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March 04, 2012

Joe Manchin | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

One can only surmise where Joe Manchin might have wound up had he not suffered a knee injury on the campus of West Virginia University. Life is indeed an uncertain odyssey for us all, and at times, it closes one door, then opens another. For Manchin, a promising quarterback for the Mountaineers, the future seemed bright, and there is no doubt he had dreams of making his mark in the world as an athlete. A product of a tiny coal mining hamlet known as Farmington - a name that would be … Continue Reading

March 02, 2012

Ravenswood Rebirth?: Century news heartens workers, community | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

Ravenswood Mayor Lucy J. Harbert says she believes the effects of reopening of the Century Aluminum plant in her town will ripple throughout the community. "People aren't spending now. Homes are up for sale," Harbert said. "People aren't making money. Our local food pantry gets wiped out every week." The tentative agreement, announced Wednesday, apparently will restore retiree health benefits and spur efforts to re-open the plant, which employed 651 when it closed on Feb. 15, 2009, at … Continue Reading

March 02, 2012

Manchin, Guard commanders discuss DoD efficiency | The Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and National Guard commanders recently discussed cost saving measures to "reduce the country's reliance on expensive contractors," a press release from the senator's office stated. Manchin spoke with West Virginia's Adjutant Gen. for the National Guard, James A. Hoyer, and Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, over breakfast for the National Guard Caucus, about how the Guard could help the Department of Defense run more … Continue Reading

February 28, 2012

Lawmakers eye options for bringing residents relief at the gas pump | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

BLUEFIELD - Sunshine and clear skies signal the approach of spring, but for many the clement weather also signifies a future hike in gasoline prices. For a month, the price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline has been inching its way up to the $4 mark. According to Monday's edition the AAA Fuel Gauge report, the price for regular gas in Bluefield climbed from $3.44 a month ago to $3.79 Monday. The average price in West Virginia has jumped from $3.48 a month ago to $3.78 Monday. In … Continue Reading

February 25, 2012

‘Invent and create:’ Manchin pushes homegrown solutions to energy challenges | Times West Virginian

by Jonathan Williams

MORGANTOWN - USA Today reports that the average gasoline price in the United States is somewhere around $3.65 a gallon. In West Virginia, the average price of gas is $3.71, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, six cents above the national average, and a decline in price is nowhere in sight. Part of the price increase is due to unrest in the Middle East, but another huge factor in the price of gas is increased demand in growing markets like China and India and Brazil. … Continue Reading

February 24, 2012

Manchin salutes local veterans | The Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG - On Feb. 17, Sen. Joe Manchin and his wife, Gayle, visited hospitalized veterans during Martinsburg VA Medical Center's "National Salute to Patient Veterans" and toured the facility. The senator met with Ann Brown, medical center director, and other staff members before visiting with veterans. During his visit, Manchin talked with several West Virginia veterans in the inpatient wards of the hospital. "I think the veterans really appreciated the visit from the senator," Brown … Continue Reading

February 22, 2012

College presidents ask Manchin for less regulation, more money | Charleston Gazette

by Amy Julia Harris

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As part of his weeklong tour of the state, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met with university presidents in Charleston on Wednesday to brainstorm big fixes to the state's higher education system -- and to deliver some bad news from Washington. "With tax dollars scarce and with the pressures on our budget and economy, there is going to be less [money for education]," Manchin said at a roundtable discussion with education leaders on Tuesday. "There's going to be more pressure … Continue Reading

February 21, 2012

Domestic energy: Coal under attack - again | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

The Obama administration's decision to cut $93 million from coal research and development is another disappointing example of the president's distorted view of coal. At the same time that funding for coal research was cut, Obama requested an additional $2.7 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is a whopping 47 percent increase over current levels, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. However, the Energy Information Administration has … Continue Reading

February 20, 2012

$20 a week costs $100 billion a year | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

In the final days of 2010, President Obama proposed a scheme that may have mortally wounded Social Security. He urged, and a Democratic-controlled Congress agreed to, a "one-year" cut in what they euphemistically called the payroll tax. In reality, this is money the Social Security system needs to pay benefits. President Obama and Congress diverted $100 billion in revenue from Social Security. Now the nation is extending that "tax cut." Republicans appear to be going along to get along on … Continue Reading

February 15, 2012

Veterans Job Caucus | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

With combat operations coming to an end in Iraq, and with American forces expected to come home soon from Afghanistan, the region and the nation must be prepared to meet the needs of our returning veterans. That's why we are seeing a continued push on the local level for a new veterans clinic in Mercer County. But many veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan will also be searching for new employment. That's why a new bipartisan Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus announced last week by … Continue Reading

