Hoppy Kercheval

Today January 24, 2017

Justice administration plans to count the pennies and nickles

Last Wednesday, the Justice administration announced it was cutting five state vehicles from the Governor’s office.  “I was counting cars,” Justice Chief of Staff Nick...

Yesterday January 23, 2017

President Trump quickly turns the page on energy

Candidate Donald Trump pledged to put coal miners back to work. It was a bold promise since there are multiple factors that have contributed to...

Friday January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day

The inauguration of Donald Trump as President today brings with it provocative questions about what is ahead. We know why Trump was elected; he tapped...

Thursday January 19, 2017

Jim Fagan, professional voice, WVU alum, passes away

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. — Jim Fagan, a WVU graduate whose baritone voice carried him through a career of voiceover announcing and sports production, has died.  Fagan, 72,...

Judicial reformers pushing more changes in West Virginia

Judicial reformers have had their way since Republicans took control of the West Virginia Legislature in 2014. Lawmakers have passed 17 bills supported by the...

Wednesday January 18, 2017

School A-F grading under fire

Last November, the state Department of Education released its first ever school accountability report card that assigned a letter grade to every public school in...

Monday January 16, 2017

Governor Justice brings his axe and tackle box to work

Jim Justice is probably the first Governor to bring an axe and a tackle box to his inauguration. They were props for his story about...

Let the journey begin for Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia

In May, 2015, Jim Justice declared his candidacy for Governor of West Virginia.  In his announcement he said, “It’s time for someone to serve with...

Friday January 13, 2017

House, Senate demonstrate that budget cutting begins at home

The mantra of the West Virginia Republicans is smaller government.  GOP leaders promised when they won control of the House of Delegates and the Senate...

Thursday January 12, 2017

A classic goodbye from Gov. Tomblin

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin delivered his farewell address to the Legislature and the state Wednesday.  The speech was fundamentally sound, focusing on what he...

Wednesday January 11, 2017

The pressure is on Justice appointees

Governor-elect Jim Justice has set high expectations, and with that comes serious demands on his newly-appointed staff to help fulfill some of the towering promises...

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Drug wholesalers agree to pay millions to WV for opioid crisis

Monday’s announcement of the details of a settlement of the lawsuit by the State of West Virginia and two large drug wholesalers means our state...

Monday January 9, 2017

Justice, Carmichael and the dueling press releases

Many fires begin with a spark, a small ignition that can quickly extinguish or, given the proper conditions, develop into an inferno. Last week we...

Friday January 6, 2017

What’s next after Obamacare?

The 115th Congress is already on course to repeal Obamacare, fulfilling a promise Republicans made six years ago when Democrats passed the landmark health care...

Thursday January 5, 2017

WVU, FSU will meet in Kickoff Classic in 2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Mountaineer football team will open the 2020 season against national powerhouse Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta....

Embattled Roane County Sheriff needs to resign

Roane County has a real mess on its hands. Last November, Roane County voters elected Bo Williams Sheriff.  Williams had previously served as a member...

Wednesday January 4, 2017

America’s political divide widens

As the 115th Congress goes to work and the West Virginia Legislature prepares for the upcoming session, there is the usual talk of bipartisanship.  Legislators...

Tuesday January 3, 2017

West Virginia needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

West Virginia is sitting on top of nearly unimaginable amounts of natural gas. The Energy Information Administration estimates the state’s shale gas reserves exceed 28...

Monday January 2, 2017

Welcoming in 2017

The New Year is a time for renewal and promise, of resolutions for improvement and expectations of how these next 12 months will be better...

Friday December 30, 2016

Top 16 Stories of 2016, Part Four (4-1)

Here is the final installation of my top 16 stories of 2016. Today 4-1. No. 4: Economic Challenges.  The continued decline of the coal industry, as...

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