I've been leery of rumors of federal investigations ever since unfounded rumors of an investigation cost then-Senate Finance Chairman Oshel Craigo the election in 2002.
Likewise, how many times did we hear that indictments were imminent against the Manchin administration, when ultimately, one interior decorator ended up doing six months for stringing some state contracts?
I'm advised that at least one area of inquiry by federal authorities in Mingo County involves an ongoing issue of drug dealers being tipped off on pending grand jury indictments.
(Recall that the Legislature this session passed a bill sponsored by Delegate Justin Marcum, D-Mingo, making it a crime for members of grand juries to disclose such information. Marcum, an assistant county prosecutor, stressed there had been a rash of incidents of drug dealers being tipped off, and skipping out-of-state before warrants could be issued.)
White, meanwhile, sounded resigned to the fact that he doesn't have the votes in the speaker's race, barring a bunch of delegates changing their commitments in the secret balloting.
White was displeased that labor -- the West Virginia AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, and the West Virginia Education Association -- had been so overtly involved in the race, formally endorsing Miley and pressuring delegates to support him.
On one level, labor leaders may realize this is their last hurrah in terms having the ability to select House leadership. On the other hand, it would seem to play right into the GOP's strategy for trying to win control of the House in 2014.
Finally, regarding the uncertainty of vote-counting in legislative caucuses, I'm reminded of the story senators like to tell regarding the election of an acting Senate president, after Tomblin moved to the governor's office following Joe Manchin's election to the U.S. Senate.
Supposedly, the three hopefuls -- Jeff Kessler, Mike Green and Brooks McCabe met informally to gauge who had the most support going into the Senate Democrat caucus.
They quickly ascertained that they had more commitments between themselves than there were Democrats in the Senate. After some analysis, they realized that Truman Chafin had "committed" to all three senators.
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