Hoppy Kercheval, Author at WV MetroNews

Today May 28, 2020

Primary Election turnout is anyone’s guess

One of the keys to elections is turnout; just how many voters are motivated to cast their ballot for their favorite candidate or candidates. Predicting...

Yesterday May 27, 2020

Justice dodges debate

Somewhere in The Book of Campaigning it is written, “If you are ahead in the polls then avoid debates.  If you’re behind, push for them.”...

Tuesday May 26, 2020

Historic court election in West Virginia

West Virginia’s 2020 Primary Election Day is two weeks from today.  Because of no-excuse absentee voting due to the pandemic, thousands of West Virginians have...

Monday May 25, 2020

Remembering the ultimate sacrifice

This holiday weekend, it is understandable that thoughts turn to the coming summer, the benefits of relaxation and the hope that with care and vigilance...

Friday May 22, 2020

Unmasking the ‘mask’ argument

I have gotten myself into an argument with the “nevermaskers.” I have said on Talkline many times that I wear a mask, and others should...

Thursday May 21, 2020

WV unemployment rate jumps, but for how long?

West Virginia’s jobless rate spiraled to 15.2 percent in April, more than twice March’s rate of 6.1 percent. As bad as that is, Dr. John...

Wednesday May 20, 2020

60th Anniversary of Historic WV Primary Election

The West Virginia Primary Election 60 years ago this month was one for the ages. John Kennedy, the young Senator from Massachusetts, started his presidential...

Tuesday May 19, 2020

West Virginians are taking advantage of absentee voting due to pandemic

West Virginians are taking advantage of absentee voting for this Primary Election in record numbers. Due to the pandemic, every eligible voter in the state...

Monday May 18, 2020

State, local governments need flexibility for CARES Act spending

The CARES Act allocated $150 billion to state, local and tribal governments to help pay for expenses associated with the COVID-19 virus. West Virginia’s share...

Thursday May 14, 2020

State adds rapid response for outbreaks as reopening expands

West Virginia is heading toward—dare I say it—the new normal! Businesses are reopening and people are being called back to work.  Starting next Thursday, non-essential...

Further expansion of jobless benefits is unwarranted

The CARES Act has come to the rescue of millions of workers who have been laid off or furloughed because of the pandemic.  The federal...

Wednesday May 13, 2020

Trillions and trillions

Contemplating federal spending, debt and deficits these days is like trying to imagine outer space.  Just as we are not equipped to imagine infinity, we...

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Extra benefit discourages work for some

One of the more unusual predicaments of reopening the economy is the challenge faced by some employers of getting their employees to come back to...

Monday May 11, 2020

Consumer confidence takes gut punch

Consumer spending is a primary driver of the U.S. economy.  It comprises 70 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The Commerce Department reported last...

Friday May 8, 2020

Friday by the numbers

Friday by the numbers in West Virginia: —21.9 percent: The federal government reports that for the week ending April 18, West Virginia had an unemployment...

Thursday May 7, 2020

The battle ahead for business

West Virginia is among about two dozen states that are in the process of reopening.  At some point, the rest of the country will reopen....

Wednesday May 6, 2020

A mask for the times

State and federal health officials recommend we wear a mask when out in public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings...

Tuesday May 5, 2020

What is a Governor’s power during an emergency?

Extremists are given to hyperbole. The other day, between 50 and 75 people gathered outside the State Capitol to protest Governor Justice’s stay-at-home order.  One...

Monday May 4, 2020

Safer-at-home, but anxious to get out

We entered a new phase in the pandemic this morning in West Virginia. The stay-at-home order issued by Governor Jim Justice, effective at 8 p.m....

Friday May 1, 2020

Friday by the numbers

Some numbers to think about this Friday morning: —Over 164,000: That’s the number of people who have applied for traditional unemployment in West Virginia since...

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