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September 04, 2014

Manchin, state officials tour Navy Base, The Inter-Mountain

by Joan Ashley

SUGAR GROVE - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein toured the Navy Base to determine if it could be restructured as a minimum security corrections facility when it closes in 2015. "I've always been impressed here - this is a tremendous facility, and we've been trying to find the proper use and a marriage-able fit to sustain it as a state entity," Manchin told a group of local business, educational and elected officials … Continue Reading

August 26, 2014

Manchin Offers Town Hall Talk | The Inter-Mountain

by Roger Adkins

BUCKHANNON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., encouraged conversation on healthcare, energy, foreign policy and other topics Monday during a "Coffee and Common Sense" town hall meeting at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at West Virginia Wesleyan College. One of Manchin's overarching themes was dismantling extremism in American politics. It's impossible to make progress when Democrats and Republics put their parties before the greater good, he said. "We don't need … Continue Reading

August 21, 2014

DEA change means no refills on much-abused painkillers | Charleston Gazette

by David Gutman

Frequently abused painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab will soon be harder to come by, after the federal Drug Enforcement Agency moved Thursday to tighten restrictions on such drugs. The DEA released a rule that will reclassify medications containing the painkiller hydrocodone in combination with other ingredients as Schedule II drugs, not Schedule III drugs. Schedule II is the strictest classification for drugs that have an accepted medical use. Schedule II drugs are defined as having high … Continue Reading

August 18, 2014

Manchin still trying to get White House to listen | WV Metro News

by Chris Lawrence

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is frustrated with the Obama administration. The senator said the President Obama and the federal Environmental Protection Agency refuse to acknowledge any policy which involves coal as a long-term energy source for the country. He's worried they are playing a dangerous game. "They believe they can do an energy policy for the United States without fossil and that's not accurate and not true," Manchin said during a visit last week in Mercer County. … Continue Reading

August 13, 2014

Manchin witnesses damage | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

MATOAKA - Charred skeletons of buildings smoldered and a burn odor was in the air Tuesday as two of West Virginia's Congressional delegation saw a fire-damaged town firsthand. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, both D-W.Va., visited the town of Matoaka to see damage left by a fierce Aug. 8 fire and to speak with local officials about what can be done to recover from the blaze. The fire destroyed four Barger Street buildings and seriously damaged a fifth. Seeing what can be … Continue Reading

August 08, 2014

Manchin meets Marine Corps | Charleston Daily Mail

by Whitney Burdette

Although there seems to be a plethora of problems in Congress, Sen. Joe Manchin remains confident they can be fixed. But, the Democrat said, it's going to take a change in the atmosphere to accomplish that. Manchin spoke Thursday at the Marine Corps League National Convention in Charleston. Manchin, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he's learned a lot in his nearly four years in the Senate about veterans care and foreign policy. He said he was surprised to learn from … Continue Reading

August 05, 2014

Kroger disappoints Manchin on meth | Charleston Gazette

by Eric Eyre

Sen. Joe Manchin wants the Kroger supermarket chain to take tougher steps to limit the sale of cold medications that fuel illegal methamphetamine labs in West Virginia. On Monday, Manchin, D-W.Va., said he was "extremely disappointed" that Kroger didn't follow the lead of some competitors that barred sales of cold medicines that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Meth cooks typically prefer the single- ingredient products, such as Sudafed 24 Hour, because they're cheaper … Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Manchin Right About Ex-Im Bank | The Wheeling Intelligencer/ News-Register

At one time - during the 1920s and 1930s when progressives pushed hard for rural electrification - American liberals understood the importance of reasonably priced power to quality of life. No more. Ignoring the health and safety ramifications of much higher prices for electricity, President Barack Obama and his cronies are using their war against coal to force utility bills up. Not content to stop at our shores, they want to deny tens of millions of people in other countries the benefits of … Continue Reading

July 15, 2014

Manchin prepares to introduce banking bill | Charleston Daily Mail

It's already difficult for many small businesses to break into the global marketplace, and without the Export-Import Bank, it could become harder. That's part of the reason why Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has prepared a bill to reauthorize the bank, whose charter expires in September. Part of the bank's mission is to help support U.S. companies exporting to other countries. "If you think about it, if you're a small business in West Virginia, you don't have the expertise or have lawyers with … Continue Reading

July 09, 2014

No Sale | Beckley Register-Herald

CVS Pharmacy has stopped selling some cold medications that contain high amounts of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. The decision applies only to sinus and cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient, but other cold and allergy medicines will still be sold at the company's West Virginia pharmacies. Those compounds are harder to turn into meth by illegal home cooks. The move by CVS follows similar announcements … Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

