Republican attorney general candidate Patrick Morrisey became the first candidate in this general election cycle to make a pilgrimage to the Capitol press room.
A seemingly earnest guy, Morrisey is convinced that, unlike a long line of GOP predecessors, he can beat Darrell McGraw in November.
Morrisey, who resigned as a partner in the Washington law firm of Sidley Austin, where he represented health-care industry clients, to campaign full time, outlined a three-pronged platform: Legislative appropriation of all settlement awards; no self-promotion through taxpayer-funded trinkets and public-service advertisements; and competitive bidding to hire outside counsel.
I told Morrisey his biggest obstacle will be trying to convince southern West Virginians that he's not a carpetbagger, because he's lived in the state (Harper's Ferry) for only six years, had a license to practice law here for only a matter of months, and is getting most of his campaign funds from out-of-state contributors.
That seemed to raise Morrisey's ire, and he talked about how his values are more in line with southern West Virginians. (He also suggested he's prepared to play the Obama card, referring to McGraw as Obama's best legal ally in the state ...)
He also reiterated his call for debates with McGraw. (If that ever happens, I told Morrisey, you'll know you've closed the gap in the race ...)
The National Governors' Association annual meeting runs Friday through Sunday at the luxurious Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will not be attending, to continue to oversee recovery efforts from the June 29 derecho, spokeswoman Kimberley Osborne advises.
Which probably is just as well, given AP writer Bob Lewis' scathing take on the event, with it's corporately funded junkets and closed-door governors-only meetings ...
House Health and Human Resources counsel Nancy Tyler is retiring from that position.
She's been dealing with some health issues and, frankly, can probably make more money working shorter hours with less stress as a health-care consultant.
Speaking of retirement, Melody Simpson of Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff and Love, recently updated legislators on the pending IRS regulation to define "normal retirement age" for public employees as age 62.
She noted the definition went into effect for private-sector workers in 2007, with no significant uproar. (Not surprising, since other than professional sports, there are few if any private-sector plans where employees can retire before age 62 ...)