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Eight Years Ago, Clinton Trounced Obama In West Virginia. Today, She Looks Likely To Lose

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Thanks largely to the fact that she has moved left on coal, Hillary Clinton seems likely to lose today’s West Virginia primary. But it will have only a minimal impact on Clinton’s quest for a delegate majority.

Joe Manchin Will Not Run For West Virginia Governor

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After flirting with the idea on several occasions, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will not run for Governor of West Virginia and will run for re-election to the Senate: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Sunday that he won’t run for governor next year and instead plans to seek reelection […]

Joe Manchin Mulls Leaving Senate To Run For Governor Again

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West Virginia’s Joe Manchin is reportedly mulling leaving the Senate to run once again for a job where he’d have the ability to actually accomplish something.

18 Year-Old College Freshman Wins Election To West Virginia State Legislature

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An eighteen year old college freshman won election to the West Virginia State Legislature on Tuesday: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s […]

Same-Sex Marriage Goes From 19 States To 29 States In One Week

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In the space of one week, we’ve gone from 19 states that recognize same-sex marriage to 29. Soon, it will be 35.

Odds Point To A GOP Senate Takeover

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Signs continue to suggest that a GOP Senate takeover is likely.

Joe Manchin Hints He Might Leave The Senate

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been dropping a lot of hints lately that he’s thinking about leaving Washington, D.C. and returning to West Virginia: WASHINGTON — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he’s keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor’s office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed […]

November Special Election Set For Byrd’s Senate Seat

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Thanks to a late-night legislative session and a Governor’s signature, West Virginians will get to vote for a replacement to complete Robert Byrd’s term this November: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A deal struck Monday evening by Gov. Joe Manchin and state lawmakers will send West Virginians to the polls to fill the state’s vacant U.S. Senate […]

West Virginia Governor Appoints Placeholder To Byrd’s Seat

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While a bill to allow a special election this November moves through the West Virginia legislature, the state’s Governor has appointed a long time aide to fill the seat: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he has selected his former chief counsel, Carte Goodwin, to be the next senator from West Virginia. Manchin called […]

Democratic Governor Leads In W. Virginia Senate Race

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Not surprisingly, Joe Manchin holds an overwhelming lead over both of his likely Republican adversaries: A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in West Virginia, taken Thursday night, shows Manchin with 53% support, while Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito earns 39% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate in the race, and […]

West Virginia Attorney General Okays 2010 Election For Byrd’s Seat

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It’s now beginning to look like there will be a special election in West Virginia this year after all: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s attorney general says Gov. Joe Manchin can put the late Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat on the ballot this November. Manchin requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Darrell McGraw, who […]

West Virginia Governor Being Urged To Appoint Himself To Succeed Robert Byrd

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Categorize this as one of those things that isn’t illegal but probably should be: Top West Virginia labor and business leaders are calling on Gov. Joe Manchin — who local Democrats say is highly interested in running for Senate — to reverse course and appoint himself to the seat held by the late Sen. Robert […]

West Virginia May Move Up Date For Special Election For Byrd Seat

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Chris Cilizza reports that West Virginia politicians are discussing changing state law to allow a special election to fill Robert Byrd’s seat this year: The special election for the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-W.Va.) seat might not have to wait until 2012 after all. Just two days after the senator died and Secretary of State […]

No Election For Byrd’s Senate Seat Until 2012

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Thanks to a rather odd interpretation of West Virginia law, there won’t be an election to fill Robert Byrd’s Senate seat until November, 2012.

Bad Year For Powerful Congressmen?

