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Crippled America,
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Fire and Fury,
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Trump Revealed,
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The Making of Donald Trump,
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Promise Me, Dad ,
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The Book of Joe ,
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The Truths We Hold,
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Smart on Crime,
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Guide to Political Revolution,
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Where We Go From Here,
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Our Revolution,
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This Fight Is Our Fight,
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United,
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Conscience of a Conservative,
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Two Paths,
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Every Other Monday,
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Courage is Contagious,
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Shortest Way Home,
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Becoming,
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Higher Loyalty,
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The Making of Donald Trump,
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Higher Loyalty ,
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Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
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Outsider in the White House,
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State of West Virginia Politicians: secondary Archives


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    from State of West Virginia secondary Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Gore (1) Democrat
  • Ben Salango (12) West Virginia Democratic Governor Challenger
  • Bill Cole (8) West Virginia Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Bob Wise (16) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004)
  • Don Blankenship (13) Constitution Party candidate for President
  • Doris Haddock (1) 2004 former Democratic challenger New Hampshire
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (12) West Virginia Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016)
  • Evan Jenkins (4) Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Jay Wolfe (11) Republican Challenger (2008) West Virginia
  • Jeff Kessler (3) West Virginia Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jim Justice (55) West Virginia Democratic governor
  • Joe Manchin III (33) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (Until 2010)
  • John Buckley (16) Libertarian Senate challenger West Virginia
  • John Raese (10) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • John Rockefeller (1) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) West Virginia
  • Lisa Murkowski (1) Republican Sr Senator Alaska
  • Michael Folk (27) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Natalie Tennant (19) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Pat McGeehan (9) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Patrick Morrisey (26) Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Paula Jean Swearengin (40) Democratic candidate for West Virginia U. S. Senator West Virginia
  • Richard Ojeda (18) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Ron Stollings (12) West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Shelley Moore Capito (8) Republican Senator West Virginia
  • Stephen Noble Smith (5) West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher (21) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Zane Lawhorn (1) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
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Abortion
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the right to life.
    Jim Justice: Without any question whatsoever, I stand with the unborn.
    Richard Ojeda: Wholeheartedly support a woman's right to choose.
    Ron Stollings: For access to birth control; against age requirements.
    Richard Ojeda: Opposing abortion makes you pro-birth, not pro-life.
    Joe Manchin III: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks; prohibit public funding.
    Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v Wade; stop the pro-abortion agenda.
    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: Positions himself as anti-abortion and pro-Trump.
    Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v. Wade.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Pro-choice, including abortion alternatives.
    Jim Justice: The Supreme Court ruled on abortion, and the law is the law.
    Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
    John Buckley: Pro-life Libertarian, because life begins at conception.
    Michael Folk: All life is precious, even when inconvenient.
Budget & Economy
    Ben Salango: State has yet to spend most of CARES Act money.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Modernize roadways, bridges, water systems; expand broadband.
    Ron Stollings: Promote economic growth during coronavirus pandemic.
    Woody Thrasher: Economic development requires numerous approaches.
    Michael Folk: State money not spent should go into rainy day fund.
    Michael Folk: Support free enterprise, job creation, and tax reform.
    Woody Thrasher: Delays lead to roads needing to be rebuilt, not repaired.
    Jim Justice: Balanced $217M budget deficit with no new taxes.
    Don Blankenship: Republican control will eventually improve state economy.
    Jim Justice: Proposed nearly $3 billion for infrastructure.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Create investment banks that will create jobs.
    Jim Justice: Cut Rainy Day fund by $123M for WV's biggest depression ever.
    John Buckley: National debt beggars future generations.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: We will not impose financial burdens on future generations.
    Pat McGeehan: Real crisis is $17T in debt and future unfunded liabilities.
    Pat McGeehan: The Fed printing money for debt causes inflation.
    Joe Manchin III: CAREFULLY plan stimulus: in planning mode; not panic mode.
    Bob Wise: Limit capital assistance find to new businesses.
    Bob Wise: The cupboard is bare, despite national economic growth.
Civil Rights
    Ben Salango: One can support both Black Lives Matter and the police.
    Jim Justice: Black lives matter because all lives matter.
