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    1. Politics & Opinions

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      The Greenbrier County Republican Club convened for their regular July meeting with an agenda packed with updates, preparations, and community engagement. The meeting was led by the club's Vice President, Douglas McKinney, as President Gordon Campbell was out of town.
      Invocation and Pledge
      Brent Thompson gave the invocation, focusing on gratitude and prayers for a fair and honest election in November. He also prayed for the success of the club's state fair booth and for the ongoing revival and awakening movements. The invocation set a solemn tone for the meeting, emphasizing the club's commitment to community and country. Following this, Vietnam veteran Ponce Pollard led the Pledge of Allegiance.
      Agenda Approval and Minutes
      The agenda was swiftly approved without any additions or changes. Vice President McKinney acknowledged some disruptions in recent meetings and noted that while minutes were recorded, they had not been sent out. The minutes were deemed unremarkable, with no significant issues to report.
      Treasurer's Report
      The treasurer reported a current account balance of $10,053.82, with recent expenses including $175 for an advertisement at the Alderson Fourth of July Festival and $350 for state fair booth admissions tickets. The club remains in a strong financial position with all bills paid and preparations for the state fair booth well underway.
      Introduction of Guests
      The meeting welcomed several notable guests, including interim County Commissioner Nick Dailey and candidates for the County Commission, Richie Holliday and Tammy Tentscher. Commissioner Lowell Rose was also in attendance. The presence of these officials underscored the club's active involvement in local governance and elections.
      State Fair Booth
      Brent Thompson, chairing the state fair booth again this year, outlined the booth's schedule from August 8 to 17. He encouraged members to engage with fairgoers and discuss issues openly. The booth will feature Trump memorabilia, club brochures, and opportunities for voter registration. Volunteers will be provided with admission tickets and necessary materials to ensure a successful outreach effort.
      Candidate Presentations
      Tammy Tentscher
      Tammy Tentscher, running unopposed for re-election to the County Commission, highlighted her extensive involvement in county projects. These include a $25 million water infrastructure project, a $12 million broadband initiative, and ongoing work on the Meadow River Trail. She emphasized the importance of financial stewardship and the county's conservative spending approach.
      Richie Holliday
      Richie Holliday, appointed to the ballot to fill a vacancy, shared his background and vision for the county. A business owner and former town councilman in Peterstown, Holliday stressed the need for effective budgeting and constituent engagement. He also addressed pressing issues like traffic problems and the need for a sports facility in the county.
      Discussion on the Sportsplex and Other Projects
      Commissioner Lowell Rose and Richie Holliday discussed the long-awaited sportsplex project, citing funding challenges and the need for phased development. Rose provided updates on the bypass project and comprehensive plan, emphasizing the county's proactive approach to infrastructure and zoning.
      Legislative Concerns
      Ray Canterbury, candidate for the House of Delegates, addressed the club on the state's financial risks, particularly its significant debt load and the management of pension funds. He stressed the importance of legislative oversight and the need to mitigate financial risks to protect taxpayers and pensioners.
      Fundraising and Membership
      The meeting also featured a fundraising proposal by Steve Hart, who plans to auction historical and political memorabilia to support the club. The event, scheduled for September 5, aims to boost membership and raise funds for future initiatives.
      Closing
      The meeting concluded with a heartfelt rendition of "God Bless America" led by Ron Kirk in celebration of his birthday, fostering a sense of unity and patriotism among the attendees.
      The Greenbrier County Republican Club continues to engage actively in local politics, supporting candidates, addressing community issues, and preparing for upcoming events, all while maintaining a strong financial footing and a clear vision for the future.
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    2. Politics & Opinions

      In a decision that carries significant weight for the future of Greenbrier County, the Republican Executive Committee has nominated Richie Holliday as the party’s nominee for Central District County Commissioner. This decision, announced earlier this evening by Chairman Ben Anderson, followed a thorough interview process with three distinguished Republican applicants, including current acting commissioner and local favorite, Nick Dailey. The third applicant was Mina Botross. 
      The vacancy for Central District County Commissioner arose earlier this year following the passing of Commissioner Blaine Phillips, a beloved figure in the community known for his dedicated service and compassionate leadership.
      Chairman Ben Anderson’s Statement: "Tonight, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee met to interview three outstanding Republican applicants to be our party’s nominee for Central District County Commissioner. This is following the passing of Blaine Phillips earlier this year.
      After a thorough, fair, and spirited interview process, the Executive Committee prayed, and voted by secret ballot. After all votes were counted, by nearly unanimous consent, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee is proud to announce Richie Holliday as our nominee. I am so thankful to call Richie one of my best friends, a personal mentor, and a Christian leader in our community. We are so excited to rally behind him as our nominee.
      We send our deepest and most sincere thanks to the other two applicants, who we believe have extremely bright futures in our Republican Party. Please wish Richie congratulations, and let’s rally behind him in November!"
      Richie Holliday, a well-respected member of the community, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role. As the Owner of Morgan Funeral Home and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designated by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), Holliday has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving others with compassion and professionalism.
      Richie Holliday’s nomination has been met with enthusiasm and optimism from the Republican community. Known for his strong leadership, dedication to public service, and deep-rooted values, Holliday is seen as a fitting successor to continue the legacy of Commissioner Phillips. Holliday’s commitment to the community and his proven track record as a mentor and leader are expected to resonate well with voters.
      The other two applicants, including Nick Dailey, who has been serving as the acting commissioner and is also the son-in-law of the late Commissioner Phillips, were commended for their qualifications and contributions. Dailey, a local favorite among many Republicans, has been recognized for his dedication and service to the community. The Executive Committee expressed gratitude for their participation and encouraged them to remain active within the party, indicating their potential future roles in local politics.
      As the Republican nominee, Richie Holliday will now prepare for the upcoming election in November. His campaign is expected to focus on key issues affecting Greenbrier County, including economic development, infrastructure improvement, and community welfare. The party’s unity and support for Holliday’s candidacy will be crucial as they aim to maintain their influence and continue serving the community effectively.
      The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee’s decision marks a pivotal moment for the party and the county. With Holliday at the forefront, the Republicans are poised to build on their legacy of leadership and public service, striving to address the needs and aspirations of Greenbrier County residents.

