The Spineless Six: West Virginia Republican Senate Leadership

From Left to Right: (Top) Boso, Hall, Cole, (Bottom) Mullins, Carmicheal, Sypolt
From Left to Right: (Top) Boso, Hall, Cole, (Bottom) Mullins, Carmicheal, Sypolt

The gloves have now come off.   There are six people responsible for the fiasco in West Virginia.  This is a profile in cowardice.  These six men snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as the West Virginia House sent them an excellent bill that passed that chamber with a 75 to 19 bipartisan vote which they in turn ruined.

These six men took that bill and made it absolutely worthless.  All six are worthy of a primary challenge.

Here is what I heard from activists in West Virginia.

First, Senate Education committee Chair Dave Sypolt went behind closed doors in a weekend meeting with Governor-appointed-freshmam, State Senator Greg Boso and the State Superintendent Michael Martirano that resulted in an amendment that stripped out the “repeal” language, and left the bill as a study by the superintendent.

Second, Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall seemed to back away from his previous public railings against Common Core. Senator Hall did say he would ask for a line by line analysis of the $128 million DOE attached fiscal note, but no one knows if he really did.  Activists tell me they have repeatedly asked for a copy, but it has never been supplied.

Third, the bill then went to the full senate where State Senator Robert Plymale (D-Wayne 05) threw the final dagger with an amendment to remove the Smarter Balanced Assessment language. (Plymale held the Education committee Chair position for several years and blocked ¬†Common Core opposition efforts the past 2 years). Plymale’s dagger was driven in by State Senator Mullins and the Republican Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael who stood with the Democrats to complete the neutering of the bill.

Ultimately if there was one person who should get the blame for the ¬†repeal failure it should be Senate President Bill Cole who never gave Common Core the priority it deserved, and failed to listen to the thousands of voices crying out for repeal across West Virginia. ¬†It was State Senator Bill Cole who came in with his own education agenda of charter schools for which there was no public outcry at all. ¬†It was State Senator Bill Cole who failed to demand repeal from the majority he leads. ¬†It was State Senator Bill Cole, who rumor has it, has his eye on the Governor’s mansion. ¬†Which is something West Virginia voters should remember.

6 thoughts on “The Spineless Six: West Virginia Republican Senate Leadership

  1. You have no idea what you are talking about. And if you want to know what is behind all this Common Core opposition, just follow the money. There are people making tens of thousands off the industry of Common Core opposition. Here in West Virginia, the opposition is lead by Donna Boley, who is a mouth breathing idiot. Bill Cole and Mike Hall are smart senators and a credit to West Virginia.

  2. Kansas legislators voted to not repeal Common Core in the Education Committee and so wasn’t even brought to the floor.

    1. Janet is right. Please, Shane. Write this very same article for Kansas next!

  3. It’s “always” about the money! Common Core itself is only sought after “because” of Obama’s federal govt “buying” their favor of it with OUR tax dollars. If the feds dropped any money attached for participating in common core; NO state would be grabbing on to it. These politicians seek MONEY not what’s right, honorable, or helping our children learn. What we are learning is how only corrupt people seem to be wanting to seek political offices in this nation. I have to believe that, because the alternative opinion would be ‘there’s no honest people left’ here any longer. Get ready for more oppressive worsening conditions in this nation as wicked little men/women with no intelligence, compassion or morals run it into the ground. God is taking note, don’t think He isn’t. They won’t gain any ground for long. Everyone gets what they deserve…eventually.

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