    Jim Justice: Would sign Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ in housing, jobs.
    Jim Justice: State human rights commission is understaffed & underfunded.
    Jim Justice: Governor's Minority Affairs director condemned by NAACP.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Worrying about somebody's sexuality is just ridiculous.
    Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with gay marriage legalization.
    Natalie Tennant: Treat gay couples equally, but no mandates on churches.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
    John Buckley: Live and let live: support the freedom to marry.
    John Buckley: Shares home with his same-sex partner.
    Pat McGeehan: Civil unions ok; anti-discrimination laws not ok.
    Jay Wolfe: No affirmative action; less government in job sector.
    Bob Wise: Restrict and regulate video gambling.
Corporations
    Stephen Noble Smith: Help shift who has wealth and political power in our state.
    Michael Folk: Shouldn't have taxes that drive business out of state.
    Jim Justice: Eliminate business inventory and machinery tax if we can.
    Jim Justice: Just Cut Taxes And Win: start with business taxes.
    Jim Justice: Raise business B&O tax, sales tax, state fees, & gas tax.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Saved businesses $548M on taxes and workers' comp.
    John Buckley: I'm for limited government and free enterprise.
    John Raese: OpEd: Sounded alarm in 2010 on international competitiveness.
    Joe Manchin III: 8 goals for Open for Business commitments.
Crime
    Don Blankenship: Past criminal conviction not a barrier to running for office.
    Patrick Morrisey: More funding, more equipment, more hiring for state police.
    Patrick Morrisey: Tougher sentences for drug kingpins.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End mandatory minimum sentencing.
    Jim Justice: Stiffer laws for drug pushers; treatment for addicts.
    Evan Jenkins: Tough on crime, but open to reforms.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Take preventative approach to juvenile justice.
    Michael Folk: Supports capital punishment; supports prosecuting minors.
    Pat McGeehan: No capital punishment; don't prosecute minors as adults.
    Joe Manchin III: Accelerated parole system for non-violent offenders.
    Jay Wolfe: Support the use of the death penalty.
    Jay Wolfe: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards.
Drugs
    Ben Salango: For medical marijuana; roadside test for recreational use.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Hemp & cannabis can be cash crops for West Virginia.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for opioid crisis.
    Richard Ojeda: Supports medical marijuana, co-founded CBD oil company.
    Woody Thrasher: Focus on treatment, prevention, helping families.
    Richard Ojeda: An advocate for medical marijuana.
    Richard Ojeda: Marijuana can be used for clinical, medical purposes.
    Jim Justice: Create Narcotics Intelligence Unit strike force.
    Jim Justice: Jobs & Hope: $29.7 million to guide people in recovery.
    Michael Folk: Government can't solve drug problem; only community can.
    Ron Stollings: Addiction is a disease; integrate recovery into primary care.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Rapidly expand access to drug treatment services.
    Woody Thrasher: Execute drug dealers whose sales result in death.
    Woody Thrasher: Addiction is a disease; but no compassion for dealers.
    Ron Stollings: Establish the Governor's Office of Substance Abuse.
    Michael Folk: Led push to force vote to legalize medical marijuana.
    Jim Justice: Jim's Dream: job training program for drug addicts.
    Jim Justice: Jim's Dream: $10M for equipment at vo-tech training centers.
    Jim Justice: Adamantly opposed to recreational marijuana, but medical ok.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Address the causes of addiction; not severe punishments.
    Don Blankenship: Mandatory drug testing for all teachers.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fight opioid epidemic with criminal prosecutions & education.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End the wasteful, harmful, war on drugs.
    Jim Justice: We have to have stiffer laws to fix the drug problem.
    Patrick Morrisey: Opioids: we're losing a generation of people to despair.
    Bill Cole: People who sell drugs belong in jail.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Prioritize combating substance abuse from many angles.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Behavioral therapies MUST accompany anti-addiction meds.
    Bill Cole: Supports combating our growing drug epidemic.
    John Buckley: Democrats are afraid to touch the failed War on Drugs.
    Natalie Tennant: Federal registry to prevent "doctor shopping.
