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Charleston Gazette Op-Ed: Time for Election and Ethics Reform

On Sunday, January 6th, the Charleston Gazette published an opinion piece I wrote calling for election and ethics reform in our state. Below is the text:

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Much has been written of late about campaign finance. Just as we all got tired of negative ads, the latest blasphemy is even worse.

 

No one runs for office wanting to self-fund any portion of their campaign. However, when you enter the arena you quickly realize that many of the tactics used by the entrenched political elite in our state make it exceedingly difficult for a challenger to compete. From pulled permits, to tax audits, to investigations, to state contracts being pulled – we have heard it all. In a free society, we should not allow threats, incumbent-self-protection techniques, and machine politics to discourage fresh faces with bold new ideas from entering the political process. When a candidate self-finances, it is merely an attempt to counteract the natural, and frequently inappropriate advantages of incumbency. Ultimately, our elected officials work for the people of the state and should not be beholden to wealthy special interests and the politically well connected. Our founding fathers envisioned good people of high moral character serving in public office. They must be rolling over in their graves to see how difficult it is for non-incumbents to compete in today’s political environment!

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov Bob McDonnell to Join Bill Maloney on Campaign Trail in Eastern Panhandle

MORGANTOWN – Tomorrow, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will join West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney at a campaign rally in Martinsburg, WV.  Governor McDonnell is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The rally will take place at the GOP Victory … Read More …

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Maloney stops in Mid-Ohio Valley

October 13, 2012 By JEFFREY SAULTON , Parkersburg News and Sentinel VIENNA- With a little more than three weeks left before the 2012 general election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney campaigned in the Mid-Ohio Valley Friday. Maloney met with volunteers at … Read More …

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WEST VIRGINIA HAS WORST LAWSUIT CLIMATE IN THE NATION

Morgantown, WV– This week, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released a new study that ranked West Virginia’s lawsuit climate as the worst in the country.   This is the fifth consecutive time the survey ranked West Virginia last, and the … Read More …

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OBAMA-TOMBLIN ECONOMY LOSES MORE WV JOBS

Meanwhile, Tomblin Decision Looms in Less Than 32 Hours MORGANTOWN —        As reported in this morning’s Charleston Gazette, West Virginia lost 1,900 jobs in April and May, capping four straight months of job losses. “It’s clear that … Read More …

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“SMALL BUSINESSES CAN CREATE JOBS IN WEST VIRGINIA,” SAYS MALONEY

West Virginia needs more private sector jobs MORGANTOWN — Bill Maloney today continued his call for major reforms to West Virginia’s tax and legal systems to help small businesses create jobs. According to the Small Business Administration’s West Virginia 2011 … Read More …

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Maloney pushing natural gas fleet

June 7, 2012 Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG – West Virginia can be a leader for energy independence by taking advantage of its abundance of natural gas, a candidate for governor said on Wednesday. The state can set the example … Read More …

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Maloney calls for State to use Natural Gas for Transportation

June 5, 2012 Morgantown —        West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney believes that our state can lead the nation toward energy independence. Today Maloney released the following op-ed about the importance of using our abundant natural gas … Read More …

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Bill Maloney is right in stressing that “we need to fix our regressive tax structure …”

Tax Reform Is Vital in W.Va. June 3, 2012 The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register Just a few weeks ago West Virginians were reminded that when we are putting our best foot forward in an attempt to lure a big employer … Read More …

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Will you vote for Obama?

Maloney = No; Tomblin = Yes MORGANTOWN —        As Earl Ray Tomblin continues this week to express ‘outrage’ at Barack Obama’s EPA, Bill Maloney today repeated his call for Earl Ray Tomblin to finally come clean and tell the … Read More …

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