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August 12, 2015

Sen. Manchin Addresses Commissioners, Visits Ballpark | Dominion Post

by Ben Conley

MORGANTOWN - Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, didn't pull any punches Tuesday, Aug. 11, as he addressed the membership of the West Virginia County Commissioner's Association, gathered at the Morgantown Event Center for its annual conference and auditor's training. "We've got some tough decisions. We live in a troubled world, a very troubled world, and a divided country," Manchin said, explaining that county commissioners are "on the front lines. You're hearing it all. You're seeing it all - good, … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

New FBI Facility in Clarksburg will Bring Biometric Research Together | Times West Virginian

by Angelee Wiley

CLARKSBURG - Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were ready to celebrate Tuesday as they gathered for a ribbon cutting at a new facility in Clarksburg. The Criminal Justice Information?Services (CJIS) hosted a dedication for the new Biometrics Technology Center that is 360,000 square feet. The facility will be home to several hundred FBI and Department of Defense employees. Construction on the building began in 2011. Stephen Morris, the assistant director for the FBI's … Continue Reading

August 10, 2015

Manchin Promotes Preventive Practices | Beckley Register-Herald

by Daniel Tyson

Sen. Joe Machin, D-W.Va., said the country's health care crisis is not insurmountable, but the current model is going at it wrong. "We have the greatest health care system in the word if you're broke ... But what we don't do very well is to teach you how not to be broke," he said. Speaking before about 20 people Sunday at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, Manchin said the country and West Virginia need to start focusing on preventive practices, instead of healing people after they get sick. The … Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better | Republic 3.0

by Anne Kim

Earlier this spring, speculation was mounting that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would be leaving the Senate to run for his former job as governor of West Virginia. Polls showed Manchin to be a heavy favorite, were he to become a candidate in 2016. An April 2015 survey, for example, showed Manchin with a 66 percent approval rating in the state and a 30-point lead over state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the leading GOP candidate. But at the end of April, Manchin made a surprise … Continue Reading

June 30, 2015

Manchin Tells Miners Commonsense has Spoken | WV MetroNews

by MetroNews Staff

YOLYN, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told a group of southern West Virginia coal miners Tuesday this week's ruling from the United States Supreme Court is the first ray of hope in the ongoing war against coal. "Commonsense is saying-'you (the federal EPA) must take in the effects of the economy and the devastation that you've had on peoples' jobs, their lives and the region from which they come from,'" Manchin said recapping the Supreme Court opinion. The 5-4 opinion struck down the EPA's … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Qatar Looking to Invest in W.Va., Starts with $50k for Reconnecting McDowell | WV Public Broadcasting

by Ashton Marra

A country that has already invested more than $12 billion in the United States sent its ambassador to West Virginia Friday looking for possible future investments in the Mountain State. Qatar Ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Al-Kuwari was invited and escorted on the visit by Sen. Joe Manchin, making stops at the Advanced Technical Center at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Dow Chemical, and meeting with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Al-Kuwari said his country has already made a … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Manchin Fighting Drug Menace | The Charleston Gazette

by Editorial

WE KNOW a circuit judge who says privately that he dreads one heartbreaking day each week: It's the day when welfare workers come to his courtroom and ask him to remove little children from their drug-addicted, unfit parents and their filthy homes. Case after case, the sad process sometimes consumes a whole day in court, he says. Tiny children are the most vulnerable victims. It's heart-wrenching to take them from their own homes and struggle to find new ways to care for them. Thank heaven, … Continue Reading

May 29, 2015

Sen. Manchin: This country needs to manufacture more | The Inter-Mountain

by Chris Lee

CANAAN VALLEY - Sen. Joe Manchin was the keynote speaker Thursday for a three-day conference intended to promote small business throughout the state. Manchin addressed a crowd full of small business owners and corporate representatives for approximately 40 minutes during the event, one of several meetings featuring prestigious state and federal officials scheduled for the 25th annual Teaming to Win Small Business Conference that concludes today at the Canaan Valley Conference Center in Tucker … Continue Reading

May 29, 2015

Mr. Manchin stays in Washington | The Economist

EVER since Joe Manchin, an old-style centrist Democrat from West Virginia, arrived in the Senate in 2010, he found himself puzzled by colleagues who adore the institution, when its partisan paralysis drives him to despair. He spent much of this year weighing whether to quit Washington and head home to run for his old job of governor in 2016. He even commissioned a poll which showed him winning a gubernatorial contest handily. As he pondered, he confronted a veteran senator with a (not wholly … Continue Reading

May 29, 2015

Manchin talks workforce, infrastructure concerns | Charleston Gazette

by Caitlin Cook

West Virginia needs to address its workforce issues, and Washington needs to address infrastructure and debt concerns, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday. Delivering the keynote at the annual Who's Who in West Virginia business luncheon, Manchin said these are challenging times. "We're probably more challenged now than we've ever have been challenged," the senator told the crowd at Embassy Suites. West Virginia has been pretty resilient but it needs to find ways to diversify the … Continue Reading

