2016 Governor Race

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When it comes to traditional Democratic politicians, Jim Justice is likely not the first person who comes to mind for many.

Phil Hudok is one of three third party candidates running for the gubernatorial seat. Hudok represents the Constitution Party. He touts his Christian values and his message of freedom as some of his qualifications for governor, and he says if elected, he would help get West Virginia on the right track.

West Virginia Gubernational Forum: A Viewpoint Special

Oct 14, 2016

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) has hosted a special Viewpoint forum with candidates in the West Virginia Governor's race. Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudok, Libertarian Party candidate David Moran, and Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt participated.

Jim Justice and Bill Cole
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After an NPR investigation into Jim Justice’s business operations, the Democratic candidate for governor takes on Republican Bill Cole in the second West Virginia gubernatorial debate.

A leaked tape where Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump can be heard describing sexually assaulting women causes waves in West Virginia politics, but will either scandal swing the vote? 

Ann Ali, managing editor of the State Journal, and MetroNews Statewide Correspondent Brad McElhinney join us to discuss the race. 

Jim Justice and Bill Cole
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) will provide live coverage of the second televised debate between GOP Senate President Bill Cole and Democratic candidate Jim Justice.

 

The debate is scheduled from 7 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. It is sponsored by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and Citynet. Hoppy Kercheval of Metronews will moderate the event.

Jim Justice
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West Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor is a billionaire, a philanthropist and a resort and coal mine owner who cites his business and mining experience as major attributes as he seeks to lead his home state out of a severe budget and economic crisis.

"I am not a career politician; I am a career businessman," wrote Jim Justice in an April 5 op-ed that appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Democratic candidate Jim Justice speaks during a gubernatorial debate against Senate Majority Leader Bill Cole R-W.Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.
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West Virginia's major party nominees for governor went head-to-head Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the first of two debates before November’s general election. The two businessmen focused mainly on the state’s economic issues.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) plans to provide live coverage of the first televised debate between GOP Senate President Bill Cole and Democratic candidate Jim Justice.

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On this episode of "The Front Porch," Scott, Laurie and Rick are joined by Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

They discuss the effect the increasing number of professions requiring licensure or certification has on the state's economy. Are all these licenses really necessary? If not, what's the best way to eliminate the ones we don't need?

Also on the podcast, a discussion of "Sit-gate" in the 2016 gubernatorial race and more.

Subscribe to "The Front Porch" podcast on iTunes or however you listen to podcasts.

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It seems like everyone is angry about the huge price increase of Mylan's EpiPen. But what's the real cause?

On "The Front Porch" podcast, Laurie Lin blames federal regulations which inhibit market competition.

We also discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act. Both Bill Cole and Jim Justice, the two leading candidates in West Virginia's 2016 gubernatorial election, have said they will maintain the state's expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Charlotte Pritt
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West Virginia's Democratic nominee for governor from 20 years ago is jumping into this year's race outside of the two major political parties.

Charlotte Pritt filed paperwork with the secretary of state Friday to run for governor as a member of the Mountain Party, West Virginia's Green Party affiliate.

Charlotte Pritt
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West Virginia's Democratic nominee for governor from 10 years ago is jumping into this year's race outside of the two major political parties.

Charlotte Pritt filed paperwork with the secretary of state Friday to run for governor as a member of the Mountain Party, West Virginia's Green Party affiliate.

W.Va. Senate Considers 1% Sales Tax Increase

Jun 1, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra has the latest from the special session of the legislature and our Executive Director Scott Finn talks with officials from AARP and the state press association about political debate plans.

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

Jim Justice
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In his bid for governor, West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice has spent more than $2 million before the May 10 Democratic primary.

In campaign finance filings tracking through April 24, Justice spent $2.1 million since his campaign started. He put almost $2 million of his money in the race and has raised $683,700.