Hoppy Kercheval

Today June 25, 2018

Court decision means a fairer way to collect sales tax

Main street West Virginia received some long-awaited good news last week when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair that...

Friday June 22, 2018

The Telecommuting Governor

Governor Jim Justice lives in Greenbrier County, but the state Capitol is 110 miles away in Charleston, and that’s a problem. Article 7, Section 1...

Thursday June 21, 2018

How the Loughry charges rise to a federal case

The indictment of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry brings to mind the legal truism that the cover-up is often worse than the crime....

Wednesday June 20, 2018

Remembering John F. Kennedy and West Virginia’s birthday

West Virginia is indelibly linked with John F. Kennedy.  It was Kennedy’s victory in the 1960 Primary Election here that propelled him to the presidency. ...

Tuesday June 19, 2018

Justice protects pay raises from being eroded by PEIA

Last February, Governor Jim Justice issued a freeze on Public Employee Insurance Agency premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The freeze was in response to pressure from...

Monday June 18, 2018

What I did on my summer vacation

My son, Ben, lives in Austin, Texas, which is great because Austin is one of those amazing cities that you love to have an excuse...

Monday June 11, 2018

“I wish Hoppy would…”

So, I’m on vacation and will be out all week. The able T.J. Meadows is filling for me.  But I had a thought: Please complete...

Friday June 8, 2018

Morgantown City Council’s costly green agenda

Morgantown City Council is moving rapidly toward a questionable and controversial purchase of 40 acres of woods adjacent to the city.  Council voted 6-1 Tuesday...

Wednesday June 6, 2018

Allen Loughry and “The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in WV.”

One of the books in my office that I reference often is by Allen Loughry.  “Don’t Buy Another Vote.  I Won’t Pay for a Landslide....

Supreme Court passes on wedding cake, but ensures government neutrality on religion

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In the 7-2 decision, the Court found...

Tuesday June 5, 2018

Justice blames Commerce for RISE failures; Gen. Hoyer now in charge

After months of confusion and delays in the RISE WV long-term flood recovery efforts, Governor Jim Justice has vowed to get the program moving “at...

Sunday June 3, 2018

Justice administration floundering on long-term flood relief

RISE WV, the long-term recovery effort following the devastating flood two years ago this month, should be providing a badly needed hand up for West...

Friday June 1, 2018

End of the week short takes

–Figures out from the Tax Foundation show that West Virginia collects $1,048 per capita in state income taxes.*   That ranks West Virginia 26th among the...

Thursday May 31, 2018

Local flood relief agencies exasperated over delays; Gov kick-starts RISE

The stories continue to surface about problems with RISE WV, West Virginia’s long-term flood recovery program.  Jack Lipphardt, director of West Virginia United Methodist Disaster...

Wednesday May 30, 2018

NFL anthem policy creates more questions

Last week the NFL released its new policy to try to resolve the National Anthem controversy.  Players can choose to stay in the locker room...

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Speculation rampant over Supreme Court investigation

The State Capitol was buzzing with speculation and rumors last week about the West Virginia Supreme Court and a federal grand jury investigation.  Reporters were...

Friday May 25, 2018

Millions in flood relief money stuck in the government pipeline

West Virginia was hit by one of the worst floods in the state’s history on June 23, 2016.  A series of intense thunderstorms turned normally...

Thursday May 24, 2018

Polls, predictions for Manchin-Morrisey

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s campaign has released polling showing him eight points ahead of Republican challenger Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.  The poll has Manchin...

Friday May 18, 2018

I’m out! Your turn

I’m out for a few days. Commentaries will return Thursday, May 24. However, now’s a good time to get your chops in. Please complete the...

Thursday May 17, 2018

Charleston needle exchange program misses the mark

In December 2015, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department began a Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program (HRSSP).  Health officials and city leaders supported the program as a...

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