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    3. Politics & Opinions

      On June 11, 2024, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee held a special meeting to address crucial matters concerning the upcoming elections. The meeting opened with a prayer led by John Wyatt, who thanked the Lord for the sunshine and the opportunity to live in America. He asked for guidance in their deliberations and decisions, emphasizing the importance of their work for the county and its residents.
      Chairman Ben Anderson called the roll, confirming the presence of members from all districts, ensuring a quorum was met. Notable absentees included Jim Childers, who is recovering from surgery. Despite his absence, the committee moved forward with the evening's agenda.
      The primary focus of the meeting was the approval of rules and guidelines for nominating a candidate to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Blaine Phillips. According to West Virginia Code, the executive committees are responsible for nominating candidates to fill vacancies on the general election ballot. The deadline for this nomination is 78 days before Election Day, translating to the end of August.
      Anderson outlined a detailed proposal for the nomination process, emphasizing fairness and promptness. Key points included:
      Legal advertisement in the West Virginia Daily News and posting the application link on the committee's Facebook page. An application deadline of June 20, 2024. Required submission of a resume, two references, and a brief statement of intent from each applicant. An ad hoc committee to draft pertinent questions for the candidates. Interviews scheduled for June 25, 2024, with the final decision made by secret ballot. The committee unanimously approved these guidelines, with additions specifying that candidates must be registered Republicans as of April 20, 2024, and must reside in the central district.
      Additional motions passed included the committee covering the filing fee for the nominated candidate and a reduced rate for their storage unit, thanks to a contribution from Secure Storage.
      The meeting also addressed upcoming events and logistics, such as participation in parades and preparations for campaign headquarters. The committee plans to open campaign headquarters by the end of August, coinciding with the arrival of Trump campaign materials.
      Looking ahead, the committee discussed potential fundraising events, including a dinner and a Trump train parade. Emphasizing the importance of community engagement, they aim to have events in every part of the county.
      The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn, reflecting the committee's readiness to tackle the upcoming election season with organized and strategic efforts.
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    4. Politics & Opinions

      On May 9, 2024, the Lewisburg Elks Country Club was abuzz as gubernatorial candidate Chris Miller energized an enthusiastic crowd with his vision for economic revitalization in West Virginia. The rally brought together key Republican voices like Dan D'Antoni, Chris Miller, and Elgine McArdle, offering a glimpse of their shared goals for the state's future.
      The evening started with Dan D'Antoni, Marshall University's former head basketball coach, who delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of cohesive teamwork and innovative strategies to tackle the state's challenges. D'Antoni highlighted that the principles of collaboration and adaptability used in sports could also be applied to address West Virginia's economic and social issues.
      Following D'Antoni's speech, Chris Miller, businessman and son of U.S. Representative Carol Miller, took the stage to outline his plans for economic revitalization. His strategy focused on encouraging entrepreneurship, reducing unnecessary regulations, and promoting economic growth. Miller captivated the audience with his promises of job creation and streamlined government operations. He criticized past administrations for inefficiencies and highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms and public-private partnerships to build a prosperous future. Miller's commitment to the state's future resonated strongly with the crowd, drawing applause and support throughout his speech.
      Former West Virginia GOP Chair Elgine McArdle took the stage next to talk about her campaign for public office. She emphasized the significance of party unity and grassroots mobilization in addressing key state issues. McArdle underscored her dedication to strengthening Republican leadership while promoting transparency and accountability. She urged attendees to stay involved and support GOP candidates across the state, highlighting their shared vision of a brighter future.
      As the rally concluded, the crowd was charged with renewed energy and purpose. Miller, McArdle, and D'Antoni inspired their audience, reinforcing the GOP's collective vision for a more prosperous state. The rally left supporters energized, motivated, and committed to participating in the campaign season ahead.
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    5. Politics & Opinions

      In a crowded auditorium at the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, Republican candidates for the House of Delegates' 46th District squared off last night, discussing key issues and presenting their platforms to local voters. Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins each made their case in what has been deemed a crucial event in the run-up to the primary elections.
      The debate, moderated by Ben Anderson, covered a wide range of topics, including economic development, education reforms, and controversial social issues like campus carry and the state’s stance on abortion. All candidates were given the opportunity to outline their positions on these critical matters, with each emphasizing their conservative credentials.
      Campbell, the incumbent, highlighted his legislative experience and commitment to economic development. He shared personal anecdotes that resonated with the local audience, emphasizing his deep roots in the community and his positions on educational improvement and supporting public schools.
      Ewing focused on traditional values and his stance on protecting constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment. He articulated his concerns about the current educational curriculum and the influence of national politics on local educational policies.
      Perkins, offering a blend of libertarian and conservative perspectives, emphasized juvenile justice reform based on his personal experiences. He advocated for economic policies that would retain young people in West Virginia, suggesting that broadband expansion and support for small businesses were critical to the state’s future.
      The debate also featured a moment of unity when all candidates agreed on the necessity of supporting local economies and enhancing the state's infrastructure to prevent the outflow of young talent.
      However, the debate was not without its contentious moments, particularly when the topic shifted to social issues. The candidates had divergent views on how to handle such matters, reflecting the broader national debate within the party.
      The event ended with calls for party unity regardless of the primary outcomes, highlighting the importance of focusing on common goals and values to ensure success in the general elections.
      As the primary approaches, it is clear that the Republican candidates are gearing up for a vigorous campaign, hoping to sway voters with their visions for not only the 46th District but also for the state of West Virginia.
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    6. Politics & Opinions

      The political spotlight shone brightly on Rainelle's Cowboy Kitchen on the evening of April 30th, as the venue hosted a pivotal debate for candidates of West Virginia's 47th District. The event featured three contenders: former delegates Ray Canterbury and George "Boogie" Ambler, along with former airport director Steven Snyder. Each candidate took the stage to articulate their visions and address pressing questions on a variety of topics that are central to the upcoming election.
      Opening Statements
      Candidates began with opening statements, outlining their priorities. Ray Canterbury spoke of his legislative experience and commitment to fiscal conservatism. George Ambler highlighted his community roots and legislative achievements, focusing on economic revitalization. Steven Snyder presented himself as a new force for change, drawing on his military and managerial background to promise effective leadership.
      Economic Development and Fiscal Policy
      The debate highlighted economic strategies, with Ambler stressing collaborative regional planning and Snyder arguing for innovative governance approaches. Canterbury emphasized rigorous fiscal policies to prepare for potential downturns.
      Education and Workforce Development
      Education was a key topic, with all candidates advocating for improvements. Canterbury stressed stability, Ambler proposed vocational training, and Snyder called for an overhaul to align education with job market needs.
      Healthcare and Social Issues
      Discussions on healthcare acknowledged challenges in accessibility and affordability, with each candidate presenting their approach to improve healthcare systems in West Virginia.
      Gun Rights and Legislation
      All candidates reaffirmed their support for the Second Amendment, with passionate discussions reflecting their commitment to gun owners' rights.
      Closing Statements
      In closing, Canterbury appealed to voters’ desire for experienced leadership, Ambler emphasized his community ties, and Snyder positioned himself as a change agent ready to bring a new perspective to the legislature.
      The debate at Cowboy Kitchen provided a platform for candidates to articulate their positions and for voters to engage directly with their potential representatives, emphasizing the importance of informed voting in shaping the future of the district.
       