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Has clout become the kiss of death? Politico‘s Jonathan Allen and Manu Raju think so. The back-to-back primary defeats of two powerful appropriators have sent an unmistakable message to lawmakers: The trappings of power can be a trap. On Wednesday night, West Virginia Democrats eighty-sixed Rep. Alan Mollohan, making him the first House appropriator to […]

Alan Mollahan Loses, West Virginia Democrats Send 28-Year Incumbent Packing

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The anti-incumbent fever that we’ve seen mostly in the Republican Party of late is also manifesting itself in the Democratic Party, as evidenced by last night’s stunning primary loss by 14 term incumbent Congressman Alan Mollohan: Rep. Alan Mollohan, a 14-term incumbent, has been defeated by state Sen. Mike Oliverio in West Virginia’s Democratic primary, […]

Pennsylvania Loses Seats 9th Census Running

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Pennsylvania is Reapportionment’s version of the Biggest Loser. If projections hold, Pennsylvania will lose Congressional seats for the ninth straight Census. Smart Politics: Several projections have been conducted by experts during the last few years – with Texas and Arizona universally considered to be the big winners of multiple seats, with the remaining gains coming […]

Bobby Bowden Retires

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Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden has made it official: He’s stepping down after 35 years heading the Florida State program and 44 years as a college head coach. Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games in his career at […]

Byrd Emergency

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Something happened at Senator Robert Byrd’s home this morning prompting the dispatch of a large fleet of emergency vehicles. Manu Raju reports and speculates for Politico: Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched to the Northern Virginia home of Sen. Robert Byrd Tuesday morning. A neighbor of the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat said several ambulances were […]

Taking Ockham’s Razor to Sarah Palin Haters

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Since his departure from the Washington Times, Stacy McCain has become perhaps the most skilled attention whore in all the blogosphere. Yeah, I just wrote that. And put it on the Internet. In seeking to explain why Ken Layne and Andrew Sullivan seem to loathe Sarah Palin and, in particular, make sport of her Down […]

Premier League vs. American Team Sports

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To illustrate that US professional sports have a lot of “hilariously anticompetitive interferences in the market” compared to the English Premier League, Daniel Davies constructs an artificial sports league based on all major professional teams in “Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC” in order to achieve a comparable population […]

Human Development Map is Bunk

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Andrew Gelman looks inside the methodology used to construct the widely-circulated “Human Development Index” map and concludes that it’s bunk. It turns out that the “index” considers only three elements:  Life expectancy at birth, adult literacy and education, and a variant of GDP per capita.   It seems that the first two of these are so […]

Lieberman as McCain’s Running Mate

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Ben Smith quotes lawyer A.B. Culvahouse explaining legal obstacles to Joe Lieberman’s having been John McCain’s running mate. “Five states have sore loser statutes … [making] it very difficult for someone who’s not a member of the Republican Party to become the vice presidential nominee if they only switch parties to become a Republican shortly […]

Byrd: Czars Executive Power Grab

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Old Man Byrd is at it again: West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving Democratic senator, on Wednesday criticized President Barack Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch. Byrd complained in a letter to the president that his […]

Military Service Demographics

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Danielle Allen takes to the editorial pages of WaPo to decry the regional disparity of military service in a piece titled “Red-State Army?” Whereas in 1969 13 percent of Americans were veterans, in 2007 only 8 percent of us were. Even more important than these general demographic shifts is the change wrought by the end […]

McCain Wins West Virginia

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Okay, so this actually is news:  John McCain is the projected winner in West Virginia.  It’s a Red State but one where Obama was contesting.  Not an upset but the first win of any significance at all.  Put enough 5 Electoral Votes toward his tally.

White Evangelicals in WV Go McCain

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Fox News just had a graphic up saying that 2/3 of white Evangelicals in West Virginia went for John McCain.   Thanks for the insight, guys.

Brett Favre’s House

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A story in the print edition of Sports Illustrated on the sale of Brett Favre’s house in Green Bay captured my attention.  I can’t find it online but it appears to have taken its cue from an October 2 piece in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. There’s no “for sale” sign in front of the ranch-style […]

McCain’s Final Stand

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Tonight’s third and final debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is the last scheduled opportunity for the candidates to make an impression on the voters.  Election Day is less than three weeks away and, by the looks of things, McCain needs a miracle. According to the poll averages at RealClearPolitics, McCain is getting crushed.  […]

Obama and McCain Polls: Dead Heat Going into Conventions

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I saw the headline “Poll Finds Little Support for Obama” on memeorandum and, of course, clicked out of curiousity. It turns out to have been a poll in Oklahoma, where John McCain has a comfortable 56-24 lead. That’s not exactly surprising. If it was even close in Oklahoma, we’d be looking at an absolute rout. […]