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Old 11-06-2014, 03:21 AM
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A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday.

Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1˝ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote.
In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running a positive campaign. “History has been made tonight in West Virginia, and while I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, it is the future of this state that is now my singular focus,” she said.

Ms. Blair campaigned on a pledge to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses, and she also holds antiabortion and pro-gun positions. She defeated Democrat Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old Martinsburg attorney, whose top priorities included improving secondary education and solving the state’s drug epidemic.

I liked everything until I read in a comment that her daddy is a Senator...
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:18 AM
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I think it's long past time for us to give anyone ,other than elite millionaires ,a shot at government appointments. ALL government appointments.
I'd say she's far more likely to actually do something to enrich those that voted for her than just enriching herself .
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As odd as it sounds that an 18 yr old was elected.....I LIKE IT! As screwed up as all the suits have made government I don't see how she could possibly do any worse than they have! (and she has the likelihood of doing something BETTER)
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Sounds like some of the young folks actually voted!
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She is too young and naive to know how government really works. I would say this is a huge benefit. This established crap has to go. Our government is the best in the world, we just happen to have a bunch of snakes running it right now.
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You go, girl.
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If she is old enough to kill people (if needed) for the military, she is old enough to hopefully change some lives, make a difference and be a crusader... Hell ya!!!
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Isn't it the CONSTITUTION, that she'll swear to uphold, that says she has to be 30 years old to get the job? Article 1, section 3, clause 3, to be exact. So no, I don't support it. It's kinda hard for me to believe she will defend and uphold something she is already willingly violating.
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I think it is great, I know quite a few 18 year olds and many of them have their head screwed on better than the fat, lazy, mostly white , old guys who have been running things for the longest time.

Like it was said, if you are old enough to get shot for this country, you are old enough to have a say in running it,

I say this as a 50 ish sometimes lazy, could lose a few pounds white guy.
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A young Republican.
I will take it any-day.
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Originally Posted by I Fish 2 View Post
Isn't it the CONSTITUTION, that she'll swear to uphold, that says she has to be 30 years old to get the job? Article 1, section 3, clause 3, to be exact. So no, I don't support it. It's kinda hard for me to believe she will defend and uphold something she is already willingly violating.
She's a state rep - state government... not Federal.
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holy shit if this was a democrat it would be
"young librards get what they want"
"just what obama wants, dumb youth"

but since it is not it is democracy working
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I like it and good for her. I have a buddy that just got elected as the youngest Sheriff in the country at 27. He is as squared away and has a real feel for the beat of that county.
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Originally Posted by I Fish 2 View Post
Isn't it the CONSTITUTION, that she'll swear to uphold, that says she has to be 30 years old to get the job? Article 1, section 3, clause 3, to be exact. So no, I don't support it. It's kinda hard for me to believe she will defend and uphold something she is already willingly violating.
West Virginia has a constitution that says 30 years old is the minimum age?

Looks like their constitution only addresses the age for governor, senators, and judges. No mention of representatives except they have to be a registered voter which I would assume would be 18.

4-4. Persons entitled to hold office -- Age requirements.

No person, except citizens entitled to vote, shall be elected or appointed to any state, county or municipal office; but the governor and judges must have attained the age of thirty, and the attorney general and senators the age of twenty-five years, at the beginning of their respective terms of service; and must have been citizens of the state for five years next preceding their election or appointment, or be citizens at the time this constitution goes into operation.
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Heard her on the radio this morning, seems like a very smart kid, not your typical 18yr old
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I think it's long past time for us to give anyone ,other than elite millionaires ,a shot at government appointments. ALL government appointments.
I'd say she's far more likely to actually do something to enrich those that voted for her than just enriching herself .
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Originally Posted by I Fish 2 View Post
Isn't it the CONSTITUTION, that she'll swear to uphold, that says she has to be 30 years old to get the job? Article 1, section 3, clause 3, to be exact. So no, I don't support it. It's kinda hard for me to believe she will defend and uphold something she is already willingly violating.
Eighteen-year-old Saira Blair will become the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history.

The Republican defeated Democrat Layne Diehl on Tuesday to win a seat in the state House of Delegates.

Blair's birthday was in July, so she barely met the 18-year-old minimum age for West Virginia House delegates.

Blair is a freshman attending West Virginia University. She plans to skip spring classes so she can serve as a lawmaker. The Legislature meets for 60 days from January to March.

In a May primary, the Martinsburg teen defeated incumbent Republican Del. Larry Kump, who is almost four times her age.

Blair says pro-life, pro-gun rights and pro-business. Her father, Craig Blair, is a sitting Republican state senator from the Eastern Panhandle.

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Her father, Craig Blair, is a sitting Republican state senator from the Eastern Panhandle.
And the machine just keeps working
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I don't give a crap if she's a lib, her father is a pol, or she has four eyes. She's getting involved - and from a generation that mostly isn't.
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i have noticed that -in threads like this -most of the liberal responses are from the north east--
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