Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Both Tragic & Goofy!

This is my response to a both goofy and tragic letter to the editor in yesterday's "Herald-Mail" newspaper, which encouraged folks not to vote:

“I see that G. Franklin Miller is at it again, with his defeatist letters to the editor. Our Founding Fathers must be weeping bitter tears over him. What a shame it is that some people have given up on our great country. I also weep.

— Larry D. Kump, Falling Waters, W.Va."

(Published today in the "Herald-Mail" newspaper "Feedback" column
)

For more of this about that, see the "Oh, what a relief it is, not to have Sophie's Choice" and "Politics & Principles vs. Political Parties" posts at www.facebook.com/LarryDKump

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Kump Family Castle

The Kump Family Castle,”Schloss Matzen”, in Austria (no foolin’!)

There simply is no truth to the rumor that there is a Duchy of Kumpsylvania in Austria. There’s just no “Mouse that Roared” there.

More about “Schloss Matzen”: One of Europe’s most romantic medieval castles, lies high in the Austrian Tyrol, where the air is crisp and clean.

The location is Reith im Alpbachtal, in the Ty…rolean Alps of western Austria, approximately 30 miles/50 km northeast of Innsbruck, about a 90 minute drive or train from Munich or Salzburg (it is less than 5 minutes drive from the nearest train station and Autobahn exit).

The castle was first referred to in 1167 and has been privately owned ever since.

It’s history also includes highlights such as its Baroque chapel being twice consecrated by bishops who would go on to become Pope. Teddy Roosevelt also visited it at the turn of the century, as a hunting companion of the former owner.

The size of the building is approx. 20,000 square feet, including the 6 story tower, on a 2.4 hectare (approx. 6 acre) lot, half-surrounded by an Austrian nationally-protected public park. There are approximately 60 rooms, depending on how you count rooms (there are several long, arcade passageways), including 12 guest rooms appointed with antique furnishing and private bathrooms with modern heating, plumbing and electricity. It is connected to the local sewer system and has its own private spring water supply.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Oh, what a relief it is - not to have "Sophie's Choice"!

What should concerned citizens do, when we and a large majority of our fellow Americans are deeply worried about the presidential nominees of our two major political parties?

Should we ever so reluctantly hold our noses and cast a sad and troubled vote for one of these presidential wanna-bes, knowing in our heart of hearts that choosing either of these two political panderers is a grievous mistake, even a “wasted vote”? Is this truly a binary “Sophie’s Choice”* for all of us and America?

Should we entirely abandon our citizen duty and simply stay home, not voting at all in November?

Should we vote for the other federal and state elected offices on the ballot, but not for any presidential candidate?

Should we cast a “protest” presidential vote, for anybody than either of those two seriously flawed presidential pothunters?

Or, somewhere and somehow, can we find a presidential election team whose character and positions inspires more of our confidence and actually has a proven and positive political leadership track record?

Don’t most of us yearn for a presidential candidate ticket with a competent elective and administrative record of working to rein in job killing government taxing and regulation, keeping us safe, and also looking out for the personal empowerment of all of us and our families?

The good news is that we actually do have such candidates with former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for President and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld for Vice President. Both men served two tremendously successful terms, each as Republican Governors in New Mexico and Massachusetts (both winning re-election by large margins), even though their state legislatures were led by the opposing Democratic political party.

The Johnson-Weld presidential team offers proven and competent public leadership, and they will be on the November presidential election ballot in all fifty states and Washington, D.C.

Moreover, national polling shows that the Johnson-Weld presidential ticket continues to grow in popularity and does equally well with Republican, Democrat & Independent voters. In other words, their candidacy does not create an unintended advantage for either of the two major political party candidates.

More importantly, the Johnson-Weld team’s experience and records as successful and popular Governors, their personal integrity, and their overall policy positions stands head and shoulders above those of the two major political party nominees, both of whom are far too seriously flawed for me to vote for in good conscience.

And so, regardless of our political party and candidate choices for the other federal and state elected offices, the Libertarian party’s Johnson-Weld presidential election team provides all of us, our families, and our nation with a better national leadership choice.

As pointed out, many years ago, in an old Alka-Seltzer television commercial, “Oh, what a relief it is!”.

Yours for better governance,

Larry D. Kump

Former West Virginia State Legislator, 2010-2014

*”Sophie’s Choice” is a classic movie, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. It’s about a mother, in World War II Germany’s Auschwitz, who was forced to choose between her two children and sacrifice one of them.

Also see the "Performance & Principles vs. Political Parties" post @ this website.

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Performance & Principles vs. Political Parties

A letter about choices:

Dear XXXXXXXX,

In response to you and others, who have questions about my posting of “Oh, what a relief it is…” @ this website, that post is a straight-forward summary of my view of the 2016 Presidential race.

Furthermore, that post was written and posted in response to a multitude of friends and associates, who previously and persistently have asked me to publicize my personal perspective.

However, even though I believe that posting was and continues to be self-explanatory, there still seems to be some confusion about my meaning in the minds of you and a handful of others.

So and by the way, I intend to vote for the Johnson-Weld ticket, not because of their political party, but because of their outstanding records as two-term Republican Governors, in both New Mexico and Massachusetts. Their records persuade me that they simply are our best choice to be our next President and Vice-President.

My vote is not a protest vote. It’s my thoughtful and moral choice for who I think is best able to govern our nation.

I’ve always been a Republican and will continue to vote Republican for the other races, because I agree with most Republican Party principles, but I absolutely will not walk off a cliff for any candidate for whom I have questions about their fitness to govern, regardless of their political party affiliation.

How others choose to vote is up to them, which only is as it should be.

As for me, my conscience and principles compel me to vote for the Johnson-Weld ticket.

And so it goes…

Larry

Postscript: The only voting choice which upsets me is the wasted choice to not vote at all.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Faith & Politics - My Personal Pilgrimage

Federal Judge Thomas B. Griffith* previously delivered an address, “A Mormon Approach to Politics” **, at the Brigham Young University Milton A. Barlow Center, and his perspective struck a resonating chord within my heart and mind , so much so that it prompted me to summarize my own perspective herein:

To me, the principles of my faith and my political views mostly are parallel, each supporting and defining the other, perhaps much in some ways akin to how the Book of Mormon supports and further defines the Bible.

