US Senate Candidate Phil Hudok Inspires 2nd Amendment Resolution

Constitution Party 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Phil Hudok gave presentations to the Randolph County Commission and Board of Education regarding the proper interpretation and need for our Second Amendment. These actions have now resulted in a formal resolution by the Commission to members of Congress. Below is a link to an article in the InterMountain about this. THANK YOU PHIL !!

Here is an excerpt:

Randolph County Commissioners decided to take a stand on the 2nd Amendment Thursday, passing a resolution supporting the right to “keep and bear arms.” The measure will be sent to elected officials.

Commission President Chris See said the resolution was created after resident Phil Hudok spoke to the commission about gun control measures.

“We came up with this resolution and we will send it to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.,) and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.),” See said before reading the resolution.

The resolution states that it is the right of the people to “keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property,” and that the right is regarded as an “inalienable right by the people of Randolph County.”

http://www.theintermountain.com/page/content.detail/id/559185/Randolph-Commission-passes-gun-resolution.html?nav=5014

Constitution Party urges special election

January 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON — The Constitution Party of West Virginia has issued a resolution urging a special election for governor, according to a release from the party.

Officers of the party voted on Sunday to pass the resolution, citing references to the state constitution. The resolution also “resolves that the acting governor (Tomblin) cannot perform legislative duties while serving as interim governor.”

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin became governor late last year after Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate post vacated by the death of Robert C. Byrd. Tomblin will continue to serve as Senate president, but has said he will not conduct any legislative duties while serving as governor.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is considering a lawsuit requesting a special election and will hear arguments on Tuesday.
LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE:
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x5953812/Constitution-Party-urges-special-election

W.Va. Senate candidate: Leave education to states

Constitution Party Senatorial candidate Jeff Becker criticizes Federal meddling in State and local prerogatives.

by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press Writer

Read the full article.

An abridged version is featured in the Charleston Gazette.

Constitution Party on ballot for U.S. Senate seat

09/03/2010
Constitution Party on ballot for U.S. Senate seat
Berkeley Co. resident Jeff Becker says nation needs to return to adhering to document

By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County resident Jeff Becker, chairman of the Constitution Party of West Virginia, has successfully petitioned to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd in the Nov. 2 general election.

“He got the required number of signatures. He will be on the ballot,” Jake Glance, spokesman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office, said Thursday.

A substitute school teacher, Becker, 47, of Inwood, W.Va., said he had about 30 days to obtain 1,756 signatures to get on the ballot as a minor party candidate. He then filed a second petition with 1,740 signatures to get a waiver from having to pay the filing fee.

“It was a lot of work. I went to a lot of county fairs,” said Becker, recalling trips to Lewis, Upshur, Hampshire and Jefferson counties.

When asked why he was running, Becker said the nation needs to return to adhering to the U.S. Constitution.

“The Senate was not supposed to be a third or fourth or fifth representative,” said Becker, who served in the West Virginia Air National Guard for six years. “It’s supposed to represent the (state and their legislatures).”

Becker joins West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic Party nominee; Morgantown businessman John Raese, the Republican Party nominee; and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson on the ballot.

“The other three candidates are interested in being senators from West Virginia,” Becker said. “I want to be a senator for West Virginia.”

If elected, Becker said he also would represent his party’s seven principles — life, liberty, family, property rights, the U.S. constitution as originally written, states’ rights and American sovereignty.

Among those who signed the petitions, Becker said about half of them indicated they wanted a choice other than the nominees from the Republican and Democratic parties, which he said have been financially irresponsible.

Before running for Senate, Becker said he was a candidate in 2008 for Berkeley County surveyor, a state constitutional office that comes with no official duties or salary. Becker said he received about 9 percent of the vote.

LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE:
http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=252210&format=html

Group complains about electronic voting machines

A local leader of the conservative Constitution Party asked Raleigh County Commission members Tuesday to stop using the Election Systems & Software (iVotronic touch-screen voting machines currently used in West Virginia.

The machines are approved by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and her office recently paid around $500,000 for the Raleigh machines. The county anted up another $400,000.

Gene Stalnaker presented Commission president John Humphrey and Commissioner John Aliff with the Ohio Project EVEREST voting study.

Electronic voting machine.

"… intrinsically flawed."

According to the study, the voting machines are intrinsically flawed. Due to several flaws, the report alleges, hackers can control the outcome of the entire election due to errors in input processing, poll workers can easily extract or alter the memory of the machines and a voter in a single precinct can corrupt the software to impact the outcome when provisioning a subsequent election.

Under state law, county commissions can choose not to use the machines, said Gene Stalnaker, Constitution Party treasurer.

“This report calls for the State of Ohio to do away with the machines six months before their election,” Stalnaker said. “There’s other states that use the same machines that also have done that.

“So I’m just asking you as commissioners to follow (state code) and call a meeting to do away with the machines.”

Humphrey said he’d received no complaints about the performance of the machines and that no other voters had expressed concerns.

“As of now, we have no reason to doubt these machines,” he said. Read more

Constitution Party of West Virginia wins free speech victory

The Rutherford Institute Wins Court Victory for West Virginia Constitution Party’s Right to Circulate Petitions at a State Park

ELKINS, W.Va. —Judge John Preston Bailey of the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that a First Amendment lawsuit dealing with the right of a political group to circulate petitions and collect signatures at a state park can move forward. Officials with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), which manages and controls the park, had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit. Filed in April 2008 by Rutherford Institute attorneys on behalf of members of the Constitution Party of West Virginia, the lawsuit poses a constitutional challenge to a ban on politics in West Virginia state parks.

