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March 2010
Contents

Coalfield Residents and Scientists Meet with Governor
A Victory in Fayette County
Carol Warren: Living the Dream of World Peace
EPA Approves Hobet 45 Mine
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Update
MTR Disproportionately Impacting Low-Income Americans
Before I Was Hungry
Coal Going Down, Naturally
Lindytown Twilight-ed into Darkness
Holding Government Accountable: Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
No CONSOL-A-Tion, Workers Misled About Possible Job Losses?
West Virginias Greatest Resource: Water
Alert Residents Contact DEP About Spill in Area Creek
WV Council of Churches Sets Legislative Agenda
Blair Mountains Historical Status Revoked, Group Will Appeal
Cemetery Protection Bills Introduced At Session
Supreme Court Ruling Makes Clean Elections Work Even More Important
The More Things Change ... Granny D on Campaign Finance Reform
20 - 30 Years of Surface Mining Left
Clean Elections Advance in West Virginia
OVEC Files Notice of Intent to Sue Massey Energy Over Water Violations
Coal-to-Liquid Plant: Jobs Over Health and Water?
End DC-Style Business As Usual Join Us in A New Campaign
Ken Do! Hechler Honored
We Hereby Resolve to Make a Difference
Meeting with the Governor and Kathy Mattea
Hundreds Rally at DEP For The Mountains
Organizing for the Mountains in Mercer County
Going Solar in Roane County - Off-Grid is Good
Watch It, Read It, Groove To It All to Protect It
Global Warming / Climate Instability in the Mountain State
Study: Mountaintop Mining Damage Pervasive and Irreversible
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Coal Company Depredations Endanger WV Family Cemeteries, Part Two
Byrds Words Rock the Coalfield Status Quo
Byrd - Old Senator, New Tricks Has King Coal Confused
A Yell Out to Yale
Standing Our Ground


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Clean Elections Advance in West Virginia

The West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition was delighted when the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform included a pilot project for public financing for the Supreme Court in its Nov. 15, 2009 recommendations.

Coalition members Carol Warren (OVEC), Larry Matheney (AFL-CIO), Julie Archer (CAG), Gary Zuckett (CAG), Kathy Stoltz (League of Women Voters), and Dennis Sparks (WV Council of Churches) met in December with the Governors Chief Counsel Jonathan Deem and his Policy Advisor Jim Pitrolo to discuss the legislation and assure them of our support.

The Commissions initial recommendation was to have a pilot project for one of the two state Supreme Court seats being contested in 2012.

We informed the Governors representatives that we believed that having the pilot for both seats would provide a better picture of how a public financing program would work.

We pointed out that having one seat with public financing while the other did not offer that option could result in a "big money contest" and a "small money contest," which they agreed was undesirable.

It appears they got our message, because Gov. Manchin announced in his State of the State address that he would be introducing legislation to establish a pilot project for both Supreme Court seats. And such legislation has indeed been introduced: Senate bill 233 and House bill 4130.

The bills are similar to last years Supreme Court Pilot Project (SB311), sponsored by Senator Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall), which the coalition also supported.

Our bill to establish a public campaign financing program for the House of Delegates and Senate has been reintroduced as well: HB2764.

The Supreme Court pilot project requires candidates to collect at least 500 qualifying contributions of between $10 and $100. Ten percent of these must come from each Congressional district to show statewide support.

These qualifying contributions must total at least $35,000 but no more than $50,000. Once qualified, the candidate will be eligible for an initial grant of $200,000 in the primary, and, if successful there, an initial grant of $350,000 for the general election.

Matching funds are available in both primary and general elections if the clean elections candidate is outspent by a non-participating opponent.

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