Hoppy Kercheval

Today October 22, 2018

Emotional debate over Amendment One

Thirty-five years ago, the West Virginia Supreme Court  issued a decision on abortion that pro-life and pro-choice advocates have been arguing about ever since. The...

Friday October 19, 2018

Why so many school teachers are worn out

During the teachers’ strike in West Virginia earlier this year, educators complained most about their health care benefits and their pay. However, they also cited...

Thursday October 18, 2018

The rise of the independent West Virginia voter

Virtually every person elected in next month’s General Election in West Virginia will be a member of the Democratic or Republican parties. However, that belies...

Wednesday October 17, 2018

West Virginia’s M.C. Escher Supreme Court impeachment process

The ongoing controversy over the impeachment of current and former members of the West Virginia Supreme Court reminds me of one of those mind-bending images...

Thursday October 11, 2018

WVU has given frats enough rope

Four years ago, Nolan Burch, a WVU freshman from New York, died from alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing.  His blood alcohol content was 0.493,...

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Obamacare, once a yoke for Democrats, now a talking point

Remember when Republican politicians made a living running against Obamacare?  It wasn’t that long ago.  The rage against the Affordable Care Act contributed to Republicans...

Tuesday October 9, 2018

West Virginia’s massive loss of potential

Governor Justice is right to be bullish on West Virginia’s economy. It is growing and creating jobs.  That’s reflected in the latest numbers showing state...

Monday October 8, 2018

Why Manchin voted ‘yes’ on Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin waited until the very last minute Friday to cast his “yes” vote for cloture to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh...

Friday October 5, 2018

America’s Ugly Divorce

I wonder how many of you have been, like me, deeply disturbed by the events surrounding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S....

Thursday October 4, 2018

Justice surprises teachers, legislators with pay plan

Governor Jim Justice likes to go big, and he clearly did this week when he announced plans for another five percent across-the-board pay raise for school...

Friday September 28, 2018

West Virginia scores well in Tax Foundation report

The Tax Foundation has released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index and, once again, West Virginia does pretty well, but still has room for...

Thursday September 27, 2018

What if Dr. Blasey and Judge Kavanaugh are both telling the truth?

We are expected to hear today from Professor Christine Blasey Ford about how she was sexually attacked by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh...

Wednesday September 26, 2018

West Virginia needs another surge of immigrants

In the early years of statehood, West Virginia needed workers—people willing to move to the new state to cut timer, build railroads, homes and barns,...

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Morrisey hopes for Trump bump, and he needs it

President Trump is coming to Wheeling Saturday to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey.  This will be Trump’s second visit to West Virginia...

Monday September 24, 2018

Impeachment web becomes more tangled

The sticky web that is the Legislature’s impeachment process for three current members and one former member of the state Supreme Court has now become...

Friday September 21, 2018

New House of Delegates leaders face tough re-election battles

Clay County Republican Roger Hanshaw is the new Speaker of the House of Delegates and he has chosen Jefferson County Republican Riley Moore to be...

Thursday September 20, 2018

The no-show problem in West Virginia public schools

It has been said, in one form or another, that 80 percent of success is showing up—if we can just overcome inertia and force ourselves...

Wednesday September 19, 2018

SoS Mac Warner rolls the dice on firings

Mac Warner has been a hard-working, productive Secretary of State.  Under his leadership, the office has made significant improvements in the state’s business registration process,...

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kavanaugh allegation changes dynamic for Manchin, Capito

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was headed toward likely confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the best efforts of a number of Democrats to derail the...

Sunday September 16, 2018

WV Senate pushes for the political guillotine with Supreme Court trials

French revolutionaries cut off the heads of the nobility. They used the guillotine to execute King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, but it didn’t stop...

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