Hoppy Kercheval

Today July 31, 2014

EPA does Obama’s heavy lifting on coal

This week, the EPA is holding a series of public hearings on the agency’s proposal to cut emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent...

Yesterday July 30, 2014

Tank law too expensive, restrictive for small oil and gas drillers

Dozens of natural gas and oil drillers in West Virginia say it’s impossible for them to comply with the new regulations approved after the Freedom...

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Virginia same-sex marriage decision will impact West Virginia

West Virginia is a step closer to permitting same-sex marriage following a decision by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th...

Monday July 28, 2014

Manchin v. Manchin

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules.” Who among us has not been involved in a...

Friday July 25, 2014

Alex Mooney’s trek from Maryland to the Mountain State

The campaign of West Virginia 2nd District congressional candidate Democrat Nick Casey did not wait long in its news release about yesterday’s debate with Republican...

Thursday July 24, 2014

Why tax code is a mess… and why it won’t be fixed

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that hedge funds are using a tax avoidance technique offered by big banks with “one well-known trading firm...

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Ed Rabel stirs up WV-2 congressional race

West Virginia 2nd District Congressional candidate Ed Rabel bristles at any suggestion that he’s a spoiler in the race.  Rabel, who obtained enough signatures to...

Tuesday July 22, 2014

Prosecutor fuming over parole option for juvenile killers

It’s not unusual for the West Virginia Legislature to pass a law that has unintended consequences.  In fairness to lawmakers, it’s difficult to foresee the...

Monday July 21, 2014

Mylan’s overseas move

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has come a long way since Army buddies Mike Puskar and Don Panoz started selling drugs to doctors out of an old Pontiac...

Thursday July 17, 2014

The ‘wounded spirits’ of the Arab-Israeli conflict

Author David Shipler, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, said, “Jerusalem is a festival...

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Rocky probes college sports

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller was asking all the right questions during a Commerce Committee meeting on Capitol Hill last week, but he wasn’t getting many...

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Ryan Switzer’s right choice

Ryan Switzer is in a good mood. When I caught up with him on Metronews Talkline Monday, he had just finished a morning workout and...

Monday July 14, 2014

Elizabeth Warren and Paul Ryan join WV Senate campaigns

Today is an important day in West Virginia in the campaign to see who will replace retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller.  Republican front-runner Congresswoman Shelley Moore...

Friday July 11, 2014

Lions and tigers and… snails. Oh my!

Should you be able to own a pet lion?  How about a python or a three-toed sloth? Currently there’s nothing on the books in West...

Thursday July 10, 2014

Desperate people flee as politicians posture

The political maneuvering surrounding the border crisis feels like a high stakes game of Texas Hold’em.  Republicans and Democrats, including the President, are cautiously playing...

Wednesday July 9, 2014

Historic shift in WV Democratic Party registration

West Virginia politics have been dominated by the Democratic Party for as long as anyone can remember. Democrats have controlled both chambers of the Legislature...

Tuesday July 8, 2014

Too many Americans are wrong about rights

Quick, can you name the five specific freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? I had no problem with speech, press, religion...

Monday July 7, 2014

The Greenbrier Classic winner: West Virginia

West Virginia is in constant need of good publicity. The last time anyone outside of the Mountain State heard about us, we were struggling through...

Friday July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day

(Editors note: This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every Independence Day.) John Adams’ letter to his wife Abigail was...

Thursday July 3, 2014

Greenbrier Classic Notes

–WVU basketball legend Hot Rod Hundley turns 80 in a few months and he faces some health challenges, but he can still play a little...

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