Friday, February 1, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Appalachians still rumble to life once and awhile and Union, WV was hit with a 2.3 Quake.
|Depth||2.8 km (1.7 miles) (poorly constrained)|
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth +/- 4.5 km (2.8 miles)|
|Parameters||Nst= 4, Nph= 8, Dmin=27.6 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=248°, |
M-type="Nuttli" surface wave magnitude (MLg), Version=A
- This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
“I fully understand the daunting task before me, and the tremendous amount of time and effort required to run,” said Weeks in his remarks at the State Capitol. “But I am launching this campaign because I feel very strongly that for the future of our state, the voters must hear the truth about state government.”
Weeks, who recently authored a book, “No Strings Attached,” about his four years in the State Senate, added, “Throughout my life and career, nothing has been more important to me than my integrity. And nothing is more important than restoring the confidence of our
Weeks is a retired Navy veteran who defeated Senate Judiciary Chairman Bill Wooton in the biggest upset of the 2002 election.
He resides in Beckley, with his wife, Helen. They are the parents of two grown children, and have three granddaughters.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Peana
January 28, 2008 304-730-4599
WVRC concludes candidate recruitment drive
Club vows gains in all three branches of state government
“The West Virginia Republican Club is happy that more than ninety-five Republican candidates have filed for legislative and statewide offices, thanks to the efforts of various Republicans around the state." announced Lisa Peana, President of the West Virginia Republican Club.
Over eighty Republicans filed for legislative offices. The West Virginia Republican Club also assisted state party leaders in the recruitment of candidates for high-profile state-wide races.
“Russ Weeks' entry into the gubernatorial race was a pleasant surprise for us all. Russ is a terrific candidate that brings experience, passion and understanding of the issues most important to
“There are many other races that we are keeping a close eye on, such as the Attorney General’s primary, where we feel that whoever wins in May will defeat Darrell McGraw in the general election, whether it is Dan Greear or Hiram Lewis.”
The club hailed
“Beth Walker is an excellent candidate to fill the vacancy left by Larry Starcher who has been an embarrassment to the high court,” said Peana.
Peana said that she was also aware of candidacy papers making their way through the postal system for two more statewide candidates, and at least five more House of Delegates candidates.
Peana believes that the West Virginia Republican Club will be able to meet its goals of winning the Attorney General and Supreme Court races, and making substantial gains in the West Virginia Legislature.
“We look forward to mobilizing our volunteer army to assist Republican candidates across the state in both local and statewide races,” added Peana.
|Office/District||Party||Candidate||Filing Date||Res. County||Mailing Address|
|U.S. Senate -- U||D||Sheirl L. Fletcher||1/26/2008||Monongalia|| P.O. Box 384 |
Dellslow, WV 26531
|U.S. Senate -- U||D||Billy Hendricks Jr.||1/23/2008||Boone|| Box 46 |
Whitesville, WV 25209
|U.S. Senate -- U||D||Jay Rockefeller||1/18/2008||Kanawha|| P. O. Box 1909 |
Charleston, WV 25327
|U.S. Senate -- U||R||Philip E. Cline||1/26/2008||Cabell|| PO Box 119 |
Huntington, WV 25706-0119
|U.S. Senate -- U||R||Jay Wolfe||1/26/2008||Harrison|| Rt. 4 Box 840 |
Salem, WV 26426
Sheirl Fletcher who originally filed pre-candidacy paper to run for the WV 14th out of Preston County was informed she could not run from Preston since Preston has a sitting senator from the 14th. She then proceeded to change her voter registration to Monongalia County clearing the way for her to run for the 14th district but suddenly filed for the US Senate against Rockefeller a position that did not require a change of address.
Billy Hendricks is virtually unknown out side of southern West Virginia. Neither candidate would have a real shot against Jay Rockefeller and his millions of personal dollars for his campaign. Historically Rockefeller has had uncontested primaries, and easily retained his senate seat against Republican Challengers.
2002 West Virginia United States Senatorial Election
|Jay Rockefeller (D) (inc.) 63%|
|Jay Wolfe (R) 37%|
1996 West Virginia United States Senatorial Election
|Jay Rockefeller (D) (inc.) 77%|
|Betty Burkes (R) 23%|
1990 West Virginia United States Senatorial Election
|Jay Rockefeller (D) (inc.) 68.5%|
|John C. Yoder (R) 31.5%|
1984 West Virginia United States Senatorial Elections
|Jay Rockefeller (D) 51.8%|
|John Raese (R) 47.7%|
Democratic Candidates will have a tough time picking up open seats in West Virginia, which is a conservative leaning state. An open US Senate seat would attract much national Republican money for a strong candidate.
Speculation is that Rockefeller who has reported back problems and a wife that is battling cancer was wanting to retire for the Senate. By filling to run for US Senate, but giving the internal party word he would drop out later opened the door for other Democrats in the state to file, while still keeping the door closed to Republicans.
The speculation and rumors explain the unusual filling of multiple Democratic primary opponents against Rockefeller. So the rumors are flying around the state that Jay Rockefeller is going to drop out of the US Senate race. Only time will tell if the rumors and speculations are correct.