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    7. Politics & Opinions

      This week marks a pivotal moment in local politics as the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee hosts a series of debates for the candidates vying for the House of Delegates in the upcoming elections. The debates will cover both the 47th and 46th Districts and promise to provide constituents a direct look at the candidates and their platforms.
      Debate in Rainelle for the 47th District
      On Tuesday, April 30th, the spotlight turns to the Cowboy Kitchen in Rainelle, located at 118 Ohio Avenue next to City Hall. Attendees are invited to enjoy a buffet meal starting at 5:30 PM (dutch treat) before the debate kicks off at 7:00 PM. The event will feature three candidates: Stephen Snyder, George "Boogie" Ambler, and Ray Canterbury, each looking to make their case to the electorate. This debate represents a unique opportunity, as it will be the only forum for the 47th District candidates.
      Debate in White Sulphur Springs for the 46th District
      The debate action continues on Thursday, May 2nd, at the auditorium of the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the debate commencing at 7:00 PM. Candidates Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins will take the stage, offering their perspectives and answering questions in what promises to be an engaging evening. This event also stands as the sole debate for the candidates of the 46th District.
      Engagement and Participation
      For both events, the community is encouraged to come prepared with questions for the candidates. Questions can be submitted before the debates and will be selected randomly during the sessions. These debates are not just a platform for the candidates to outline their agendas but also a chance for voters to interact directly and voice their concerns.
      The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee urges all interested parties to attend these debates. Sharing this information and inviting friends are encouraged to ensure robust community involvement and informed voting decisions. These debates are key in shaping the future of Greenbrier County, and active participation is essential for a vibrant democratic process.
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    8. Politics & Opinions

      As the gubernatorial race heats up, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is surging ahead, distinguishing himself as the stalwart conservative candidate West Virginia needs in these challenging times. With his impressive following and active engagement on social media, Morrisey has dominated both the digital landscape and his political opponents, emphasizing his commitment to safeguarding West Virginian values and freedoms.
      Morrisey, who has served as West Virginia’s Chief Legal Officer for over a decade, has been a vocal opponent of what he sees as the Biden Administration's overreach into the lives and rights of West Virginians. His campaign has been marked by strong opposition to federal policies that threaten the state's coal industry and economic well-being. "West Virginia is seeing just how much the Biden Administration is targeting our people. They want to wipe us off the map," Morrisey recently tweeted, illustrating his staunch defense of the state’s primary industries and working-class citizens.
      Amidst discussions on national policy impacts, Morrisey has not shied away from confronting his primary opponent, Moore Capito, challenging Capito's conservative credentials and leadership capabilities. "Do any of you actually see RINO Moore Capito leading coalitions on any of these issues?" Morrisey questioned in a pointed tweet. His social media posts underline a critical narrative: Capito is portrayed as insufficiently conservative and unprepared to champion West Virginia’s interests against federal encroachment.
      Beyond economic issues, Morrisey has pledged to continue his robust defense of conservative social values, notably leading efforts to protect girls' sports and challenge state decisions on Medicaid funding for sex-transition surgeries. These positions resonate with a significant portion of his base, reinforcing his image as a fighter for conservative principles.
      In the realm of gun rights—a pivotal issue for many West Virginians—Morrisey boasts strong endorsements from the NRA, the WV Citizens Defense League, and Gun Owners of America, underscoring his commitment to the Second Amendment. His leadership in challenging the Biden administration’s pistol brace rule further cements his position as a defender of gun rights, starkly contrasting with Capito's less assertive stance on the issue.
      As the election draws near, Morrisey’s campaign emphasizes not only his policy positions but also his proven track record. "Results. That is ultimately what matters when governor," Morrisey asserted, highlighting his achievements as Attorney General. His direct and forceful approach, combined with a strategic social media presence, has significantly amplified his message, rallying a broad spectrum of conservative voters.
      Patrick Morrisey's campaign is a clarion call to those who value conservative governance and strong leadership. As West Virginia faces critical choices about its future, Morrisey stands out as a seasoned leader prepared to fight for the state’s interests and uphold its conservative values. With the election approaching, his dynamic campaign continues to gain momentum, poised to lead West Virginia through the challenges of today and into a prosperous tomorrow.
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    9. Politics & Opinions

      Roy Ramey, a candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, presented his vision for the state’s agricultural future at a recent event held at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club. Ramey, a small-scale regenerative farmer from Cabell County, outlined his platform focused on deregulation and the support of local farms.
      “West Virginia has lost 1,122 farms,” Ramey said. “We need to change this trajectory, cut the excessive regulations that are stifling our farmers, and start growing farms again.” Ramey, who is also a veteran with 33 years in the Army, emphasized that his approach aims to meet the increasing demand for locally grown food, which he believes is crucial for the state’s economy and food security.
      During his campaign speech, Ramey highlighted the importance of food freedom and local production as solutions to combat inflation and high food costs. “By increasing the number of farms and thereby the supply of locally produced food, we can decrease costs and keep our money circulating within local communities,” he explained.
      Ramey also shared his successful advocacy for raw milk, which led to the passage of Bill 4911, allowing for its legal sale in West Virginia. He detailed the benefits of raw milk, citing its natural probiotics and economic advantages for local farmers.
      The candidate’s campaign has gained momentum through grassroots support, reflecting his previous strong showing in the 2020 elections where he garnered 38% of the vote. “The primary on May 14th is crucial. I encourage everyone to vote and help spread the word about our campaign for a thriving, resilient agricultural sector in West Virginia,” Ramey urged attendees.
      Ramey is active on social media platforms and maintains a campaign website, https://rameyforwv.com/, where supporters and voters can find more information and engage with his campaign initiatives.
      As the primary approaches, Ramey continues to advocate for policies that support local farmers and provide consumers with access to fresh, local foods, arguing that these steps are key to strengthening West Virginia’s economy and ensuring the health of its communities.
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    10. Politics & Opinions

