Hoppy Kercheval

Today January 26, 2015

West Virginia’s long road to fiscal soundness

Last week, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the return on state investments produced $44 million more than expected.  It was a good story, but...

Friday January 23, 2015

Puccio’s out, who’s in at Democratic headquarters?

For all of 2014, state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio seemed like Sisyphus, the figure from Greek mythology who was condemned to push a large...

Thursday January 22, 2015

Bill to prevent drug overdose deaths advances at statehouse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Legislation designed to curb the number of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia moved through the House Health and Human Resources Committee...

The cost of a ‘free’ education

It was a big applause line when President Obama went to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee and said, “Community college should be free...

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Legal reform bill draws emotional testimony at capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Witnesses who lost family members to mining accidents and other workplace tragedies urged lawmakers to refute a legal reform bill they claim...

Our worker conundrum

Marketwatch reported a stunning bit of news last week.  “West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half its adult civilian population...

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Better-than-expected state finances reduce reliance on Rainy Day fund

Investment spikes mean $25 million—and not $68 million—will be borrowed from fund to balanced the budget.

Lawmakers introduce pain-capable abortion bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bipartisan group from the West Virginia House of Delegates has introduced the “pain-capable” bill, setting up another capitol fight over abortion....

So, a man falls down a hole…

One of the first things responsible parents teach their children is that actions have consequences. Run with scissors and you might get hurt. Touch a...

Monday January 19, 2015

Manchin misses mark on energy law

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s political acumen is normally pretty sharp.  His infamous 2010 TV ad where he fires a bullet into the federal cap-and-trade bill...

Friday January 16, 2015

Notes from under the Capitol dome

—Senator Joe Manchin’s ears must have been burning yesterday afternoon as lawmakers started advancing a repeal a 2009 law requiring West Virginia utilities to use...

Thursday January 15, 2015

Cap-and-trade law suffers first blow; Manchin responds

Senate, House committees pass bills to repeal 2009's controversial law.

And we’re off!

Wednesday’s start to West Virginia’s 82nd Legislature carried with it a strong sense of history. After all, the state had not had Republican majorities in...

Wednesday January 14, 2015

Tomblin calls for cooperation with GOP in State of the State address

Governor touts tighter spending, pushes juvenile justice reforms and defends Turnpike tolls.

Republicans get their chance at the statehouse

George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” West Virginians voted for change last...

Tuesday January 13, 2015

Free speech, secular government and Islam

America’s Founders wisely understood the necessity of protecting unpopular speech.  After all, they were revolutionaries.  The First Amendment to our Constitution is so firmly ingrained...

Monday January 12, 2015

Tomblin eyes savings to balance budget, but GOP looks for another way

During the state legislative session there are always highly-publicized fights on any number of policy issues, from abortion to wild animal possession and all matters...

Friday January 9, 2015

Manchin’s new power in the GOP Senate

When Joe Manchin first went to Washington four years ago, he was unsettled. The painfully deliberate pace of the U.S. Senate and the hyper-partisanship of...

Wednesday January 7, 2015

Remembering Arch Moore

Years ago, former Governor Arch Moore used to call me occasionally to chat about politics. He would identify himself as “your friend from the northern...

Former governor Arch Moore dead at 91

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former three-term West Virginia governor Arch Moore, whose political career was tarnished by serving three years in prison on federal corruption charges,...

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