“Americans have a First Amendment right to the freedom of political expression,” stated John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “We cannot allow the government to silence. We have a right to be heard.” Read more

Constitution Party wins constitutional fight

ELKINS – In a constitutional triumph for the Constitution Party, U.S. District Judge John Bailey ruled that citizens can circulate petitions on West Virginia public lands.

On June 3, he held that West Virginia legislators violated First Amendment rights when they banned soliciting in state parks and other recreational areas.

He did not disturb a ban on hawking, peddling or carrying on business in parks.

His ruling will allow the Constitution Party of West Virginia to circulate petitions at National Hunting and Fishing Days in Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park.

Park rangers chased party leaders away from the event in 2007.

The party sued Division of Natural Resources chief Frank Jezioro, who responded that they should have applied for a permit like other exhibitors at the event.

Bailey disagreed, ruling that no one needs a permit to solicit in any park on any day.

He found that the ban acted as prior restraint on expression in a public forum.

“Any prior restraint on expression in a public forum is subject to strict scrutiny,” he wrote.

He wrote that the ban “fails this strict scrutiny test as it is not narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest.”

Read the full article at the West Virginia Record.

WV Resident Wants State Officials To Pay Up … In Gold & Silver Coins

Raleigh county resident, and WV Constitution Party Treasurer Gene Stalnaker strongly believes in the US Constitution. But, he feels that state officials are refusing to live up to the oath they swore to uphold. Stalnaker, like many other state residents, want the state to pay them in gold or silver coins, like the constitution instructs them to.

gold and silver coins

"No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;…

Stalnaker, a law abiding, hard working and taxpaying WV citizen has taken his request to state officials. What he has received in return is a tax audit by the state, and told by both Deputy Tax Commissioner Craig Griffith & Treasurer John Purdue that if he wants gold or silver, “go to a bank, cash your tax check and buy some gold & silver coins.”

In fact, Stalnaker says that Purdue’s office told him if he did not cash the state tax refund check by the dated deadline, they would turn over his money to the “Unclaimed Property” division. And we all know that if you don’t claim the money within a specific amount of time, the state can take it.

When he requested a face to face with tax man Chris Morris (pictured left), he was told by one staff member that “he does not make appointments with the public.” John Purdue agreed to meet with Stalnaker and other concerned citizens. Stalnaker noted that Purdue, and his deputy, Paul Hill, showed up late claiming he was in a meeting with the governor discussing the economy.

During their brief meeting, Stalnaker said he had prepared a written outline to Commissioner Purdue to better explain what he was wanting. He said about 30 seconds into Purdue reading the letter, the Commissioners “jaw dropped about 3 feet.” Then standing straight up, Purdue said “I can’t answer this.” Several days later, Stalnaker received a letter from an attorney with the state who informed him they would not comply with his request, and they only paid tax refunds by check, which, according to the state is legal tender.

Bottom line, WV does not have any gold or silver coins on hand, and has no plans to get any. Read more

Write-in candidate Paugh pitches W.Va. sovereignty

As Uncle Sam tightens his wallet and lets fewer dollars trickle down to the states for highways, Constitution Party gubernatorial hopeful Butch Paugh sees a golden opportunity for West Virginia to turn free enterprise loose and spawn a healthier business climate.

Pastor Butch Paugh

Pastor Butch Paugh

That done, the write-in candidate theorizes, more businesses will invest huge sums in the state, creating more jobs and, in turn, expanding a tax base so that adequate dollars flow into the coffers of the financially strapped Division of Highways.

“We can build the tax base without increasing taxes if we would let the people produce more and not punish them for being a West Virginia citizen,” the Nettie resident told The Register-Herald editorial board.

“Businesses don’t like it here because of the tax structure. You can’t tax people into prosperity. That does not work. When you’re already on the bottom, kicking them again doesn’t work.”

Paugh says the state needs to take a penetrating and comprehensive look at how neighboring Virginia operates with lower taxes and a larger tax base. Read more

Religious groups join fight against national IDs

Critics of federal legislation to establish nationwide identification standards are tapping into religious groups to galvanize resistance to the statute.

The authors of a New Hampshire bill to make the Granite State the first to reject the so-called REAL ID Act have cited financial and constitutional concerns about its implementation. But several conservative Christian groups that have endorsed the New Hampshire proposal are largely motivated by their belief that the law is a sign of the apocalypse.

According to leaders of the movement against the statute, the cause has benefited immensely from the active participation of groups that view the law as the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy. Such groups refer to scripture that predicts that humans will be numbered by marks on their foreheads and hands before the arrival of the antichrist.

Katherine Albrecht, the founder of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, has lobbied extensively on behalf of the New Hampshire bill. She said religious groups have been valuable because they are highly mobile and well-organized.

Ervin (Butch) Paugh, a preacher and radio host in West Virginia who is running for governor on the Constitutionalist Party ticket, has been urging lawmakers in his state to follow New Hampshire’s lead. Joe Cicchirillo, a commissioner at West Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, said he was impressed by Paugh’s knowledge of the issue when he met with him this month.

Read full article by Michael Martinez here.

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