      Secretary of State Mac Warner brought his gubernatorial campaign to a packed house at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club, where he detailed his extensive background and outlined his vision for West Virginia's future.
      Drawing on his military experience, Warner described some of his most challenging moments abroad: “I had to do the body identification, compound security, notify higher headquarters, and handle the international press. I still had to accomplish the mission.” He likened these responsibilities to the role of governor, emphasizing his readiness to handle state crises, “You want somebody who, when crisis hits one of those state agencies, has been there before, not learning on the job.”
      Warner’s campaign platform focuses heavily on education. He voiced strong support for the legislature's recent actions, including the Success in Education Act, aimed at ensuring that students are reading at grade level by third grade. He also highlighted his support for school choice, recounting personal stories that underscored its importance to his family. “We had a child who was running with the wrong crowd in middle school. We pulled her out, sent her to Trinity Christian School in Morgantown, and it changed her life,” Warner explained.
      The Secretary of State also addressed his achievements in office, boasting about the removal of 400,000 names from the voter registration list without a lawsuit and the smooth implementation of voter ID laws. “We’ve taken on the tough challenges by working with the legislature, not fighting it,” Warner stated.
      Amid his detailed policy discussions, Warner’s emotional investment in West Virginia came through clearly. “Debbie and I will live in the Governor’s Mansion. I will be on the job every day, being typically the first one to work and the last one to leave. Who better to coordinate the difficult job and challenges West Virginia has than somebody like Debbie and me?” he posed to the audience.
      Responding to questions about healthcare, Warner didn't shy away from acknowledging his limits and expressed his intent to collaborate widely. “I will call up experts and say, ‘I need your help.’ We need to adapt policies that reflect the diversity of our state’s needs,” Warner responded to a query about tackling West Virginia's health crises.
      In his closing remarks, Warner made a heartfelt appeal to the voters, emphasizing the need for informed voting and community participation in politics. He underscored the importance of family and community in governance, aligning himself closely with conservative values.
      The evening ended with a call to civic duty, urging attendees to engage actively in the upcoming electoral processes and to educate themselves about the candidates. The crowd left energized, with many staying behind to discuss the issues raised and to enjoy some local hospitality.
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    11. Politics & Opinions

      At a lively town hall meeting held in a nostalgic old movie theater in Greenbrier, Congressman Alex Mooney fervently outlined his conservative vision for West Virginia and America, drawing applause and engaged questions from a crowd of about 35 local residents.
      The congressman, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years, highlighted his enduring commitment to conservative principles in a speech that touched on issues from healthcare freedom to fiscal responsibility. "West Virginia deserves a conservative U.S. Senator, and I am proud to carry that mantle," Mooney declared to an enthusiastic audience.
      During the event, Mooney criticized his political opponents for what he described as their liberal agendas and emphasized his alignment with the policies of former President Donald Trump, particularly in areas such as healthcare and tax reform. He recounted his efforts in Congress, including his staunch opposition to Obamacare and his support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which he credited with stimulating job growth and economic recovery.
      The congressman also voiced his concerns about what he sees as governmental overreach and the erosion of free speech, particularly highlighting actions taken against conservatives on social media platforms. "They threw Donald Trump off Twitter; they'll throw you off too," Mooney cautioned, pointing to a broader discussion about the protection of constitutional rights.
      One poignant moment in the evening came when Mooney shared personal stories of his family's battles against communist policies in Cuba, drawing a parallel to what he perceives as similar threats within the United States. These narratives resonated deeply with the audience, many of whom expressed fears of socialist policies taking root in America.
      As the town hall shifted to a Q&A session, attendees were eager to discuss local and national issues, from gun rights to educational freedom, and the recent controversies surrounding vaccine mandates and military policies.
      In response to a question about his plans to ensure the concerns of West Virginians are represented in Washington, Mooney stressed the importance of local input and his efforts to balance the needs of diverse communities across the state. "Every county has different needs, and it's crucial that we tailor our policies to meet them effectively," he explained.
      Mooney's town hall concluded on a note of encouragement for grassroots involvement. He urged those present to engage actively in the political process, emphasizing the critical role of informed and active voters in upholding conservative values at the polls.
      As the 2024 elections approach, Congressman Mooney's campaign seems poised to focus heavily on defending conservative principles and challenging what he views as a liberal assault on American values and freedoms.
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      In a recent gathering of the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee, local party members convened for a comprehensive meeting discussing a wide range of topics pertinent to the upcoming election cycle. Held in an atmosphere of civic engagement and active participation, the meeting saw discussions on candidate questionnaires, poll worker recruitment, and plans for candidate debates.
      One of the focal points of the meeting was the discussion surrounding candidate questionnaires. Members expressed a commitment to ensuring accountability and transparency among candidates running for office. A 20-question questionnaire was proposed, covering topics ranging from support for the West Virginia Republican Party platform to positions on key policy issues. The aim is to educate voters on candidates' alignment with party values and priorities.
      Another critical aspect addressed during the meeting was the recruitment of poll workers for the upcoming primary election. Committee members emphasized the importance of having sufficient poll workers to ensure smooth and efficient voting processes. Volunteers were encouraged to step forward, with an emphasis on the need for alternates to fill in if necessary. The committee expressed gratitude to those who have already volunteered and stressed the importance of active civic engagement in the electoral process.
      The meeting also touched upon plans for candidate debates, with a particular focus on House of Delegates races. Recognizing the importance of informed decision-making, the committee expressed a commitment to organizing debates that provide voters with opportunities to hear directly from candidates. Discussions centered on ensuring fairness and accessibility in hosting these events, with plans to schedule separate debates for different districts.
      Throughout the meeting, a spirit of unity and collaboration was evident among committee members. Despite differing viewpoints on certain issues, there was a shared commitment to advancing the interests of the Republican Party and serving the community. Members expressed appreciation for each other's contributions and stressed the importance of working together towards common goals.
      As the election cycle progresses, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee remains dedicated to its mission of promoting conservative values, fostering civic engagement, and supporting candidates who uphold the principles of the party. With plans for further community outreach and engagement, the committee is poised to play a vital role in shaping the political landscape of the county.
      Overall, the recent meeting served as a testament to the vibrancy and dedication of the local Republican Party, highlighting its commitment to democratic principles and active participation in the electoral process. As the election season unfolds, the committee looks forward to further opportunities to engage with voters and make a positive impact on the community.
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      Greenbrier County Republican Club meeting received a special guest this month as Derek Evans, a prominent figure in West Virginia politics, took the stage at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds' Lottery Hall. The gathering, part of the club's regularly scheduled monthly meetings, provided an opportunity for local residents to engage with Evans on a range of topics, from his involvement in the events of January 6 to his political positions and recent experiences.
      Evans began by addressing his involvement in the events of January 6 and the subsequent months that followed, including his time spent in jail. His candid discussion shed light on the challenges he faced and the lessons learned from the experience. Despite the adversity, Evans remained steadfast in his commitment to his political beliefs and principles.
      Throughout his address, Evans outlined his political positions, touching on key issues such as energy policies, immigration, and border security. He emphasized the importance of supporting local interests and advocated for a shift in energy policy to bolster the coal industry, a sentiment echoed by many attendees.
      Following his remarks, Evans engaged in a lively question-and-answer session, fielding inquiries from attendees on a variety of topics. From energy regulations to border security, Evans addressed each question with candor and insight, providing valuable perspectives on the issues facing the community.
      In addition to Evans' address, local candidates vying for various positions in the upcoming elections had the opportunity to present brief statements on their campaigns. Their remarks underscored the diversity of voices within the Republican Party and highlighted the importance of civic engagement in shaping the future of Greenbrier County.
      As the meeting concluded, attendees expressed gratitude to Derek Evans for his participation and insights. Many left feeling inspired and energized to continue their advocacy efforts, armed with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to their political beliefs.
      Looking ahead, the Greenbrier County Republican Club remains committed to providing a platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration among local residents. With future meetings on the horizon, there is optimism about the opportunities for community engagement and collective action in addressing the pressing issues facing the county.
      As Greenbrier County navigates the challenges ahead, the spirit of civic engagement and grassroots activism exemplified by events like these will undoubtedly play a vital role in shaping its future.
       
