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Partisan politics still rule in Charleston

February 27, 2014

Suddenly, Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature seem eager to enforce an ethics code on the state attorney general....

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TruthSeeker

Mar-07-14 12:47 PM

This bill is dead!

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TruthSeeker

Mar-07-14 6:37 AM

This only happened in response to Morrisey's actions to 'audit' all WV agencies. Democrats got real concerned then. They hate 'audits.' ALready, the Agriculture dept under Walt Helmick previously has shown 4 million dollars that no one seems to know where it went! Hmm... Yep if I were a liberal in office now, I would be concerned too.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-07-14 6:11 AM

Aww... Poor liberals are whining. Again. This time another outside nut (Ralph Nadar); accuses Capito of not supporting minimum wage hike. Well yeah. If you want to lose more jobs, go ahead. Then whine again because YOU got your pink slip. Libs keep passing bills that harms citizens and some citizens stupidly support it. The dumb just get dumber.

Ralph Nadar doesn't live here. He doesn't vote here. WV voters don't care what 'outsiders' have to say. WE DO THE VOTING. And Democrats are NOT getting elected again in November midterm election; that's for sure. Dems losing much support. Obama's trying every tactic to change that. But people are hurting more over his lack of leadership for 5 years.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-07-14 6:07 AM

Well well. Once conservatives gave democrats a lesson in LAWS and WV Constitution.....now here's today's story about their partisan bill against our new conservative AG Morrisey:

A bill imposing stricter conflict-of-interest standards on West Virginia's attorney general is fizzling in the Senate.

Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Corey Palumbo says there's little interest in his committee to hear the bill, which targets Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Yeah; targeting him & ignoring liberal misconduct elsewhere speaks volumes about democrats in WV.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-04-14 12:40 PM

Thinking Obama will delay the March 31st deadline to sign up for his failed socialist healthcare since he needs to try 'something' to help dwindling democrat support BEFORE midterm elections!

Remember Obama's lawyers ADMITTED Obamacare was a TAX in the Supreme Court lawsuit so you WILL be paying a huge TAX for NOT signing up.

GOOD THING? The TAX is cheaper than the Obamacare isurance scam!

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TruthSeeker

Mar-04-14 12:38 PM

The majority of uninsured Americans are still largely unaware of Obamacare and the crucial March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage through the new exchanges.

Those without health insurance April 1 and beyond will be subjected to a tax penalty imposed under the new healthcare law.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-04-14 11:55 AM

Funnyfarm says:It could be more there major,I was trying to give you the benefit of doubt. Busey is a perfect example for people picturing you. Just dont smile like him he has all his teet,you I doubt it.

Uh, take your own ADVICE funnyfarm...if people 'picture' you according to your comment about yourself......you can only IMAGINE how we picture someone calling themselves FUNNYFARM. Uh...crazy dude doing crazy things in a funnyfarm??? Yeah. OH MY; how the left always 'incriminate' themselves when they attempt to use the common sense gene.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-04-14 11:53 AM

Joe the partisan liberal says:I'll condense it for you. The Attorney General is a tool for Big Drugs. His wife is still a lobbyist for them. He tried to install a Chief Deputy AG that didn't even have a West Virginia law license.

LOLOL. Well what do you think about Obama LOSING his law license and Hillary losing HER law license?

Joe....your hypocrisy is showing again. OOPS! bwahahaha.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-04-14 11:50 AM

Joe you got one thing right. YOUR party of dems have controlled the local area for decades. So anytime you start "complaining" like you always do about things.........blame YOUR party. They are the ones controlling everything.

See; you admit it's DEMOCRATS running everything yet you still complain 24x7 about everything. Then you continue voting for the same people who cause you so much misery.

Seek the common sense gene. It will give you REAL change; not Obama's change of happiness to misery!

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sme1funnyfarm

Mar-04-14 9:17 AM

It could be more there major,I was trying to give you the benefit of doubt. Busey is a perfect example for people picturing you. Just dont smile like him he has all his teet,you I doubt it.

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TopGun

Mar-04-14 7:05 AM

Joe is a real dreamer. His party is in real trouble, yet he spews the crap of the leftwing media trying to hide what's going to happen. I'll sum it up: the dems will lose the senate, the GOP will retain the house, and the dems will be on the outside looking in, and sensibility will be restored in the government, only this time around, all of the screwball programs set in motion by Obama will be defunded, dismantled and dismissed. The Dems are worried. They're losing their support, as well as their funding, and they know their evil rein is about over. I can't wait. I'll bet the suicide rate among liberals will double after the next election when they see their party going down the crapper. As for Joe, he needs to take a hard look at what's going on and look into his party's gloomy future.

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sme1funnyfarm

Mar-03-14 7:53 PM

Major 3rd on the cool list???? You need to bring over 10 or so tags from the martinsburg journal message board to repeatedly vote for yourself. I only see 3 of yours here now.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:17 AM

During the lengthy discussion of the proposed legislation, Shott said one thing is inconceivable. "It is inconceivable to me, inconceivable, that when the highest elected legal official, our chief legal officer, tells us this statue is unconstitutional we would even dare consider moving forward," he said. If a person questions whether or not the measure is unconstitutional, he or she can go to the Supreme Court and ask the justices, Shott said. If there's any question … we have the prerogative to go to the Supreme Court and ask them," he said. "We can get a ruling." The bill has been introduced in the Senate.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:16 AM

"We applaud and recommend codification of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's self-imposed policy that limits payments to outside counsel attorneys," CALA said in a statement. And WV CALA Executive Director Greg Thomas said the House Judiciary Committee historically looked the other way in regards to questionable activity by former Attorney General Darrell McGraw. "Many of the same members of the House Judiciary Committee ignored that activity and took very little action to reign in his unethical, reckless and embarrassing behavior," Thomas said. "It is clear that House Bill 4490 is politically motivated and does not address the serious problems of the McGraw era with outside counsel attorneys making millions through backroom contingency fee agreements on representing the State of West Virginia."