Although first elected in 2010 as a Republican in the mostly Democrat West Virginia House of Delegates, my political affiliation is not the primary driving force on my views about governance.

Indeed, I agree with our nation’s founding father, George Washington, who disparaged the fractious and feckless political partisanship that so sadly distracts and diverts us from good governance.

And so it was that, when I initially and somewhat reluctantly ran for election, I considered myself mostly as an independent and liberty minded “Constitutional” candidate.

I continue to strive to act upon and follow those guiding principles.

I stoutly believe that our United States Constitution and “Bill of Rights” is a sacred and dynamic document that succors liberty and individual accountability, as well as economic prosperity.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), my faith reinforces my belief that our United States Constitution was drafted “…by the hands of wise men whom (God) raised up into this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 101, Verse 80)

I also believe that our Constitutional rights should and must be preserved, “That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which (God has) given unto him, that every man may be accountable…”. (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 101, Verse 78)

Our Latter-day Saint mantra of individual accountability and “agency” (freedom of choice) empowers my political philosophy of individual liberty and economic freedom.

Also, as a Latter-day Saint and follower of Christ, I believe and continue to strive to practice the principle of charity (the pure love of Christ) toward others and tolerance of them and their various lifestyles.

However, it is, to me, a perversion of these principles, when we attempt to force our fellow citizens and rob them of their personal accountability and freedom by government fiat.

My heart truly does bleed for the less fortunate, but it is a puzzlement to me when others use their sympathy for the less fortunate to justify expanding initiative destroying government entitlement programs and creating even more of them (more of both the programs and the less fortunate).

In my view, these expanding government dependency programs and policies weaken the foundation of our families. They create a sense of expectation that the government somehow is responsible for our welfare and happiness. In doing so, the strength of our families and the health of our nation increasingly crumbles, to the peril of all of us and our children.

Indeed, former social worker and United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York) previously warned us that our rush to increase government control over our lives would lead to the breakdown of our families and an increasingly large and permanent caste system of the underprivileged. His prediction was prophetic, and we now have third and fourth generations of people becoming prey to government entitlements. Increasingly, they now mistakenly look to the government for their well-being and even their happiness.

Nowhere has this been more dramatically demonstrated to me than when I previously worked as a prison case manager, dealing with inmates, many of whom had come to expect and even demand “lock-up welfare”.

Our prisons are overflowing, our freedoms are eroding, and our taxes are increasing – all because we are prostituting our sacred birthrights to the government for “pottage”. (Genesis, Chapter 25, Verses 29-34)

Moreover, my Latter-day Saint view of good governance is that God “holds man accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society”, and that “…no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.” (LDS Doctrine & Covenants. Section 134, Verses 1-2)

Further, “…all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends, and property…from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency…”. (LDS Doctrine & Covenants, Section 134, Verse 11. See also the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution)

In essence, my faith mirrors that of a Pre-Columbian American prophet, who proclaimed, “My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God has made us free.” (Book of Mormon, Alma, Chapter 61, Verse 9)

Although not born or raised in the LDS faith, I now cannot discern much, if any, difference between my faith and my political views. The origin of my current viewpoint on government is somewhat akin to the old riddle about which came first (the chicken or the egg?). It now is all the same to me.

And so it goes.

Larry D. Kump

*Judge Griffith currently serves as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) Circuit.

**”A Mormon Approach to Politics” was published in the Brigham Young University (BYU) Studies Quarterly, Volume 52, Number 1 (2013).

Footnote: Former West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (2010-2014, twice served two year terms of office) is a High Priest in the Hedgesville, West Virginia Ward and the Martinsburg, West Virginia Stake. He previously worked as a prison case manager, lobbyist, public administrator, labor relations & ethics expert and advocate, group therapist for sex offenders, and certified arbitrator and mediator. His Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/LarryDKump.

Also, check out the “Kump Castle!” post on this website.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Of Mice & Men" (and also Women)

The "Mouseland" fable originally was written in the 1940's by Clarence Gillis, and then later narrated by the late Tommy Douglas and therein made into a slide show presentation.

It was in the late 1960's when I first saw a film of the slide show version, when I was a political science undergraduate student at Frostburg State College in Western Maryland.

It since then has been remade into an animated video version.

Regardless of the politics and nationality of Tommy Douglas, Mouseland's message rises above fractious political partisanship with a cry for each and every one of us to stand up and be responsible for our own liberty and freedom of choice.

Click here to watch the video, and decide for yourself if these principles make as much sense to you as they do for me.

Also, pass this along to all of your friends, family, and associates by clicking on the envelope icon at the end of this entry.

Regardless of where you live, do your part to support the quest for "Jobs & Prosperity", "Personal Liberty & Family Values", and "Returning Government Back to the People".


May God bless you all real good!

Working together to Stay Independent,

Larry D. Kump

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On the Way to "Betty's"

Not so very long ago, I was a guest on Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" radio broadcast from Shepherd University. I also had accepted his invitation to join him earlier that morning for breakfast at the local "Betty's" restaurant.

And so it was that morning, while walking through the West Virginia village of Shepherdstown, that an elderly couple crossed my path.

They were holding hands while they were taking their morning stroll, which prompted me to compliment them on their mutual affection. With a twinkle in his eye, the old gentleman smiled, then gently pointed out to me that they held hands to keep each other from stumbling.

What a wondrous example they were and are, a life lesson for all of us.

The LDS Church hymns, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and simply "Do What is Right",also teach us to do this in all of our activities and relationships.

Postscript: This same principle also is taught in Ecclesiates 4:4-10.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To a Romantic Defender of the Downtrodden, in Memoriam

Although my personal heroes include the great latter-day American prophet Joseph Smith and also my kinsman Patrick Henry, Thomas L. Kane ("The Little Colonel") likewise claims a special place in my heart.

