That list includes: Mark Anthony Manchin, executive director of the School Building Authority (and Joe Manchin's cousin); Mark Julian, deputy director of the West Virginia Development Office and Manchin family friend; Chris Jarrett, executive director of Water Development Authority and close Manchin friend; Jim Pitrolo, executive director of Health Care and Manchin family friend; Frank Jezioro, Division of Natural Resources director and friend of Manchin; Reid-Smith, commissioner of Culture and History and close friend of Joe's wife, Gayle Manchin; Mary Jo Thompson, director of Community Development for the state Development Office and Manchin's niece; Joe Manchin IV, member of the West Virginia Tourism Commission, and Manchin's son -- as well as Gayle Manchin on the state Board of Education.
I was gratified by the many positive responses on last week's column regarding academics at West Virginia University, like this email from George Mosko a DHHR family support specialist in Princeton: "Why don't you send a copy of this article on WVU academics to the president of the SEC and ACC? It says it all -- My son just recently graduated from the WVU College of Law and, yes, passed the Bar exam on his first attempt ..."
Likewise, Charleston City Councilman Andy Richardson forwarded a copy of a column he had written on the topic.
"WVU is the beacon of hope for many, many high school graduates in West Virginia (as well, of course, enrollment each year from all 50 states)," he wrote. "Because our land-grant mission of service to our state ... there are students accepted who would probably not be accepted in some other major universities. We do not apologize for giving these young people an opportunity to succeed."
Finally, one last question about the special gubernatorial election: Did the folks at Public Policy Polling forget the election is Tuesday?
In these days of limited resources for media outlets, the Raleigh, N.C.-based automated polling firm has been the closest thing to a nonpartisan pollster this campaign.
PPP last conducted a poll of the special election over the Labor Day weekend, and released the results Sept. 6.
On Thursday, PPP announced it would do another poll of the West Virginia election over the weekend, and sought suggestions for poll questions on its website.
Normally, PPP releases poll results Tuesdays -- which would be smack in the middle of Election Day. Even if it comes out later Monday, many voters may end up seeing the actual results of the election before they ever run across the poll results.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.