It's been a few days since I've had a chance to update the blog. I just returned from an exciting trip to Los Angeles, but am ready to dive back in.
In tonight's "At the Captol" segment on the 5:30 edition, we'll hear from Kanawha County resident Tom Crouser about his new website, which is devoted to the issue of single-delegate districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Brooks Jarosz reported last night about the effects of redistricting in Kanawha County. Crouser lives in the 30th district and works in the 32nd district, which are represented by a combined 10 delegates. He lays out the case for why those delegates should each represent their own areas.
We'll also hear from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) about the vote-by-mail program. A few towns, including West Hamlin in Lincoln County, recently wrapped up a pilot program for early voting in their municipal elections. The program has been praised for the result of higher voter turnout. But, it's also been criticized by some local leaders, including in Morgantown. They ended up spending more than double what they expected on their elections.
Finally, we'll talk about the presidential race in 2012. The Columbus Dispatch recently reported on the Democratic National Committee's prep work being down on the ground in Ohio while the Republican hopefuls hit the early primary states.