CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Word from Berkeley County is that Democrat State Senator John Unger is resigning to accept an appointed position as a magistrate in Martinsburg.
Rumors had circulated that Unger had cleaned out his capitol office the last time he visited Charleston in anticipation of not completing his term.
Reliable sources say Unger, an ordained minister, will resign in order to take to the bench by August 23.
Although it’s of no real import, state law requires that a departing legislator will be replaced by someone of the same political party. That’s the requirement for Mingo County Commission, too, but that law has thus far been ignored in Williamson.
Perhaps those who ignore the constitution can argue that since Unger is going into a non-partisan position, his Senate replacement doesn’t have to be a Democrat.
Surely some statehouse lawyer would sign off on that theory.
When rumors circulated about Unger’s resignation, it was alleged that his Senate district would be reconfigured to make his re-election difficult to impossible next year.
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Is BabyDog pulling her weight?
It appears to me that Governor Jim Justice’s pet/mascot could be doing her part to coach the Greenbrier East High School basketball teams.
Today, word from the governor’s office, which Justice occasionally visits, was that he was about to be re-employed as boys basketball coach at GEHS. That’s a job he held simultaneously with the GEHS girls job prior to becoming governor.
I could be wrong but I thought our chief executive gave up the boy’s job and kept the girls because he didn’t have, as Governor, sufficient time to devote to TWO teams.
Now, evidently, since his responsibilities to travel the state handing out prizes to those who received life-saving vaccines has ended, he’s got time on his hands.
But what about BabyDog? Does she get to just lie around the Governor’s (Lewisburg) Mansion doing nothing?
Why can’t she pick up some slack by coaching one of the teams?
Maybe that’s why the Greenbrier County Board of Education tabled the hiring of a new coach until their next meeting, September 14. Perhaps BabyDog decided to take one of the jobs.
Of course, there are a few state troopers looking to occupy their time since they are no longer responsible for monitoring the dog’s bathroom habits on the road. They also are no longer charged with lining up prize winners so Justice can charm them each Wednesday with in-person handouts.
There being no crime in the state may be another reason everyone has time on his or her hands.