May 28, 2015

Senator Visits Local YWCA | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Ian Hicks

WHEELING - The opening of a dozen transitional apartment units for domestic violence victims and women recently released from prison is about two weeks away, according to Wheeling YWCA Executive Director Lori Jones. The project was funded in part by a $467,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh last year, which chose the Wheeling YWCA as its venue on Tuesday to announce almost $800,000 in grant awards for three projects this year in Morgantown and Fairmont. Sen. Joe Manchin, … Continue Reading

May 28, 2015

Manchin: Addiction response needed | Herald Dispatch

by Jean Tarbett Hardiman

HUNTINGTON - "Changes have to come. We can't keep doing what we're doing." Those were the words of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., during a public forum hosted Wednesday by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams to bring federal officials into the community discussion on steps to address the drug addiction epidemic. Manchin and U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin joined a panel of experts representing the fields of addiction recovery, prevention, pharmacies, churches and schools, as well as a … Continue Reading

May 28, 2015

Manchin talks future of energy economy | Herald Dispatch

by Brandon Roberts

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama and his administration 'sapproach to energy and the development of clean-coal technology during a meeting with The Herald-Dispatch's editorial board Wednesday. "(What the Obama administration says) might sound good and it might look good, but at this point they are not putting their resources, their money where their mouth is to do the research for the technology," Manchin said. Manchin said he … Continue Reading

May 25, 2015

Manchin asks drug wholesalers to release pain-pill records | Charleston Gazette

by Eric Eyre

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging the nation's largest drug wholesalers to release records that would show the number of prescription painkillers the companies have shipped to West Virginia over the past decade. Manchin, D-W.Va., sent letters last week to the CEOs of 13 drug distributors that supply pain pills, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, to pharmacies across the Mountain State. "West Virginia communities are hurting, and the epidemic of prescription drug abuse will only get worse if we … Continue Reading

April 29, 2015

Focus on Improved Safety in Coal Mines | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Editorial

Laws put in place to protect coal miners do little good without full enforcement. In fact, despite progress - and an ever-growing list of regulations, more than 500 miners have been killed over the past decades. And, according to a fact sheet that accompanied legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., "Tools the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use to hold rogue mine operators like (Massey Energy Co.) accountable were ineffective." Building on … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Manchin made the right decision for W.Va. | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Editorial

Some may have been surprised when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Sunday he would seek reelection in 2018. After all, Democrats had been touting the possible return of Manchin to the governor's mansion as a way to stem the Republican tidal wave that swept the GOP to control of both state legislative chambers, as well as four of five national congressional seats. Manchin, himself, had made no secret he was considering a return to Charleston, even paying for a poll that showed he was the … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Manchin decision to stay in Senate good for state, nation | Preston County News and Journal

by John Dahlia, Editorial

The biggest guessing game in West Virginia politics has finally come to a screeching halt. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. on Sunday announced his decision to continue serving in the nation's capital and not run for governor in 2016. On the CBS Sunday morning news program, "Face the Nation," Manchin told host Bob Schieffer, "I'm going to stay and I'll run for re-election." Speculation on the current senator and former governor's run had created an almost frenzied reaction from many political … Continue Reading

April 21, 2015

Manchin decision to stay in Senate the right one | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

Sen. Joe Manchin's Sunday announcement that he would not return to West Virginia and seek a third term as governor was a relief to other potential candidates, and to West Virginia taxpayers. The Democrat had been toying with the idea of vacating his Senate seat. A recent poll showed Manchin had the edge in a hypothetical matchup against Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. But Manchin announced on CBS This Morning his intentions of staying out of the 2016 election cycle. Since he arrived on … Continue Reading

April 20, 2015

Manchin Helps W.Va. in the Senate | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register

by Editorial

The U.S. Senate has been called the world's most exclusive club. Most of its members seem to feel keenly the distinction voters have granted them, along with the enormous power of the Senate. Full acceptance by other senators is not automatic, however. New members must earn respect. Within the Senate, additional demands are made by Democrat and Republican loyalties. For some time, even as he was doing excellent work for our state, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., did not seem to quite fit in … Continue Reading

April 17, 2015

After clinic closure, Manchin asks for help for Greenbrier veterans | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

A Veterans Administration mobile unit from Bluefield may be coming to help veterans who usually receive their medical help and treatment from the VA clinic in Maxwelton in Greenbrier County. The Maxwelton Clinic was temporarily closed on April 13, for the third time in less than a year, after air quality tests found elevated levels of formaldehyde in the air. "We have just sent a letter to [the Bluefield mobile clinic], mentioning that people in Greenbrier County have a long way to go now," … Continue Reading

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