National Sanders Grassroots Group Endorses Pritt for WV Governor

National Sanders Grassroots Group Endorses Pritt for WV Governor

Subject: Sanders Grassroots Activists Endorse Charlotte Pritt for WV Governor

NOV. 2, 2016

Yesterday, a significant grassroots group of progressive activists across the nation and the state expressed their appreciation for WV gubernatorial candidate Charlotte Pritt. Recognizing that a vote for Charlotte Pritt is a vote for true diversification of West Virginia’s economy, a vote for the protection of individual rights from corporate exploitation, and a vote to halt the ongoing annihilation of entire rural communities throughout the State, on November 1, Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt was officially endorsed by The People United, an independent group of volunteers from the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders’ People United activists all across the nation have banded together to further the progressive goals of Bernie’s campaign nationally, through progressive education, activism, and civic engagement.

Pritt is the only gubernatorial candidate in the country endorsed by the newly formed group. Thanks to progressive West Virginians statewide, Senator Sanders was nominated for president by an overwhelming percentage of voters in every West Virginia county.

Pritt is West Virginia’s only candidate for governor with a truly progressive Platform. And like senator Sanders, Charlotte has a legislative record of honestly promoting working families, protecting women’s rights and children’s health. Pritt and Sanders each have far more experience at lawmaking than their opponents.

West Virginians are leaving the State in droves. And those who have remained have stayed away from the polls during the general elections of 2012 and 2014, mainly because they understand that the “conservative” policies of trickle-down prosperity offered by leaders from both “R” and “D” camps is a myth. Pritt’s opponents have detailed no real solutions to our problems, just empty promises.

A vote for Charlotte Pritt is a truly a vote to make “Almost Heaven West Virginia” more than a mere slogan.

Tom Rhule
Communication Director
WV Mountain Party
304 989 1629

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Congratulations, WV Progressives!!

Congratulations, WV Progressives!!

Congratulations, Fellow West Virginia Activists! Getting all those great Progressive issues in the WV Democratic Platform is truly exciting.

Unfortunately, the problem this election cycle is that the current crop of WV Dem candidates represent the old platform. FOR EXAMPLE, just how much of this wonderful new platform does the top of the Dem ticket represent?

Not long ago, GRIST reported the following:

Justice’s coal companies, some inherited after his father’s death in 1993, have racked up millions in fines for labor, safety, and environmental violations. In November, NPR reported that Justice owed nearly $2 million in overdue fines.

Stephanie Langley, Chair of Statewide Organization for Community Empowerment’s Energy, Ecology, and Environmental Justice Committee, observed

 “While Jim Justice and his associates disregard the most basic of permitting procedures, folks who live near these mine sites and discharge points are being subjected to an unknown amount of toxic materials being dumped into their streams and rivers.  There is no question as to if pollutants are being discharged, it is only a question of how much and when. While it is a shame that citizens have to file lawsuits to protect the health of our communities while regulatory agencies sit idly by, our hope is that this effort will bring some transparency to Jim Justice’s operations in Tennessee.”

dead horse

Does anyone believe that WV Dempublican Candidate Jim Justice will drop out of the race just because of the new platform? .

Beloved fellow activist Judy Bonds used to say that there are no jobs without clean water. Droves of people for far too long have been leaving the state for want of jobs and clean water. It’s why 25,000 people left Dem Governor Tomblin’s home county of Logan while he served as Senate President. And current Senate President/ Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole’s own Mercer county has been circling the drain for as long as anyone can recall.

Count on WV Libertarians to once again run someone on its unsustainable Platform of deregulation and elimination of all corporate taxes.

So while it is truly wonderful that with this new WV  Dem Platform the State appears to moving in the right direction, it is unfortunately too late to make a difference this election cycle.

The Mountain Party’s platform has been rock-solid Progressive for as long as we’ve been in existence (sixteen years). Though we haven’t yet chosen who to run for governor this cycle, I can personally guarantee that whomever that is will be as Progressive as our Platform and those who are already running downticket on it.

Before making your decision to settle on the lesser of two evils by NOT voting for governor this cycle, just wait until our Convention on July 16, when the Mountain Party is scheduled to formally announce its gubernatorial candidate.  We also plan to once again announce which candidates (if any) we will endorse regardless of Party affiliation, as true representatives of Progressive values.

