opposed the consumption of alcohol but also supported social reforms for women.

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In their first shot at leading the Legislature since the 1930s, Republicans considered ideas that Democrats hadn't given much play.

They suggested allowing charter schools, repealing Common Core educational standards, drug testing welfare recipients and introducing a right-to-work law.

Courtesy Photo Tudor's Biscuit World

One may not expect that eating breakfast could be considered political activism. Yet, on Wednesday morning at Tudor’s Biscuit World on the west side of Charleston, the Democratic Party asked residents of the area to come out in support of a struggling West Virginia food bank.

The event, raising money for the Mountaineer Food Bank, came just one day after another fundraiser was canceled by the conservative non-profit  Go West Virginia Inc.  The Associated Press obtained an invitation to the Go West Virginia event, which called for a $100,000 donation for a Tuesday morning breakfast at the Charleston Courtyard Marriott. The invitation said donors would not publicly be disclosed.

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 West Virginia Republican senators have resurrected a charter school bill, sparking outcry from Democrats who say the bill should be dead.

The move on the Senate floor Tuesday prompted Democrats, in protest, to request that bills be read out loud in their entirety.

On Monday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler led a charge to postpone indefinitely the charter school bill. The motion passed with three Republicans absent in the committee.

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This election cycle was a historic one for West Virginians, electing a Republican majority in both the state House and Senate and sending all but one Republican to Congress to represent the state. Those state and federal leaders in met in Charleston Monday to discuss their path forward.

Senator-elect Shelley Moore Capito fronted the group of lawmakers during a press conference at the Capitol after a morning meeting amongst party leaders. Capito says the state’s Congressional delegation plans to work closely with in-waiting House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Bill Cole in the upcoming year to move their issues forward.

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Two West Virginia political committees spent about $1.4 million each to help their preferred parties win state legislative posts this election.

According to a campaign finance disclosure filed Thursday, Grow WV Inc. spent more than $1.4 million to help Republicans. Most of the group's money went toward mailings and TV advertisements.

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall made the political switch from Democrat to Republican this week giving the GOP an 18 to 16 majority. On Viewpoint Friday, Hall said he made the switch to keep his district relevant.

The 2014 mid-term elections were significant not just for the national Republican Party, but for the state GOP as well. The party was able to gain control of all 4 Congressional seats on the ballot and flip both the West Virginia House and Senate.