The Marriott does a good job of itemizing its bills, so we can see that costs of having 129 educators attend the three-day conference included $2,932 for breakfast, $11,455 for lunch, $8,200 for dinner, $7,599 for coffee breaks (including $300 for popcorn, $262 for potato chips, dip, pretzels and mixed nuts, and $500 for seasonal fruit with yogurt dip.)
Costs for meeting room set-ups totaled $4,125, audio-visual equipment usage was $12,067 (including a $150 per-participant charge for Internet access), along with the industry standard 21 percent service fee of $9,947.
This evidently was a commuter conference, with lodging accounting for only $1,174 of the total spent. (Lodging for the test assessment conference totaled $78,332, for five nights at $134 a night, totaling $730 per participant.)
Education has accounted for $6.02 million of the $9.17 million of state payments to the Marriott, dating back to 1993, and $6.63 million of the $8.72 million of payments to Embassy Suites since it opened in 1997.
I haven't covered courts a great deal, but it's been my experience that whatever date a lawyer says he will be filing a legal action, the actual date will lag some time afterward.
Attorney Walt Auvil had planned to file suit against acting Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Rocco Fucillo, alleging defamation, gender discrimination and whistleblower law violations against department attorneys Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor on Friday.
However, because of technical issues, the case won't be filed in Kanawha Circuit Court until Tuesday. (That's because Monday is a state holiday ... number nine of 14 this year, if you're scoring at home.)
Finally, the only televised gubernatorial debate of the election also is Tuesday.
However, I think one moment in the candidates' meeting with Gazette editors put the race into a nutshell:
Asked about global warming, Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson said it's a reality and human activity is a major factor. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he's "not 100 percent convinced" -- a great political answer, since it avoided throwing the coal industry under the bus, while leaving open the possibility that he's 99 percent convinced.
Republican Bill Maloney -- whose campaign increasingly reminds me of Cleve Benedict's in 1992 -- dismissed it outright as a hoax.
Tomblin also had the best line of the day. Advised that a previous meeting of long-winded House candidates had run over their allotted time, the governor deadpanned, "That sounds like the House."
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