Tom Rhule
Communication Director
304 989 1629
ps: Thanks, April, for sharing this great news with me (see below).


I just got back from the Democratic convention, and what a GAS! It was long, hard work and not a little frustration, but in the end, totally AWESOME!
We adopted several resolutions to include the following on the Party platform:
  • legalization of MJ, MMJ, and industrial hemp (all three!)
  • non-discrimination in housing and employment
  • affirmative consent (these two came from the Young Democrats!)
  • improved Medicare
  • examination of the severance tax structure
  • a BAN on fracking (Thanks to the Frackistan delegates for bringing this to the floor!!!)
  • a BAN on MTR (there were some eloquent speakers for this!)
  • protection of our water (Thank you, Maury Johnson, for authoring the amended language to this!)
  • automatic voter registration
  • removal of the ratification deadline on the ERA
  • public funding of campaigns and a repeal of Citizens United !!!
This is incredible to me! I feel it is quite progressive, and quite a departure from Business as Usual. It was very ubiquitous (it seemed most everyone was voting the same way), and sudden. I think it was Bernie’s influence.
It isn’t over for Bernie. They are recounting in CA.
I got to see a lot of friends and make some new ones. 
I count myself lucky. I count us ALL lucky.
The party still has big hurdles and still isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot closer than it was! A LOT of people there were genuinely concerned about our WATER.

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Gubernatorial Roundtable

Gubernatorial Roundtable

Fellow Appalachian,

This is to invite your participation in a gubernatorial roundtable Tues. April 5 from 7 o’clock to 9 o’clock p.m. at Geary Hall, University of Charleston. It is open to the public (RSVP requested). The format is a “round table” discussion, and I believe that if there is time, public comments and questions will be fielded by the candidates.

If you can’t attend but are still interested in participating, the host, Create WV, will be live streaming and hopefully simultaneously taking live text from people who sign up ahead of time.

Signing up ahead of time may give you a chance to explain why West Virginians don’t vote, or perhaps make the comment that you don’t trust any of them. By the way, no Mountain Party candidate was invited basically because we haven’t nominated anyone yet.

“Sir, I won’t support you basically because I know exactly what your Political Party represents here in West Virginia!”

To get the Create WV text survey bot to work properly, you need to simply text the word  hello  to

1 304 303 6626

then wait for the response.

You may want to text that before you pledge your support for either the current Republocrat or last year’s Dempublican lite, you want to wait to find out who the Mountain Party nominee is. FYI we nominate by convention.

You may also want to let everyone know that YOU know why no one shows up to vote in WV gubernatorial primaries. It’s obviously because the two establishment parties haven’t really fielded a decent governor for just about as long as anyone can recall.

Wait till you see who the one truly populist, progressive party nominates in July. Our nominees have never failed to inspire people to vote. Our biggest problem has always been getting our candidate recognized for what they stand for, because they’ve always been “trumped” in statewide media coverage by the extraction industry mercenaries.

Extraction of natural resources has always been the one platform plank shared by West Virginia’s two establishment political parties. The result is that we, the people, are forced to sacrifice our environment, and subsequently our health so that big industry can extract our natural resources as cheaply as possible.

People are now fleeing from West Virginia in droves as the health of our communities decline. Young people leave for states with more diverse economies as the Coalocrats and Gaspublicans bend over backwards to maintain the status quo.  Meanwhile they adamantly refuse to require extraction industries to simply pay their fair share for the devastation they wreak as they wring our communities dry.

Don’t sit home this year to just settle for the evil of two lessors. Seriously consider someone who will take WV out of the dark ages. The Mountain Party Platform may be found at the following link:

Create WV’s Text phone number is:


text hello (in lower case)
And the Roundtable event page is!april-5-roundtab

-Tom Rhule
Communications Director
WV Mountain Party

-Sent from Mountain Party cellphone



“We’ve chosen five citizens representing education, women, tele-commuters, minorities, young adults, tech entrepreneurs, energy, ethics, community health, and community/economic development to present in-depth questions to the four candidates for governor.  The five host interviewers were selected from a field of 36 West Virginians nominated by the Create West Virginia planning team in conjunction with board members.”

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