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October 17, 2014

Apple Harvest Festival kicks off with annual Royal Gala | Martinsburg Journal

by Chelsea DeMello

CHARLES TOWN - The Mountain State Harvest Festival kicked off another year of celebrating the Eastern Panhandle's agricultural history during the 35th annual Royal Gala on Thursday evening. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races hosted the event and welcomed guests in surrounding communities together for a night of fellowship and commemoration. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stopped by the gala to share some words about the significance of the MSAHF. "Anytime we have these types of … Continue Reading

October 17, 2014

Sen. Manchin Speaks on Government, Middle East, War on Coal in Berkeley Springs | In the Panhandle

by Tricia Strader

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV - Sen. Joseph Manchin, D-W.Va. made the rounds in the Eastern Panhandle on Wednesday and Thursday. Some of his stops were a town hall in Hardy County, Romney Senior Center in Romney, Martinsburg VA Medical Center, his new office in Martinsburg, and the Hedgesville Public Library. He made a stop in Berkeley Springs Thursday at the Country Inn for a congressional update luncheon hosted by the Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Manchin talked a lot about what is … Continue Reading

October 17, 2014

Manchin: Take ownership of government | Martinsburg Journal

by John McVey

MARTINSBURG - The hardest thing Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., faces as a U.S. Senator is recruiting good West Virginians to serve, he told a packed room at an open house for his new offices in the Aikens Center off Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg. "I'm worried about young people," he said, turning to a group of middle-schoolers, who were invited to the open house. "This is your country - this is your government - you own it - people need to act like they own it," Manchin told the students. … Continue Reading

October 17, 2014

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin tours Eastern Panhandle | Hagerstown Herald-Mail

by Richard Belisle

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Congress in gridlock, U.S. policy in the Mideast, the nation's energy policy, immigration and excessive prescription drugs handed to veterans were among the topics for discussion Thursday during U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's tour of the Eastern Panhandle.Manchin's first stop was a private morning meeting with veterans and staff in the Martinsburg VA Medical Center's Peer Support Group. The support is provided by veterans of all ages who have regained independence with the … Continue Reading

October 14, 2014

Senate Odd Couple Seeks Common Ground on Climate Change | CQ Roll Call

by Niels Lesniewski

POINT JUDITH, R.I. - A visit to the Ocean State's eroding shoreline didn't prompt West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III to change his mind about Environmental Protection Agency regulation of carbon emissions, but his host wasn't expecting that sort of evolution. "I didn't invite Sen. Manchin here thinking that he was suddenly going to have an epiphany and turn into a 'greenie' and come to the next climate march with me," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told reporters after the two Democrats took a … Continue Reading

October 14, 2014

Byrd inspires current members of Congress to curb presidential power | Charleston Gazette

by Paul Nyden

A lifelong defender of the "separation of powers" between the three branches of American government, the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd believed the Senate had to stop any president from usurping its role in determining policies - especially policies leading to military invasions and wars. "Every West Virginian who has paid attention to the political process over the last half century knows that, if you violated the Constitution, you would have the wrath of Robert Byrd," said Sen. Joe Manchin, … Continue Reading

October 06, 2014

Giving them a warm welcome | Times West Virginian

by Angelee Wiley

FAIRMONT - Today, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin welcomed 46 senior business executives from Japan to the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport during part of the executives' 10-day nationwide tour.But there's a reason the executives decided to stop in West Virginia. The relationship between Japan and West Virginia was started many years ago thanks to Sen. Rockefeller, who said Japan was a passion of both his mother and … Continue Reading

October 03, 2014

New Coast Guard facility opens in Jefferson | Shepherdstown Chronicle

by Toni Milbourne

Jefferson County became the official home to the Coast Guard Operation Center as officials gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony in Kearneysville. Among the dignitaries present were Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who both praised the Coast Guard for their service and touted the advantages for both the USCG and West Virginia and Jefferson County's economic development. The new facility, located in the Burr Business Park is a 40,000 square foot … Continue Reading

September 28, 2014

Land Trust celebrates acquisition of Gauley River tract | Charleston Gazette

by Rick Steelhammer

KESSLER'S CROSS LANES - On a hike down the Pierson Hollow Trail on Friday, Ashton Berdine pointed out three species of ferns, a cluster of towering, 300-plus-year-old hemlocks and three trail-traversing copperheads. Berdine, the lands program manager for the West Virginia Land Trust, was leading a group of hikers into the Trust's most recent acquisition - a 665-acre tract of Gauley River canyonland wedged between the state-managed Civil War battlefield and the federally owned Gauley River … Continue Reading

September 25, 2014

Manchin Talks With WVSU Students About Foreign Policy | WCHS Online

by Kennie Bass

United States Senator Joe Manchin talks to West Virginia State University students and their professors about America's conflict with middle eastern terrorists. Manchin supports air strikes to cripple ISIS training and weapons areas, but he strongly opposes sending American troops back to the region to engage the extremists on the ground, or train and equip Syrian rebels. Students say hearing his up-to-the minute message on foreign policy was very educational."The text has to be so very … Continue Reading

September 18, 2014

Nightmare: Manchin on target | Charleston Gazette

by Editorial

When Washingtin tries to impose its will on the Middle East, calamity can occur. The Reagan White House secretly sent the CIA to arm fanatical Muslim "freedom fighters" to drive Russians out of Afghanistan in the 1980s - and that resistance eventually spawned the al-Qaida terror network that attacked America on 9/11. The Bush-Cheney White House pulled America into the disastrous Iraq War in 2003 on false claims of horror weapons - and now Iraq has deteriorated into a nightmare that spawned … Continue Reading

September 18, 2014

Manchin Correct On Syrian Rebels | The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register

by Editorial

Most of President Barack Obama's proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have boxed themselves into a corner to the point there are not many options. But part of the president's plan is an invitation to disaster, as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., pointed out Wednesday. During a speech on the floor of the Senate, Manchin argued against Obama's plan to provide weapons and training to Syrian rebels other than the Islamic State. Obama … Continue Reading

September 14, 2014

Keeping children safe: Federal measure merits support | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A group of lawmakers led by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., are correctly calling on the U.S. Senate to pass a common-sense bill that would keep sexual predators out of schools. The proposed legislation would seek added security checks on teachers, coaches and bus drivers to protect students from potential harm. The measure, co-sponsored by Manchin and Toomey, would specifically require states that receive federal education funding to conduct periodic … Continue Reading

September 04, 2014

Manchin visits TCHS seniors | Parsons Advocate

by Beth Christian Broschart

HAMBLETON - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told Tucker County High School seniors an education is the greatest equalizer and the best investment they will ever make in their lives. Manchin met with TCHS seniors last Monday during his visit to the region. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visits with Tucker County High School seniors last Monday at the school.U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visits with Tucker County High School seniors last Monday at the school. "There will be times when you say it isn't worth it … Continue Reading

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

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