- - Monday, June 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Democratic West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he won’t attend the party’s national convention, citing serious problems with President Obama.

A Tomblin spokesman, Chris Stadelman, said Monday that the governor has serious problems with Republican Mitt Romney, too.

Under party rules, Mr. Tomblin is an automatic superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. He says his time is best spent working in West Virginia, not attending the four-day political rally in Charlotte, N.C.

In West Virginia’s presidential primary, Mr. Tomblin refused to say whether he voted for Mr. Obama.

Mr. Tomblin’s Republican challenger this fall, Bill Maloney, lost to Mr. Tomblin by only about 7,000 votes in a special election last year.


Senators push bill to battle fraud in boxing

Two senators are pushing legislation to establish oversight of professional boxing after Timothy Bradley’s controversial split decision over Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title bout.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada introduced legislation Monday that would create the U.S. Boxing Commission. Mr. McCain said it would bring integrity to the sport and avoid the conflicts of interest that have fans challenging the outcome of fights.

Earlier this month in Las Vegas, Pacquiao seemed to have the win in hand, but two judges decided otherwise, giving Bradley the split decision. It ended Pacquiao’s seven-year unbeaten run.

Mr. McCain said that fight only fueled what he called “the legitimate distrust boxing fans have for the integrity of the sport.”

The commission would oversee all boxing matches.


Anti-tax pledge author to brief House Republicans

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is going to Congress to tutor House Republicans on what they meant when they signed his pledge to oppose tax increases.

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