Updated: Tomblin Signs W.Va. Special Gov Election Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Updated: 2/7/2011 01:45pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- It's now official: West Virginia will hold a special primary as well as a general election for Governor this year.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation Monday setting a May 14 primary and Oct. 4 general election. Lawmakers passed the bill last week.

Four Republicans, a Mountain party candidate and three Democrats including Tomblin have already filed to run.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since Joe Manchin joined the U.S. Senate on Nov. 15.

The State Supreme Court has since ruled that an elected Governor must take office within a year of when Manchin resigned.

Manchin had more than two years left in his second term as Governor. The office will also be on the ballot next year, for a full four-year term.

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Updated: 2/7/2011 07:00am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A special election this year for West Virginia Governor will soon be official.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin expects to sign legislation Monday setting a May 14 primary and Oct. 4 general election. Lawmakers passed the bill last week.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since Joe Manchin joined the U.S. Senate on Nov. 15.

The State Supreme Court has since ruled that an elected Governor must take office within a year of when Manchin resigned.

Manchin had more than two years left in his second term as Governor. The office will also be on the ballot next year, for a full four-year term.

Four Republicans, a Mountain party candidate and three Democrats including tomblin have already filed to run in this year's race.

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Updated: 2/3/2011 10:00am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- It looks like West Virginia will elect a Governor Oct. 4 after nominating candidates in a May 14 primary.

The House of Delegates on Thursday approved a Senate-passed compromise for the special election's timetable.

The State Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by Nov. 15. Senate president Earl Ray Tomblin has been acting as Governor since Joe Manchin resigned last Nov. 15 to join the U.S. Senate.

Thursday's compromise keeps the general election date that Tomblin proclaimed last month. But it moves up the primary from his proposal of June 20, West Virginia Day.

The bill goes to Tomblin. Seven candidates have filed so far.

Municipal officials oppose a May primary. Several cities have elections scheduled that month.

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Updated: 2/3/2011 10:00am

Fairmont, W.Va. (AP) -- She's overseen elections, delivered news as a TV anchor and toted a musket as West Virginia University's first female Mountaineer. But is Secretary of State Natalie Tennant ready to be Governor?

She'll say why she thinks so Thursday in Fairmont at a formal campaign announcement.

Tennant is entering a crowded candidate field.

Republicans include her predecessor, Betty Ireland, Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia, Sen. Clark Barnes and Delegate Patrick Lane.

The other Democrats include House Speaker Rick Thompson, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Treasurer John Perdue.

The Mountain Party's Jesse Johnson is also running.

The State Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by Nov. 15.

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Updated: 2/3/2011 2:00am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates must now decide what to do with the State Senate's proposal for this year's special election for governor.

Delegates on Thursday are slated to receive a Senate-amended version of their bill setting a timeline for the court-ordered vote.

Senators agreed to the May 14 primary sought by the House. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had proposed holding the primary on June 20, West Virginia Day.

But the Senate voted to keep the general election on Oct. 4, as proclaimed by Tomblin last month. The House bill moved up that election as well, to Sept. 13.

A companion measure would provide $8 million to cover the costs of both elections.

The state Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by Nov. 15.

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Updated: 2/2/2011 6:00pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Seven West Virginians have so far filed to run in this year's court-ordered special election for Governor.

The Republican field as of Wednesday featured former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia and Delegate Patrick Lane of Kanawha County.

House Speaker Rick Thompson, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are the Democrats so far.

Tomblin has had that role as Senate President under the state constitution, after Joe Manchin resigned Nov. 15 to join the U.S. Senate.

Jesse Johnson is a candidate for the Mountain Party, which has ballot status in the state.

Lawmakers are debating a calendar for the election that would include a primary for nominating candidates.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 1:15pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers are embracing a May 14 primary for Governor, but now must agreed on when to hold the special general election.

The State Senate on Wednesday accepted that primary date in a House-passed bill proposing an election calendar.

But Senators amended that bill to set the general election for Oct. 4.

That's the date proclaimed by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The House approved an earlier, Sept. 13 general election.

The Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by Nov. 15. Delegates cite how that ruling called for an election as soon as practicable. But House Democratic and Republican leaders say they're willing to consider Oct. 4.

Tomblin began acting as Governor when now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 12:30pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers are embracing a May 14 primary for Governor but remain divided over when to hold the special general election.

The State Senate on Wednesday accepted that primary date in a House-passed bill proposing an election calendar.

But Senators amended that bill to keep the general election on Oct. 4. That's the date proclaimed by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The House wants an earlier general election, on Sept. 13. The Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by Nov. 15. Delegates cite language in that ruling requiring an election as soon as practicable.

Leaders of both chambers say they hope to approve a final bill soon so they can focus on other issues this session.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 2:30am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers hope they're almost done with setting dates for this year's special election for Governor.

The House and Senate have exchanged measures that would set different timelines. Each will take up the other's bill on Wednesday.

Delegates seek a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election.

Senators have agreed with acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed calendar of a June 20 primary and Oct. 4 general.

