Friday, June 17, 2011


Anthony Weiner left Congress this week, apparently after finding out that you don't get leaves of absence from Congress.

His misdeeds have set off numerous debates. Some argued that this did not rise to the level of an offense for which he needed to resign. Vanity Fair produced the most controversial piece, asserting that Mrs. Weiner shared some responsibility for the issue because she spent too little time at home tending to the needs of her husband. That article was a bridge too far for the writer and the publication.

A private affair, Weiner probably could have survived, provided that it was not with an intern or some other subordinate. This was different, although more and more common every day. He sent pictures of private locations on his body to unsuspecting people who had signed up to follow him on Twitter. This is definitely something that can "expose" you to all sorts of embarassment. The question is, did he really think that this was not going to get out?

It makes you wonder. He was a rising star in the Democratic Party, slated to contend for the job of New York City mayor at some point. This was either a galactically stupid move, or an intentional career hari-kari. I mean, how do you not know that this will definitely end up on the Tonight Show, especially with your name being what it is.

Well, Obama has assured us that Weiner and his family will bounce back. Were I the former congressman, I'd worry since he also assured us that the economy would do the same.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shelley Moore Capito Once Again Fights For Coal and Manufacturing Against the Bureaucrats



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Capito Demands Answers From EPA

Today, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., wrote a strongly-worded letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency demanding the agency show proof that jobs were considered when issuing new regulations for coal-fueled power plants over the past year.

Capito’s letter comes on the heels of frustrating news that American Electric Power will shut down five plants in West Virginia and Ohio, resulting in job cuts and higher utility costs across the board.

“The way I see it, either the EPA did not run proper analysis or the administration knew the rules concerning coal-fueled plants would cost jobs and increase utility costs and still went ahead anyway. Either way, this is unacceptable,” stated Capito.

Despite sluggish economic growth, an unsustainably high unemployment rate, and a market so plagued with uncertainty that businesses cannot even fathom hiring or expanding, the administration has insisted on continuing its assault on the energy industry which employs millions of hard-working Americans.

“Whether its providing cheap gas so companies don’t have to pass their costs onto consumers, or keeping home utility prices low so Americans can spend money on other things, or employing millions of workers to exploit resources found right here in America, the energy industry quite literally powers the American economy,” stated Capito. “Especially in West Virginia, the energy industry provides an important source of tax revenue for local and state governments and our manufacturing and service industries benefit from low cost electricity, making them more competitive.”

Specifically, Capito requests “copies of all internal memoranda, communication, analysis, and documents regarding the EPA’s consideration of the impact on economic activity and employment (cumulative and non-cumulative) related to these rules and regulations.”

ATTACHED:Capito letter to United States Environmental Protection Agency


Last month, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced H.R. 1872, the “Employment Protection Act,” which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to take into account jobs and economic activity prior to issuing a regulation, policy statement, guidance, implementing any new or substantially altered program, or issuing or denying any permit—essentially any action taken by the EPA.

Capito Letter to EPA ( 06/14/11 10:49 AM PST )

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Why Is It Important to Attend the Upcoming Redistricting Meetings?

Next week, Delegates Gary Howell and Alan Evans, as well as state senators Dave Sypolt and Clark Barnes, will hold three town hall meetings in Mineral County to address the upcoming issue of state redistricting.

It is important to attend these meetings and make your opinions heard. Every ten years, the state legislature must take the results of the U. S. Census and redraw delegate and senatorial districts around the state. Congressional districts will also be readjusted.

Republicans and independents fear that the Democratic dominated Legislature will redraw districts to minimize Republicans' ability to elect people to office. Districts can be drawn in such a way as to "sink" Republican majority areas into Democratic majority districts. Also at issue are the existence of multi-delegate districts that strongly favor the incumbents in state electoral history. Republicans and independents would like to eliminate these districts which are generally in the larger urban areas of the state.

Forum meeting dates, times, and places are as follows:
June 20, 6-8 p.m.: Short Gap Fire Hall.
June 23, 6-8 p.m.: Mineral County Courthouse.
June 27, 6-8 p.m.: Burlington Fire Hall.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Incumbent Protection Plan Before the State Legislature

For Release: June 10, 2011

Contact: Rick Snuffer 304.923.5160


One Question

Beckley, WV - 27th Delegate District Freshman Rick Snuffer says he will accept the House of

Delegate Leadership's assertion that there is no 'incumbency protection plan' if they will answer

one very simple question;

Why are Single Delegate Districts good for 36 of West Virginia's 58 House of Delegate Districts,

but not the other 22?

Snuffer offers, "From the Speaker, to the Majority Leader, to the Majority Whip; these are good

guys who I like and get along with. If they say there is no 'incumbency protection plan' being

considered, I accept that. What many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are asking is

why are SDDs okay for 36 of our Delegate Districts, but not the other 22?"

Snuffer, a Raleigh/Summers County Delegate, has stated the redistricting process will be a major

factor in whether or not he attempts to remain in the West Virginia House of Delegates or mount

another attempt to unseat 35 year Congressional incumbent, Nick Joe Rahall, in the next election


"The Leadership has promised an honest and open House redistricting process. There is one

simple question which needs to be answered to ensure this process follows their declared

intentions; if 36, why not 22 more," the legislative newcomer asks?

"If a Single Delegate District is good for the people of the 34th District which Majority Leader

Boggs represents, why not for the people of the 32nd District which Minority Leader Armstead

represents? If SDDs are appropriate for the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle, why not for the

good folks in the Northern Panhandle? In Mercer County, the people who live in the 24th

District have a single delegate representing them; but the Mercer County residents of the 25th

Delegate District have two delegates representing them."

Snuffer states there appears to be no geographic, political, or historical reason for the

discrepancy of the various sizes of WV House Districts and says the motives could easily be

put to rest if someone will just answer the question… 'If for some, why not for everyone?'

"Rick, Brent, and Mike are all on public record commending the benefits of Single Member/

Delegate Districts, yet each have said 'there won't be 100 Single House Districts," Snuffer

concludes. "Why? That's all we want to hear from them in this honest, open process which has

been promised. If it's alright in the instances where they exist, why not in the others? Please just

answer the question, WHY??"


Monday, June 13, 2011

Supporting the Best Weapons For Our Troops

I am asking our two United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller to honor their promise to the men and women of the military to protect them — by supporting full funding and production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Having the best equipment possible makes a real difference—between fully concentrating on the mission, or being concerned about whether you have air cover. Since the Korean War the U.S. military has not had to worry that we controlled the skies. Failing to provide the F-35 to the troops would make U.S. missions vulnerable — that’s a risk we simply cannot afford.

The truth is, our pilots don’t want a fair fight. We want the most advanced technology available to keep us safe and our missions successful. The F-35 has buried radars, internally mounted weapons, and hidden sensors that give unprecedented levels of situational awareness and stealth. The enemy won’t know we are coming, and our families can be reassured we have the best equipment that will bring us back home safely.

We simply can't secure today’s peace with yesterday’s weapons. This fifth-generation fighter aircraft is needed to provide cutting-edge technology to troops in the field. The fleet is roughly three decades old, and we need to replace it with better tools for today’s challenges.

The F-35 will be a replacement for a number of aircraft across the services. Without the F-35, our troops are left exposed and our nation is at great risk.

As my member of Congress, I urge Senators Manchin and Rockefeller to honor the trust the men and women of the military place in you, to provide the best possible equipment and do your best to ensure their safe return home. I urge them to commit to fully funding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and honor yours and America’s promise to the military.