To that end, the political action arm of the NRA has sent a legislative alert to its members titled, "West Virginia: Mayor Danny Jones and Charleston Newspapers are Fighting Against Your Gun Rights."
It states, "Don't let (New York Mayor) Bloomberg's views on guns that are being voiced by Danny Jones and the Charleston newspapers dictate your gun rights in this legislative session. We need you to call AND e-mail your two state senators TODAY. Respectfully urge them to support HB2760 and ask them how they plan to vote on HB2760."
Meanwhile, I was reminded of an issue that came up during last year's elections -- that the lead sponsor of HB2760, Delegate Rupert Phillips, D-Logan, was arrested June 23 on domestic battery charges.
The case was dismissed July 7, after the alleged victim chose not to pursue charges. Interestingly, had Phillips been convicted, a condition of his sentence could have been an order prohibiting him from possessing firearms.
Regarding last week's incorrect item on reasons for Senate Majority Leader strong stand with the teachers' unions on the public ed bill ... is my face red.
Here's what went down: At close to 5 p.m. Friday, I did a final swing through the Capitol, and ran into some delegates (at least one of whom I regard as eminently reliable), who were talking about Unger's stand on the bill, and the fact that his wife is an elementary school teacher in Martinsburg.
Some of the delegates indicated that House members had all gotten a lengthy, multi-page email from Mrs. Unger opposing the bill in its original form. Normally, I would have asked for a copy, but given the hour, and that the delegates were headed out of the Capitol, as well as the fact that AFT-WV was orchestrating an e-mail campaign directed at legislators, I took them at their word. After all, how many elementary school teachers named Unger live in Martinsburg?
Turns out, at least two. The email in fact was from a teacher from Martinsburg named Unger, but whose first name is Shannon. (That's not the name of Unger's wife.)
When I talked to the senator last week, he said his wife was more upset about it than he was, given that she makes it a point to stay out of politics. He also said as far as he knows, he's never met Shannon Unger, and assumes they're not related.
Finally, you can't make this stuff up: The state contract to provide produce to the Pruntytown Correctional Center has been awarded to ... Crook Brothers.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.