State officials are expected to address West Virginia's Supreme Court about the state's public financing program for court candidates.
The court set a deadline of Aug. 9 to hear responses to the petition filed by Supreme Court candidate Allen Loughry on Monday.
The Republican is the sole participant in a public financing program. He seeks the release of so-called "rescue" funds, meant to help him keep pace with private spending. But officials have so far withheld that money in the wake of federal rulings against rescue funding provisions in other states.
Loughry's petition names the state auditor, treasurer and election commissioners
Justices Robin Davis, Brent Benjamin and Margaret Workman have recused themselves from Loughry's case. Davis is one of his Democratic opponents. Three circuit judges will consider his petition in their place.
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