Hoppy Kercheval

Today September 2, 2014

Natalie Tennant’s increasingly uphill Senate battle

One reason Senator Robert Byrd always won re-election is that no one ever believed his opponent had a chance of beating him.  Popular politicians benefit...

Yesterday September 1, 2014

Labor Day lament

The first Labor Day celebrations in the late 1800’s in New York City were billed by union leaders as a working man’s holiday.  That idea...

Friday August 29, 2014

WVU season prediction

I am normally not an optimist.   A realist, perhaps, but not one normally given to the art of the possible. Therefore, as the WVU...

Thursday August 28, 2014

LA’s loony election lottery idea

There are bad ideas, and then there are really bad ideas. Consider a proposal from the Los Angeles Ethics Commission earlier this month that the...

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Prosecution rushes to judgment in Gardner dispute

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the Kanawha County prosecutor’s office rushed to drop a felony charge against state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman’s son, Teddy...

Tuesday August 26, 2014

Stakeholders attempting to work out tank law issues

Plans for special session hit roadblock.

Forced resignation at DOH adds to investigation intrigue

The forced resignation of high-ranking state Division of Highways administrator Bob Andrew last Friday came just days after Andrew’s name surfaced during a plea hearing...

Monday August 25, 2014

Time to expand home rule

In a democracy the power is vested in the people. Freely elected representatives carry out the will of the people. A problem arises, however, when...

Friday August 22, 2014

Governor needs to take the lead on tank law problems

Governor Tomblin is a cautious, conservative leader.  His style of listening to all sides and considering the options before reaching a decision has served him...

Thursday August 21, 2014

Equal justice?

Back on Aug. 5, the Charleston Police were called to Kanawha City after a report of a person down.  When they arrived, shortly after the...

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Police, prosecutor issue conflicting reports on assault involving justice’s children

Lindsey Gardner says she was "talking out of her head" when she told on the scene her brother kicked her in the head 3 times.

The Constitutional clash in Ferguson

The chaos in Ferguson, Missouri is straining the country’s definitions of protests and law enforcement. The United States Constitution clearly protects the rights of individuals...

Tuesday August 19, 2014

How we talk about (and don’t talk about) race

The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has raised serious and challenging questions. –Was the officer,...

Monday August 18, 2014

The punishment of good deeds

The acid-tongued Clair Booth Luce is usually credited with saying “No good deed goes unpunished.”  That cynical view may well apply to the Obama administration’s...

Friday August 15, 2014

Ride the WVU wave

Forty years ago this month, I moved to Morgantown to attend West Virginia University.  It was one of the most exhilarating and terrifying experiences of...

Thursday August 14, 2014

WVDOH probe widens

The lengthy investigation into the state Division of Highways by federal agents is beginning to produce results.  Yesterday, Edward Matthew Tuttle, 38, a former administrator...

Wednesday August 13, 2014

180 days of instruction… finally

One of the more significant shortcomings of West Virginia’s public school system historically has been the erosion of actual days of instruction.  Rules concerning when...

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Raines departure leaves vacancy on House ballot

Since West Virginia House of Delegates member Suzette Raines (R-Kanawha) has filed notice with the Secretary of State’s office that she’s withdrawing her candidacy in...

Monday August 11, 2014

Mistakes along the campaign trail

If we’re having a high-minded discussion, then politics is about the art of the possible.  However, in the day-to-day grind of a campaign, politics is...

Thursday August 7, 2014

Tight state budget ahead, but no automatic cuts

West Virginia state government agencies will soon receive from Governor Tomblin next fiscal year’s budget request instructions.  Those agencies will respond by proposing to the...

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