He never met Joseph Smith, but perhaps became Brigham Young's best non "Mormon" friend, and spent much of the rest of his life championing the cause of the struggling Latter-day Saints, beginning after they were forcibly expelled from Nauvoo, Illinois and driven, on bare and bloody feet, out of the United States of America into what then was part of Mexico (now Utah).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) Patriarch John Smith gave Colonel Kane one of the few Patriarchal Blessings ever bestowed upon a non-member.

Although from a well-respected and politically powerful Pennsylvania family, the Colonel was a sickly and diminutive man.

He believed that he would end his days as a lonely bachelor, but the Patriarch promised him an eventual companion and comforter to be his partner and loving help-mate.

The Colonel found great joy when he later met and married Elizabeth, and later said that his only regret was that John Smith no longer was alive to witness the fulfillment of that promised blessing.

The Patriarch also blessed Thomas that he always would be remembered and beloved by the Saints, and this also has been so.

When Thomas finally passed away and crossed the veil, I believe that both Brigham Young and John Smith were there to gratefully welcome him.

Recommended Reading: "Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer", by Matthew J. Grow, Yale University Press. 2009.

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Further Feedback from a Friend about my "To a Romantic Defender of ther Downtrodden..." post:

"Dear Larry,

Your comments about Thomas Kane are very appreciated. I agree that he is a hero of the Latter Day Saints.

The young men and I took a trip to N. PA for canoeing and camping. One of the leaders took us out of our way to Kane, PA.

Wow!!! It was amazing to me. Thomas Kane moved at retirement to N. PA and had a small (very small) town named after him - Kane.It is quaint and only known for its 'berries festival' in the fall.

Thomas was not welcomed at the few local churches, so he built a small church (very well constructed of block stone) for his family to worship. He is buried at the front yard of the church.

When we visited the church, it was staffed by missionary adults who took us on a tour and explained the story of Colonel Thomas Kane. I was amazed and now believe that Mr. Kane is a true hero.

I do not know if his church is still staffed for visitors or it was discontinued. Never-the-less, it was/is a amazing memory for me. I only hope that the young men felt a similar spirit during that special day.

God bless.

Brother Bill"

a.k.a. - William Bartholomew, High Priest, Hanover, Pennsylvania Ward (LDS Church Congregation)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

News from Pumphandle, West Virginia


 It's a slow day in the small village of Pumphandle, West Virginia.

 Times are tough.

 The streets are deserted.

 Everyone is in debt, and most of the local folks are living on credit.

 A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk.

 He tells the motel owner that he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs, and perhaps will pick one for the night.
 As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the money and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
 The butcher hurries down the street to pay what he owes to the pig farmer.
 The pig farmer takes the money and pays his bill to the Co-op.

 The guy from the Co-op goes to the motel, and pays for the previous lodging for him and his wife from their wedding anniversary celebration
 The hotel owner then puts the $100 back on the counter, and waits for the tourist to come back downstairs.

 The tourist comes back downstairs, complains that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up his moneyl, and goes on his way.

 No one produced anything.

 No one earned anything.

 Just the same, folks in the town now think they are out of debt ,and there now is an atmosphere of hope for better days.

 And that, my friends, is how "Stimulus" works

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Pursuit of Liberty & Alex Mooney

 Kearneysville, WV: Delegate Larry D. Kump delivered a $1000.00 contribution from the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) PAC to 2nd Congressional District Candidate Alex X. Mooney. The RLC officially endorsed Mooney in April.

"Having known Alex X. Mooney for many years, it was both a pleasure and a privilege when the West Virginia Republican Liberty Caucus asked me to present a campaign contribution to him," said Delegate Larry D. Kump.

"The West Virginia Republican Liberty Caucus enthusiastically endorses the election of Alex Mooney as West Virginia's next Congressman.

"We also endorse and applaud Alex's principled commitment to individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment for all Mountaineers," Kump stated.

The Republican Liberty Caucus is a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets.

Founded in 1991, it is the oldest continuously-operating organization within the Liberty Republican movement. Further information and membership to the Caucus may be obtained by visiting www.rlc.org .



Stephanie E. Butcher
RLC-WV
(304)586-1391
(740)339-7173


 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

OMG!

Omigosh!
The recently received and following email message simply was too gratifying and uplifting to refrain from sharing, done with the permission of the author:

Delegate Kump,
I have looked forward to the information you put out to the people you represent.
I have looked forward to the correspondence, back and forth, with you.
I have come to know you on simple terms as down-to-earth, straight forward, and sincere towardsthe area and people you represent.
All of these are very rare qualities for someone in your position, by far.
In today's society, it is almost unheard of for anyone to care at all about much.
For one person to care so much, about so many, is more than commendable.
I only hope the residents for whom you worked so hard for are lucky enough to have another representative of your caliber.
You will be missed!!! Greatly!!!
Please don't quit writing.
The information you share with me and the friends I talk with are of great importance to all of us.
It would be a shame not to have your wisdom and experience anymore.
As retired law enforcement, we have had to deal with so much loss throughout our lives. Constants are few and far between.
Like the North star, you are a constant to me and the few friends still left around.
Always, always be safe in future journeys and please don't ever stop your communications.
Support and Prayers Always,
Tim Keller

Friday, October 3, 2014

Voices

Often, when elected and wanna-be elected officials advocate their position(s), they profess that they merely are responding to the voices of their constituents.
 
Which therein begs the question: Which constituent voices should matter the most?

My simple solution to this cipher is to carefully consider the merits and consequences of all constituent concerns, and then also be diligent to uphold the Oath of Office, sworn to by all elected officials. 

This Oath of Office is to understand, uphold, and defend the principles and provisions of our Constitution.

This sacred vow is made, not only to ourselves and our citizens, but also to God.

 Truly, doesn't our Constitution mandate that the first principles and practices of our government are the pursuit of individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment (i.e., the "Pursuit of Happiness")?

 After all, is it not us but our Constitution that is the well-spring of our unique American Excellence?
 
Just sayin'.


