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July 20, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin, a centrist and popular Democrat known for his calm, compassionate handling of a coal mine disaster that killed 29 in April, declared Tuesday that he will run for the late Robert C. Byrd's U.S. Senate seat. The bid marks the latest rise in profile for the 62-year-old Manchin since the former state lawmaker captured the governor's office in 2004 after a term as secretary of state. He became chairman of the National Governors Association earlier this month, enjoys high approval ratings in his state and was seen as a comforter-in-chief to victims' families following April's Upper Big Branch mine explosion and the 2006 Sago mine disaster.
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NEWS
July 16, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin has chosen former chief counsel Carte Goodwin, a member of a prominent West Virginia family, to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Manchin announced Goodwin's appointment Friday during a news conference at the West Virginia Capitol. "I am genuinely confident that Carte Goodwin will look out for West Virginia. I know West Virginia is better off since he's passed this way," Manchin said. Manchin said the seat will always be known at the U.S. Senate seat held by Byrd, but Goodwin will "look out for West Virginia and will work hard for West Virginia.
NEWS
July 9, 2010
BOSTON (AP) -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Friday that he'll make a decision next week on whether to run for the late Robert C. Byrd's Senate seat. "It's highly likely I will," he told The Associated Press at the National Governors Association meeting. His comment came a day after West Virginia's top lawyer cleared the way for the governor to declare a special election this fall to fill what remains of Byrd's term. The opinion prompted the governor's chief legal counsel to advise Friday that Manchin call a special legislative session to clarify state election law. Manchin sought the legal opinion after joining a growing push to hold a vote earlier than 2012, when Byrd would have faced re-election.
NEWS
July 7, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin says he's now prepared to discuss the process for finding a successor for the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The governor's office has announced Manchin will discuss the succession process with reporters Wednesday in Charleston. Republicans, labor leaders and the business community have all weighed on the future of a Senate seat held by Byrd for more than a half century. Last week, Manchin said he would not start searching for a successor until after the longest-serving senator is laid to rest.
NEWS
July 2, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- They came by the thousands to pay their respects to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, and they kept trickling in past midnight and into the early morning hours Friday to honor a statesman, a scholar and, above all, a proud West Virginian. Under a shadow cast by a sprawling walnut tree, Janet Artrip, 67, wiped away tears for the man who played fiddle for her and her late husband and who chatted with them in Huntington. Like Artrip, many visitors had a personal remembrance of the man who had served in the U.S. Senate for 51 years and who died Monday at the age of 92. But most didn't have a direct connection to Byrd, who was known for enriching West Virginia during his unprecedented tenure.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Commission, in following action taken by Gov. Joe Manchin, will close all county offices on Friday as a special day of observance in honor of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. The County Commission encourages all employees to join their state counterparts in honoring and celebrating the life of the state's senior senator. County offices will also be closed on Monday in observance of the July 4 holiday. All county offices will be open for business at normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 7, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said during a stop Friday in Martinsburg that there is no "sacred cow" in the package of education proposals that are expected to be part of next week's special session of the State Legislature. "If we have more money that's staying on the management (side of education) and disproportionately not getting to the classroom, something's wrong," Manchin told about 150 people at a legislative forum sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg and Berkeley County.
NEWS
April 15, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama ordered an exhaustive federal review of coal mine safety Thursday and asked Congress to strengthen existing laws "riddled with loopholes. " "We can't just hold mining companies accountable. We have to hold Washington accountable," the president said in response to the April 5 underground explosion at a Massey Energy Co. mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed. "We need to take a hard look at our own practices and our own procedures," Obama told reporters in the Rose Garden.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 20, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- On his 92nd birthday, and two days after becoming the longest-serving member of Congress, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was celebrated Friday in Charles Town for a trademark of his nearly 57 years in office -- bringing millions of dollars in highway money to West Virginia. In Washington High School's auditorium, Byrd joined Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and state and transportation officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for another four-lane section of W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 20, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin on Friday announced his appointment of businessman and educator Terry Lee Walker to complete the unexpired term of former Del. Bob Tabb. "Terry is very involved in his community and he will bring a clear, strong and balanced voice to Charleston," Manchin said in a prepared statement. "I am confident that he will represent the residents of Berkeley and Jefferson counties very well. I look forward to working with him to continue to move West Virginia forward.
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