(CNN) - In the 2014 battle for control of the U.S. Senate, start watching West Virginia.
Democrats from the Mountain State are rallying around Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who Tuesday announced her bid to keep seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller in party hands. Tennant launched her campaign eight months after Rockefeller announced that he wouldn't run for a sixth term in the 2014 elections.
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin is firing back after the National Rifle Association targeted the conservative Democrat in a television commercial last week.
The senator from West Virginia said Thursday morning the NRA is using "paranoia" to keep lawmakers from making big moves on gun control, following the Newtown elementary school shooting in December that left 20 children and six adults dead.
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(CNN) – The National Rifle Association is running a political ad against one of its own.
Sen. Joe Manchin, an avowed gun enthusiast and life member of the NRA, is now being hit with an ad from the organization in his home state of West Virginia.
Washington (CNN) – She's come under criticism from a couple of conservative groups, but Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia will be speaking at a major conservative conference later this week.
The American Conservative Union announced Tuesday that Capito, who's running next year for her state's open U.S. Senate seat, will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, known as CPAC, is one of the oldest and largest yearly gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country.
Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a West Virginia school district is laying off teachers due to deep spending cuts across the federal government set to take effect on Friday. But officials from that region say it's not true.
Duncan told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the Kanawha County school system was already handing out pink slips in anticipation of the automatic cuts that, among other things, will impact the amount of federal money states get through September.
(CNN) - It can't just be about guns.
That's the message Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia expressed Sunday morning about the ongoing debate over how to prevent gun violence.
(CNN) - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the West Virginia congresswoman who was re-elected earlier this month to a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Monday she is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.
"The senate has been stalemated – hasn't made progress and I believe I can contribute to moving forward, working together and solving the problems and I think it's a great opportunity for our state quite frankly," Capito said in her announcement at the state capitol in Charleston, according to CNN affiliate WSAZ.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican businessman Bill Maloney in a re-match to win a four-year term as West Virginia's governor.
Tomblin took office in late 2010 after his Democratic predecessor Joe Manchin resigned to take over the late Robert Byrd's U.S. Senate seat.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld West Virginia's redrawn congressional districts, and officials hope to have the changes in place for the November vote.
The justices said in an unsigned opinion on Tuesday that a divided three-judge federal district court panel had "misapplied the standards for evaluating" challenges to voting maps drawn by the state legislature.FULL STORY