 Yours for better governance,  
 

West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baked Corn


When Gina served that tasty corn dish, when I was at her family's home the last time, it reminded me of my Mom's baked corn dish.

This morning, I finally remembered to ask Mom for the recipe and here it is:

 

 Baked Corn Recipe

 

 two tablespoons butter (the real stuff)

 two tablespoons flour

 two tablespoons sugar

 two beaten eggs (or at least roughed up slightly, but not as bad as in the NFL)

 salt & pepper to taste

 Can of creamed corn

 Garnish with ground nutmeg and bake about one hour at 400 degrees F,  or until golden brown on top.

 It's ready when a knife comes out clean after insertion.

 

 Note: Mom usually doubles or triples the recipe.



Monday, July 21, 2014

On the Way to "Betty's"

 Last Saturday at 9:00 AM, I was a guest on Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" radio broadcast from Shepherd University, and also had accepted his invitation to join him earlier that morning for breakfast at "Betty's" restaurant.

 

 And so it was that morning, while walking through the West Virginia village of Shepherdstown, that an elderly couple crossed my path.

 

 They were holding hands while they were taking their morning stroll, which prompted me to compliment them on their mutual affection.

 

With a twinkle in his eye, the old gentleman smiled, then gently pointed out to me that they held hands to keep each other from stumbling. 

 

 What a wondrous example they were and are, a life lesson for all of us to "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and simply "Do What is Right" in all of our activities and relationships.

 

 

West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump

www.LarryKump.com

 



Friday, May 23, 2014

What Now?

 In the aftermath of the recent West Virginia Primary elections, lots of friends and associates have asked me, "What now?".

 

Truly, it has been both a sacrifice as well as a privilege to serve as a citizen legislator in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

 

It also will continue to be my duty and responsibility to serve the remainder of my term of office, throughout the rest of 2014.

 

And, after then?

 

Who knows?

 

The opportunities to continue to serve are too numerous to count.

 

However, it simply is not true that I plan to organize a "Boy Band" and go on a world tour.

 

Just sayin'.

 

Larry

www.LarryKump.com

 

 


Monday, May 19, 2014

It happened this morning

 Early this morning, I saw a little frog, as I was walking into the  West Virginia State House.

 The frog greeted me and asked me to pick it up.

 I did, whereupon the frog told me that, if I kissed it, it would turn into a beautiful woman.

 I immediately put the frog and my pocket, and continued on my way.

 The frog then cried out from my pocket, asking me why I didn't kiss it.

 I told it that I'd rather have a talking frog. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Just Sayin'

Yesterday, the following unsolicited and unexpected observation from a fellow West Virginia state legislator brightened my day:

" Larry Kump is none of what most people are in Charleston.

He is the first in the Capitol at least 90% of the time (I beat him about once every couple of weeks).

He does not go to the functions put on by industry in the evenings.

He has an open, but principled mind.

The man is not a career politician, and votes the right way when it comes to the US Constitution 99.9% of the time... And that ruffles the feathers of those who believe,from both sides of the isle, that 'we must pass the bill & let someone else determine whether it is constitutional' mentality... And yes, I have heardthat statement from D's and R's, although more so from D's!

You can support who you want, but, as for me, Larry Kump is my choice.

This is due to his voting record, his principles, his independence, his knowledge of local issues, and his constituent services. Quite frankly, he IS the better choice!"

Friday, May 2, 2014

Building toward Prosperity

The Contractors Association of West Virginia political action committee (HUB/PAC) has endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the May 2014 West Virginia Primary Election.

 

Please contact Contractors Association of West Virginia Executive Director Mike Clowser at (304) 342-1166 for further information.

 

Footnote: Please share this message with others, ask them to visit www.LarryKump.com for additional legislative news and views, and send contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump to "Friends of Larry D. Kump" (P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131). 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's about Jobs!

 The West Virginians for Manufacturing Jobs (WVMJ) Political Action Committee has endorsed the candidacy of Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the May 2014 Primary election.

 

  WVMA President Rebecca McPhail Randolph praised Delegate Kump for his "support for manufacturing, general business and development growth in West Virginia".

 

For further information, please contact WVMJ President Randolph at (304) 342-2123.

 

Footnote: Please share this message with others, and visit www.LarryKump.com for other legislative news. Please send contributions for the election of Delegate Kump to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131. 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's a Question of "Life"!




 The West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL PAC) has endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump, District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan Counties), in the 2014 Primary Election for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

 

 According to Dr. Wanda Franz, WVL PAC President, "Larry D. Kump has distinguished himself during the recent legislative session by voting to discharge the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" from Committee and subsequently voting for its passage. We commend Larry D. Kump for being a pro-life hero for his willingness to challenge the status quo in order to bring the bill to a vote. His commitment to the pro-life cause, especially in protecting the unborn from pain has made a difference in West Virginia".

 

For further information, contact: Mary Ann Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Program Director), at (304) 594-9845 , and for more information about Delegate Kump's legislative news and views and to view a photo of him with "The League of Liberty", visit www.LarryKump.com.



 

 

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Legislative Look Ahead

During the past legislative session, I was vigilant in standing up and speaking out on behalf of West Virginian citizens and our families. Now, we finally have the opportunity to correct many of the problems that were created during the last 82 years of legislative leadership mismanagement, and to lead Mountaineers into a new era of economic growth and personal prosperity.

In 2014, I introduced and/or co-sponsored the following legislation:

· Defending our 2nd Amendment Rights against Obama and his DC gun grabbers.

· Protecting & Preserving our Private Property Rights.

· Restoring our rights to personal privacy, as outlined by the 4th Amendment of our Constitution.

· Ending the practice of forcing us to pay for our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

· Requiring independent performance and program oversight audits of our state agencies.
· Reducing gasoline and home heating fuel prices.

· Eliminating government bureaucracy in our personal and family health insurance.

· Streamlining drivers’ license renewal requirements.

Of course many of these and other efforts were derailed by a legislative leadership who refused to support legislation to protect the Constitutional Rights of West Virginians and lead us to personal prosperity.

