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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA)  Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R) and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) square off in a Candidates Forum at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Business Summit.

Capito and Tennant are running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller. During the forum, each candidate was given a chance to explain their platform to business and community leaders. Discussions included the coal industry, job growth, and the epidemic of  prescription drug abuse.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to see the clear differences of who has really helped businesses in West Virginia," explained Tennant. "I have cut late fees in half and I've made it easier on businesses to focus on their product and not our paperwork."

"They have a vision of what kind of predictability of philosophy," Capito tells WVVA.  "How I want to make sure the president ceases the war on coal, that we get a health care plan that works."

Click here to view news release on candidate forum from Shelley Moore Capito.

Click here to view news release on candidate forum from Natalie Tennant

The Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates and they already released who they are supporting back in December.

"We wanted to hear from each of the candidates before we talked out loud very much about our endorsements because we think it's the right thing to do to hear from all of the candidates," said Chamber President Steve Rogers.  "The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is very proud to be supporting Shelley Moore Capito for the United States Senate and Evan Jenkins for the U.S. House of Representatives."

Congressman Nick Rahall (D) decided not to attend the forum.

His Republican challenger Evan Jenkins was there. "That is really a slap in the face of anybody who wants to create a jobs climate, get West Virginians back to work. He should have been here."

Friday will finish with an education symposium and a final forum with the candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives for the first and second districts.


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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) Hundreds of business leaders, lawmakers, community leaders in West Virginia gather at the Greenbrier Resort for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 78th Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

About 600 people are in attendance, including Senator Joe Manchin and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. There will be presentations by West Virginia Senate and Congressional candidates and panel discussions with a number of the nation's business leaders like Randy Cleveland with XTO Energy and Brett Baier with Fox News.

You can watch the entire summit at the following website www.wvchamber.com.  Below is the agenda for the 78th Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

4:00 p.m. Early Registration Opens

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens

Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 a.m. West Virginia Chamber Annual Business Meeting – All Members Welcome Board of Directors Meeting

11:30 p.m. West Virginia Business Summit Opening Lunch (Colonial Hall)

Sponsored by XTO Energy, Inc.

11:40 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance: Reverend Matthew J. Watts, Grace Bible Church, Charleston, WV

11:45 a.m. Invocation: Father John Hagan, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Charleston, WV

12:00 p.m. Opening Session:

Mr. Randy Cleveland, President of XTO Energy, Inc.

The Hon. Joe Manchin, United States Senator, West Virginia

1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

Track 1 - CourtWatch – A Brief Overview of Recent WV Supreme Court Decisions

(Chesapeake Room)

The Hon. Patrick Morrisey: Remarks & Introduction of Panelists

Sponsored by State Farm Insurance

Track 2 – Energy and the Environment - Joint Environmental Committee Discussion (Colonial

Hall)

Special Presentations:

Mr. David Peebles, Vice President of Ascent, Appalachian Shale Cracker

Enterprise

Mr. Frank J. Macchiarola, Executive VP of Government Affairs, ANGA

Panel Discussion: Above Ground Storage Tanks – SB-373

The Hon. Randy Huffman, Cabinet Secretary, WV DEP

Ms. Kristin Boggs, General Counsel, WV DEP

Mr. Scott Mandirola, Director of Office of Water & Waste Management,

WV DEP

Track 3 – Education - Advanced Career Placement (Crystal Ballroom)

Dr. Gene Bottoms, Sr. VP Southern Regional Education Board

Dr. Jim Denova, VP, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Moderated by The Hon. Robert Plymale, Chairman, Education

Committee, West Virginia Senate

Sponsored by WVU Career Services

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. The Election Panel (Colonial Hall)

Mr. David Avella, President, GO-PAC

Ms. Julie Roginsky, FOX News Contributor

Moderated by: Ms. Erin McPike, Correspondent, CNN

6:00 p.m. West Virginia Business Summit Reception – All Registrants Welcome (Colonial Terrace)

Sponsored by The Greenbrier

Thursday, August 28, 2014

7:30 a.m. Registration Desk Opens (Cameo Ballroom)

7:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens (Colonial Hall)

8:00 a.m. West Virginia Business Summit Breakfast (Colonial Hall)

Sponsored by EQT Corporation

8:30 a.m. Special Presentation:

Dr. Larry Sabato, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, Director of its Center for

Politics and Founder of Sabato's Crystal Ball

9:30 a.m. Candidate Forum: House Candidates (Colonial Hall)

The Hon. Evan Jenkins, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Third District

The Hon. Nick Rahall, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Third District (invited)

Moderated by Mr. T.J. Obrokta, Jr., BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company

9:50 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Keynote Address (Colonial Hall)

Mr. Bret Baier, FOX News, Host of Special Report with Bret Baier

Sponsored by BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company

11:00 a.m. Candidate Forum: Senate Candidates (Colonial Hall)

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito, Candidate for U.S. Senate

The Hon. Natalie Tennant, Candidate for U.S. Senate

Moderated by Mr. F. Scott Rotruck, Spillman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

11:40 a.m. Book signing by Mr. Bret Baier: “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage & Love” (immediately following Senate Candidates Forum) taking place at WVCC Exhibit booth outside Colonial Hall

12:00 p.m. Morning Session Adjourns

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Networking Activities – Call (304) 536-7899, Prompt #3 for Activities 5:30 p.m.

    Bunker Tours

    Falconry

    Tennis

    Golf

    Sporting Clays

    Outdoor Adventure

5:30 p.m. West Virginia Chamber PAC Reception – Invitation Only – for PAC contributors

WV Craft Brewers Guild Beer Tasting sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

6:00 p.m. West Virginia Business Summit Reception – All Registrants Welcome (Colonial Terrace)

Sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

9:00 p.m. Fireworks and Cordials Poolside – Evening Cocktails, Dessert Networking Reception - All Registrants Welcome (Cordials and fireworks at Outdoor Pool) – Shuttles leave from North Entrance

Cordials Sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Fireworks Sponsored by CONSOL Energy Inc.

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