    Michael Folk: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    Pat McGeehan: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Not just criminal penalties: use technology for enforcement.
    Natalie Tennant: It costs us less to rehabilitate than to jail someone.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Fund advertisements intended to reduce methamphetamine use.
    Jay Wolfe: Treat addiction, but mandatory jail sentences for selling.
    Joe Manchin III: Declare war on meth & dangerous make-shift labs.
Education
    Ben Salango: Fund public education so all can prosper.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Free state colleges, community colleges, trade schools.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports federal subsidies in childcare.
    Woody Thrasher: I fundamentally believe in choice and competition.
    Michael Folk: Don't need to buy new math books every few years.
    Michael Folk: Teach basics to young children, not how to use devices.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in education; value our educators.
    Michael Folk: Repeal Common Core and Testing.
    Woody Thrasher: For charter schools; not sure on education savings accounts.
    Jim Justice: Cool to education savings accounts & charter schools.
    Jim Justice: Supports education, with focus on public school teachers.
    Jim Justice: 5% teacher's pay raise, as part of education reform.
    Joe Manchin III: Limit student loan repayment to 15% of income.
    Joe Manchin III: Vouchers pull resources from schools that need them most.
    Richard Ojeda: Outspoken support for teachers during strike.
    Don Blankenship: Teachers should be graded and denied raises if sub-standard.
    Jim Justice: Support non-college career paths.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Free college or trade school to all qualified students.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Ensure adequate funding; encourage best practices.
    Jim Justice: Return education back from bureaucracies to local level.
    Jim Justice: Replace Smarter Balance with ACT testing.
    Jim Justice: We're dead last: 2% teacher raise; and dump state testing.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Create rewards program to educational innovation.
    Bill Cole: High speed internet access in every classroom.
    Michael Folk: State funding for charters and vouchers.
    Pat McGeehan: Vouchers to send children to any school.
    Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
    Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
    John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
    John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
    Bill Cole: Student potential diminished by crippling bureaucracy.
    Natalie Tennant: Address numerous small reforms, not huge sweeping measures.
    Natalie Tennant: Public moneys should go to public schools, not charters.
    Joe Manchin III: $540 million in ongoing school construction.
    Bob Wise: First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program.
    Bob Wise: Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives.
Energy & Oil
    Ben Salango: Don't turn back on coal miners, but focus on future.
    Jim Justice: I truly believe that coal has a future, a real future.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We must transition from coal, move to clean energy.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Congress needs to support the Green New Deal.
    Jim Justice: State's coal can be used for construction instead of fuel.
    Woody Thrasher: Praise for ending "Obama's war on coal".
    Richard Ojeda: Coal is going down; politicians need to stop lying.
    Joe Manchin III: No one is going to stop using fossil fuels for a long time.
    Patrick Morrisey: Led states suing to overturn Obama Clean Power Plan.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Federal investment in the renewable energy sector.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fought against clean power rules.
    Jim Justice: Coal miners back work is good; let's have more.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Need to invest in renewable energy now.
    Jim Justice: Lower the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Jim Justice: Lower, and then tier, the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Evan Jenkins: I'm fighting for coal by reducing EPA regulatory burdens.
    Natalie Tennant: All-of-the-above energy approach, with priority on coal.
    Shelley Moore Capito: AdWatch: Fights back against Obama's war on coal.
    John Raese: 2010 alternative energy bill was WV's own cap-and-trade Bill.
    Michael Folk: Don't fund oil development, but no restrictions on fracking.
    Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
    Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
    John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Fight the federal government's war on coal.
    Natalie Tennant: Responsible development of Marcellus shale.
    Joe Manchin III: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    John Rockefeller: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    Lisa Murkowski: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    Joe Manchin III: Stand up for our coal miners and their families.
    Bob Wise: Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building.
Environment
    Woody Thrasher: Eliminate unnecessary regulations, balance with conservation.
    Jim Justice: Invest $14M in tourism and revenue comes flying right back.
    Jim Justice: $60M upgrade to state parks.
    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: Year in prison for contaminating drinking water.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: West Virginia rivers and streams are constantly threatened.
    Patrick Morrisey: EPA exceeds its authority on Clean Water & Cross-State Air.