After the 2014 elections, we at long last will have the opportunity to be able to stand strong and united on behalf of our God given right and responsibility for individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment.

After all, it is the primary role of government to protect and preserve the rights of all of our citizens, including the yet unborn.

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Delegate Larry D. Kump

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NRA, Cars, & Coal

 The National Rifle Association (NRA), the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (West Virginia Car), and West Virginia Coal Association all have endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the Tuesday, May 13th Primary Election. (Early voting begins at local county voter registration offices on Wednesday, April 30th, from 9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM every day, except Sunday, through and including Saturday, May 10th). 

 

 NRA spokesperson Daniel Carey further explained that Delegate Kump's  NRA "A" Rating and endorsement is "well-deserved".

 

 West Virginia Car President Ruth Lemmon pointed out to Delegate Kump that "We applaud your efforts" and that "We will notify our members of our support of your candidacy and ask that they communicate to their employees, family, and friends that you need their votes and support".

 

  Chris Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association, told Larry to "add the West Virginia Coal Association to that list" of supporters, as Delegate Kump continues to work on behalf of energy independence and personal prosperity for  all Mountaineer families.

 

Footnote: Donations for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump:, P.O. Box 1131,Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131. Please share this message with others and encourage them to visit www.LarryKump.com for his legislative views and news.

 

 

 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Farmers, Hospitals, Business & Industry Agree!

The West Virginia Farm Bureau Political Education and Political Action Committee (WV FARM PAC), the West Virginia Hospital Political Action Committee (HOSPAC), and the West Virginia Business & Industry Council (WVBIC) have endorsed the candidacy of Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the West Virginia May 2014 Primary election.

Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong has notified membership of the Farm Bureau of this endorsement via the "West Virginia Farm Bureau News".

West Virginia Hospital Poltical Action Committee(HOSPAC) Treasurer Joe Letnaunchyn pointed out that their endorsement was based on "voting records...and recommendations from hospitals".

Business & Industry Council Chairman Chris Hamilton lauds Delegate Kump as "a champion of ideas to improve the state's economy and social well-being".

Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Berkeley County Council to Hear Property Rights Testimony

 The Berkeley Council has agreed to the request from West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump and put him on their agenda for Thursday, April 10th, 2014, in order to make a presentation in regard to ongoing concerns about residential property rights.

 

 Delegate Kump will present testimony regarding the issues involved with the previous 2013 legislative attempt (HB 4007) to protect the rights of citizens, in owner occupied residences, from forced participation in public sewer systems, as well as ongoing efforts to pursue and protect property rights. (See "Legislative Review Proposed on Property Rights" entry at www.LarryKump.com).

 

 While the Council has not authorized other individual testimony or public "Q & A" during Delegate Kump's presentation, Council President Copenhaver has pointed out that individuals are welcome to make brief statements on this (or any other issue) during the "Items from the Public" part of the agenda at 9:30 AM. Delegate Kump's presentation will follow shortly thereafter.

 

 The Berkeley County Council meeting location  is the County Council Chambers, 400 West Stephen Street, 2nd Floor, Martinsburg, West Virginia (the former "Dunn" building).

 

 Citizens who are concerned about the protection of their property rights are encouraged to not only attend the Thursday,  April 10th county council meeting, but to also make brief statements during the "Items from the Public" part of the agenda.

 

 This is your opportunity to stand and be heard.

 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Pander Problem

The following unsolicited testimonial recently was written by Dorothy F. Keys:


Have you ever noticed that, when the subject of politicians comes up, people immediately voice negative thoughts?

It may be that many seek political office for all the wrong reasons--power, prestige, personal agendas, etc.

And, when the less-than-sincere politician is exposed, we are quick to voice our unfavorable opinion.

Conversely, how often do we voice our enthusiasm or praise hard-working civil servants?

Is it any wonder when many are asked to consider running for political office, the response is "absolutely not!"?

The harsh criticism, scrutiny, unfair attacks, and unrealistic expectations that are virtually unavoidable in the current political landscape would cause many of us to turn away from contributing in this way.

My question today is, How do we promote and encourage good people, those with ethics and a sincere desire to preserve our rights, to run for office?

We only can do this by supporting those who do serve with our best interest in mind and by voicing the positive.

For that purpose, I write today to strongly encourage voters to support Delegate Larry D. Kump of the 59th District in the Eastern Panhandle.

Having known Larry for 25 years, I can personally attest to his integrity, personal accountability, work ethic, love of liberty, and sincere desire to preserve the fundamental rights afforded to us by our Constitution.

Larry is not your run-of-the mill politician.

He understands his role and takes seriously his responsibility in being the voice of the citizens he represents at the State House.

Larry listens to his constituents and is not afraid to take on the establishment.

He will not pander for votes and is not self-serving.

He is genuinely interested in preserving our freedoms, fighting for our rights, and giving his all regardless of what personal criticism he may face from the opposition, even within his own political party.

How I wish we had more politicians like Larry!

And maybe that is possible IF we show our support for Larry, vote for him, acknowledge the excellent job he has done in representing West Virginians, and thereby encourage others with this same selflessness to run for office.

A vote for Larry is a vote for what is best for West Virginians!

Let's all do our part!

Friday, March 21, 2014

West Virginia Gun Rights Endorsement

Dear Friends,

It's not often that the National Association for Gun Rights praises politicians for their actions.

The truth is, many supposedly "pro-gun" politicians want to wave the white flag and just accept President Obama’s anti-gun agenda.

But in West Virginia, thanks to your phone calls and emails, 6 Delegates took a firm stand for gun rights: Mike Folk, Larry Kump, Jim Butler, Larry Faircloth, Cindy Frich and Eric Householder.

As you know, these Delegates introduced HB 4472, the Firearms Protection bill to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of West Virginia citizens from anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg and President Obama.

But what you don't know is how leadership in both parties made personal attacks on the sponsors of HB 4472 and demanded they help kill their own bill.

Or how establishment gun groups cut dirty deals and joined party leadership in trying to punish supporters of this strongly pro-gun bill.

