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Rockefeller won't run in 2014

January 11, 2013

CHARLESTON — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Friday announced he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, saying he wanted to spend more time with family....

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Jan-11-13 10:43 AM


Rockefeller is a rubber stamp for whatever Democrat President is in office. When contacted about concerns and issues, he replies (I give him credit for that) with quotes from the party line, totally ignoring the questions and issues presented.

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Jan-11-13 11:32 AM

@Mr. Smith, I agree completely with you comment. I will say he has done a lot of good for the state in the past. Here lately though, he has just been an extension of obama. It will be rough getting money for the state having a junior senator in manchin and a soon to be freshman senator whether dem or repub.

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Jan-11-13 11:40 AM

Rubber stamp, pork barrel politician. I, for one, am glad that West Virginia has a chance to put someone different there. Hopefully WV will be smart enough to put someone in there that holds the Constitution in proper regard, and will honestly swear to uphold and defend it.

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Jan-11-13 11:48 AM

I have been living in Maryland the past 10 years so I dont have a vote..I hope you all vote for Capito. Bring some sort of balance to the Senate, please.

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Jan-11-13 12:05 PM

glad to see him go. anti-coal, anti-gun, anti-internet, anti-freedom. A good day for WV and America.

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Jan-11-13 12:55 PM

Our family has had personal dealings with Sen. Rockefeller. He is a down to earth man who sat on the couch and let the kids sit on his lap. He is the sole reason that the Gulf Storm vets got their disabilities for their illnesses. If you look back, you will find he has brought tremendous resources to this state. I think he deserves a nice retirement with his family. I hope he has a nice long retirement.As voters and residents we should be happy to have had his service.I personally will not vote for anyone in favor of gun control.This includes Manchin next time.

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Jan-11-13 12:58 PM

Best news I've heard all week! Let’s now work on getting Obama’s new lap dog - Manchin out. Seems like after he left being Governor for our state, he forgot about us and started becoming like the rest of the swamp in DC.

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Jan-11-13 1:02 PM

Good News.

Only if Obama decided not to run.

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Jan-11-13 1:52 PM

The only solution to remedying the poverty that is existing in West Virginia is to change the course of political history that has existed in this state for 100+ years. Democrats have kept this state in poverty. I know while Arch Moore was governor,West Virginia prospered. I'm sure we can do that again with the election of Shelley.

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Jan-11-13 2:16 PM

REALITY check..only have 1000 characters here...republicans are for individual rights (Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.)...Democrats provide "support" aka handouts to people, which yes, in the short term seems to help, but in reality only cripples a person because they become reliant on somebody else to take care of them...if WV wants has to come from all the individuals refusing to only pick the low hanging fruit..the individuals need to make a decision to educate theirself, work hard, figure things out, WV school system ranked 5th nationally recently, but studen performance was ranked and F...effort has to be made by the individual..the tools are there.

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Jan-11-13 2:32 PM

reality,are you one of those wet behind the ears types. If so,by virtue of that fact alone,you lack the brain cells to comment on this subject!!!

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Jan-11-13 2:55 PM

Wow - I am so sad to hear that Rockefeller is leaving the Senate. He has been such an effective champion for West Virginia and the hundreds, if not thousands of jobs, that he has brought to this state. Just look at the 20 plus Japanese businesses that have located here providing high paying jobs and benefits...look at his accomplishment by bring in Toyota. The Toyota plant in Buffalo would have gone to Illinois if it had not been for our Senator. Locally we have Hino...another job well done by Rockefeller. Losing Rockefeller will be felt by many West Virginians. His voice will be sorely missed. What a great man...I wish him well...he has done a great job for all of us.

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Jan-11-13 3:04 PM

Rockefeller like Byrd have done exceptional for west Virginia. I agree they will be sorely missed. However,it is time for a new change. Let Shelley have her day as senator.If she fails to deliver,she can be removed at the ballot box.