    Don Blankenship: EPA is biggest polluter,moving jobs to unregulated countries.
    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: role of MSHA in mine disaster was covered up.
    Patrick Morrisey: Led coalition against "Clean Power Plan".
    Jim Justice: I love the outdoors, but regulatory agencies tell you no.
    Jim Justice: Paid $900,000 fine for poor pollution controls at mines.
    Jim Justice: EPA regulations have been difficult, overreaching, and wrong.
    Michael Folk: No new regulations on mountaintop mining.
    Pat McGeehan: No state funding for open space preservation.
    John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
    Natalie Tennant: Raise motor vehicle fees, but gradually, not $40M at once.
    Bob Wise: Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy.
Families & Children
    Michael Folk: Wrong incentives put kids in foster care instead of families.
    Ron Stollings: We need to invest in first 1,000 days of a child's life.
    Joe Manchin III: Opposes gay marriage personally, but accepts as settled law.
    Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with legalization of gay marriage.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Make 6 months of family leave available to all parents.
    Michael Folk: Civil union contracts for same-sex couples, but no marriage.
    Joe Manchin III: 5 basic promises to our children: healthy, safe, cared-for.
Foreign Policy
    Don Blankenship: Soft on China if one is related to a "Chinaperson".
    Don Blankenship: Double headline - Already Done.
    Patrick Morrisey: America must assert its interests.
Free Trade
    Jim Justice: Supports tariffs that lead to good deals when dust settles.
    Joe Manchin III: Supports tariffs on China; trade hasn't been good for WV.
    Patrick Morrisey: Supports tariffs on China to gain negotiating leverage.
    Jim Justice: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Jim Justice: Change the trade imbalance with China.
    Jim Justice: Bring manufacturing back from Vietnam, China and Mexico.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: West Virginia is a strong international competitor.
    Jay Wolfe: Free trade ok, but sanctions on China & Venezuela.
    Bob Wise: Protect steel industry from illegal imports.
    Bob Wise: Require use of US steel in state-funded projects.
Government Reform
    Richard Ojeda: Move toward public financing for campaigns.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We as voters need to hold representatives accountable.
    Michael Folk: Cut red tape on state purchasing.
    Richard Ojeda: Federal employees/appointees should donate excess assets.
    Richard Ojeda: Introduced bill: lobbyists should wear body cameras.
    Michael Folk: Government is not the answer.
    Joe Manchin III: Citizens United decision has destroyed this country.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Voter turnout depressed due to money influencing elections.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Upgrade equipment to safeguard elections.
    Don Blankenship: Media & Republicans conspired to defame me.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut regulations favoring big businesses.
    Jim Justice: Appoint a Waste Czar to root out agency excess.
    Evan Jenkins: Important to keep information secure.
    Natalie Tennant: I learned "make-do" attitude via my upbringing on a farm.
    Natalie Tennant: 18-month investigation into stolen election: 3 convictions.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Dissolve state boards & councils that no longer operate.
    Natalie Tennant: OpEd: Suppress voting by requiring change-of-address cards.
    Michael Folk: Require voter ID, but for free.
    Pat McGeehan: No limits on campaign contributions for PACs or parties.
    Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
    John Raese: I think we need less government.
    John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
    Joe Manchin III: Public financing pilot for state Supreme Court races.
    Jay Wolfe: Increase campaign donation limits.
    Doris Haddock: Vote against any candidate who supports soft money.
Gun Control
    Ben Salango: Protect WV gun owners from federal overreach.
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment.
    Jim Justice: The Second Amendment is ingrained in me.
    Richard Ojeda: Deaths and injuries every month from senseless gun violence.
    Michael Folk: Red flag gun laws unconstitutional & unacceptable.
    Joe Manchin III: Background checks ok; not no ban on semi-automatic weapons.
    Patrick Morrisey: Keep Washington liberal gun grabbers off our guns.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Common-sense gun regulations & background checks.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fights the "gun grabbers".
    Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry.
    John Buckley: Freedom to carry AND freedom to marry.
    Natalie Tennant: Vehemently disagrees with Obama administration on gun rights.
