Manchin Endorses Spending Cap, Balanced Budget Amendment

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 10:37 am

It was pretty clear when elected that Joe Manchin was likely to make Ben Nelson look like Bernie Sanders in some cases. Complicating this further is the fact that he’s up for re-election again in 2012, because the 2010 race was just to finish out the late Robert Byrd’s term. And that’s a Presidential year, [...]

Manchin Threatens to Withhold Vote on Increasing Debt Limit

By: Monday March 21, 2011 9:52 am

There’s no question that Joe Manchin will be a thorn in the side of the White House and national Democrats for the next two years and possibly longer. He won his election running away from the Democratic Party – even though he received more help from liberal writers, who did much to define his opponent [...]

Conservative Democrat Manchin All Over the Place on Health Care

By: Monday September 27, 2010 10:44 am

I’ve heard some liberal commentators comfort themselves with the idea that the most likely Democratic incumbents to lose in November are Blue Dogs, and as a result the Democratic caucus will have a tighter, more ideological profile. That may be true in the House, but in the Senate, there are races like the one in [...]

WV-Sen: After Getting Law on Her Behalf, Capito Decides Not to Run

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 8:16 am

Shelley Moore Capito, the House Republican from West Virginia who, under the special election law to replace the late Robert Byrd could have run for her House seat and a Senate seat at the same time, has decided not to use that privilege, according to sources with the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. This virtually assures [...]

Manchin, As Expected, to Run for WV-Sen Seat

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:03 am

Joe Manchin, the Governor of West Virginia, officially announced he will run for Senate in the just-finalized 2010 special election for Robert Byrd’s old seat, moments after singing the bill setting the terms of the election. Manchin was apparently so set on getting the election in November 2010 that he gave in to all Republican [...]

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 6:15 am

I mentioned this in yesterday’s Roundup, but I’m still marveling at it, just as an example of how not to run a negotiation. Democrats in West Virginia originally wanted to follow the law by waiting until 2012 for a special election to replace the late Robert Byrd. Republicans howled about the deception of an interim [...]

WV-Sen: Special Election in Doubt

By: Monday July 19, 2010 8:20 am

The best laid plans of mice and legislatures…. Joe Manchin had an idea. The timing of Robert Byrd’s death meant that he could call for a quick-strike election in 2010 instead of waiting for 2012. Because of Manchin’s current popularity and his name ID, he could basically walk into a Senate seat. Not to mention [...]

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 2:45 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s a brief piece: Carte Goodwin, the former general counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin III, gave his position in response to a question at the news conference in Charleston, W. Va., announcing his [...]

WV-Sen: Carte Goodwin Chosen for Interim Senate Seat [UPDATED]

By: Friday July 16, 2010 10:34 am

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin will reportedly appoint his former chief lawyer, Carte Goodwin, to the Senate seat vacated by the death of Robert Byrd. Goodwin, if selected, would serve until the next Senate election, which the Governor and the legislature are finalizing rules to hold in November along with the midterm elections. Manchin is [...]

FinReg to Pass No Later Than Saturday; Unemployment Benefits, Next Week

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 6:54 am

The cloture vote on the conference report for the financial reform bill will happen this morning, with passage expected by noon. Republicans will have to decide if they want the entire 30 hours of post-cloture time at that point. If they do, the bill wouldn’t get final passage until Saturday, and Harry Reid looks prepared [...]

The Joe Manchin Commemorative Special Election

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 6:25 am

Late yesterday, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin released a draft proposal for the November 2010 special election to replace Robert Byrd. I find it interesting because you essentially have the candidate writing the terms of their own election. The draft bill really just clarifies the confusing language in West Virginia state law around when a [...]

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