State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut regulations favoring big businesses

We will establish a department in the small business administration that identifies burdensome regulations that are strangling the potential of America's small businesses. This department will make recommendations to Congress for which regulations to repeal.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senate campaign website PaulaJean2018.com Jul 17, 2017

Jim Justice: Appoint a Waste Czar to root out agency excess

Now, and I believe--and I will do this immediately, I will employ some person--gosh, I can't imagine being called this, a Waste Czar. But I'll have him absolutely dig into every agency known to man and try to find any excess monies that have been shoved away and hidden. And I'll have him look. And I'll have him try to find.

Now, let me just give you my philosophy of our regulatory agencies. My philosophy is just this: The right person for the right job and they're motivated.

Source: 2017 West Virginia State of the State address Feb 8, 2017

Evan Jenkins: Important to keep information secure

Jenkins' office said people need to trust the election system. "Trust in our electoral system is a critical part of our democracy, and oversight should always play a role in our elections," Jenkins said. "We must ensure our polling places, clerks and election systems are protected from cyber threats, as the FBI recently uncovered hacking attempts. As we near Election Day, all Americans should be able feel that their votes count."
Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail on 2018 West Virginia Senate race Oct 17, 2016

Bill Cole: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting

Sen. Cole voted YES on a bill to disallow voting a straight party ticket by one mark on a general election ballot:

West Virginia legislative summary for S.B.249:

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 25-8-1 on Feb. 3; passed House 87-13-0 on March 10; Signed by Gov. Tomblin March 25.
Source: West Virginia legislative voting records for SB 249 Feb 3, 2015

Earl Ray Tomblin: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting

Gov. Tomblin signed a bill to disallow voting a straight party ticket by one mark on a general election ballot:

West Virginia legislative summary for S.B.249:

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 25-8-1 on Feb. 3; passed House 87-13-0 on March 10; Signed by Gov. Tomblin March 25.
Source: West Virginia legislative voting records for SB 249 Feb 3, 2015

Jeff Kessler: Straight party ticket voting ok

Sen. Kessler voted NO on a bill to disallow voting a straight party ticket by one mark on a general election ballot:

West Virginia legislative summary for S.B.249:

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 25-8-1 on Feb. 3; passed House 87-13-0 on March 10; Signed by Gov. Tomblin March 25.
Source: West Virginia legislative voting records for SB 249 Feb 3, 2015

Natalie Tennant: I learned "make-do" attitude via my upbringing on a farm

Coming from an upbringing shared with six siblings on a farm in Marion County, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said she knows how to be resourceful. Her father sold cows to fund her college tuition, and Tennant said that she has employed a similar "make-do" attitude while serving as West Virginia's secretary of state.

During her tenure in that job, Tennant says she has worked to make the office more efficient and also improved services for voters and business owners. "I think that we have to use all the resources we have. I've streamlined & cut red tape. I've cut wasteful spending, and that translated into doing more with less. It's the same thing I learned on the farm, and I saved $3 million in the secretary of state's office and gave it back to the taxpayers."

Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Mar 2, 2014

Natalie Tennant: 18-month investigation into stolen election: 3 convictions

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. "We worked with the attorney general's office, we gave them information, and those three Democrat elected officials served time in federal prison because I put West Virginia first."
Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Mar 2, 2014

Earl Ray Tomblin: Dissolve state boards & councils that no longer operate

As we continue to plan we know it is more important than ever to eliminate government waste. That's why I will be proposing legislation reforming our purchasing laws to ensure that every dollar of state money is spent with the proper oversight to achieve the best value.

Because of this commitment to a good, responsive and efficient government, I have identified a number of boards, commissions, and councils that no longer operate, but linger on the books creating ambiguity and clutter. I plan to dissolve many of these groups by executive order, and I will submit legislation to eliminate the rest of these obsolete boards.

Source: 2014 West Virginia State of the State speech Jan 8, 2014

Natalie Tennant: OpEd: Suppress voting by requiring change-of-address cards

Thousands of voters in West Virginia will soon receive a postcard in the mail asking them if their address has changed and if they want to remain a registered voter. There are about 1.2 million registered voters in West Virginia, and county clerks will be mailing more than 335,000 notifications to voters who may have changed their address or who have been idle for two federal election cycles.

"The Secretary of State's Office is committed to protecting the integrity of those processes and keeping our voter rolls clean," Natalie Tennant said. "Most of the people receiving notifications will just have to fill out the notification and send it back."

If a voter receives a notification and does not fill it out and return it to their county clerk they will be placed on the list of "inactive" voters. These people are still registered to vote and may vote in 2014. Voters who remain inactive for two federal election cycles will have their voter registration.

Source: Logan Banner on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Jan 1, 2014

Pat McGeehan: No limits on campaign contributions for PACs or parties

Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates: Individual?

A: No.

Q: Political Action Committee?

A: No.

Q: Corporate?

A: No.

Q: Political Party?

A: No.

Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the use of an independent bipartisan commission for redistricting?

A: Yes.

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government

When it came to jobs and economy, Raese was all about free enterprise and less government, which he said was unlike his opponent Senator Manchin. "Most of his answers are about government and what government can do," said Raese. "Mine are not about government and what government can do, I think we need less government."

Manchin said he isn't about more government but rather making government easier to work with. "Government should be your partner. It shouldn't be your adversary, it should be your ally," said Manchin. "That's what we don't have in Washington and that's what I've been working for."

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: I think we need less government

When it came to jobs and economy, Raese was all about free enterprise and less government, which he said was unlike his opponent Senator Manchin. "Most of his answers are about government and what government can do," said Raese. "Mine are not about government and what government can do, I think we need less government."

Manchin said he isn't about more government but rather making government easier to work with. "Government should be your partner. It shouldn't be your adversary, it should be your ally," said Manchin. "That's what we don't have in Washington and that's what I've been working for."

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control

On health care, Manchin and Raese clashed over the Affordable Health Care Act. Manchin says a complete upheaval of the law would be the wrong idea. "I have been for reforming, repairing, and not repealing. Pre-existing conditions is wrong," Manchin said. "You don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, sometimes you just have to change the water every now and then."

Raese disagrees with that. In 2010, Raese fully supported a full repeal of the bill. And he still does. "This country, right now, I call it a coalition of taking. They are taking our money, they are taking our power, and they are taking our freedom, and they are giving it government to control. That's unacceptable," Raese said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Joe Manchin III: Public financing pilot for state Supreme Court races

I will introduce judicial reform legislation: a public financing pilot project for the two Supreme Court seats that will be open for election in 2012. The goal is to relieve judges from the burden of political fundraising and to reduce the potential for appearance of bias as a result of campaign donations. This money would be available for both the primary and general elections.
Source: West Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Jay Wolfe: Increase campaign donation limits

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Doris Haddock: Vote against any candidate who supports soft money

I propose that Congressional incumbents and challengers say yes or no to a simple, 25-word pledge. It reads as follows:
I pledge my vote and full procedural support to ban soft money-the unlimited contributions to state and federal political races that undermine our democracy.
If your incumbents will not take this simple pledge, vote against them no matter how much you love them. Our way of life as a free and equal people is at stake, and we have no room in this battle for those who will not do the thing we all know is right.

I am suggesting this pledge here for the first time. I will go to Washington to see who will take the pledge and who will not. Then we will be ready for the coming elections, and I will ask my old bones and my many new friends to visit the states where we might do some good in these elections, and to raise a ruckus in those elections on behalf of our democracy and our grandchildren’s future as free men and women.

Source: Speech in Clarksburg, West Virginia Jan 1, 2000

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