Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The Heir to the Throne

June 20, 2009

Governor Manchin officially annointed Earl Ray Tomblin as the next governor of West Virginia.

He didn’t say it in so many words, but at today’s ceremony at the Capitol, Kay Goodwin twice referred to Earl Ray as the “Lieutenant Governor.” When Joe spoke, the first time he mentioned Earl Ray he called him the Senate President, did a little double-take, then called him the Lieutenant Governor. He proceeded to refer to him at least four more times as the Lieutenant Governor.

Further, in his talk, Manchin gave great praise to Tomblin for his role in helping renovate the Capitol building, and about how Tomblin is on board with Manchin’s plans to add a mural and otehr artwork to the Capitol rotunda.

West Virginia doesn’t have a Lieutenant Governor. The Senate President is next in line should the Governor vacate the office, but nowhere in the West Virginia Constitution is a Lieutenant Governor mentioned. If you search the Legislature’s website you can find several bills proposing an amendment to the Constitution from the 1990’s, but that’s never happened. Section §6A-1-4. Additional successors to office of governor of the state code  says

(b) The Legislature recognizes that pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the president of the Senate is charged with the responsibility of first successor to the governor in the event the governor is unable to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of his or her office and in that regard, the president of the Senate is functioning similarly to a lieutenant governor. Therefore, the Legislature determines that the president of the Senate shall be additionally designated the title of “lieutenant governor” in acknowledgment of the president’s responsibility as first successor to the governor.

I can’t seem to find when that was added, but I wonder if it was very recently. In any case, today was the first time I’ve ever heard anyone refer to a Lieutenant Governor in West Virginia. Manchin and Earl Ray will be at various events this weekend around the state, and I expect you’ll hear more of the same. Earl Ray’s Legislative webpage refers to him as “Senate President – Lieutenant Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.”

Of course, the idea is to start associating “governor” with Earl Ray Tombin. He’ll need that association up in Wheeling and Harper’s Ferry if he expects to be the heir to the Manchin throne.

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McCain’s desperation move

August 31, 2008

It’s becoming more obvious by the minute that John McCain’s VP pick is a desperate attempt at appealing to various groups that he’s having trouble with, even if those groups don’t match up.

  • The women who voted for Hillary Clinton, even though Sarah Palin’s politics don’t come close.
  • The religious right, anti-gay, anti-abortion crowd, even though Palin’s veto of a bill resulted in gay state employees receiving married couple benefits.
  • The pro-drilling crowd, although she also enacted a tax increase on oil companies.
  • The blue-collar crowd, although she is in favor of an oil pipeline through Alaska, shipping jobs over the border.

Don’t take my word for it, read
What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.

Thank you, citizens of Man

May 2, 2008

…for making West Virginians look like idiots once again.

WV Public Radio reported this morning that Hillary Clinton has a 28% lead over Barack Obama heading into the primary, and they went to Man to get the “man on the street” opinion on the candidates. Some excerpts:

One fellow said he couldn’t vote for Hillary because that would put a woman over him, and “women cannot usurp authority over men.” Welcome to the 19th Century!

A woman said she couldn’t vote for Obama because of his middle name, “Barack Hussein Obama.” She said it just like she’d heard it repeated on talk radio.

One fellow reported that he was voting for Obama because he really wanted McCain to win, and he thought that Obama can’t beat McCain but Hillary can. Why does he want McCain to win? Because he’ll keep the troops in Iraq and that’s “good for coal. The price of coal went up after we invaded Iraq.” IOW, he’s all for killing more Americans if it keeps the price of coal up.

Only one person said on tape that he couldn’t vote for a black man, but the reporter said that several said off-tape that race was a big issue. They’d take a white woman over a black man. Unless you’re a religious fundamentalist, and then you have to vote Republican.