W. Va. CVS stores limit sales of medications that fuel meth labs | Charleston Gazette

Eric Eyre After prodding by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, CVS pharmacy stores in West Virginia have stopped selling a popular cold medication that criminals use to make illegal methamphetamine. CVS, with 50 stores across the state, no longer sells cold medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient. Meth cooks demand those cold and allergy pills - mostly sold under the Sudafed brand name - because they yield potent meth without byproducts. "CVS's commitment to … Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Joe Manchin: The Outlier | Time Magazine

Jon Meacham Things are best, he figures, the farther away he can get. As the junior Senator from West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin III-charming, plainspoken, moderate-believes his most productive hours as a lawmaker are spent not on the Senate floor or in the cloakroom or committee rooms but on the waters of the Potomac River aboard his houseboat, which, in an act of parochial pride, he plans to christen Almost Heaven. Anchored 8 miles south of the Capitol, the boat is Manchin's home when … Continue Reading

June 05, 2014

Manchin to mark the 70th Aniversary of D-Day in Normandy | WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will be among those gathered in Normandy, France on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion - a pivotal turning point in World War II. "They say it's a moving experience you'll never forget," said Manchin who is joining ten other U.S. Senators on the trip. "When you think about all the brave Americans that were determined to stop the Nazis and fascism and just the reign of terror that was going down, knowing that they were … Continue Reading

June 03, 2014

Manchin recognized for small business support | State Journal

As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was given the "Heroes of Main Street" award for the second consecutive year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) May 14 recognized Manchin for his support of small businesses and the U.S. retail industry, the nation's largest private sector employer. "From working in my grandfather's grocery store and my father's furniture shop to starting my own business after college, I have been closely involved in small businesses … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Manchin Right About Pipeline | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Editorial

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., often is in demand for weekend interview programs. That is because he is plain spoken, uses common sense to analyze policy questions, and is not afraid to speak the truth - regardless of whether Republicans or fellow Democrats, even President Barack Obama, like it. With that background, it came as no surprise that Manchin made the Keystone XL?Pipeline issue crystal clear during a Sunday interview. Americans need oil that would be brought here from Canada … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Veteran support | Beckley Register-Herald

by Editorial

It has taken more than two years, but the Veterans Employment Center promised by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin during his 2010 run for the Senate is a reality. The new online database offers veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses tools to connect directly with employers Described as a "one-stop-shop Internet portal," the database merges interagency employment postings to provide veterans with job postings both public and private. In addition, the site provides help with … Continue Reading

April 15, 2014

GOP Senate may run purple | Politico

by Burgess Everett and Manu Raju

Republicans on the campaign trail say they're going to take control of the Senate in November. But what they don't say is that they'll still need Democrats to get anything done. Much like the last four years of Majority Leader Harry Reid's tenure, when the Nevada Democrat relied on picking off swing Republicans, a GOP-led Senate would almost certainly be closely divided. A Senate led by Mitch McConnell and a narrow Republican majority would empower a small band of moderates like Joe Manchin, … Continue Reading

March 21, 2014

Help wanted: Leaders to redefine our image | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

The speaker at the Public Relations Society luncheon Wednesday was right: West Virginians can either make long-term efforts to control the state's destiny and repair its image, or let the outside world do it for them. Scott Carlberg, president of North Carolina-based economic development organization E4 Carolinas, said West Virginia leaders need to come up with a long-term plan to rebuild community trust and take control of its message to repair the region's image following the water … Continue Reading

March 17, 2014

FDA action on drug falls short of protecting public | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Editorial

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful new painkiller is akin to adding fuel to a fire that's already burning out of control. In this case, the inferno is what the FDA itself has described as the "abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States." Yet, coming to market next month is a prescription drug called Zohydro ER. Its only ingredient is the highly addictive hydrocodone, one of the most … Continue Reading

March 07, 2014

Manchin is Right to Follow Conscience | Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register

by Editorial

Too many positions taken by members of Congress are based on politics, not what is good for the nation or what their consciences dictate. So, strange as it may seem, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been criticized roundly - indirectly, by no less than President Barack Obama - for following his conscience in a vote this week. Manchin was among just a handful of Democrats voting against Obama's nominee as assistant attorney general, Debo Adegbile. Liberals quickly slammed Manchin and other … Continue Reading

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