Bill Cole

Donald Trump
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Three West Virginia representatives to the electoral college are clear and unequivocal that they will be voting for Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president regardless of emails, letters and calls urging them not to.

The state's five electoral college representatives were all chosen earlier this year by West Virginia's Republican Party. They got the nod after their party's candidate won a majority of the state's popular vote.

Jim Justice and Bill Cole
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice says four metallurgical coal mines in southern West Virginia are reopening and will put 375 people to work.

The Register-Herald reports Justice made the announcement Thursday, saying his company, Justice Corp., estimates it has already filled about a third of the jobs.

Gubernatorial candidate and Senate President Bill Cole poses with a supporter during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 28, in Morgantown.
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In his gubernatorial campaign, Senate President Bill Cole has emphasized shrinking the size of state government and cutting down on regulation in West Virginia. Cole has drawn support from like-minded national Republican figures, such as Wisconsin’s controversial governor, Scott Walker.


West Virginia's wealthy candidates poured money into their races during the past month, while the national association of Republican attorneys general spent $2.83 million trying to keep Patrick Morrisey in office.

The group previously paid $3.4 million for ads backing Morrisey, West Virginia's first-term attorney general, against Huntington businessman and state delegate Doug Reynolds.

Scott Walker
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Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who briefly ran for president last year, is scheduled to make three campaign stops Friday across West Virginia with GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. President Bill Cole.

Walker is vice chair of the Republican Governor's Association.

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A new MetroNews West Virginia gubernatorial poll is out and it shows Jim Justice leading bill Cole.

Democratic Candidate Jim Justice leads Republican Candidate Bill Cole by an 11-point margin in the race for Governor of the state. The MetroNews West Virginia poll of 408 likely voters was conducted from October 12th through the 17th after the second gubernatorial debate.

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The two leading candidates for governor attacked each other over unpaid bills and Donald Trump at the last major party debate. Who won, and will it matter?

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West Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole has criticized Donald Trump for his recently released comments about women.

Cole released a statement Saturday that as a father of two teenage daughters, he was offended by Trump's remarks, which were recorded in 2005. Cole has endorsed Trump and appeared with him at a rally in May at the Charleston Civic Center.

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.

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.

Newt Ginrich
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Newt Gingrich is heading to West Virginia to boost the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Bill Cole.

The Cole campaign says Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker and presidential candidate, will be in Martinsburg for a Thursday evening fundraiser.

Bill Cole, Jeff Kessler
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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole says West Virginia needs a full-time governor to address the state's challenges.

His comments Thursday at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual business meeting at the Greenbrier Resort were in reference to Democratic opponent Jim Justice.

Bill Cole
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A national group that boosts Democratic candidates for governor is hitting West Virginia Republican nominee Bill Cole with $233,700 in negative TV ads.

State campaign finance disclosures show the Democratic Governors Association is funding the ad currently running under the name Good Jobs West Virginia. It's the Democratic governor group's first major foray into the race.

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole wants to address West Virginia's drug abuse epidemic by establishing mandatory minimum jail sentences for drug dealers.

Cole, the state Senate president, released the idea in a seven-point drug plan. He'll discuss it Tuesday with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Morgantown.


Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole will participate in two October debates in the West Virginia governor's race.

Justice, a billionaire businessman, announced Friday he'll join the West Virginia Press Association debate on Oct. 4 and the West Virginia Broadcasters Association debate on Oct. 11.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Billionaire Jim Justice has spent almost $2.8 million in his Democratic bid for West Virginia governor, more than two Democrats he defeated and Republican nominee Bill Cole combined.

A lawsuit claims a Kentucky woman who worked for an automall owned by a West Virginia gubernatorial candidate experienced sexual advances and was paid less than comparable male co-workers.

The lawsuit filed by the woman last month in Cabell County Circuit Court targets Bill Cole Automall and Gregory H. Rorrer, general manager of the Ashland, Kentucky dealership.

Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is raising cash for Republican Bill Cole's campaign for West Virginia governor.

During Tuesday's fundraiser in Charleston, Pence praised West Virginia's passage of right-to-work legislation and legal reforms under Cole, the Senate president.

RIck Perry
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline a Charleston fundraiser for Senate President Bill Cole's Republican bid for West Virginia governor.

Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says it's one of three West Virginia events Perry will attend May 31.

Jim Justice
Ashton Marra / WV Public Broadcasting

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.

On West Virginia Morning, a complete wrap up of the results of the state’s primary election, plus PROMISE scholarships are on hold until after a state budget is determined and West Virginia State University has a new president. 

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

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Also digital reporter Dave Mistich joins host Beth Vorhees to talk about what election news and results we can expect to see on our website.

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

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

While Senate President and unopposed Republican candidate for Governor Bill Cole has his eyes set on the state’s highest office, he still has a high task in helping pass a balanced state budget.

Cole was one of the introductory speakers at Donald Trump’s rally in Charleston Thursday after endorsing the candidate earlier this week. Before the rally, Cole called Trump the “most vocal supporter of our beleaguered coal industry.”

Bill Cole
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Cole is supporting Donald Trump for president.

The current state Senate president made his announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Cole said Trump understands business and economics, knows how to create jobs and has spoken out for revitalizing the coal industry.

A group fueled by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers has donated $100,000 to a super PAC supporting Republican Bill Cole for governor in West Virginia.

According to campaign finance reports, Freedom Partners Action Fund, Inc. wrote the check to the pro-Cole group Accelerate West Virginia in March.

Bill Cole
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new political committee can raise unlimited amounts of cash to support Bill Cole's Republican bid for governor.

The independent expenditure-only group Accelerate West Virginia formed Tuesday in South Charleston. A news release Thursday announced the group's support of Cole, the state Senate president.

Wyatt Greene

  Entering an election year, state officials aren't thrilled by suggestions to raise taxes, tolls and fees for roads.

As federal money keeps fizzling, some aren't dismissing the idea.

West Virginia's problems appear to be about upkeep, not necessarily congestion.

U.S. Census data from 2013 shows Charleston and Huntington metro areas had commute times about two minutes lower than the national average, almost 26 minutes. The Martinsburg-Hagerstown, Maryland, area exceeds the average by four minutes but includes Washington commuters.

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The state’s top Republicans are rallying around the only Republican candidate who has announced intentions to run for Governor, Senate President Bill Cole.

Republican House Speaker Tim Armstead announced his endorsement of Cole Friday, calling him a bold and decisive leader.

Earlier this week, newly elected Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins released his official endorsement of the Senator.

Bill Cole
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Republican state Senate President Bill Cole has announced that he will run for West Virginia governor in 2016.

The prominent auto dealer made his announcement Tuesday morning at a Nissan dealership he owns near Bluefield. The Mercer County lawmaker then headed to Charleston for additional events at the Capitol.


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Republican West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole will announce his intentions in the 2016 West Virginia governor's race.

GOP consultant Kent Gates says Cole will make his announcement Tuesday.