My good friend thinks this article is “ephemeral insipidity” (i.e. peeing in the stream) but I wish I would have written it because it makes a great point. What point? Julia Shaw points out (read full article here) how “conservative clichés” keeps us from winning friends and influencing people. It’s my contention that Republicans, in general, get trapped defending moral high-ground issues on principles while losing to Democrats on a more practical level. One of the main reasons is that we, out of principle, do not succumb to the concept of “political correctness.” We should. Consider the following.
Tom’s note: About time we get some action on this preposterous purchase. No outcry from West Virginians so the feds will have to do it again.
U.S. House committee wants inquiry into routers
Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives asked the inspector general to investigate West Virginia’s use of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to purchase oversized Internet routers. U.S. Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and John Shimkus of Illinois want Department of Commerce Inspector General Greg Zinser to scrutinize West Virginia’s stimulus spending on the equipment. “We have requested Inspector General Zinser investigate whether taxpayer funds were spent properly and efficiently,” said Debbee Keller, press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce …
Ex-GOP candidate charged in Clay shooting
Travis Crum, Charleston Gazette
PROCIOUS, W.Va. — State Police arrested a former Republican candidate for West Virginia Attorney General and the U.S. Senate after he allegedly shot a Clay County man in the leg Wednesday. Hiram Carson Lewis IV, 41, of Morgantown, was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment involving a firearm after shooting Steven Bogart at about 1:30 p.m., according to a criminal complaint filed in Clay County Magistrate Court …
Tom’s note: it occurred to me that it would be of some benefit if I posted my “weakly” newsletter each week so that it would be avaialable to all for searching on this site. Here’s the May 20, 2012 edition to get started. I will post others from time to time in order to “ketchup.” BTW, sign up for the “Single-Delegate” newsletter on this site and it will be delivered to your inbox every week. Won’t have to wait until I get around to posting it …
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Here we go again.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported that the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department is now able to break ground on a scaled-back replacement fire station made necessary in order to pay West Virginia prevailing wages. The project was trimmed by the department from $1.9 million to $1.1 million and construction is expected to begin by May 29th. However, in the process, Kanawha County Commission President W. Kent Carper flew in the face of reason in defending the de facto requirement for the volunteer organization to pay prevailing wage.
Continue reading 5/25 More Prevailing Wage May 20, 2012
Check to cover redistricting awareness is not enough
Paul Fallon, Charleston Daily Mail
Kanawha County has received a check from the Secretary of State’s office to help cover the cost of notifying all voters about their new House of Delegate and Senate districts, but it is not enough to cover the entire amount spent. Commission President Kent Carper is hoping for additional funds to cover the expense. The county spent about $35,000 in postage to notify registered voters of their new districts. The Secretary of State’s office sent a check for $10,793 on May 17 …
State could add hurdles to primary ballot
Associated Press, Charleston Gazette
West Virginia officials have several options if they wish to avoid repeating an outcome of this month’s primary election, when imprisoned felon Keith Judd attracted nearly 41 percent of the vote against President Barack Obama. Judd qualified for the Democratic primary ballot after he mailed in a candidacy form and a $2,500 filing fee from Texas. He’s serving a 17-year federal sentence there for making threats. Declared results from the May 8 primary show Judd with 73,138 votes to Obama’s 106,770. A number of states also require presidential primary candidates to gather voter signatures. Such a hurdle kept several high-profile Republican candidates off the ballot in neighboring Virginia earlier this year: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman …
“Prevailing wage” results in practice to limiting bidders for government-funded projects to union shops. Union shops already pay the West Virginia Department of Labor’s calculation of “prevailing wage” since the department essentially surveys unions for their data. This is unlike Work Force West Virginia who calculates wages based on Employment Security filings of all employers. While a non-union contractor could choose to bid on a government contract by paying the “prevailing wage” to their workers, they usually don’t. How come? Here’s why.
All commercial contractors in West Virginia (including union shops) pay a masonry contractor an average of $19.91 (Work Force West Virginia) while the “prevailing wage” rate is $28.10 (WV Department of Labor) or 41% more.
GOP elects Lucas as new state chairman
The West Virginia Record
Lincoln County native Conrad Lucas has been elected serve as chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “I am honored and humbled to be selected by my fellow Republicans to serve as the new West Virginia Republican Party Chairman,” Lucas said. “I recognize the gravity of this election season regarding the future of our state, and I know I have the weight of my Party, my state and my generation on my shoulders. “Our victory efforts are well underway, and now that the West Virginia Democratic Party, Joe Manchin and Nick Rahall have all endorsed Barack Obama and his anti-coal, pro-gay marriage, budget exploding agenda, the Democrats across this state have much to fear.” Lucas said he’s eager to dig into the job …
Lucas named state GOP chair
Ron Gregory, The Lincon Journal
A Lincoln County politician has risen to the top in West Virginia politics, although the setting may seem rather strange to many. Attorney Conrad Lucas overcame a field of three other candidates, Saturday, May 12, to claim the chairmanship of the state Republican Party. An elated Lucas spoke exclusively with The Lincoln Journal after his selection and said he “never forget where I come from. I proudly tell everybody I meet I’m from Lincoln County.” Most political pundits find it a bit peculiar that an attorney from one of the state’s most solidly Democrat counties would rise so swiftly to head state Republicans. Lucas is 30 years old …