That's why West Virginia Gun Rights, and our friends at the National Association for Gun Rights, mobilized thousands of West Virginians in support of HB 4472.

And thanks to your calls to action, bill sponsor Mike Folk and the 5 co-sponsors stood up to Obama and moved the bill forward.

They forced the bill to a vote and every Delegate in West Virginia is now on record.

The bad news is the bill was defeated by a vote of 90-10, so now we know who is genuinely pro-gun, and not just a dimestore cowboy.

This is a huge step toward protecting the state from Obama and Bloomberg’s radical anti-gun agenda.

...

For Liberty,


Mark Nelson
Executive Director, West Virginia Gun Rights

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Positive Logic vs. Chaos

A letter to the editor, as published in the "Journal" newspaper in Martinsburg, West Virginia:

 

by David L. Woods, Hedgesville, West Virginia

 

I've long wondered how one qualifies to endorse any political candidate. Yet if one has visited all 50 states (while living in a scattered dozen), before settling for two decades in West Virginia, as I have - one might qualify as knowing our nation.

 

Or if one had worked his way through a number of colleges and universities earning an AB, MA, MBA and Phd., and later taught communication and management (mostly as adjunct professor in more than a half-dozen major universities for 50 years) - one might qualify as knowing academics.

 

And if one began work as a printer's devil at 14, enlisting in the Naval Reserve at 17, serving nearly 40 years, retiring as a captain, also retiring as a Navy civilian director, while serving as Washington D.C., professional for 31 years - one might qualify as knowing American government.

 

Meeting these three standards, I've chosen to submit this endorsement of my local West Virginia delegate, Larry Kump - one of the finest men I've ever known, and a true representative dedicated to serving the interests of all his neighbors (rather than pet personal projects).

 

Larry's open mind, his grasp of logic in the midst of chaos and his constant optimistic drive to make things better for all of us - seem to set him apart from fellow politicians.

 

We are indeed fortunate in our Hedgesville district to have a representative like Larry - truly qualified to represent us as state delegate!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The "Widow's Mite"

 During the recently concluded  2014 session of the West Virginia State Legislature, I joined seventy-four other Delegates in sponsoring various and sundry legislative proposals on a number of issues.

 

 This session, in particular, was one of conscientious concern about our individual and collective Mountaineer well-being, that occasionally even careened into contentious calumny.

 

 The principles of individual liberty, personal accountability and personal empowerment were uppermost in my thoughts then, as well as now.

 

 During this legislative session and as the filing deadline approached for the 2014 election cycle, the multitude of candidates vying for voter approval in various government offices also were a matter of deep reflection for me.

 

 Thinking about my own bid for re-election and doing my best to resist the clamor from some politicos, who were urging me to "fudge" my political principles and pander to the lowest common denominator, an envelope arrived in the mail.

 

 Enclosed therein was a personal check for two dollars on behalf of my re-election, including a personal note from a lady in my district.

 

 She apologized for the amount of her  contribution, explaining that it was "all that she could afford" from her limited budget but wanting to do all she could do to support me and my efforts.

 

 This "Widow's Mite" from this lady of most infinite worth is, and always will be, my personal "Pearl of Great Price".


 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Lewis Carrol would not have been surprised to see the West Virginia State Legislature dive "down the rabbit hole" during the 2014 Session, which was twice extended, and then immediately followed by an extraordinary special session.

As the Governor continued to ponder a veto of Pro-Life and 2nd amendment bills passed by the Legislature, the State Budget was a major source of legislative angst.

In order to meet our Constitutional requirement to balance the budget, the Legislature finally dipped into our "Rainy Day Fund" to meet that mandate.

What does that say about West Virginia's future?

Instead of seizing the opportunity to address bloated bureaucracy and run away entitlement spending, the Legislature instead obsessed about a huge pay raise for county elected officials and defending more "business as usual".

One Delegate did admit "disappointment", but another Delegate (from the Eastern Panhandle) quickly and defiantly counter-claimed that he is "proud".

Me?

I'm mostly embarrassed.

What about all of those otherwise overlooked and forgotten legislative proposals to lift West Virginia out of our national bottom ranking in regard to personal prosperity, individual liberty, and job growth?

Will Mountaineer voters endorse more of these same shenanigans in our 2014 elections?

Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump". P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.

The Right Stuff

Thanks Jodie.

It really is a sacrifice, as well as a privilege, to serve.
I worry most about just doing what's right.

Larry

-----Original Message-----

Dear Larry,

...I think you found your true calling.

Imagine - an honest politician.

Jodie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Down the West Virginia Rabbit Hole

It's Wednesday morning, March 12th, and it looks as if that West Virginia state legislators may be held over here in a special session until Friday, maybe longer.

Confusion stalks the Democrat majority, and there seems to be conflict between the Democrat leadership in the House of Delegates and the Senate, as the Budget continues to be a major point of contention.

Meanwhile, the Governor ponders a veto of both pro-life and 2nd Amendment bills that have been passed by the Legislature.

It now appears certain that the Legislature will continue spending pretty much as usual, requiring dipping into the previously established "Rainy Day Fund", in order to meet our Constitutional mandate to balance the budget. How big of a dip is the question, and what does that say about West Virginia's future?

Speaking of dippy, the Senate President has been strangely advocating the resurrection of the consideration a of huge pay raise for county elected officials.

And, will the "Sudafed" prescription controversy once again find its way back into legislative contention?

Finally, what about all those overlooked and forgotten proposals to lift West Virginia out of our bottom ranking in regard to personal prosperity and economic growth?

And so it goes.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sharon has a Clue

Dear Larry,
I wish we had more people like you running for office.
Hang in there, it must be a daunting task working in the legislative arena.
It amazes and scares me that many of our leaders are so clueless.

Take care.
Sharon Martin

P.S.: I like the way you think.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Legislative Review Proposed on Property Rights


 The West Virginia Legislature did not resolve ongoing residential property rights conflicts and hardships during this session, but the issue continues to be under review.

