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John Raese, candidate for U.S. Senate, was the lead speaker at SOS! Save Our State! Rally Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the North Side of the state Capitol. 

"The general message here is that we're all gathered because we're concerned about House Bill 103, which is West Virginia's version of the cap and trade bill," Raese said. "It's law right now in the state of West Virginia."

House Bill 103 established the state's alternative and renewable energy portfolio standard, which requires utilities to generate minimum levels of their power from alternative and renewable sources.

Raese said similar legislation doesn't exist anywhere else except California. He announced at the rally that he was calling on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to repeal HB 103.

"We're all concerned about coal in West Virginia; it's the biggest tax source that we have," Raese said.

Deneen Borelli, conservative activist and author of the book: "Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation"; Thomas Borelli, a conservative activist; Tim Armstead, West Virginia House minority leader; and Patrick Morrisey, candidate for West Virginia Attorney General, also spoke at the rally.

"We are here today to preserve liberty," Deneen Borelli said. "I didn't say we were here to fundamentally transform America, but we're here to preserve liberty. It's we the people to preserve liberty. "

Thomas Borelli said President Barack Obama has a "war on fossil fuels" and is "driving the country over a cliff."

"(Sens. Jay) Rockefeller and (Joe) Manchin are showing the same loyalty to West Virginia as (former West Virginia University football coach) Rich Rodriguez," Thomas Borelli, who drove from New York, said in one of many criticisms of state Democrats.  

Morissey said as Attorney General, he would take a direct role in reigning in federal regulatory agencies, particularly when they affect West Virginians.

"To me, EPA is a four-letter word," he said at the rally.

The goal of the rally, according to a news release, was "to support West Virginia coal, to speak out against the EPA regulations on the coal industry and to educate West Virginia citizens about House Bill 103, West Virginia's Cap and Trade Bill."

The date marked the three year anniversary of the passing of HB 103.  This event was free and open to the public.  Mike Agnello, co-host of the WCHS afternoon talk show "58 Live" moderated the event.  For more information visit www.MetroValleyTeaParty.org.

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