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      As we have seen over the past few months in Jefferson County, there are significant issues with West
      Virginia State Code 3-10-7, article 10 as it pertains to filling vacancies on a county commission. Not
      only is the current code written for 3-person county commissions, but it removes the residents of the
      county from participating in the process of selecting someone to represent them. Jefferson County is
      not alone. Other counties in recent years, such as Mingo and Cabell Counties, have had to fill
      vacancies in commission seats to a mixed public reception.
      I strongly believe if we are going to amend the code, we should do it in a way that returns the power
      to the people and permits the people to ‘elect’ their representatives, even for vacant seats. I also
      believe that a small group of people on a county commission or county political executive committee
      should not have the power to appoint someone to fill a vacant seat; the people should always be part
      of the process.
      To address these issues, I have collaborated with Delegate Henry Dillon to submit a bill that will
      overhaul how vacant county commission seats are filled by returning the power to the people. Thank
      you, Delegate Dillon, for listening to the people and supporting this bill.
      House Bill 5440 states that:
      All vacancies on a county commission are to be filled by special election. The Special Election shall have a 30-day filing period followed by 60 days for campaigning. Voting for the special election shall be conducted at the county courthouse in which the vacancy occurs, and voting shall be available for five consecutive, regular business days during normal business hours. A special election will not be held if the notice of vacancy occurs within 90 days of a primary or general election. The person who is elected during the special election shall complete the entire remainder of the term of the vacant position. To qualify to run for special election a person must be a member of the same political party as the vacant seat during the last election cycle and must legally reside in the magisterial district of the vacant seat. I pray that citizens in all counties never experience the disenfranchisement that occurred in Jefferson
      County with an appointment that allowed existing commissioners to consolidate power apart from
      the will of the people. We must learn from our mistakes and lead with change that makes sense and
      work together toward amending code to address current situations for the greater good of all people,
      not just a few.
      House Bill 5440 is currently with the House Judiciary Committee. I am calling on my fellow
      commissioners to join me in supporting HB 5440 and to contact your delegate and encourage them to
      support this bill as well.
      House Bill 5440: https://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Text_HTML/2024_SESSIONS/RS/bills/hb5440 intr.pdf
       
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      Mac Warner, a prominent figure in West Virginia politics, has lambasted Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for what he perceives as a diversion from the state's needs in favor of political grandstanding.
      Responding to a press release issued by Morrisey's office, Warner criticized the Attorney General's call for Vice President Kamala Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Joe Biden. Warner characterized Morrisey's actions as politically motivated and lacking in relevance to the concerns of West Virginians.
      "Every time you turn around, Patrick Morrisey is playing carnival barker trying to get attention," Warner stated. "He plays on raw emotion, hoping people overlook his out-of-state inability to relate to West Virginians."
      Morrisey's press release cited a report by Special Counsel Robert Hur, which suggested that President Biden's cognitive decline and physical condition warranted consideration under the 25th Amendment. However, Warner dismissed Morrisey's proposal, asserting that it would only elevate Harris to the presidency, a prospect he deemed less favorable than Biden's leadership.
      "Kamala Harris is an ultra-liberal who has spent her entire career being pro-abortion, anti-coal, pro-criminal, and supportive of weakening the 2nd Amendment," Warner contended. "And still, Patrick Morrisey believes that Kamala Harris is better for West Virginia than Joe Biden? Morrisey is the one who is off his rocker."
      Furthermore, Warner raised concerns about the ethical implications of Morrisey's actions, questioning the use of state resources for what he perceived as political maneuvers.
      "Our Attorney General should be focused on what's best for West Virginia and stop swimming in the DC swamp," Warner asserted. "This is just the latest attention-grabbing effort by Morrisey, showing that his real desire is to be in the US Senate."
      Warner also criticized Morrisey's background and alleged lack of connection to West Virginia's values, highlighting the Attorney General's upbringing in New York and political career in New Jersey before relocating to West Virginia.
      "It is no secret that Patrick Morrisey wants to be in the US Senate," Warner remarked.
      In closing, Warner expressed confidence that voters would reject Morrisey's approach in the upcoming election, emphasizing a preference for leadership aligned with the interests of West Virginians.
      "West Virginia Republicans can see through Morrisey's ridiculous stunts like advocating that Kamala Harris become President of the United States," Warner concluded. "Just like the original carpetbaggers, Patrick Morrisey has moved south to West Virginia to enrich himself at the expense of hard-working West Virginians. He’s out for himself, not the Mountain State."