    Michael Folk: No background checks; yes concealed carry.
    Jay Wolfe: Bearing arms is an individual right.
Health Care
    Ben Salango: Health care must be accessible and affordable.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Health care is a human right, decouple health care from jobs.
    Woody Thrasher: AdWatch: Be proactive on coronavirus, not reactive.
    Ron Stollings: Supports bill to cap monthly supply of insulin at $25.
    Ron Stollings: Coronavirus: $2m to prepare a plan now.
    Ron Stollings: Re-examine Medicaid reimbursement rates to medical providers.
    Jim Justice: We can all agree on protection for preexisting conditions.
    Jim Justice: Establish Medicaid Families First Reserve Fund.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in more mental health services & foster care crisis.
    Ron Stollings: Affordable health care should include oral and mental health.
    Michael Folk: Abolish "Certificate of Need" law as anti-competitive.
    Michael Folk: We need a free market in health care.
    Joe Manchin III: Unacceptable to go back to pre-ObamaCare days.
    Patrick Morrisey: Sued to end coverage of preexisting conditions.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Medicare for all as part of insurance free market.
    Jim Justice: Don't plan on repealing Obamacare/ACA's Medicaid expansion.
    Patrick Morrisey: Was lobbyist for pharmaceutical distributors; wife still is.
    Jeff Kessler: ObamaCare gets thousands of the poor onto Medicaid.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Vote for repeal & replace; but work for fixing ObamaCare.
    John Buckley: Less government in healthcare; more individual choice.
    John Buckley: ObamaCare is a Big Government bacterial infection.
    John Raese: ObamaCare relies on poor business model; use private-sector.
    Natalie Tennant: Supports access to insurance for all.
    Natalie Tennant: FactCheck: GOP says 147,000 lose insurance; really 8,800.
    Michael Folk: No universally-accessible public health insurance.
    Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
    Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child.
    Bob Wise: Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs.
    Bob Wise: More discounts for prescription drugs.
Homeland Security
    Jim Justice: More programs for National Guard and veterans.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Rein in our bloated military budget.
    Bill Cole: Honor and support military as guardians of our freedoms.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Weak Iraq policy let ISIS foment into power.
    John Buckley: National Defense Authorization Act is Big Brother spying.
    John Buckley: Opposes NSA spying & foreign policy meddling.
    Jay Wolfe: Military tribunals ok; monitoring domestic communications ok.
    Jay Wolfe: Expand missile defense; support pre-emptive military strikes.
Immigration
    Jim Justice: I hope and pray we never have sanctuary cities here.
    Jim Justice: Attacks Democrats for not supporting border security.
    Joe Manchin III: Give DREAMers a path to citizenship.
    Patrick Morrisey: Lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland.
    Patrick Morrisey: Aggressive efforts against illegal immigration.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Create swift, secure path to citizenship.
    Richard Ojeda: Taking benefits from illegal immigrants sounds good.
    Natalie Tennant: Secure the borders first, then send illegals to back of line.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Secure the borders first, then comprehensive reform.
    John Buckley: Create a mechanism to normalize people already here.
    Jay Wolfe: Establish English as the official national language.
Jobs
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports protections for unions, ending "right to work" laws.
    Richard Ojeda: Strongly against right to work laws.
    Ben Salango: Diversify economy and ensure WV gets federal assistance.
    Woody Thrasher: Lower taxes, fewer regulations, incentivize small business.
    Richard Ojeda: Against right to work laws, active union participant.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Wants a living wage, but not advocating for set amount.
    Richard Ojeda: Ensure coal miners able to transition to "real jobs".
    Jim Justice: Free college has led to record high employment.
    Woody Thrasher: State must help diversify economy.
    Woody Thrasher: WV needs jobs or we'll keep losing population.
    Joe Manchin III: Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $10.10.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports living wage and workers' rights.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Raise minimum wage; tie rate to inflation.
    Natalie Tennant: Raise payroll cap to $240,000; and raise minimum wage.
Principles & Values
    Ben Salango: Focused on public service rather than self-service.
    Ben Salango: Shouldn't have to sue governor to live in capital city.