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Jan-11-13 4:07 PM

reality, you are probably one of the ones at the "free cell phone tent" if that is what the state needs then you need to wake up. The dumbacrates are creating a welfare state of the entire country. I like Jay and have voted for him each election but he sees the writing on the wall and the coming uprising if the dumbacrates don't back away from their FUROR.

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Jan-11-13 4:08 PM

Suttle Thank you for your information,nice to hear something helpful. slingblade Sorry you couldn't make it in WV,but we don't need your advice on how to vote.

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Jan-11-13 5:03 PM

I totally agree the Jay and Byrd brought hundreds of millions into this state, but times are changing and the hand-outs need to stop for those who are capable. I too worked and retired from the federal government unfortunately that is the problem with this country right now.

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Jan-11-13 5:14 PM

Don't votebtyis party line B.S l. Wake up look at where they really stand on the issues they claim to defend that matters to you and yours. That is the only way for this nation to move forward. Job production is better than handouts yet you all need to takecare of those looking for a job. It is a cycle without some of both no state would survive. Cut foreign aid to fix the welfare spending issue and give modest tax breaks with longer contracts beyond the breaks with a penalty for leaving early. There is a solution and I is in the middle not a party line following of any kind or a millionaire who sees more handouts from corparations to ignore he people.

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Jan-11-13 5:14 PM

Senator Rockefeller has never separated himself from the people he serves. I have always seen him as a man who has tried to do what is right, not only for our state, but for the country as well. He will be missed.

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Jan-11-13 5:35 PM

Talk about a void he leaves behind. Does any one name in the WV democratic party stand out to replace him? I can't think of any.

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Jan-11-13 5:56 PM

From a neighbor in Ohio. Thanks Jay for your service. You deserve time out of the public. Best wishes to you Jay, thank you once again

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Jan-11-13 6:06 PM

"reality" is an ironic name for that commenter, I must say. The problem, reality, is that asking for MORE handouts doesn't address the problem. If WV is so poor, MORE HANDOUTS is NOT the answer. People need to become educated, and our government representatives need to WORK to bring work and jobs HERE by creating en environment conducive to business.

Thinking that more handouts are the answer just makes you one of the "47 percent"; people who take no responsibility for supporting themselves.

And, with your blanket statement about "republicans are one of the biggest problems in Washington", you reveal yourself to be the kind of person who would vote for a dog if it ran as a Democrat.

Very impressive (not).

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Jan-11-13 6:39 PM

Sounds to me like he is retiring because he thinks that 75 is a reasonable age to retire. Doesnt seem like he has ever acted out of fear, unlike the droves of GOP congresspeople and Senators who are beholden to Grover Norquist and the NRA. I wonder how many Republicans would ever take on Big Coal?

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Jan-11-13 7:21 PM

wv is the 2nd porrest state, ms. is the poorest. as long as the dem's keep talking public entitlement (welfare) they will be elected. obama won only because talking more entitlments and less taxes - now look all sort of new taxes will take effect, NOT talking about national security. Rockefeller did not do that much for wv, period. anyone could have done just as good of a job as he did. he didnt support increase allowence for disabled vet's and those getting social security. he did not "give back" or servce wv. anyong recieving a paycheck is not giving-back or serv'ing. have you been to one of his meetings? he dodged questions as good as obama by talking around the subject.

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Jan-11-13 7:29 PM

Slingblade;STAY in Maryland and deal with that problem;Guy,when you figure out Chucktowns problems,then come up here.It's perfect for those who don't live here to analyze the problems,just like "box boy",but those fingers do run,don't they.

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Jan-11-13 7:30 PM

now, for some more good news, lets impeeeeech obama. note - i used little "o". how did he caryy NY? with all those dis-place people complaining about not seeing anything from the federal government after 10 days. anyone can not tell me all those people voted for the little "o." so, how did he carry NY? and dont he got the popular vote. those displaced people would have cancelled those who voted for him. why is it when there is election fraud - why is it the dem's are behind it?

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