The bigger sticking point appears to be the general election date. But leaders of both chambers say they wish to approve a final bill so they can focus on other issues this session.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 5:30pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia leaders remain divided over when the state should hold its court-mandated special election for Governor.

The House and Senate each unanimously passed different versions Tuesday of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposed election timeline.

Senators stuck with Tomblin's June 20 primary and Oct. 4 general election. Delegates want earlier voting dates. They set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general.

Tomblin and acting Senate President Jeff Kessler appeared willing Tuesday to accept the House's primary date. But each expressed reservations regarding the earlier general election.

House Speaker Rick Thompson said a Sept. 13 general election is more in keeping with the Supreme Court ordering a vote as soon as practicable.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 11:30am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House and Senate have exchanged legislation setting timetables for electing a Governor this year.

Each chamber passed a different version of a proposal from acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Both suspended their rules to allow for speeded-up votes.

The House would set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election. The Senate is sticking with Tomblin's June 20 primary and Oct. 4 general.

Tomblin says he'll accept whichever dates prevail in a final bill.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since Joe Manchin joined the U.S. Senate on Nov. 15. The Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by next Nov. 15.

Holding a primary would replace party conventions for nominating special election candidates.

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Updated: 2/1/2011 10:30am

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House and Senate appear ready to exchange legislation setting timetables for electing a Governor this year.

Leaders in each chamber plan Tuesday votes on their dueling versions of a proposal from acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The House would set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election. The Senate is sticking with Tomblin's June 20 primary and Oct. 4 general.

Tomblin says he'll accept whichever dates prevail in a final bill.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since Joe Manchin joined the U.S. Senate on Nov. 15. The Supreme Court has mandated that an elected Governor take office by next Nov. 15.

Holding a primary would replace the current convention process for nominating special election candidates.

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Updated: 1/31/2011 05:30pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia will likely hold a primary instead of party conventions for this year's special election for Governor. The question has become, when.

The House and Senate are expecting to vote Tuesday on different sets of dates for the special election calendar. But leaders of both chambers and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin believe a compromise is within reach.

Tomblin earlier declared the general election for Oct. 4. He then proposed setting the primary June 20, West Virginia Day.

The Senate Finance Committee endorsed that timetable Monday. But the House Judiciary Committee amended its version of Tomblin's bill to set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election.

Tomblin said he will accept whichever dates the entire legislature decide.

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Updated: 1/31/2011 04:25pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers are considering two separate sets of dates for electing a Governor this year.

The House and Senate each expect to vote Tuesday on differing versions of a proposal from acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday endorsed Tomblin's timetable and replaced party nominating conventions with a June 20 primary. He earlier proclaimed an Oct. 4 general election for Governor.

But the House Judiciary Committee amended its version to set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned Nov. 15. The State Supreme Court says an elected Governor must take office within a year of that date.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Updated: 1/31/2011 04:00pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers are considering two separate sets of dates for electing a Governor this year.

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday endorsed a timetable proposed by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. It would replace party nominating conventions with a June 20 primary. He earlier proclaimed an Oct. 4 general election for Governor.

But the House Judiciary Committee amended its version to set a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election.

The Senate could vote on its version Tuesday. The House bill advances to that chamber's finance committee.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor since now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned Nov. 15. The State Supreme Court says an elected Governor must take office within a year of that date.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Updated: 1/31/2011 03:00pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia would hold a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election for Governor, under an amended versions of the proposed voting calendar.

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday set earlier dates than what acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had proposed.

Tomblin proclaimed an Oct. 4 general election. Monday's amendment would require a new proclamation.

Tomblin's bill proposed a primary on June 20, West Virginia Day, to replace the party convention process.

The Supreme Court has ruled that an elected Governor must take office within a year of a vacancy. Former Gov. Joe Manchin resigned Nov. 15 to join the U.S. Senate. He had more than two years left in his term.

As Senate President, Tomblin has been acting as Governor under the state constitution.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia would hold a May 14 primary and Sept. 13 general election for Governor, under a proposal being considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

Both dates are earlier than what acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed. He proclaimed the court-ordered general election for Oct. 4. His pending legislation would replace party conventions with a primary June 20, West Virginia Day, for nominating candidates.

House Judiciary considered amending Tomblin's measure Monday.

The Supreme Court mandated a 2011 vote for Governor because now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned with more than one year left in his term. The ruling requires an elected Governor in that office within a year of Manchin's stepping down Nov. 15.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates is considering a proposed June 20 primary in advance of this year's court-ordered special election for Governor.

The House Judiciary Committee added the proposal to its Monday agenda after the chamber's majority Democrats met behind closed doors.

The special general election is Oct. 4. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed replacing party conventions with a primary June 20, West Virginia Day, to nominate candidates.

The Supreme Court mandated a 2011 vote for Governor because now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned with more than one year left in his term.

As Senate president, Tomblin has been acting as Governor under the state constitution. The court's unanimous order requires an elected Governor in office by Nov. 15.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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