Regenerate Announces Nov 4th Election Endorsements

Regenerate WV is proud to endorse the following progressive candidates:

House of Delegates (from Kanawha County):
Bobbie Hatfield (District 35)
Sherri Wong (District 35)
Thornton Cooper (District 35)
Nancy Guthrie (District 36)
Larry Rowe (District 36)
Mike Pushkin (District 37)
Sally Shepherd (District 39)

House of Delegates (non-Kanawha County):
Shawn Fluharty (District 3)
Dave Pethtel (District 5)
Denzil Malone (District 8)
Paul Miller (District 10)
Mike Bright (District 12)
Josh McGrath (District 13)
Sean Hornbuckle (District 16)
Jim Morgan (District 16)
Lauren Plymale (District 16)
Don Perdue (District 19)
Clif Moore (District 26)
Clyde McKnight (District 31)
Coy Flowers (District 42)
Courtney Jesser (District 42)
Tammy Stemple (District 47)
Mike Manypenny (District 49)
Mike Caputo (District 50)
Barbara Fleishcauer (District 51)
John Williams (District 51)
Nancy Jamison (District 51)
Layne Diehl (District 59)
Jason Barrett (District 61)
Kristin Loken (District 62)
Daniel Lutz (District 66)
Stephen Skinner (District 67)

Senate (from Kanawha County):
Erik Wells (District 8)

Senate (non-Kanawha County):
Ron Miller (District 10)
Robin Wilson (District 3)
Don Cookman (District 15)

Regenerate also endorses a “Yes” vote on the Kanawha County Library Levy.

For maps of the Senate and House districts, click here.

Fall Fundraiser – September 8th!

Join us for our Fall Fundraiser!

Monday, September 8th
Taylor Books (226 Capitol St.)
6pm reception (Program starts at 6:30)

We will be awarding our inaugural Elizabeth Simpson Drewry Award to Delegate Stephen Skinner. The award honors an individual who has carried on the ground-breaking, progressive legacy of Elizabeth Simpson Drewry — the first African-American woman to be elected to the West Virginia legislature.

We will also be hosting a panel discussion with elected officials and candidates on “How Progressives Can Win Back West Virginia.”

If you can’t make it, you can donate online here.

Introducing Regenerate WV’s legislative scorecard

How did my Delegate vote? The answer’s now a click away…

Want to know how your legislators voted on reproductive rights? Minimum wage? Child hunger?

With one click, you are about to find out.

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$25/month qualifies you for full membership, but every donation is appreciated. And we promise every single cent will be spent on furthering our mission

Early Voting in May 2014 Primary

Early voting will be held Wednesday , April 30, 2014 through Saturday May 10, 2014, excluding Sunday May 4th.

Voting is open during regular business hours at each county courthouse or annex. Early Voting is also available each Saturday during the Early Voting period from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Kanawha County Courthouse is located at 409 Virginia St., East. A listing of other county courthouses is available here.

Regenerate Announces 2014 Primary Endorsements

Kanawha County Races
  • School Board Candidate Ryan White
  • House of Delegates candidates: Bobbi Hatfield (35th district), Nancy Guthrie(36th), Sheri Wong (35th)
  • Senate candidate: Erik Wells (8th district)

Non-Kanawha Co. Progressive House of Delegates Incumbents

  • Mike Manypenny (49th)
  • Barbara Fleischauer (51st)
  • Don Perdue (19th)
  • Stephen Skinner (67th)
  • Mike Caputo (50th)
  • Jim Morgan (16th)
  • Dave Pethtel (5th)
 Non-Kanawha Co. Progressive House of Delegates Candidates
  • Coy Flowers (42nd)
  • Shawn Fluharty (3rd)
  • Wayne Worth (48th)
  • David Graham (24th)
  • Sean Hornbuckle (16th)
  • Denzile Malone (8th)
  • Layne Diehl (59th)
  • Kristin Loken (62nd)

The money we spend to move these progressive candidates into elected office is all raised through our Regenerate WV members.  Thank you!

If you are not yet a member of Regenerate WV, please consider becoming one today by contributing $250/year or $25/month by clicking here.

Report Card Reveals Bi-Partisan Support for Progressive Response to Water Crisis

PRESS RELEASE for TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH        

Legislators Aren’t Drinking the Water: Report Card Reveals Bi-Partisan Support for Progressive Response to Water Crisis

Initial Results of Legislator Poll Show Republican and Democrat Support for Increasing DEP Inspectors, Following Federal Chemical Safety Board Recommendations, and Increased Emergency Response Funding

Charleston, WV – Today, Regenerate West Virginia, a local Political Action Committee is releasing initial results from a survey of legislators from areas affected by the chemical spill.  The results show broad support for a safety-first agenda, one that bolsters regulations and puts families before corporate interests.  Legislators agree on one other thing: none of them is drinking the water, and none believes it is safe for others to drink.

Of the 6 respondents thus far, all of them (including Doug Skaff-D, Chris Walters-R, Meshea Poore-D, Nancy Guthrie-D, Jeff Eldridge-D, and Ted Tomblin-D) showed unanimous support for the following, hard-lined responses to the spill.

Key Findings:

  • All agreed to support increased funding to the West Virginia DEP to allow for chemical storage facilities upstream of drinking water intakes to be inspected annually.
  • All agreed to support legislation to increase resources to local emergency planning committees to better assess and prepare for future disasters.
  • All agreed to support legislation implementing the Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program, which would require third-party safety audits of hazardous chemical facilities, as recommended by the federal Chemical Safety Board.
  • All stated that they had contacted the Governor’s office to urge him to make Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for working families who lost work hours because of the water crisis.

The poll also asked legislators if they were drinking water coming from the tap, which some in government have said is safe to drink for people other than pregnant women.  Every respondent who was directly affected by the spill agreed on this point, as well: none of them feel safe drinking the water yet.  This is an important finding in light of some recent reports that free water stations may begin closing soon.

Regenerate-WV thanks and congratulates these legislators for their commitment to strong reforms that put clean water for all above special interests.  Regenerate is urging residents of the affected areas to contact their legislators in support of implementing the Chemical Safety Board’s recommendations and to contact the governor’s office to make Disaster Unemployment Assistance available to people who lost work hours due to the crisis.

“We want delegates from Kanawha and surrounding counties at the forefront, putting our families’ safety ahead of corporate interests,” said Lida Shepherd, a Charleston mother and board member of Regenerate-WV.  “This poll is only a start, and it only counts if we see real commitment in the legislature to enforce existing laws and implement the recommendations that will keep our water safe and ensure some measure of accountability, so that this disaster never happens again.”

Legislators in the affected counties received the survey in paper form at their legislative offices and by e-mail to their legislative e-mail addresses.  Follow-up calls were also made last week.

The Political Action Committee will keep the survey open for legislators who have not yet been able to respond, and hopes to keep adding supporters in the coming weeks.