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:14 AM

Many opponents of the bill said overlooking known misconduct in order to target an office for "political purposes" equated to a sad day for the Mountain State. "We choose not to look at any other official, yet the news is rampant with allegations of other misuse within our government and we focus on one person," Shott said. "What is the importance of this bill? "Is it the activity of the attorney general defending our second amendment rights? Is it the activity of our attorney general in resisting the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency and other government agencies?"

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:13 AM

The big question raised by many who stood to speak during the House floor session was why they should create legislation that targets the Office of Attorney General when there are numerous other individuals within office who have been accused of misconduct. Many lawmakers pointed to the Department of Agriculture, where suspicious activity from the previous Commissioner of Agriculture was uncovered by a legislative audit. And still others described targeting one office and the individual in that office instead of known offenders as "outrageous" and nothing more than a "political grab." Many lawmakers pointed out the bill targeted the lone Republican in a sea of Democrats and that Morrisey had voluntarily removed himself from a case when a potential ethical conflict did arise.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:10 AM

It appears WV Democrats have the same narcissistic chracter as the President and his administration have; an 'evil need' to control everyone around them; constituents, conservatives, anyone who won't 'agree' with their socialist power-hungry agenda!

Let's vote these goons out next election before WV is the next Detroit!

The vote to have ALL the say over what bills get to the floor even for a discussion and vote makes 'the people's' voice stifled. WV voters cannot allow these shady characters to advance their shallow-minded, power struggle to succeed. We've seen these types in the Obama administration and congress over past 5 years; we don't need this in our WV state legislature!!!!

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:06 AM

Afterward, Armstead said he believes the rule change is partially an election-year ploy, allowing delegates to tell constituents they voted for their bills in committee while knowing those bills were never going to come up for passage votes on the floor.

So Democrats let's see how well you like this game played out when Republicans have control. YOU all started the new rule; so deal with it without whining when it turns against YOU! Democrats nationally and state-wide passing rules they are happy with but arrogantly think they will continue to always have control of congress. Just wait until voters shock them at the polls next election.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:05 AM

Republicans argued that gives too much power to the House Rules Committee, made up of committee chairs and House leaders. Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 8 on that committee. "It allows 10 members of the House to say, no matter what has happened to the bill to this point, no matter how much discussion and debate on it in committee, we don't want it to come to the House," said Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. Said Delegate Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, "My concern is it may limit meaningful debate on important issues and reforms."

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:05 AM

Think this isn't about stripping our rights and all oppositions' rights and getting dems more control over EVERYTHING?

Here's what Miley did FIRST when mistakenly voted into office: January 9, 2014 W.Va. Dems vote themselves more control of House bills By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, claimed his first victory of the 2014 legislative session, with the House adopting a rule change Thursday that will give leaders more authority over which bills reach the House floor. The measure -- which House Republicans contended is a way to quash debate on controversial issues -- passed on a partisan 53-45 vote. "We're going to silence the voices of over 80 percent of this body," complained Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 10:00 AM

The State Journal reported on this 'unconstitutional rule' the power hungry democrats in WV have took upon themselves to pass ONLY because they lost their AG seat to a conservative whose done NOTHING to warrant their attacks on him.

Democrats did NOTHING to stop the corruptness of Democrat Darrell McGraw all those years he was AG. It's democrats once again stripping individual rights AND opposition's rights under their own job titles/duties!!!

Vote these disgusting hypocrites OUT!

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 9:57 AM

"We simply don't have the authority to say to the state's chief legal law officer, ‘you have no power or authority under the constitution.'" While Lane said there is a lot of good in the proposed bill, a problem still exists. "The problem is if you take an unconstitutional bill and you wrap all the good stuff around it, it's still unconstitutional," he said.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 9:56 AM

Many opponents of the proposed bill wondered how someone could legally make legal decisions or offer legal guidance without the possession of a law license. Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, who is an attorney, asserted that the legislation goes "far beyond what the court thinks is right and proper for the practice of law in West Virginia." "How can we, as a constitutional body, say to another constitutional officer, the attorney general, you have no power and we are going to subject you to the will and the oversight of the executive, the governor, a third constitutional officer?" Lane asked. "The duly elected constitutional officer, the attorney general, has his or her power stripped and given to the governor of the state of West Virginia.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 9:55 AM

Under the proposed bill, the assistant attorney general, acting in lieu of the attorney general if there were to be a conflict of interest, would be supervised by the governor. Armstead pointed out some potential issues with that particular designation. "Is there any constitutional right for the governor to supervise the assistant attorney general?" he asked. "I'm not sure to request him to do that would not be out of compliance with law." If the governor were to supervise, legal decisions and decisions about legal requirements would have to be made. Armstead asked if the governor would be out of compliance with the law if he's not an attorney.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-03-14 9:54 AM

, two different oaths are required, adding an extra blanket of protection.

Minority Leader Delegate Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said the attorney general is required to take both the governmental ethics oath and, as an attorney, is bound to the rules of professional conduct. "(The attorney general) has two layers of protection against ethical violations," he said. "He's required to adhere to governmental ethics, where there are already protections in place regarding conflicts of interest," Armstead said. "In addition to that, he took an oath as an attorney. As an attorney, he is also subjected to rules of professional conduct."

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