West Virginia US Senate 2018 - (D) Win

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Better than the alternative. As long as he caucuses with the Dems I don't care.

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I am sure his uncle A. James Manchin is turning over in his grave.
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Breaking: West Virginia Supreme Court denies Don Blankenship's bid to get on the ballot for #WVSen.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:02 pm
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Breaking: West Virginia Supreme Court denies Don Blankenship's bid to get on the ballot for #WVSen.
Huh?? Blankenship lost in the primary.

Has he been trying to get on the ballot as an independent or something?
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NotaPerson wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:02 pm
Chris Geidner
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Breaking: West Virginia Supreme Court denies Don Blankenship's bid to get on the ballot for #WVSen.
Huh?? Blankenship lost in the primary.

Has he been trying to get on the ballot as an independent or something?
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NotaPerson wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:02 pm
Chris Geidner
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Breaking: West Virginia Supreme Court denies Don Blankenship's bid to get on the ballot for #WVSen.
Huh?? Blankenship lost in the primary.

Has he been trying to get on the ballot as an independent or something?
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McConnell says GOP will still challenge Manchin in midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans will still campaign against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) despite his being the only member of the opposing party who voted to approve now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

“Joe Manchin’s still a Democrat, and we’re trying to hold the majority,” the Kentucky Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” when asked whether he would tell President Donald Trump not to campaign against the red-state Democrat.

But McConnell said he appreciated Manchin’s vote, which he called “the right thing to do.”

The Manchin campaign released a poll on Wednesday that showed him with a 12-point lead against his Republican challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, with a month to go. But an internal poll released by Morrisey’s campaign in late September showed the two men in a dead heat.

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dKos Elections: WV-Sen: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is up 51-45 on Republican Patrick Morrisey, but only 22% is reporting so far.

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MSNBC just called it for Manchin

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Breaking: West Virginia Supreme Court denies Don Blankenship's bid to get on the ballot for #WVSen.
THR: Don Blankenship alleges that he lost a race for U.S. Senate because he was called a "felon.":
Don Blankenship,[*] the former chief of Massey Energy who unsuccessfully attempted to run for Senate in West Virginia two years ago, has received the green light to proceed in a defamation suit that blames quite a number of individuals and media organizations for his political loss. Although a federal judge has cut more than a dozen journalists from the suit for lack of personal jurisdiction, Blankenship gets to move forward against 20 defendants including ABC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and even the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

In his complaint, Blankenship explains, "We live in an age of weaponized defamation where lies can be repeated in more ways at more times in more places with more speed than anyone could possibly have imagined even five years ago."

His suit concerns the aftermath of a 2015 trial where he faced charges related a 2010 explosion at one of his company's mines. A jury found him not guilty of the most serious counts, but he was convicted of a misdemeanor for conspiring to violate safety standards. The reason why big media outlets are now defendants largely comes down to references to him as a "felon" or "convicted felon" — a technically imprecise assessment given that he was cleared of the felony charges.

Blankenship and his demand for $2 billion in actual damages and $10 billion in punitive damages has ended up in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver, who is 94 years old and was the last acting judge appointed by Gerald Ford before he took senior status last year. He's nevertheless ruling on a motion to dismiss.

We won't fully go through all 80 pages of the opinion (read in full here), but Judge Copenhaver repeatedly comes to the conclusion that Blankenship can state a viable claim for defamation. He shrugs off the defendants' contention that challenged statements were substantially true, and drawing inferences, accepts that Blankenship can plausibly allege that defendants published statements with actual malice. For example, the judge writes, "The plaintiff’s conviction is a matter of public record, which these political reporters should have been aware to consult."

The opinion also permits Blankenship to pursue another claim — false light invasion of privacy.

To defendants who argued that their statements hardly rose to a "major misrepresentation" that would offend the masses, Copenhaver responds, "Calling the plaintiff a 'felon' could place him in a false light that a reasonable person could consider 'highly offensive.'”

* * *

The "lamestream media" finds itself in bed, or rather court, with “swamp” Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Here, the judge rules, "The plaintiff has alleged enough facts to support the plausible existence of a civil conspiracy between the NRSC and other defendants. The plaintiff has alleged a common plan between multiple people as part of the meetings between Senate Republicans and the NRSC. The alleged purpose of the common plan was to defame the plaintiff and place him in a false light, and thereby defeat his candidacy for the West Virginia Senate Republican primary election."
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The newest decision may be contrasted with one a few months ago in a libel suit brought by Joe Arpaio. There, a judge ruled that a "mistake in legal nomenclature" wasn't enough to hold CNN liable.

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U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver, who is 94 years old and was the last acting judge appointed by Gerald Ford before he took senior status last year.
Why did he take senior status so early? Sounds like a slacker.
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