    Ben Salango: Stop secret tax deals for public officials.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: When we unite for justice, we can accomplish our goals.
    Richard Ojeda: Democrats becoming more a party of elites.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We need Congress to do right, even if breaking with party.
    Woody Thrasher: West Virginia is hurting, we need strong leadership.
    Woody Thrasher: If elected, I'll put my businesses in a blind trust.
    Stephen Noble Smith: We get what we want when we unite, build power to take it.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Wants to be an ally, not the face of any movement.
    Don Blankenship: I'm Trumpier than Trump, despite Trump opposition.
    Evan Jenkins: A proud ally of our president Trump.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Part of "Brand New Congress" to fight special interests.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Declined to debate with 3rd-party candidates.
    John Buckley: Former Republican state legislator.
    John Buckley: Elected as Republican to VA House; running as Libertarian.
    John Buckley: Cousin to William F. Buckley; long background in GOP.
    Natalie Tennant: 55-county "Talk with Tennant" tour: represent W.V., not D.C.
    Zane Lawhorn: We're seeping into era of chaos, as foretold in the Bible.
    Pat McGeehan: Constitutional conservative: pro-life, pro-gun and pro-coal.
    Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
    Bob Wise: Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects.
Social Security
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Fix solvency by lifting cap on incomes over $137,000.
    Michael Folk: Eliminate state tax on Social Security.
    Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most.
    Jim Justice: Eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits.
    Jim Justice: Totally exempt on your Social Security from State income tax.
    Joe Manchin III: Expand Social Security without privatization.
    Patrick Morrisey: Reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Raise payroll cap above $200,000.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system.
    Jay Wolfe: Allow investing payroll tax in private accounts.
    Al Gore: Bush’s “federal program” flub indicates ingrained hostility.
Tax Reform
    Woody Thrasher: We are not in favor of tax increases.
    Michael Folk: Don't raise taxes on shrinking population.
    Joe Manchin III: Wealthy corporations got greatest benefit from Trump tax cut.
    Patrick Morrisey: Trump tax cuts mean West Virginians receive bonuses & raises.
    Richard Ojeda: Raise taxes on natural gas companies building pipelines.
    Don Blankenship: Stands behind Trump's agenda including the tax reform bill.
    Patrick Morrisey: Favors a flat tax.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut taxes for middle/working class.
    Jim Justice: Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit.
    Bill Cole: Work with legislature to reform our tax code.
    Bob Wise: Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations.
Technology
    Ben Salango: Upgrade and fix roads and bridges throughout WV.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Federal government must help states expand broadband.
    Woody Thrasher: Broadband is a must; recruit tech companies.
    Woody Thrasher: Only build highways that generate new economic activity.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development.
    Woody Thrasher: More Internet infrastructure, to keep young people in W.V.
    Joe Manchin III: Supports infrastructure investment.
    Joe Manchin III: Overturn FCC repeal of net neutrality.
    Patrick Morrisey: Supports infrastructure investment.
    Patrick Morrisey: Improving infrastructure a must.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Invest $4.6 trillion in infrastructure.
    Jim Justice: Bid all road jobs, with 5% construction severance.
    Bill Cole: Recommends action--not more studies--on transportation.
    Bill Cole: Federal investment in West Virginia roads & infrastructure.
    Michael Folk: Opposes "bridge to nowhere" projects, even for job creation.
    Natalie Tennant: Find funding to keep our infrastructure strong.
    Bob Wise: Make e-government service available 24/7.
War & Peace
    Richard Ojeda: Criticizes those wanting war with Iran: talk is easy.
    Joe Manchin III: Withdraw from Iranian nuclear treaty.
    Patrick Morrisey: Withdraw from Iranian nuclear treaty.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End wars of choice; protect human rights when needed.
    Natalie Tennant: We should consider ground troops against ISIS.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jim Justice: If we can't find money to fight hunger, then we're not much.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Try This: individual communities decide what they need.
    John Buckley: Eliminate DOE, HUD, HHS, NPR, FAA, and more.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Homelessness is devastating; revive Interagency Council.


The above quotations are from State of West Virginia Politicians: secondary Archives.



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