Election 2014

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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.

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing an elections complaint saying she led a U.S. Senate campaign rally near a voting site.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed the complaint in late October but did not publicize it. McCormick, a Republican, provided the letter to The Charleston Gazette after a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Editor's Note: The audio links in this story contain some racially charged words that may not be suitable for all listeners. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you a story. It’s a strange, fascinating and awful tale staged in West Virginia during the 21st century when they developed a unique craft, an art form of performance known as Appalachian blackface."

The opening lines of Crystal Good's newest poem "Appalachian Blackface" are meant to pull the audience into a theatrical tale, one where the politicians are the performers and West Virginia voters the ticket holders to a show the centers around coal, economics and race.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller will get a school named after him at West Virginia University.   And we’ll have an update about how the community of Matewan is turning their town around.

A Charleston attorney says the West Virginia Democratic Party rented a historic riverfront house and trashed it. 

Cynthia Evans told The Charleston Gazette that her Charleston office looked like a frat house Wednesday, the day after the election.

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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.

Exit polling data from MSNBC reveals quite a lot about the motivation of voters in the Capito-Tennant race for U.S. Senate. For example, 47 percent of voters polled say their vote "expressed opposition" to President Obama, with 90 percent of those voters punching the ticket for Capito.


  This election, West Virginia Republicans made historic gains and the state's voters set a low mark.

A paltry 37.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots for Tuesday's election. The secretary of state's website says the turnout is the lowest for a regular general election since at least 1950.

For the first midterm election since its introduction here in 2002, early voting dropped this year.

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Senator Daniel Hall has left the Democratic Party, flipping the West Virginia Legislature entirely into the hands of the GOP, according to a source in the state's Republican Party office. 

The party affiliation change comes after a deadlock in the state Senate where Republicans and Democrats each had 17 members as a result of Tuesday's election.

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Updated Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. 

State Senator Daniel Hall has switched from Democrat to Republican, switching the balance of power.  For more, see this story.

Original Post from Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3: 51 p.m. 

After Tuesday’s mid-term elections, Democrats in the West Virginia Senate are living with a new reality.  There are 17 of them and 17 Republicans, leaving the upper chamber in a dead even tie.

The results mean control of the Senate, and Senate President Jeff Kessler’s position of power, hang in the balance, but it’s not one that’s likely to be decided any time soon.

Cong. Nick Rahall with veterans
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Democrat Nick Rahall of Beckley will leave his congressional office next month after 38 years of service, to be replaced by Republican Evan Jenkins.

West Virginia's District 3 congressman sat down with Suzanne Higgins on election night, to reflect on the 2014 campaign, and the successes he's had for southern West Virginia while in office.

While the Rahall campaign received between $3-$7 million in outside support to Jenkins' estimated $8-$10 million, the congressman said the practice has undermined the political process.

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The story of the 2014 Midterm Elections in West Virginia is all about the Republican Party.

Calling Tuesday's election a statement that the President's polices were on the ballot, Republicans won big in federal races and dramatically shifted the power of the state legislature.

Here are the five biggest stories of the night:

1. The House of Delegates is now in the hands of the GOP for the first time in 83 years.

The state Republican Party's main focus this year was changing the balance of power in the House of Delegates. Running on a campaign of "83 years is enough" and pointing to the longtime control of Democrats, the GOP pulled 64 of 100 seats in the state legislature's lower house. 

Sen. Donna Boley
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Senator Donna Boley of Pleasants County was the only Republican member of the West Virginia Senate in the 1990's. 

Now, she is the longest serving member of the upper chamber and will preside as Senate President pro-tem.

After Tuesday night's mid-term election, Boley's tenure also means she will preside over the next Senate President election in January. 

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a full rundown of reports about last night’s election results.  Our reporters were at the campaign parties to hear the victory and concession speeches.  And we’ll check in with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the new Republican majority in the House of Delegates.

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The seat in the second Congressional Delegation came up for grabs after Shelley Moore Capito decided to run for the United States Senate.

The enthusiasm at the Mooney campaign’s post-election party in Charles Town was anything but quiet. As soon as the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., supporters showed up in droves.

Throughout the evening, the vote tally between Mooney and Casey remained close, but the Republican’s supporters never faltered in confidence.

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Congressman David McKinley's re-election Tuesday evening came as no surprise to most who have been following the 1st Congressional District race. His opponent, Democratic state Auditor Glen Gainer, was often criticized for running a quiet race, one he called "truly grassroots."

By the end of the night, results showed McKinley winning with 64 percent of the vote, but he spoke to supporters in Morgantown shortly after the polls closed.

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A mere seconds after the polls closed across the state, national media outlets began calling the U.S. Senate race in favor of Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

The seat is being vacated by long-time Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller who announced his retirement last year.

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Twitter is an increasingly powerful tool for communication and news gathering. This election, the company has provided an analytical look at the political conversation in each state leading up to Tuesday, November 4.

So take a look at who's tweeting about politics in West Virginia and what they have to say:  

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, our digital reporter Dave Mistich talks about all of the election news and results you’ll be able to find on our website, wvpublic.org tonight.  And a collection of works by West Virginia native Pearl S. Buck will be preserved at West Virginia University. 

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The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is reporting early voting numbers this year are down compared to the last mid-term election cycle in 2010. 

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, if you’re waiting to cast your ballot on Election Day tomorrow, Ashton Marra reports on some on line resources that may assist you.  And, from Shepherdstown, Liz McCormick reports on a program to assist wounded veterans. 

Project Vote Smart

With all of the negative campaign advertising on television and radio leading up to Election Day, voters can get lost in the noise.

Project Vote Smart is helping to cut through that though with a free online resource for voters called Vote Easy. It’s a quiz of sorts to help you figure out which candidate most closely aligns with your stances on certain issues.

Congressman David McKinley's race for re-election has seen little noise from his Democratic challenger state Auditor Glen Gainer. In an earlier episode of Viewpoint, Gainer called his campaign a truly "grassroots effort," but McKinley doesn't seem threatened by the challenge.

Hacking the Gender Gap

Oct 31, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we wind up our pre-election coverage with interviews from Republicans Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate and David McKinley, who is seeking another term as the First District Congressman.  And a report about last weekend’s Hackathon at WVU which highlighted women, media and wearable technology.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says that the current decline in coal-related employment is caused by many factors. But she says as a U.S. Senator, she would focus on the one she believes she can influence: environmental regulations.

In an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the candidate for U.S. Senate said the decline in coal jobs was caused by three things:

Martinsburg Doctors on Ebola Virus: "Stay Calm"

Oct 30, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a special committee of members of the state senate convened its first meeting to find out how citizens in Beckley feel about their economic future and what the legislature can do to improve it.  And we’ll continue our series of reports profiling the third party candidates on your election ballot.  This morning we’ll meet Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate John Buckley.

An Old Name for a New Website in Wheeling

Oct 29, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, the Boy Scouts of America would like to rent out their massive facility of Fayette County, but they need a change in the state’s constitution to do it.  Ashton Marra will explain.  In Wheeling, some citizens are re-visiting the city’s history to take it into the future.