Mascia's June 2-16 trip included stays in Frankfort and Stuttgart, Germany, and Venice, Verona, Naples and Rome, Italy.
That trip totaled $8,048, with $2,565 for airfare (in addition to flying to and from Europe, the trip included Frankfurt-Stuttgart, and Stuttgart-Venice flights), $2,068 for lodging (again, staying with family and friends while in Naples), $1,414 for meals (using federal per-diem rates ranging from $105 in Verona to $160 in Naples), and $1,500 for miscellaneous (including another $100 for long-term parking at Yeager).
Closer to home, Mascia turned in $805.11 in expenses for an overnight trip to Wheeling July 31.
The biggest cost was $561 (discounted from a total tab of $713) for dinner for six "confidential clients" at The Pointe restaurant at the Wheeling Island casino.
Prior to the discount, the meals cost $575, along with a sizable bar tab. That included three bottles of Ravenswood Zinfandel ($90), three martinis ($24), two Jim Beams ($12), a Jameson whisky ($8), a Macallan 12 scotch ($10), plus three beers ($12). (Now that we're all three sheets, let's talk business ... )
Unlike the governor's European trade mission, the entourage for the state Senate's trip to Taiwan is small. The only person on the Taiwanese government-sponsored trip besides Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, and Sen. Bob Williams, D-Taylor, is Steve McElroy, special assistant to the president.
Finally, Keith Judd, the Texas federal prison inmate who won his 15 minutes of fame by picking up 41 percent of the vote in the state's 2012 Democratic presidential primary, recently completed his 171/2-year sentence for extortion.
Don't expect a victory tour of West Virginia anytime soon, however. Seems he got pinched for a probation violation earlier this month, and has a probation revocation hearing set for Nov. 18 in federal magistrate court in Midland, Texas.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.