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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


March 07, 2014

Harsh winter reveals the necessity of coal | Forbes

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For the past three months, millions of Americans on the East Coast have endured constant freezing temperatures, regular deluges of snow, and expensive heating and electric bills. Pulling out all the stops to keep the East Coast's lights on, utilities and grid operators employed every source of power they could to stave off dangerous brown outs. Unfortunately, many of the coal-fired power plants that kept the East Coast running are being forced to shutter their doors due to Environmental … Continue Reading


February 25, 2014

Manchin addresses residents, challenges students | Jackson Newspapers

by Greg Matics

JACKSON COUNTY - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited Jackson County on Thursday meeting with residents and Ripley High School students for a "Coffee & Common Sense" forum at the Downtowner in Ripley and challenging students at Ravenswood High School in the afternoon. Manchin told the jam-packed crowd at the Downtowner that both West Virginia and the US face a dilemma with a lack of infrastructure including safe drinking water and sanitation.He noted that water crisis in the Charleston … Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

Manchin speaks on a variety of topics; answers questions | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

To watch video coverage from The Register-Herald on the town hall meeting, please click here. BECKLEY- Although Sen. Joe Manchin had planned to discuss the Charleston-area chemical spill and his recent piece of legislation the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014, he instead turned his focus on a hodgepodge of topics, including minimum wage, balancing the nation's budget and health-care issues. After being introduced by Beckley Mayor Bill O'Brien, Manchin began talking … Continue Reading


February 08, 2014

Necessary Bill: Chemical spill legislation should be reconsidered | Martinsburg Journal

Conservatives are absolutely right in pointing out that our nation is the most over-regulated place on the planet. That said, they are wrong to use that as justification for opposing a necessary new regulation. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has introduced a bill that would require states to inspect chemical storage facilities near water supplies. Manchin wants such inspections at least once every three years. His bill is a reaction to the massive chemical spill that disrupted water service … Continue Reading


February 07, 2014

Senator tours Cabell, Wayne counties | Huntington Herald Dispatch

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., topped off a tour of Cabell and Wayne counties Thursday with a stop at Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain in Kenova. But it wasn't to relax with a milkshake. The former Mountain State governor fielded some tough questions from constituents for nearly an hour-and-a-half. The topics ranged from health care to the local economy to foreign policy, and then some. Informally dubbed the "Coffee and Common Sense" town hall meeting, the event was a marathon of political … Continue Reading


January 06, 2014

Statesman: Manchin has shown the courage to compromise | Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram

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There are some who think Sen. Joe Manchin is a Republican in disguise. There are still others who think he is in President Obama's back pocket. Quite honestly, he's neither. In his short time in the U.S. Senate, Manchin has displayed great talent in bringing both sides of the political spectrum toward the middle. He is a centrist. He is an independent thinker who eschews party labels. He says - and we believe him - that he was sent to Washington to help all people, not just Democrats. "When … Continue Reading


December 29, 2013

Manchin named Statesman of the Year for willingness to compromise | Clarksburg Exponent

by Erin Beck

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Manchin built his reputation at home in West Virginia as a politician who didn't subscribe to the ideals of either major national party. With more than three years in the U.S. Senate now under his belt, Manchin, D-W.Va., is a fixture in national news for his efforts to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans. In both roles, the constant theme has been putting constituents first, according to those who've worked with him. "He has done a fantastic job in putting … Continue Reading


December 24, 2013

Manchin: Democratic Success in Republican State | The Associated Press

by Bill Barrow

FRIENDLY, W.Va. (AP) - Many locals around here see Sen. Joe Manchin as one of them, so much so they greet the 30-year veteran of West Virginia politics by his first name more often than by his title. But in the Senate, the 66-year-old upstart stands out as a rare breed: A back-slapping, gun-owning Democrat who attracts widespread support from working class whites in an increasingly Republican state. Last November, two years after winning a special election to succeed the late Robert Byrd, … Continue Reading


December 09, 2013

Media attention keeps focus on Manchin | Charleston Daily Mail

by Dave Boucher

None of the members of the national television crew with Sen. Joe Manchin had ever fired a gun. So instead of just shooting extra footage of the Democrat expending a few rounds, the Fox News team joined Manchin Thursday morning in firing away. "They did good. The girls about showed us all up," Manchin said later that afternoon, after an interview with the station. If people outside of West Virginia know about Manchin, there's a good chance it's because of guns. They might recall a campaign … Continue Reading


December 06, 2013

Manchin holds roundtable at WVSU | Charleston Gazette

by David Gutman

Sen. Joe Manchin said he supports raising the minimum wage, but hesitated to endorse any specific legislation until he has a chance to evaluate it. "If you took the minimum wage in 1968, I think it was in the $1.60, $1.70 range in 1968," Manchin said Thursday, "and it was automatically adjusted for inflation, today's minimum wage would be over $10." Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Senate will vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage before 2014, although minimum wage … Continue Reading


December 05, 2013

Manchin Hears Concerns From Marshall County | Wheeling Intelligencer/News Register

by Sarah Harmon

MOUNDSVILLE - Energy and gun control were just two of the issues Sen. Joe Manchin addressed during a public meeting Wednesday at the Marshall County Courthouse. Manchin, D-W.Va., focused the conversation on keeping the coal industry in West Virginia alive and growing the natural gas industry in the county. Manchin said the Department of Energy reported coal will be the leading generator of energy for the next 30 years. However, he said the Environmental Protection Agency produces regulations … Continue Reading

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