West Virginia 2

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As of 1/1/2018 W. Virginia voters - in all elections - will have to present valid identification to poll workers or have another registered voter state under oath that the person is who he or she claims to be.

According to the Charleston Gazette Mail, there are 18 documents that constitute a valid identification defined in the law:

Any state or federal government-issued identification card is a valid document, regardless of whether it has a photo. That includes driver’s licenses and passports, student IDs, Social Security cards, Medicare and Medicaid cards, concealed carry permits, and hunting and fishing licenses.

Some non-government documents are valid forms of identification. They include a bank card, insurance card or a bank statement.

If a voter doesn’t have any of those forms of identification, he or she can bring an adult to attest to his or her identity by signing an affidavit. The adult would have to verify he or she has known the voter for at least six months and provide his or her own valid photo identification.

West Virginia 2

Robert C. Byrd describing W. Virginia: “It is the most Southern of the Northern; the most Northern of the Southern; the most Eastern of the Western; and the most Western of the Eastern states.

West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state, spanning from Charleston to Harpers Ferry.   It includes Berkely, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Morgan, Pendleton, Putnam, Randolph, Roane, Upshur, and Wirt counties.

Population:  626,469

Ethnicity:  92.3% White, 3.2% Black, 1.7% Hispanic

Unemployment:  9.8%

Median Household income:  $41,260

High School Graduation Rate:  85.5%

College Graduation Rate:  20.1%

General Election:  November 6, 2018

Republican incumbent:  Alexander Mooney, first elected in 2014.  The first Hispanic elected to office in W. Virginia, Mooney voted “Yes” to the American Health Care Act, HR1628, modifying the Affordable Care Act.  He voted “Yes” to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (HR 1).  Mooney has voted 89.8% in line with President Trump.

Democrat:  Talley Sergent



A little more food:  We talk a lot about coal in this show, but farming is also important in W. Virginia, particularly in the 2nd Congressional district.  The first ever Golden Delicious apple fell from a chance seedling on the Mullins Farm in Clay County, W. VA  in 1891.  Pepperoni Rolls, introduced to W. Virginia cuisine by Italian miners, have become the unofficial state recipe.   W. Virginian cooks treasure their cast iron skillets, considered the only vessel in which to bake cornbread.  


Eunice Panetta