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October 2009

Major News: EPA May Do Its Job!
DEP Biologist: Agency Chief Huffmans Testimony to Congress Was Ill Informed

Thinking About Your Legacy: An Open Letter from Dr. Ken Hechler

Reflecting on EPAs Announcement
JOBS in the Coalfields, the Right Way
Families in Mingo Co. Sue Over Flooding
Asking the Highest Court in the Land to Hear Our Case
Dear Friends at OVEC
Lindytown - Threats, Dead Horses and Shattered Dreams As the Draglines Creep Ever Closer
Lindytown - From Nice Little Mountain Town to Virtual Ghost Town
EPA Moves to Block WVs Largest MTR Mining Permit
Corps Approves Controversial Permit Despite EPAs Objections
The Trail of Tears - History Is Repeating Itself in WV
Policy Efforts on Family Cemetery Protection Issues
Join the Cemetery Protection Group And Help Find Long-Term Solutions
Awareness is Where Its At
Please Pray for Webster County
Cook Family Cemeteries: Ancestors No Longer Rest In Peace Due to Mountaintop Removal Mining
Coal Slurry: New York Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes (Many) and Punishment (None)
Victory! Public Water Lines Finally Coming to Prenter
Goodbye Patricia, Welcome Stephanie! - New Organizer Joins SSP Effort
WVU Studying Effects of Coal Slurry Injection on Health
Working to Reduce Coal Prep Plant Air Pollution
Six Southern WV Communities to Benefit from EPA Grant
Judge Thornsbury Disqualified from Presiding in Slurry Injection Case
Coal Country - the movie: Film Debuts To Packed Crowd After Concerns Almost Cancel Showing
Help End MTR and Help Coal Country Have a Party!
OVEC: Power With!
What Happens In Valleys Is As Important As What Happens On Mountain Peaks
Plundering Appalachia - The Book, Is Here!
Chemicals and Their Dangers Force People From Kanawha Valley
Clean Elections - Saving WV From Future Scandals
Why Manchin and Co. Dont Care About Health in the Coalfields
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Carbon Tax: Our ACES in the Hole for Real Change
Report: Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths A Year, Toll to Increase
Remembering Conley Branch - May It Always Be In My Heart
United Against MTR:
Red Bandanas, Dreadlocks, Clean-Cut, Old Folks and Young
TV News Fails to Cover Mountaintop Removal Well, Or At All
Nominations for OSM Chief
University Divesting of Massey Stock, Others May Follow
Toxic Legislation: Selenium at the Legislature; OVEC Appeal to EPA

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Winds of Change Newsletter, October 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

Clean Elections - Saving WV From Future Scandals

Remember the highly embarrassing scandal surrounding Masseys CEO Don Blankenship spending $3 million to elect Brent Benjamin to the WV Supreme Court?

The way to keep money and its influence out of our Supreme Court and other judicial elections is by adopting public campaign financing. When special interests pay for our judges election campaigns, how can we expect judges to remain completely impartial?

But when the public pays the bills, the candidates are accountable only to the law and to the public.

Governor Manchins recently appointed Judicial Elections Commission has begun its work. Several public hearings on a variety of issues have been scheduled: campaign financing, judicial selection, and a mid-level appellate court.

Our longtime ally for clean elections, Senator Jeffrey Kessler, will be addressing the commission on the topic of public financing.

With citizen support, it is certainly possible that a public financing program could be one of the recommendations of the commission when it reports to the governor on November 15.

WV Citizens for Clean Elections, which OVEC leads, will be participating in the hearings and watching the outcomes closely and would certainly rally itself to strongly support resulting public campaign financing legislation.

The Clean Elections coalition plans to continue its support of the public financing bill for the WV Senate and House of Delegates members as well.

There are a good number of loyal legislators who are in favor of a public campaign financing option, but we are still seeking a champion who will make it a top priority to move the bill forward.

The Clean Elections bill at the federal level, the Fair Elections Now Act (FENA), recently received a favorable hearing in the Committee on House Administration. Co-sponsors are still signing on, so please contact your Senators and Representative to support S752/HR1826. Imagine our congressional delegation free of the influence of special-interest campaign contributions!

Dont forget to check the Citizens for Clean Elections website (www.wvoter-owned.org) for updates.


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