 To that end, I have drafted and submitted House Concurrent Resolution # 133.

 This resolution requests that a post legislative session interim  review by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Government & Finance "study the impact upon property rights of owners whose residences are being mandated to connect to public sewer systems, including, but not limited to, comparing findings across West Virginia to examine the need for standards regarding conflicts between private property owners and public service districts, examining the feasibility of implementing a dispute resolution process, examining the appointment and oversight of public service district board members and examining the Public Service District Sewer Ordinances of Jefferson County as potential model standards.".

 HCR 133, if approved by legislative leaders of the House of Delegates and Senate, would establish that:

" * The Legislature recognizes the paramount importance of private property as one of our essential rights; and
 
 * The Legislature and the courts of West Virginia agree that this important right should be protected; and

 * The Legislature recognizes that private property rights may only yield to overwhelming public need; and

 * The Legislature recently has been reminded of the need for diverse water and waste services; and

 * The Legislature seeks to address the need to bring the procedures of mandatory subscription to sewer services in line with best practices in order to achieve maximal results for our children and families; and

 * A greater benefit would accrue to the public if the issues surrounding private property rights and public sewer systems were examined."

 A post legislative session decision by legislative leaders of the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate on whether or not to authorize this interim legislative study with be forthcoming at a later date.  
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Snafu!


  "SNAFU" (Situation Normal - All Fouled Up) has been the mantra, in the soon to be concluded session of the West Virginia Legislature. 

 

 In the last few days of the session and before the final decision will be made on legislative approval of bills that have been contested between the House of Delegates and the Senate, here's just a couple more examples of what the two chambers of our Legislature thought was important:

 

 HB 4490 was passed by the House of Delegates. It is an attempt to hobble the Constitutional authority of our Attorney General to represent us on behalf of our 2nd Amendment rights, energy needs, consumer complaints, and much more.

 

 SB 6 was passed by the Senate. It is an attempt to crack down on illegal "Meth" drug manufacture, with a well intentioned but ill-conceived proposal to force law abiding citizens to get a doctor's prescription for over-the-counter "Sudafed" cold medication.  

 

 The Legislature also will be continuing, beyond the Midnight Saturday adjournment, with an extended session to pass the final West Virginia budget.

 

 This budget will include more welfare programs, state funding of Obamacare, and continued authorization to abort the lives of unborn children.  

 

 What about the multitude of legislative proposals to increase our economic prosperity, decrease bureaucratic regulations, and protect our individual liberty?


  Why were most of these good governance proposals not even given committee hearings and votes by the leadership in the House of Delegates and Senate?

 

 Inquiring minds want to know.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The WV Legislature - Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Watching our state elected officials at work is not for the faint of heart.

The end product of our legislative process far too often demonstrates why West Virginia's standard of living recently was named the worst in the nation. It also gives concerned citizens pause to ponder why Mountaineers are fleeing and our population is dwindling.

The following is only a partial list of dubious legislative proposals (bills) that survived "Cross-Over" Day (the last day for legislation to be approved by the originating Legislative Chamber) and which still are under consideration by the Legislature in the last few days of this year's 2014 session, which ends on Saturday, March 8th:

HB 4393 is one example of more bureaucratic legislation that already has passed the House of Delegates. Purporting to protect the public safety of citizens from dangerous animals, it would set up a complex system of registration and fees for owners of "exotic" pets. If it was a late night cable television show, it would be titled "Bureaucrats Gone Wild!". Tell the Senate that we need less meddling bureaucracy, not more.

Another legislative proposal passed by the House of Delegates is HB 4304. It is seemingly benign and bicyclist friendly, mandating the creation of bicycle lanes on public roads, However, West Virginia currently has a severe highway funding crisis. We can't even properly maintain and repair our current transportation system. Let's tell the Senate to fix the potholes before we worry about bike paths.

HB 4490 is yet another bill approved by the House of Delegates. It is an attempt to hobble the Constitutional authority of our Attorney General to represent citizens on behalf of our 2nd Amendment rights, energy needs, consumer complaints, and much more. Tell the Senate that HB 4490 would be a giant step backward for the rights of West Virginians.

And then there's SB 6, that was passed by the Senate. It's an attempt to crack down on illegal "Meth" drug manufacture, but does so by requiring citizens to get a Doctor's prescription for over-the-counter "Sudafed" cold medication. Punishing the many for the illegal activities of the criminal few is a travesty of justice. The House of Delegates needs to have a clear head when we vote on this one.

Why were much more vital legislative proposals (to increase our economic prosperity, decrease bureaucratic regulations and taxes, and protect our individual liberty) not even given legislative committee hearings and votes by the leadership in the House of Delegates and Senate?

Inquiring minds want to know.