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      In a bustling week at the West Virginia House of Delegates, numerous bills were advanced as the 60-day regular legislative session hit its midpoint. Among the highlights were commendations for exceptional service, expansions of crucial programs, and measures aimed at supporting vulnerable populations.
      Senate Concurrent Resolution 24 was embraced by the House, recognizing the outstanding contributions of three nominees for the Medal of Valor, an esteemed accolade reserved for those exhibiting exceptional bravery and dedication in their roles as first responders. The honorees, including individuals from the West Virginia State Police and local emergency services, were celebrated for their selfless acts in the line of duty.
      House Bill 5127, spearheaded by Economic Development and Tourism Committee Chairman Gary Howell, received overwhelming support. The bill seeks to extend the reach of the state's "Learn and Earn" program, facilitating valuable internship opportunities at WVU Potomac State College. This initiative not only benefits students by providing hands-on experience but also bolsters the workforce by nurturing a pool of skilled professionals.
      In a unanimous decision, House Bill 5179, known as "Jaycie's Law," made significant strides in supporting pregnant and parenting students. The legislation mandates robust assistance from the West Virginia Department of Education, ensuring these students can continue their education while balancing the demands of parenthood. By providing essential accommodations such as excused absences and academic support options, the bill aims to empower these individuals to pursue their educational goals without compromising their familial responsibilities.
      Another critical measure, House Bill 4933, garnered unanimous support, addressing the financial barriers faced by many West Virginians in accessing dental care. By excluding dentures from the current Medicaid limit, the bill removes a significant obstacle for individuals in need of essential dental prosthetics, thereby improving their quality of life and overall health.
      With over 1,500 bills introduced in the House thus far, the legislative agenda remains robust and diverse. While 86 bills have successfully passed the full House, only twelve have completed the legislative process, highlighting the ongoing deliberative nature of the session.
      As the deadline for bill introductions approaches and the session draws nearer to its conclusion in March, Delegate Jeff Campbell and his fellow legislators continue their diligent work in shaping policies that reflect the needs and aspirations of the people of West Virginia.

