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November 20, 2012

Small-town values: Joe Manchin applies ‘common-sense solutions’ in political career | Times West Virginian

by Jonathan Williams

(Editor's note: This is the next story in a series about politicians from recent history who have had a profound impact on West Virginia.) FAIRMONT - There's no definitive guide on how to be a successful politician, but if some enterprising soul were to sit down and try to write it, the first chapter would be about identifying with voters. Political careers have been forged and destroyed by whether the candidate seems like "one of us" or "out of touch." For that reason, just about every … Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Lawmakers optimistic energy deals can get done | Politico

by Andrew Restuccia

After two years of gridlock and endless campaigning, lawmakers from both parties are optimistic that the winds are finally favorable for progress on energy legislation. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's energy and power subcommittee, said he hopes to meet soon with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to discuss areas of compromise. "I think we have a lot of areas where we have … Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

What's next? | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Editorial

Southern West Virginia could use some good news. Like the provision of more accessible and improved roadways. More developed land. And more long term jobs. Yet, it appears that the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency specifically, is stymieing efforts to bring much needed progress to our region - once again. Recently, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Rep. Nick Rahall and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin each publicly expressed their displeasure with the … Continue Reading

October 24, 2012

Manchin: Repair Internal Problems | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Daniel Dorsch

MOUNDSVILLE - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he wants to focus on fixing the internal problems of West Virginia and America. "Other nations think that we will destroy ourselves from within," Manchin said at the Democrat headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville Tuesday. "We've got to do something big and bold in order to fix this country." As election season draws to a close, Manchin urged his fellow elected officials not to get carried away with politics and forget the big … Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

Bipartisanship Not Dead in Washington | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Sometimes it seems partisanship has become the foundation of government policy in Washington. Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on very little, it often appears. Such is not the case, of course, though during an election campaign that can be difficult to discern. This week U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. - who has made it a priority to work against partisanship for its own sake - became a target in the Republican vs. Democrat nastiness. A fellow senator, Republican Rand Paul of … Continue Reading

October 09, 2012

Senator Manchin received a warm Taylor County welcome | The Grafton Mountain Statesman

by Bobby Jennings

GRAFTON - The dining room at Strike 12 Restaurant was filled with local officials, politicians, and business owners late Thursday afternoon for United States Senator Joe Manchin's visit. Manchin, who knows no stranger in Taylor County, greeted the crowd with confidence, expressing a genuine appreciation for everyone in attendance. Of all those present for the meeting, the most surprised with the visit had to have been Chris Loftis, the new owner of the facility. Loftis was invited by … Continue Reading

October 09, 2012

Sen. Joe Manchin focuses on veteran’s health services | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

With military suicide rates at record highs, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., added his voice to major suicide prevention efforts from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The Army held a global, service-wide "stand-down" to combat the alarmingly high suicide rate among our nation's servicemembers and veterans. The departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have been focusing on communicating with veterans, as well as their friends and family, who might be the first to recognize … Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Always Free Honor Flight helps honor ‘true American heroes’ | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Marcus Constantino

WASHINGTON - Vietnam veteran Ernie Baker searched the tens of thousands of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Wednesday in Washington. With the help of an attendant, he walked to a column of names, scanned his eyes down and slowly moved his finger to the name of his former neighbor in Raysel. "There he is," Baker said frankly, looking back at his brother, Johnny, and pointing at the name "GRAT ALBERT KEENE" engraved into the cold slate. The memorials bring back harsh realities to … Continue Reading

September 29, 2012

Manchin seeks more state sovereignty | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Bill Rosenberger

HUNTINGTON -- Joe Manchin's re-election campaign to the U.S. Senate is leading him to talk less about his opponent, Republican John Raese, and more about the things he has learned since becoming a senator two years ago in a special election. Manchin spoke Friday with The Herald-Dispatch editorial board for about 70 minutes, focusing on the state of the nation, the lackluster job of Congress as a whole and some areas he knows West Virginia residents are emotional about. Those areas … Continue Reading

September 23, 2012

Congress puts focus on election while the rest of America is waiting | Times West Virginian

by Editorial

We've seen the ads. We've heard the campaign promises. But while most members of Congress are focused on the election, the rest of America is waiting. Just what are we waiting for? The list seems endless. Let's start with postal reform. The U.S. Postal Service lost more than $5 billion in the third quarter of the current fiscal year. According to published reports, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who has said that the Postal Service needs to cut $22.5 billion from its annual … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin to D.C.: More work, less campaigning | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

