Martinsburg Attorney and public policy proposer Mike Caryl is, for sure and for certain, right on target with his observation that the elimination of West Virginia government's unnecessary programs and bloated management could and should eliminate our current state budget deficit crisis.He's also correct in pointing out that the structural economic imbalance and inefficiency in West Virginia's current and convoluted tax policies truly impede our present and future prosperity, as well as being a major contributor to our deepening economic despair. These skewed public policies even encourage our steady loss of native population and talent, as our best and our brightest "vote with their feet".That's why the encouragement by him and numerous legislators, to increase and broaden our sales tax, as a mechanism to eliminate our personal income tax and other burdensome tax inequities, should be given serious but also careful consideration.Even so, perhaps it is Mike's personal comment to me, about "those of us who can easily afford to pay" a proposed return to a sales tax on groceries, that sticks so stubbornly in my craw.The working poor and fixed income retirees are, in fact, not among " those of us who can easily afford to pay" such a grocery tax.In point of fact, it is my view that legislators and public policy makers need to have a much deeper personal understanding and appreciation of what a desperate struggle it is for many of the working poor and retirees to put food on their families' tables. That angst and heartache is not suffered by "those of us who can easily afford to pay" a grocery sales tax, nor is it or will it be suffered by those on the government dole for "Food Stamps".Finally, Senate and House of Delegates Transportation Committee Chairmen, Senator Greg Boso and Delegate Marty Gearheart, mirror my thoughts, in their opposition to the Governor's rapaciously regressive and grievously goofy gasoline tax increase proposal.Yours for better governance,Larry D. Kump
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
However, newly elected Governor Justice, in his recent State of the State" address to a joint session of the West Virginia Legislature, suddenly was not at all so sure nor so certain.
Much like "Alice in Wonderland", he lost his way.
He now proposes a boatload of regressive new taxes and fees.
Even worse, these new taxes and fees would disproportionately distress our working poor.
If enacted, this government money grab will reach even deeper into the almost empty pockets of already struggling Mountaineers.
They also would be the highest increase in taxes and fees in our West Virginia state history.
So, where's the "Justice" in these profoundly poisonous proposals?
Sic Semper Montani Liberi!
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
He also has over forty years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience.
These skills and experience includes management expertise in managing large budgets and meeting payrolls. This expertise is on both the management and employees' side of the table in multiple jurisdictions throughout our nation. He also has drafted and gotten legislation passed into law, often against formidable opposition.
Larry is no stranger to hard work. He began work at age twelve (managing two newspaper routes at the same time), worked at a local shoe store at age 16 (every day after school and on Saturdays), and then continued working at a number of full and part-time jobs to pay for his college tuition. He even found time to be a local radio personality.
This proud father of David & Sarah graduated from Frostburg State University with a Political Science Major and a Minor in Economics. Other areas of concentration included Social Science, Business Administration, Economics, Philosophy, and Geography. He later returned to Hagerstown Community College to receive an Associate's degree, which included a concentration in Criminal Justice.
He worked in bank management, trained as a CPA, was the Legislative Aide for the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Leader, and even was accepted as a candidate for MENSA membership.
This grass roots yet libertarian leader went on to be a Labor Relations Specialist for the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), an independent public employee advocate organization.
After working for MCEA, Larry accepted the position as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Employees Association (ISEA), another independent public employee advocate group. He reorganized ISEA's structure and budget, and he frequently lectured at Indiana University and Purdue University post graduate classes on public administration practice and theory.
This kinsman to founding father Patrick Henry and former West Virginia Governor Herman Guy Kump (1932 term) served as Regional President of the Assembly of Governmental Employees (AGE), overseeing public policy advocacy issues from Illinois to West Virginia.
His other activities included serving as a leader of the Foundation for Advancement for Industrial research (FAIR), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and many other public service organizations.
Moving to West Virginia in 1989, he graduated at the top of his class from the Maryland Correctional Professional Staff Academy as a Maryland Prison Case Manager and also then served as a court expert witness, employee training coordinator, cognitive thinking trainer, employee critical incident stress counselor, and certified mediator.
He also worked part-time during the evenings as a sex offender group therapy facilitator.
Serving in numerous MCEA elected offices, Larry drafted legislative proposals for the Maryland Legislature and testified before various Legislative Committees.
In 1991, he also successfully organized a coalition of Berkeley County neighbors to block plans for sewage effluent discharge across their privately owned properties by an out-of-state developer.
After witnessing the overwhelmed facilities and woefully inadequate parking at the local Falling Waters Post Office, he contacted and persuaded the national postal authorities to build a new Post Office in 1993.
Larry has been an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau.
A cancer survivor, this independent thinker and advocate of citizen empowerment also is a member of the Hedgesville Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Larry is a strong believer in rock solid fiscal discipline, enhancing family values, and strengthening individual liberty and personal responsibilities.
Gravely concerned about those who are elected to represent us, Larry continues reminds friends and associates that our government belongs solely to the citizens, and that too many forget that one of the major sources of our nation's greatness simply is its citizens.
Friday, February 17, 2017
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
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Friday, November 11, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
It indeed was my pleasure and privilege to continue my personal tradition of being Berkeley County's first voter in West Virginia's early voting (Wednesday, 26 October 2016), and possibly even the first early voter in all of West Virginia.
Of course, the only vote over which any of us have absolute control is our own personal vote.
My citizen duty and responsibility to vote is most sacred to me, and has been the focus of much personal prayer.
You see, when I vote, it is important to me, as my moral and citizen obligation, to cast my vote for the candidate who I believe is the best qualified to lead us.
That's why my vote is not on the basis of how others or their organizations may or may not be encouraging me to vote, nor is it on the basis of any misleading narratives about false limitations on our ballot choices.
And so it is, that after prayerfully pondering the previous governing records and character histories of all of the Presidential candidates, who are on the ballot in all fifty states, it is my and many other Americans pensive and poignant preference for a better choice of candidates.
Nonetheless, I also feel confident that my choice, from among those eligible candidates, would, on balance, serve our country best.
Others also should vote their consciences, and that's only as it should be.
All votes count!
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Working together to stay independent. May God bless you all real good! Visit www.LarryKump.us and also http://kumpster.blogspot.com for my views & news. You now also may follow me on "Facebook" (www.facebook.com/LarryDKump). Larry D. Kump P.O. Box 1131 Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131 (304) 274-3104
Monday, October 17, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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
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
Saturday, October 4, 2014
The recently received and following email message simply was too gratifying and uplifting to refrain from sharing, done with the permission of the author:
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,
Friday, October 3, 2014
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?
Yours for better governance,
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
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
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
Friday, May 23, 2014
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?
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.
Monday, May 19, 2014
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
Friday, May 2, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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
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.
Executive Director, West Virginia Gun Rights
Thursday, March 20, 2014
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
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
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".
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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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
I wish we had more people like you running for office.
P.S.: I like the way you think.