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      Jim Umberger, a West Virginia native and Democrat candidate for the 1st Congressional District, engaged with supporters during a lively meet-and-greet event at the Sportsman Tavern in Ronceverte on February 4, 2024, from 3-6 pm. The gathering brought together a diverse group of attendees eager to connect with Umberger and discuss his vision for the state.
      Umberger, in his address, passionately expressed his deep concern for West Virginia's future and stressed the importance of collaborative efforts to address common issues. He outlined various ways for people to support his campaign, encouraging participation from voting in the primary on May 14th to sharing his candidacy page on social media. Small donations were also emphasized as crucial contributions to his campaign.
      Umberger shared personal anecdotes about his West Virginia roots and his service in the Army during the Vietnam War. He touched on his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, highlighting the need for unity and collaboration to address challenges faced by West Virginians.
      Addressing struggles in the coal industry, Umberger criticized opponent Carol Miller for prioritizing corporate interests over the well-being of workers. He called for support for miners and the creation of job opportunities in struggling coal fields.
      Environmental concerns were also a focal point, with Umberger highlighting potential consequences of relaxing regulations and advocating for a just and fair society. The candidate stressed the need to work together across political affiliations to build a better future for West Virginia.
      Closing his speech, Umberger expressed gratitude for attendees' support and urged them to get involved in the campaign by volunteering or spreading the word. The event concluded with applause and a call to action, encouraging attendees to help make Umberger's vision a reality.
      For more information and to stay updated on Jim Umberger's campaign, visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JimUmbergerForCongress and check his website https://www.jimumbergerforcongress.com/ for ongoing updates.
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      On the evening of January 25th, the campaign event was held at the Lewisburg Elks Club featuring former West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans and Trey Ewing. The event, labeled the Patriot Freedom Tour and Trey Ewing Campaign Kick-Off, aimed to introduce Ewing, a Republican candidate.
      Evans, who served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and faced legal challenges following the events of January 6th, began the evening with expressions of gratitude for the attendees. His voice, hoarse from numerous interviews and speeches, conveyed appreciation for the turnout in Greenbrier County compared to the lower attendance at some high-budget campaigns.
      Evans, endorsed by figures such as Mike Lindell and General Michael Flynn, outlined his commitment to West Virginia and his non-political background. The speeches covered a range of topics, including election integrity, border security, and American energy independence.
      Evans shared his personal experiences and emphasized the need to protect constitutional and God-given rights. Election integrity, a prominent aspect of both speakers' platforms, was discussed, with Evans endorsing measures such as eliminating machines, adopting paper ballots, and holding single-day elections with hand-counted ballots.
      The event also touched on issues such as border security, West Virginia's energy resources, and preventing China from acquiring American land and natural resources. Ewing highlighted local concerns, including infrastructure improvements, education, and addressing EMS funding shortages.
      Trey Ewing is set to face off against Thomas Perkins, a local photographer and journalist, and Jeff Campbell, a former Democrat and sports announcer who is the current incumbent, in the district 46 primary on May 14, 2024. The 2024 West Virginia Republican primary will be a crucial contest for voters to decide the representative for the district.
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      In West Virginia, the clock is ticking for individuals aspiring to run for public office as the crucial filing period deadline approaches. The state's election procedures have outlined specific steps and deadlines that candidates must adhere to in order to secure a spot on the ballot. Here is a breakdown of the key requirements and deadlines for those looking to enter the political arena.
      Prospective candidates must ensure they pay the designated filing fee to the appropriate office. This fee is a crucial step in the candidacy process and varies depending on the position sought. Aspiring candidates can find more information on fees and payment methods on the West Virginia Secretary of State's website.
      The filing period is a limited window during which candidates must submit their Certificate of Announcement. It is essential to note that filings received or postmarked before Monday, January 8, 2024, will be returned. All filings for public offices must be received by the correct filing officer or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than midnight on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
      Candidates are strongly advised not to file for more than one office. Those who do so and fail to withdraw from all but one office before the close of the filing period risk not being placed on the ballot for any office. It is crucial to carefully consider and choose the office that aligns with one's goals and qualifications.
      For candidates who decide to withdraw from the race, the deadline for filing an application is February 13, 2024. This is the last day for withdrawals to be received by the filing officer to remove a candidate's name from the primary election ballot.
      Candidates must file their personal financial disclosure form with the West Virginia Ethics Commission within 10 days of filing their Certificate of Announcement. This form is obtainable from the Ethics Commission's website or by calling 304-558-0664. It is important to note that candidates for federal offices and Delegate to the National Convention are exempt from this requirement.
      The official Certificate of Announcement form can be accessed here. 
      As the deadlines draw near, potential candidates are urged to complete all necessary steps promptly to ensure their eligibility and participation in the upcoming elections. Time is of the essence, and those with political aspirations must act swiftly to make their mark in West Virginia's political landscape.
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      In an exciting development for Greenbrier County, Charles Doug Beard has officially filed his candidacy for the position of Sheriff and Treasurer. Beard, a seasoned and highly qualified individual, has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills throughout his extensive career in corrections, law enforcement, and public service.
      The Beard for Sheriff Committee recently launched its Facebook page on December 23, and within a remarkably short span of less than one month, the page has garnered an impressive following of over 1000 friends. This surge of support from the local community speaks volumes about the confidence and trust Greenbrier County residents have in Doug Beard's ability to lead.
      You can follow and support Charles Doug Beard's campaign on his official Facebook page: Charles Doug Beard for Sheriff
      One of the defining aspects of Beard's candidacy is his comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted responsibilities of the Sheriff's Department. Not only does the department engage in general law enforcement, but it also plays a crucial role in bailiffing the courts, serving civil processes, transporting prisoners (both adult and juvenile), and handling mental hygiene patient transports – sometimes spanning the entire state.
      Moreover, as the Sheriff is also the Treasurer of the county, Beard recognizes the importance of accountability in managing millions of tax dollars annually, crucial for funding the county and board of education. With an extensive background in law enforcement and as a first responder with the Lewisburg Fire Department for over 35 years, Beard is well-equipped to take on this dual role of Sheriff and Treasurer.
      "I would ensure the law enforcement deputies have the best equipment and training to do their jobs in a safe, effective, and professional manner," says Beard. "I am committed to ensuring that the tax deputies have the equipment and training to provide the best service to our citizens."
      Beard's qualifications are indeed impressive, boasting a combined 36 years in corrections, law enforcement, and magistrate services, coupled with over three decades as a first responder. His diverse training includes graduation from the WV Correction Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the West Virginia State Police Academy, and various fire schools and training sessions.
      Having served in the Sheriff's Department for nine years, including roles such as Chief Deputy, bailiff, and managing a small business with an annual gross income of $3.5 to 4 million for the past 2 1/2 years, Beard brings a wealth of experience to the table.
      As a respected member of the community, Beard has not only been involved in all types of fires and natural disasters but has also held several offices and earned numerous awards and honors throughout his tenure as a fireman.
      Greenbrier County is undoubtedly fortunate to have such a qualified and dedicated individual as Charles Doug Beard stepping forward to run for Sheriff and Treasurer. As the campaign gains momentum, the community eagerly awaits the positive changes and effective leadership that Beard promises to bring to the Sheriff's Department.
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      The Greenbrier County Republican Club, meeting at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church on January 4, 2024, welcomed the new year with a town hall-style meeting designed to foster open discussions among members. Club President Gordon Campbell set the tone by requesting that the meeting not be recorded, allowing members to speak freely about various issues.
      The meeting covered a broad spectrum of topics, including fundraising dinners, parades, and new membership enrollment. President Campbell urged members to participate in a recently released survey that addresses a wide array of club-related issues.
      However, the otherwise productive meeting was punctuated by expressions of frustration and tension concerning the ongoing conflicts with the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee. Members voiced concerns about the internal discord, emphasizing the need for unity within the local Republican Party.
      A member highlighted the urgency of resolving the inner-party fighting, while another member pointed to an ongoing Secretary of State investigation into the Executive Committee. The investigation, if left unresolved, was identified as a potential source of ongoing conflict between the club and the committee.
      The meeting revisited the fallout from December when the Greenbrier County Republican Club faced financial setbacks. A scheduling conflict with the Nicholas County Executive Committee led to the cancellation of the December 8th Christmas dinner. Criticism was directed at Chairman Ben Anderson for failing to inform the club of the conflicting events.
      Calls for unity and cooperation within the local Republican Party emerged during the meeting, amidst the need to prevent future scheduling conflicts. Despite these efforts, concerns were raised about the Executive Committee's recent launch of an associate membership program, seen by some as an attempt to undermine the club.
      While differing opinions on how to address the conflicts persist, the meeting concluded on a positive note with plans for a spring dinner. Club President Gordon Campbell is expected to engage in discussions about various matters with Chairman Anderson and explore avenues for collaboration.
      As the Greenbrier County Republican Club navigates these internal challenges, members remain hopeful that the party can unite, setting aside differences for the greater goal as they approach the crucial 2024 General Election.
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      Jim Umberger has officially thrown his hat into the ring, announcing his candidacy for the United States Congress to represent the 1st Congressional District of West Virginia. A geographically expansive region comprising 28 Southern West Virginia counties, this district is poised to witness a fervent advocate for change, unity, and effective governance.