The Sanctity of Life

A news story from the Thursday, February 27th, 2014 edition of the Martinsburg "Journal" newspaper, by Erika Wells: CHARLESTON - A bill to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks passed the House by a 79-11 vote on Tuesday. Delegate David G. Perry, D-Fayette, drafted a bill, HB 4588, to protect unborn children who are capable of experiencing pain about 20 weeks after fertilization, except when the mother has a medical emergency. "The point of the bill is to prevent abortions after the 20th week because babies are capable of feeling pain," said Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, who voted for the bill. "Some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle tried to make it sound like basically, we were prohibiting abortions. That's not what the bill's about." Assistant Majority Whip Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, who voted against the bill, said there is similar legislation in other states that has been ruled unconstitutional. Lawrence said the bill infringes on privacy. "My vote against HB 4588 wasn't a pro-choice or pro-life vote." Lawrence said. "It was a pro-constitution vote. ... As a legislator, I took an oath to uphold the constitution. The bill also violates the federal (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws by asking for and collecting patient information that is currently protected." Household said the bill does not violate HIPAA regarding deciding to have a legal abortion. "If someone can make the choice to go in to have an abortion on the second week or third week, there hasn't been a violation of HIPAA," he said. Lawrence said the bill, which provides for civil and criminal penalties, fails to provide provisions to protect physicians and omitted additional exceptions. "I was also concerned that the bill did not address situations where rape and incest exist," Lawrence said. "The bill provides for prosecution of physicians who are helping save a woman's life and imposes criminal penalties on these physicians which is extremely concerning to me. ... We have decisions on the books that state Roe v. Wade is the law of the land." Perry said there is existing code that provides for such exemptions, and a West Virginia or federal court would have to determine the constitutionality of the bill. Householder said the majority of the women in the House voted for the bill. "Of the women that voted, there werer 15 women that voted yes," Householder said. "Six women voted no, so the majority of the women in the House support this bill." Delegate Larry D. Kump, R-Berkeley, who voted for the bill, said one of the amendments made Tuesday was to specify times served by violators between one and five years. "The bill was open-ended to where if a doctor did violate the provision, the way the bill was written-written by the Democrats-with a provision said that they could have one year or longer," he said. "It could be 100 years that someone serves." After an apparent discrepancy over committee hearings and whether the bill was properly discussed, the bill passed. Householder, who serves on the Judiciary and Health committees, said those who oppose the bill based on claims that it violates the Constitution should have allowed for more thorough review of the legislation. "If they felt that there were constitutional issues with the bill, then they should have allowed us to work it out in the committee process," said Householder. "Unfortunately, I know some are upset, but the ones that were leading the charge out there Tuesday night were also the ones that were preventing any debate in any committee." Perry said the bill was discussed for about three hours on the floor on Tuesday. A physician in the House said doctors consider a fetus a child at this stage, said Kump. "It's a moral issue," Kump said. "I understand both sides, but when it comes down to it, a child's life has to be protected." The bill will go to the Senate.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eastern Panhandle Legislative News Update #6


Participating in the Monday morning, February 24th, 2014 meeting of the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Legislative Delegation (Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, & Jefferson Counties) at the West Virginia State House were Delegates Larry D. Kump, Mike Folk, Paul Espinosa, Larry Faircloth, Daryl Cowles, John Overington, Steven Skinner, and Ruth Rowan, as well as Senator Don Cookman.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox and Highways Chief Engineer Robert Pennington were guest participants. They discussed road conditions and needs within the Eastern Panhandle. Secretary Mattox said that West Virginia is spending about $162 million per year on road re-surfacing, using a 28 year cycle, although the preferred cycle is 12 years. It also was reported that pot-hole repairs will begin with the advent of warmer weather. In 2015 or 2016, work will begin on widening the rest of I-81 in West Virginia, in tandem with Maryland and including a widening of the I-81 bridge of the Potomac River (the Potomac River is owned by Maryland). Delegate Kump strongly urged that more intensive coordination be done with law enforcement during this project. He also pushed for improvements on Route #9 in Western Berkeley County and in Morgan County.

The constitutional deadline now has passed for all legislative proposals (bills) to have been reported out of their originating committees within the House of Delegates and the Senate. The end of the 2014 Legislative Session will be at Midnight, Saturday, March 8th. Nevertheless, the Legislature will meet for a few days or more after their March 8th adjournment, in order to give final consideration and approval of the budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st of 2014.

Delegate Kump reported on HB 4007 (Protecting the Property Rights of Homeowners with residential Septic Systems). Although not on the original agenda of the House of Delegates Political Subdivision Committee that was posted on Wednesday morning, February 19th, it was later included as an agenda item for that day's committee meeting. However, the committee was not able to get to HB 4007 and one other bill within the remaining committee time available. Delegate Kump now is working with Delegate Tiffany Lawrence, Committee Chair, to draft and cosponsor a special legislative resolution that will authorize the creation an interim legislative study of this issue by a joint interim committee of the House of Delegates and Senate. He also will be pursuing this issue at the local county levels within his district.

Senator Cookman urged support for SB 378, which would allow waste service vehicles to be equipped with yellow or amber flashing warning lights.

Delegate Rowan urged support for HB 4137, to improve funding for special needs students. HB 4137 subsequently was passed by the House of Delegates, and now is pending consideration by the Senate.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Do What is Right" & "The Unborn Child Protection Act"


Some of you have asked me for a little more information about the Church hymn, "Do What is Right", which also mirrors my political perspective. This musical prayer was written in 1857 and was a comfort and an inspiration to our pioneers in our American West. It simply counsels us to "Do what is right. Let the consequence follow. Battle for freedom in spirit and might...Do what is right, be faithful and fearless...". And so, my personal pledge to all Mountaineers continues: to always do my best to do what is right, regardless of consequence.

In consequence of Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 being the last day for legislative proposals (bills) to be reported out of their originating committee, most bills will not pass that hurdle (as always is the case in every state legislative process throughout our nation). The Legislature's time and attention subsequently will focus on those bills which have survived passage in the originating chamber (House of Delegates or Senate).

One of these bills, HB 2364, "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act", was among those bills which so far had failed to get committee hearings. A concerted effort, to discharge this Pro-Life bill out of committee and be voted upon by all Delegates, failed on a tie vote of 48-48. Eastern Panhandle Delegates voting in favor of HB 2364 were Delegates Cowles, Espinosa, Faircloth, Folk, Householder, Kump, Overington, and Rowan. Voting against HB 2364 were Delegates Barrett, Lawrence, and Skinner. (Roll Call vote #57, February 11th, 2014. For information about how all the other Delegates voted on HB 2364, visit www.legis.state.wv.us, click on "Bill Status, and then enter "bill number" 2363).

However, after that failed vote by the entire House of Delegates, there was continued controversy, which culminated in contentious confrontations and calumny on the floor of the House of Delegates during the Friday, February 14th floor session. During that discussion, the House of Delegates Health & Human Resources Committee Chairperson announced that he had decided to add HB 2364 to his committee's hearing agenda. He did not do that, but instead substituted a quickly drafted new bill (HB 4588), on the same issue and with different sponsors. The committee subsequently voted in favor of HB 4588, on a voice vote and with no recorded dissent, and HB 4588 went on for further consideration by the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee approved passage of HB 4588 on Friday afternoon (February 21st). It now is awaiting further consideration by the entire House of Delegates.