Hoppy Kercheval

Today December 18, 2018

A fresh face in the Governor’s race

Stephen Smith is young (38), smart, passionate, telegenic and bursting with ideas, and he might be the next governor of West Virginia. I emphasize “might”...

Yesterday December 17, 2018

3 Three Guys Before the Game–The Sagaba Saga

The 3 Guys (sans Tony) sort out the Sagaba Konate saga as the Mountaineer basketball team continues to struggle.

Dog racing in West Virginia is fading fast down the stretch

The West Virginia Kennel Owners Association issued a news release recently which sought to put the best possible face on the greyhound racing industry.  “Annual...

Monday December 10, 2018

For Christmas I get what I deserve, which is…

I’m on vacation this week, but it’s a staycation so don’t try to take any boxes off my porch! I don’t ask for Christmas presents...

Friday December 7, 2018

Remembering Pearl Harbor… and Jim Downing

Last month, Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, passed away at age 106.  His death...

Thursday December 6, 2018

Gov. Justice weighs in too late for state holiday

  Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice tweeted that he was declaring the following day a state holiday in remembrance of President George...

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Extreme greens are in a tizzy over Manchin

Environmental extremists are blowing their green lids over the possibility that U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) may become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy...

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Six reasons to stop worrying and start loving the Camping World Bowl

So that noise you heard Sunday afternoon was the collective groan of disappointment as Mountaineer Nation learned that WVU had received a bid to the...

Monday December 3, 2018

Release State Police dashcam video now

Three separate investigations are underway to determine whether State Troopers Derek Walker and Michael Kennedy should be disciplined or possibly charged criminally in connection with...

Friday November 30, 2018

Public deserves answers to allegations of beating by troopers

The West Virginia State Police department has some explaining to do. Two troopers from the Martinsburg detachment are alleged to have beaten a 16-year-old suspect...

Thursday November 29, 2018

Justice Administration brings best business practices to government

Politicians saying they will eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government is a little bit like the old saying about the weather–everybody complains about the...

Wednesday November 28, 2018

Manchin on Afghanistan: “It’s time to come out of there.”

Three American soldiers were killed and three other service members, along with an American civilian contractor, were injured Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded in...

Tuesday November 27, 2018

Whitey Bulger’s murder highlights correctional officer shortage

Early on the morning of October 30th, James “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous crime boss from Boston, was beaten to death in his cell at the...

Monday November 26, 2018

Time to close the book on Supreme Court impeachment

It has been a year now since we first learned of the State Supreme Court’s out-of-control spending on office remodeling and furnishings. The infamous $32,000...

Friday November 23, 2018

Dana’s big night

Tonight’s game between WVU and Oklahoma is about many things—a trip to the Big 12 championship game, a first-ever win over the Sooners since joining...

Wednesday November 21, 2018

My Thanksgiving Message

It’s more than a little telling that as I was preparing to write this commentary about Thanksgiving, something happened at work that triggered an angry...

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Who will draw West Virginia’s political boundaries?

The year 2020 will be significant in West Virginia for several reasons. First, it’s a huge political year. The state will have races for U.S....

Monday November 19, 2018

How a wounded war vet showed us how to return civility to our public discourse

Earlier this month on Saturday Night Live, comedian Pete Davidson mocked the appearance of wounded Navy SEAL and Texas Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw with...

Friday November 16, 2018

West Virginia’s shining moment in civil rights

(Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a commentary I post every year on the anniversary of the decision.) One-hundred and twenty years ago today,...

Thursday November 15, 2018

How ‘the next election’ has broken our political process

Yogi Berra supposedly said, “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”  Berra’s convoluted logic applies to Washington now.  Elections produce winners, but losers don’t...

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