A candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s second House district is gaining recognition.
Alex Mooney, a Republican from Charles Town, was listed as “on the radar” in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program. The program recruits candidates to challenge Democratic opponents “and bring sound, conservative principles to t heir home districts and to Washington, D.C.,” said NRCC chairman Greg Walden.
Mooney also has received endorsements from the Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express and Family Research Council, among other conservative-leaning groups.
“I’m proud to be listed as one of the few candidates ‘on the radar’ in the NRCC Young Guns program,” Mooney said. “Thanks to the support we are receiving from everyday West Virginians, we’ve laid the groundwork for a successful campaign to fight for conservative West Virginian values and reinforce the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.”
Mooney will face six other Republicans in the May primary.
The paper copy of the State Register is no more.
The last copy of the West Virginia State Register was printed March 28 in the Secretary of State’s office, marking the end of a 31 year tradition. Instead, the register, which includes information such as the status of legislative and agency rules and executive orders, will be available online. The move is part of Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s push to modernize and streamline aspects of the office.
In addition, Tennant has promoted the electronic filing of rules in the Administrative Law Division, the online filing of annual reports in the Business and Licensing Division and the supported legislation that allows for residents to register to vote online. These initiatives have resulted in increased efficiency and the return of more than $3 million to taxpayers, according to her office.
“The paper copy of the State Register is a perfect example of important information being published in a very inefficient manner,” Tennant said. “By publishing the State Register online and eliminating the paper copy, we will save both time and money.”
The state would save about $10,000 annually in production costs and more than 600 staff work hours by moving the State Regsiter online, according to Tennant. It also means residents can access the information for free rather than paying a $250 yearly subscription fee.
House Bill 4283, which aims to increase the state’s minimum wage, has yet to make it to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk, but groups and individuals are lobbying in full force for or against the bill.
Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshalll, and House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, are adding their voices to the mix. The two issued a joint news release March 27, calling on the governor to sign the legislation. The release comes days after a Martinsburg lawyer called for the veto of the bill, saying it changes overtime pay regulations and could burden business.
“Any minor clarifications regarding exemptions in HB 4283 can be taken care of during a brief special session before its effective date and is not any reason to veto the bill,” Kessler said. “Signing this piece of legislation is not only the right thing to do for state workers, it will also help the state’s economy. This bill puts more money int he pockets of hard working West Virginians, who in turn spend their money locally.”
The bill raises the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour in phases by 2016. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy said the legislation will help raise wages by more than $156 million over the next two years.
“This is a very positive measure for our state,” Miley said. “If people spent as much time and energy working to improve the bill as they have arguing against it, West Virginians would be much better off.”
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