For someone who lost his case before the state Supreme Court Friday, high court candidate Allen Loughry certainly could have done a lot worse.
First, the court ruled that he can keep the $400,000 in public campaign financing he's already received, which truth be told, is more than he could have ever hoped to raise in a privately funded campaign.
The court also said he's now free to do as much fundraising as he wants between now and Nov. 6.
On top of that, as Loughry put it, he's received an invaluable amount of publicity during his efforts to get the court to order the release of more than $140,000 of public financing matching funds due him as part of the Supreme Court election pilot project.
Given that it's reasonable to believe Justice Robin Davis is a lock to retain one of the two seats up for election on the high court, and with polls show Loughry running close with Democrat Tish Chafin and Republican John Yoder, the media coverage portraying him as the candidate pursuing fair and impartial judicial elections has to be a positive.
(Chafin, by the way, will be hosting a campaign fundraiser Sept. 19 at Appalachian Power Park.)
Speaking of the Supreme Court, oral arguments in Loughry's motion on Tuesday were the first in the court chambers since the original design of the floor was restored this summer.
The chambers again look the way architect Cass Gilbert intended when they opened in 1929, featuring a checkerboard pattern of tan and dark brown pressed cork tiles, edged along the chamber walls with a green-tinted marble.
The original flooring had been covered with red carpet in the late 1940s or early 1950s, evidently part of a post-war national frenzy to try to put carpeting and/or paneling over everything in sight ...
Court administrator Steve Canterbury had been on a mission for some time to restore the chamber to its original appearance. I don't know anything about interior design, but it looked great to me ...
Finally, pity poor Supreme Court Chief Justice Menis Ketchum. Not only did the Marshall grad and avid Herd fan have to show his face in public Tuesday for oral arguments in the Loughry case, but with recusals, the other judges presiding -- Justice Thomas McHugh, and sitting Circuit Judges Lewis Marks, Christopher Wilkes, and James Mazzone -- all are West Virginia University grads.
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