Jan 19, 2012- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Files to Run Again; Pseudoephedrine Bill Is Back

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State's office Thursday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading back out on the campaign trail, three months after his West Virginia special election win.     

The Democrat filed Thursday for a full term as the state's chief executive. Last year's close victory allows him to complete the term left by now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

The 59-year-old highlighted West Virginia's improving finances during last week's State of the State address. He also heralded several recent successes in attracting jobs.

But West Virginia's economy remains fragile. The unemployment rate stayed at 7.9 percent in December when adjusted for seasonal trends. The unadjusted rate rose from 7.1 percent to 7.7 percent. Both remain below U.S. rates.

Tomblin faced off against Morgantown businessman Bill Maloney (R) last year, winning by 3 percentage points. It was Maloney's first campaign, and he spent much of it trying to nationalize the race as a referendum against President Barack Obama.

Maloney filed pre-candidacy papers late last year, but has not said formally whether he will run again this year.

The only other person to file for the governor's race so far is Republican Ralph William Clark.


One of the issues during the campaign was the state's ongoing battle against methamphetamine.

Sen. Dan Foster (D-Kanawha) announced Thursday he's bringing back an effort to make it so that any products containing pseudoephedrine will require a prescription.

A similar effort died in the Legislature last year after intense lobbying by the drug industry. It received support from the law enforcement community.

Foster named his bill after former Del. Larry Border, who passed away last year and was an advocate for the measure.

Foster said in a news release, "To more effectively deal with this distressing situation, two states, Oregon and Mississippi, now require prescriptions for PSE products and “meth lab” seizures have since plummeted, a far different result than in the NPLEx states. Despite predictions, there has been no public outcry in either Oregon or Mississippi, as most people have simply turned to one of the 125 other effective cold remedies without PSE. The others just obtained prescriptions by call-ins from their doctors, which they seem to prefer to being embarrassed by standing in line to show their ID, while the required tracking forms are filled out. Importantly, there has been no real increase in healthcare costs related to this change, as many feared. What little inconvenience occurs appears to be far outweighed by the many benefits to society."

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