WASHINGTON - There is work to be done on the nation's financial woes and a U.S. senator from West Virginia believes elected officials should be in Washington, D.C., addressing them. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday, urging everyone to stay, roll up their sleeves and get down to work addressing the nation's financial crisis instead of putting it off and heading home to campaign for the November election. The Senate considered a temporary … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin ‘ashamed’ that politics trumps fiscal reforms | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

An irritated and "ashamed" Sen. Joe Manchin chastised his Capitol Hill colleagues Thursday for hitting the hustings to court voters rather than burn the midnight oil to deal with America's spiraling debt crisis. Manchin recalled the lament of President Harry Truman in castigating the 80th Congress as "do nothing" and wondered how "give 'em Hell" Harry would define this one. Even with the stalemate in the early 1950s, he noted, Truman could take satisfaction in knowing 900 of his bills … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin offers a bipartisan EPA bill | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

A bipartisan effort, led by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is taking aim at curbing the Environmental Protection Agency's "overreach" in enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The measure is patterned after one in the House to rein in the EPA in what critics have often labeled a "war on coal." Manchin said his bill would restore "the proper balance" between states and the federal government that safeguards the water supplies in mining areas while protecting jobs and … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin-Toomey: Bill seeks to stop EPA bureaucratic overreach | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Bill Archer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In spite of the perceived gridlock in Congress, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said he still believes in the American Dream, and that he and a growing number of other senators are "fed up with the over-reach" of the Environmental Protection Agency and other bureaucratic agencies that appear to be seeking to centralize the control of many businesses. "It's not just the coal industry that is suffering from bureaucratic overreach," Manchin said during a telephone … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Congress urged to block continuing resolution | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With worries of a sequester in tow, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged Congress to block a continuing resolution Thursday. If passed, the resolution would be the 13th temporary spending measure put in place to keep the nation's budget issues at bay since Nov. 2010. The Senate is expected to adjourn until after the Nov. 6 election following the vote, according to a press release from Manchin's Senate office. Manchin urged the Senate to stay in session in order to address the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Senator Joe Manchin Honors the Byrd Center and Shepherd University | Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

by Marc Levitt

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited the Byrd Center on September 18, 2012, to present director Ray Smock with a framed copy of his remarks on the floor of the Senate. Senator Manchin, praised the memory of the late Senator Byrd and his love of the U. S. Constitution. Senator Byrd launched the Byrd Center's annual Constitution Day lecture in 2005. The annual lecture, the Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U. S. Constitution is named in honor of the late Tom E. Moses, a veteran of World War II, … Continue Reading

September 16, 2012

Manchin makes energy, spending top priorities | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

Eastern Panhandle voters will take to the polls on Nov. 6 in order to choose their next U.S. Senator. Democratic incumbent, Joe Manchin, said he feels he is the man for the job. Manchin cited his experience as governor of West Virginia as one of his top qualifications to hold his current senate seat. He compared the financial situation of the state when he entered office with the current financial state of the country, saying both needed to address spending and work toward a reasonable … Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

A Starting Point | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Editorial

Since he took office as West Virginia's junior U.S. senator two years ago, Joe Manchin has been focused on addressing the fiscal crisis we are experiencing in the United States. Many, many times in both general addresses and one-on-one conversations, Manchin has bemoaned the fact that the gridlock in Washington is bound to ruin our country if it doesn't change. He has definitely been frustrated. The problem is apparent; neither political party in Congress has the leadership in place to … Continue Reading

September 10, 2012

Summit to focus on debt solutions | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

? Manchin's forum featuring Simpson, Bowles will address controlling finances Sen. Joe Manchin believes fixing the federal government's long-term debt problem is the key to getting the nation's economy going again. Manchin, D-W.Va., is hosting what he's calling a bipartisan fiscal summit at the state Culture Center this morning. Since he was elected to the Senate in 2010, Manchin has been frustrated over the way Congress and President Barack Obama have dragged their feet to get the … Continue Reading

August 31, 2012

Manchin announces summit | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

WASHINGTON - With the national debt now approaching $16 trillion, Sen. Joe Manchin has made finding a solution to the nation's finance issue a main concern. Manchin, D-W.Va., has announced plans for a financial summit to be held in Charleston on Sept. 10. Entitled "Our Finances & Our Future: A Bipartisan Conversation About the Facts," the summit is set to discuss the nation's debt. Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will be featured … Continue Reading

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