State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Principles & Values
Shelley Moore Capito:
Declined to debate with 3rd-party candidates
It's looking unlikely that West Virginia's two main contenders for an open U.S. Senate seat will debate again before Election Day. Republican Shelley Moore Capito won't attend a West Virginia Public Broadcasting debate Friday.
Democrat Natalie Tennant, Libertarian John Buckley, Bob Henry Baber of the Mountain Party and Phil Hudok of the Constitution Party will participate.
Capito's campaign said the congresswoman will be on her previously scheduled bus tour. Capito and Tennant, West Virginia's secretary of state, debated last Tuesday in Charleston. Third-party candidates weren't involved. The two met for a
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce candidate forum at The Greenbrier in late August.
They are seeking retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat. The Friday morning debate will air in the evening.
Source: The Associated Press on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate
Oct 14, 2014
Former Republican state legislator
In the United States Senate race, the perception is that the contest is just between the Democrat and the Republican, with the Republican in the lead. Not so. When you cast your vote, you'll get a chance to vote for me, John Buckley, the Libertarian.
I'm the third candidate in the race. I'm a former Republican state legislator (elected when I lived in Virginia 35 years ago--
I was just in my mid-20's), now running on the ticket of the Libertarian party.
While politics is usually portrayed as a contest of
Republican v. Democrat, conservative v. liberal, red v. blue, that's narrow, old-fashioned thinking. It's "analog" politics in a digital age.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Aug 12, 2014
Elected as Republican to VA House; running as Libertarian
In politics, the voters are often far ahead of the political pundits. "Conventional wisdom" has to play catch up sometimes. That's what I think is happening in West Virginia this year. In the United States Senate race, the perception is that the contest
is just between the Democrat and the Republican, with the Republican in the lead. Not so. When you cast your vote, you'll get a chance to vote for me, John Buckley, the Libertarian.
I'm the third candidate in the race.
I'm a former Republican state legislator (elected when I lived in Virginia 35 years ago--I was just in my mid-20's), now running on the ticket of the Libertarian party. I don't fit the narrow mold of most political commentators.
They just don't know what to make of me.
I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live."
Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Aug 12, 2014
Cousin to William F. Buckley; long background in GOP
John Buckley, cousin to William F. Buckley, had a long personal background in Republican Party and conservative movement politics, including a stint running Young Americans for Freedom in the 1970s. He won a state legislative seat in Virginia in 1979.
He lost his seat after one term and says that "by the early '90s
I had soured on the Republican Party as a vehicle for expressing my political principles"--not because his principles had changed that much, or even that the Party's lip service stated principles had,
but that no Republicans seemed to act on the free-market side of their message.
Source: Reason magazine Q&A on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Jul 24, 2014
55-county "Talk with Tennant" tour: represent W.V., not D.C.
Tennant, who announced in September her intention to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated with Democrat Jay Rockefeller's impending retirement, is currently participating in a 55-county "Talk with Tennant" tour.
She visited Raleigh County last week,
and Tennant said the most common issue she is hearing across the state involves increasing flood insurance rates, which she largely blames on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's actions. "What we've been seeing as we head around all 55 counties [is that] people
recognize there is a clear choice between someone who represents West Virginia and someone who represents Washington."
As a notable example of standing up for West Virginia interests, Tennant said she played an instrumental role in ensuring justice was
served when three elected Democratic officials tried to steal an election. As the chief election official, Tennant said her office conducted an 18-month-long investigation into the matter.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Mar 2, 2014
We're seeping into era of chaos, as foretold in the Bible
Even with the onslaught of terrible daily news reports--from mass killings to natural disasters, to government shutdowns--there are some who deny that the world is becoming increasingly chaotic, says Zane Lawhorn. "You'll hear people rationalizing what's
going on in the world as 'not all that different' from earlier times. The claim is that 24-hour global news programs magnify bad news in a way that's unprecedented. But I tend to view the bad news as just that--bad news," says Lawhorn.
"Our leaders can't work together; the government seems always on the verge of shut down--or is shut down; spending is out of control; socialist tariffs dictate what's to be our health-care system; maniacs with deadly weapons target public places
on what seems to be a regular basis--and that's just what's going on within our borders. We're seeping into an era of chaos, just as foretold in the Bible." Now is the time for individuals and families to prepare for deepening chaos, he says.
Source: Albany Journal on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Oct 12, 2013
Constitutional conservative: pro-life, pro-gun and pro-coal
McGeehan responded to Natalie Tennant's recent announcement to run as a Democrat for Senate from W.Va. McGeehan stated, "Natalie Tennant jumping in this race only adds another candidate who is far too liberal for West Virginia."
deserve a constitutional conservative who is pro-life, pro-gun and pro-coal. Career politicians funded by special interest money are part of the problem in Washington, not the solution," explained McGeehan. "Natalie Tennant is out-of-touch with West
Virginia, and it's time to elect a Senator who will stand on principle and not with party."
"Harry Reid has handpicked his anti-coal, Obama-supporting candidate to run for Senate and it's time West Virginians stand together and say enough is enough,"
stated McGeehan. "Tennant's views align along with Barack Obama & Harry Reid--and we need someone who will obey their Oath of Office, not discard it."
McGeehan is the Tea Party favorite and has been endorsed by The National Republican Liberty Caucus.
Source: Huntington News on 2014 West Virginia Senate race
Sep 17, 2013
Joe Manchin III:
We can only fix things by coming together
Manchin repeatedly stressed he is working for West Virginia, and its best interests, as a senator in the nation's capital. "Let me make it very clear the only team I belong to is team America, and team West Virginia.
I'm the most centrist senator in the Senate. I don't vote for the party, I vote for the issues. Always have, and I always will. I think West Virginia we have proved that you can only fix things by coming together," Manchin said.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate
Oct 3, 2012
Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects
The people demand that we no longer accept the idea that West Virginia should take last place at the nationís table.
- They demand that we educate our children so that they can have better lives and take advantage of the job opportunities we will
create-and at the same time, they demand that we teach by example and by word the values that have made this a great state and a great nation.
- They demand that we improve our healthcare, and that we provide the means for each citizen to have access to
- They demand that we make our economy stronger, and that we participate fully in the new economy based on information and technology.
- They demand that we protect the special places that make West Virginia what it is, and preserve our
water, our air and our land for future generations to enjoy.
- They demand that we conduct the business of government in a way that reflects the trust they have given us, and that we treat citizens as the customers of government, not as its subjects.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature
Feb 14, 2001
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