February 15, 2012

Sen. Manchin praises Rec Center growth | Logan Banner

by Michael Browning

CHARLESTON - Gov. Joe Manchin told Logan County officials that if he built a rec center in Chief Logan State Park, they'd have to run it. The Logan County Commission, working with several business people and other county officials, put together a plan and presented it to Manchin, who kept his promise to build the facility. Now, just a little more than two years after it opened, the Chief Logan Rec Center has 2,150 members and is looking to expand. Manchin, who is now a U.S. Senator, … Continue Reading

February 15, 2012

Partnership between Manchin, the state and Logan County is healthy for southern W.Va. | Logan Banner

by Editorial

The partnership entered into by Gov. Joe Manchin and Logan County officials and business people to build the Chief Logan Rec Center is a model for all other counties in the state to follow. Logan County is serious about getting healthy. We're tired of being known as the unhealthiest county in the state. Manchin, who is now a U.S. Senator, said he's proud of the Chief Logan Rec Center and its growth and he says everyone should take advantage of such a great facility so that people can … Continue Reading

February 14, 2012

White House, Not Senators, Is Wrong | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

White House reaction to a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, regarding employers who have religious or moral qualms about offering employees insurance that covers contraception, is illuminating. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the bill. It was to counter a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to force all employers, including those such as Roman Catholic hospitals and universities, to provide their employees with insurance including contraception. … Continue Reading

February 11, 2012

Manchin Too Often Alone in Opposition | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was wrong when he told reporters the Senate Democratic Caucus "totally supports the president." But unfortunately, Reid, D-Nev., isn't far off the mark. Reid was asked about criticism of a policy by President Barack Obama that requires most employers to provide workers with health insurance covering contraceptives and drugs members of some churches, including Roman Catholics, believe induce abortions. Forcing Catholic institutions to provide such … Continue Reading

February 07, 2012

Manchin helps form veterans jobs caucus | The Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and a Republican colleague from Illinois announced Tuesday that they formed a bipartisan caucus to help find jobs for 857,000 veterans looking for work. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also joined the new Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who is recovering from a recent stroke, joined Manchin in forming the caucus. In a letter to his Senate colleagues, Manchin wrote, "As you know, one of the few issues that unifies … Continue Reading

February 07, 2012

For each citizen, a story | Charleston Daily Mail

by Zack Harold

Margie Cooper used to urge her New Zealand-born husband, Grant, conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, to become a U.S. citizen. And for years he refused. "I think he didn't want to hurt his mother's feelings," Margie said. But on Monday, Grant Cooper and 55 others took an oath, said the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the national anthem and became the United States' newest citizens. He said he planned to register to vote immediately after the ceremony. "That's one of the things … Continue Reading

February 05, 2012

Reducing our national debt starts in my office | Times West Virginian

by Senator Joe Manchin

Since I arrived in Washington, I have always said there are quite a few things folks around here could learn from the way we did things back in West Virginia. As governor, I was proud that by setting our priorities based on our values, we produced a budget surplus, increased our credit rating three times, and proved to all the naysayers that it's truly possible to live within your means. I came to Washington to bring that philosophy to our dysfunctional federal government, especially when it … Continue Reading

February 01, 2012

Debt ceiling | The Martinsburg Journal

by Editorial

Last week U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted to block an increase in the official national debt ceiling. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, also D-W.Va., voted to allow the increase. Rockefeller insists the jump, allowing a national debt of $16.4 trillion by the end of this year, is essential to avoid a catastrophe for the economy. But Manchin understands the real disaster is the national debt - which was just $10.6 trillion three years ago. In voting to block the increase, Manchin noted the debt now … Continue Reading

February 01, 2012

Manchin Defending W.Va., Not Obama | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

The decision over whether to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline ought to be based on energy needs, environmental concerns and the thousands of jobs the project would provide for Americans. But it is not. As U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., put it, the Keystone plan has become "a political football." President Barack Obama rejects the proposal because he believes he will gain votes by doing so. All but a handful of Democrats in Congress oppose it simply because they are doing the … Continue Reading

January 31, 2012

Manchin Speaks Out About 'Political Football' Pipeline Treatment | WVNS News

by David Williams

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Joe Manchin spoke out in a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, calling the treatment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline a "political football." The proposed pipeline would connect to oil sources in central Canada to several refineries across the United States, eventually leading all the way to the Gulf Coat. "It makes so much common sense that you want to buy (oil) off your friends and not your enemies," Senator Manchin said regarding … Continue Reading

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