      Umberger, a family-oriented individual with a strong commitment to community and country, stands on a platform built upon the values of love for family, love for community, and love for country. In a time marked by political polarization and a dearth of compromise, Umberger aims to restore civility and functionality to the political system.
      "The lack of civility and compromise in our political system has weakened us all, and we need the return of functional government. I intend to go to Washington to be part of the solution, not part of the problem," Umberger asserted.
      In his pursuit of office, Umberger emphasizes his role as a rational problem solver, distancing himself from obstructionist approaches. His commitment to bipartisanship is underscored by his pledge to collaborate with colleagues across the political spectrum, prioritizing finding common-ground solutions over perpetuating the chaos that currently hinders progress.
      Support Jim Umberger for WV-1
      As Jim Umberger embarks on this journey to represent Southern West Virginia in Congress, he calls on the support of the community. Various avenues are available for individuals who wish to contribute to his campaign:
      Primary Vote on May 14th: Umberger urges voters to cast their ballots in the primary on May 14th, expressing gratitude for the invaluable support.
      Spread the Word: Supporters are encouraged to share Umberger's candidacy across social media platforms, asking friends and family to like and follow his dedicated campaign page.
      Financial Contributions: Every donation, whether large or small, plays a crucial role in supporting the campaign. Umberger acknowledges the significance of grassroots funding in shaping the trajectory of his candidacy.
      Volunteer Opportunities: Umberger welcomes volunteers who wish to actively participate in his campaign. Various roles and responsibilities will be available for those eager to get involved.
      To facilitate financial contributions, the campaign has set up a donation channel with details as follows:
      DONATE NOW PAID FOR BY JIM UMBERGER FOR CONGRESS P.O. Box 82 Lewisburg, WV 24901
      Umberger's online presence can be found on Facebook at Jim Umberger For Congress, and updates about his campaign can be tracked on his website, a work in progress, at JimUmbergerForCongress.com.
      As Jim Umberger steps into the political arena, he envisions a collaborative and functional government that addresses the concerns of Southern West Virginia. With the support of the community, he aspires to be a positive force for change, embodying the values of love, unity, and effective representation.
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      In a message to the citizens of West Virginia, Attorney General Patrick Morrissey extended warm wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving. Embracing the spirit of the season, Morrissey emphasized the importance of gratitude and reflection during this special time of the year.
      "Hey, it's Attorney General Patrick Morrissey coming to you today, let's say happy Thanksgiving to every West Virginian," began Morrissey, setting a warm and festive tone for his message. Acknowledging the beauty of the season, he expressed his deep sense of fortune and encouraged fellow West Virginians to take a moment to appreciate the blessings that surround them.
      "This is a beautiful time of year, and I feel very fortunate. This is a time that we celebrate faith. We celebrate fellowship, and we celebrate family," Morrissey remarked, underlining the significance of Thanksgiving as a time for spiritual reflection, camaraderie, and spending quality moments with loved ones.
      Sharing his personal affinity for Thanksgiving, Morrissey revealed, "I've always been thankful to take part in Thanksgiving rituals. It's my favorite holiday because whatever the state of affairs in your life, you gotta be thankful." He stressed the importance of gratitude regardless of individual circumstances, highlighting the notion that there is always something to be thankful for.
      Expressing a sense of humility, Morrissey acknowledged the abundant gifts bestowed upon individuals by a higher power. "Everything around you, God has bestowed us with great gifts. And if we're all here today, we should give thanks to him, the Lord our God," he declared, encouraging a collective sense of appreciation for the blessings that unite the community.
      As he spent quality time with his own family in the Mountain State, Morrissey conveyed his gratitude for being in such a remarkable place. "I'm right here in the Mountain State. I couldn't think of a better place to be. God bless you all. West Virginia. God bless our country, and I look forward to seeing you out on the road."
      Closing his message with warm wishes for the Thanksgiving feast, Morrissey extended a cheerful "Happy Turkey Day" and encouraged everyone to relish the delights of the holiday meal. "May you enjoy the great Turkey, the white onions, the mashed potatoes, and everything else that comes with it," he concluded, spreading joy and camaraderie as West Virginians gathered to celebrate this special day of gratitude and togetherness.
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      The "Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee," commonly known as the "Greenbrier GOP," convened for its monthly meeting last Thursday, during which the committee controversially endorsed Patrick Via for Circuit Court. This marked a notable departure from the committee's historical practice of refraining from involvement in primary elections.
      Under the leadership of Chairman Ben Anderson, a troubling pattern has emerged. The executive committee's recent inclination to endorse candidates prior to primary elections raises concerns about fairness within the party. This departure from tradition was evident during the 2022 Republican primary when the committee endorsed candidates such as Senator Vince Deeds and Mike Honker for House of Delegates, sidelining potential Republican contenders and raising questions about the misuse of power and resources, thereby undermining the integrity of the electoral process.
      This issue came to a head during a public showdown at the Executive Committee, where established party rules and bylaws were blatantly ignored. The situation further deteriorated during the 2022 general election, with reports of numerous campaign law violations. Democrat Executive Committee Chairman Paul Detch expressed frustration over these violations, shedding light on a worrisome trend within the GOP.
      Even within the party itself, concerns have been acknowledged. The "Greenbriar County Republican Club," known for its neutrality in primary elections as outlined in its bylaws, underwent changes earlier this year due to the Executive Committee's actions. Previously committed to remaining impartial, the club altered its bylaws in response to the confrontations of 2022.
      Club President Gordon Campbell has consistently emphasized the importance of neutrality, emphasizing that elections should be decided by the voters. However, a stark contrast exists within the Republican Executive Committee, where increased involvement in primary elections has become a growing trend. Many Republicans are now expressing their apprehension about the committee's interference, fearing that donor funds may be directed towards influencing primary outcomes.
      This potential shift in the use of donor money has raised alarms, sparking concerns about a financial clash between the Executive Committee and the Republican Club. Such a scenario could result in the wasteful expenditure of thousands of dollars, resources that could be better utilized in general elections. This situation has not gone unnoticed by Democrats, who find amusement in the internal strife within the Republican ranks. As the Greenbrier GOP faces these internal challenges, it remains to be seen how the party will address these concerns and uphold the principles of fair and transparent elections.
      Source: https://woay.com/new-candidate-for-the-circuit-court-announced-at-greenbrier-gop-meeting/?fbclid=IwAR2HAlg6W6OvJ51JYXmEdZz833_bQbJ8kOT0jFlFp05ACghfnoWHZ75ai1o
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      The Greenbrier County Republican Club recently held its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the fellowship hall of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. The evening was marked by the presence of Senator Ryan Weld, who graced the gathering as the guest speaker. Senator Weld is a candidate for the Republican nomination for West Virginia Attorney General in the forthcoming 2024 elections. This event continued the club's tradition of hosting statewide candidates at their monthly meetings, offering attendees unique insights into Senator Weld's vision and plans for the Attorney General's office.
      One key focus of the Greenbrier County Republican Club is strengthening community engagement. Club President, Gordon, emphasized the importance of becoming more involved in local activities. He suggested that every member of the club, and even local citizens, should serve as ambassadors, promoting the county to businesses and investors.
      In line with this mission, the club is working in collaboration with the Greenbrier County Democratic Women's Club to organize a charitable food drive. The food drive aims to provide support to local food banks and contribute to the well-being of the community during the holiday season.
      The club is gearing up for a December 8th dinner event, a significant highlight on their calendar. This dinner will closely resemble their successful spring dinner, with a few exciting additions. The event is open to club members and the wider community, with club members benefiting from a discounted ticket price.
      The evening will begin with a member-exclusive mixer at 5:15 PM, providing an opportunity to interact with candidates, elected officials, and other notable individuals. Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, and the guest speaker for the evening will be Elgine McArdle, the GOP State Party Chair. Her speech will focus on the upcoming 2024 elections and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
      The club is also looking to streamline membership processes and build a year-round membership model. Currently, members pay their dues annually towards the end of the year, causing issues for those interested in joining at different times. The club aims to transition to a system where members can join at any time, providing a more convenient and flexible option.
      Membership dues for the Greenbrier County Republican Club will remain unchanged. An individual membership costs $20, while a family membership is available for $30. With a new online system in development, the club seeks to simplify payments and maintain a consistent and robust membership throughout the year.
      The club is encouraging members to volunteer and get involved in various committees, including the planning committee for the December dinner. The committee traditionally responsible for the dinner event hopes to welcome new faces and fresh ideas to help continue the tradition.
      In addition to supporting the December dinner, members can also get involved with the audit committee. This committee oversees the club's financial records, ensuring they are accurate and complete. Volunteering for the audit committee is an excellent way to contribute to the club's integrity and financial transparency.
      As the club looks ahead to 2024, there are discussions about the significance of the primary election filing period, which occurs in January. Local offices, including County Commission, House, Senate, and Board of Education positions, will be open for filing. Club members are encouraged to be mindful of the filing periods and eligibility criteria, as these local offices play crucial roles in shaping the community and its future.
      Overall, the Greenbrier County Republican Club is gearing up for a productive year. By prioritizing community engagement, supporting charitable initiatives, streamlining membership processes, and fostering participation in local elections, the club aims to make a positive impact on the community and help West Virginia thrive.
      With these initiatives in motion, the club's agenda for 2024 is set, and members are encouraged to get involved, make their voices heard, and help shape the future of Greenbrier County.
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