West Virginia odds and ends
Last month, I wrote about WV Senator Shelley Capito Moore’s backing of proposed legislation that would protect interracial and same-sex marriages. In the post, I noted how Capito’s support for the bill brought her a lot of angry online criticism. This morning, the Wheeling News-Register carried an Associated Press article about Republican senators who supported the legislation:
How Senators ‘Defied Political Gravity’ On Same-Sex Unions
It’s a long story by local standards (over 1,000 words) and it details the efforts by Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin to get the necessary Republican support to ensure the bill’s passage. (All Democrats supported the bill.) Despite being about Republican senators who supported the legislation, the News-Register's version did not include that Capito was one of the Republican senators. As the AP reported:
In addition to Collins, Romney, Portman and Tillis, Republicans supporting the legislation were Richard Burr of North Carolina, Todd Young of Indiana, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska.
Sorry, News-Register, but if I waded through the article, wouldn’t I want to know how my senators voted?
Lookout, Riley Moore, here comes Derrick Evans
From People Magazine:
A Republican lawmaker who went to prison for breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, after live-streaming the event on Facebook says he has formed a congressional exploratory committee and is considering a run for higher office.
Derrick Evans, a former West Virginia state delegate, said in a statement issued Tuesday that after "months of soul-searching" — some of them done in a federal penitentiary — he is "ready to step back into the political arena."
Lucky us and I’m sure West Virginia’s Trump Party has a few more similar candidates waiting in the wings.
And from another January 6 attendee: advice on book banning
Why are we getting advice from an insurrectionist?
Dennis Westover, who was arrested with a gun, his will, and a list of members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol last year, found a receptive audience this week among state lawmakers about censoring school libraries.https://t.co/bIh2exH8xN pic.twitter.com/knEudIYpSq— Mountain State Spotlight (@mtnstspotlight) December 9, 2022
Westover’s group hasn’t yet put forward actual legislative language for their proposals. But once they do, the bill will need a sponsor and support from leaders of the GOP supermajority to get on a committee agenda and, ultimately, the floor.— Mountain State Spotlight (@mtnstspotlight) December 9, 2022