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Your Sunday West Virginia Roundup

Updated at 4:37 p.m.

Your Sunday roundup of West Virginia tidbits:

-- Republican Bill Maloney, is attending a fundraiser for a PAC in the Eastern Panhandle this afternoon. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley will also attend.

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Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 4:40pm

What We Learned: Security Alarm

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- When the president's strongest issue is national security, it's a sure-road to victory ... in 2004. The death of yet another top-terrorist target this week marks another major success for President Obama and his strategy of winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in favor of more tactical strikes against key al-Qaeda leaders. Yet his job approval rating is hovering somewhere between the high-30s to low-40s. Next year's election is all about one thing: jobs.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 4:40pm

Maloney Hypes National Stakes in West Virginia

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. -- Republican businessman Bill Maloney is casting Tuesday's West Virginia special gubernatorial election as a major national test with implications that outstrip the recent special election in New York's 9th District.

Maloney declared in an interview with Hotline On Call Saturday night that the campaign to unseat President Obama "starts Tuesday, here in West Virginia. We had the first round maybe in New York ... but this is huge."

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 3:40pm

Perry Camp Braces for Fallout Over Ranch Sign

The next week could be a political slog for Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as his campaign is forced to play defense in the aftermath of blunt criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain over a racially slurred sign on land leased by Perry's family.

By noon on Sunday, the Perry campaign had tried to contain the potential fallout. “Rick Perry has a long and strong record of inclusiveness and appointing African Americans to key state posts,” Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said in a statement.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 2:40pm

National Security Insiders Support U.S. Decision to Upgrade Taiwan Jets

Two-thirds of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agreed with the Obama administration’s decision to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of F-16 jets, rather than sell the island the new package of late-model F-16 aircraft that Taipei, and many in Congress, had requested. Separately, the pool of national-security and foreign-policy experts also said the expected return of Vladimir Putin to Russia’s presidency would not pose a significant obstacle to the “reset” in relations the U.S. has pursued with Moscow.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Tomblin Hoping All Politics Is Local in West Virginia

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is an insider who has served in state politics for well over three decades. He's a Democrat in a state that has turned decisively away from the national party. He's a member of the establishment when more voters than ever before are looking for outsiders. And he's winning right now.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Perry Family Draws Fire Over Name of Hunting Land

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's family did not remove a racially charged name from the West Texas ranch they used for hunting until long after Perry's political career became linked to the camp, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

Cain Says Christie's Too Liberal; Cheney Sounds Off on Awlaki Killing

  • Barbour, O'Malley Dodge Question of Christie's Weight
  • Barbour, O'Malley Dodge Question of Christie's Weight
  • Cain Attacks Perry Over Racial Slur Displayed at Lodge
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    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 12:40pm

    Cheney Cites Awlaki Killing to Defend Interrogation Policies; Cain Says Christie's Too Liberal

    10:35. Cain Attacks Perry Over Racial Slur Displayed at Lodge

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain went after fellow GOP candidate Rick Perry on Sunday after The Washington Post reported that a hunting lodge the Perry family leased for years featured a rock near its entrance that had the word “Niggerhead” on it.

    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 11:40am

    Cheney Cites Awlaki Killing to Defend Interrogation Policies

    9:50.

    Score-settling was the name of the game Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, featuring Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney.

    “What he said then was inaccurate, especially considering what they’re now doing in terms of policy,” Cheney said. “The Obama administration agrees they need to be tough and use some of the same tactics the Bush administration did.”

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    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 10:40am