Hoppy Kercheval

Today August 20, 2014

Police, prosecutor issue conflicting reports on assault involving justice’s children

Lindsey Gardner says she was "talking out of her head" when she told on the scene her brother kicked her in the head 3 times.

The Constitutional clash in Ferguson

The chaos in Ferguson, Missouri is straining the country’s definitions of protests and law enforcement. The United States Constitution clearly protects the rights of individuals...

Yesterday August 19, 2014

How we talk about (and don’t talk about) race

The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has raised serious and challenging questions. –Was the officer,...

Monday August 18, 2014

The punishment of good deeds

The acid-tongued Clair Booth Luce is usually credited with saying “No good deed goes unpunished.”  That cynical view may well apply to the Obama administration’s...

Friday August 15, 2014

Ride the WVU wave

Forty years ago this month, I moved to Morgantown to attend West Virginia University.  It was one of the most exhilarating and terrifying experiences of...

Thursday August 14, 2014

WVDOH probe widens

The lengthy investigation into the state Division of Highways by federal agents is beginning to produce results.  Yesterday, Edward Matthew Tuttle, 38, a former administrator...

Wednesday August 13, 2014

180 days of instruction… finally

One of the more significant shortcomings of West Virginia’s public school system historically has been the erosion of actual days of instruction.  Rules concerning when...

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Raines departure leaves vacancy on House ballot

Since West Virginia House of Delegates member Suzette Raines (R-Kanawha) has filed notice with the Secretary of State’s office that she’s withdrawing her candidacy in...

Monday August 11, 2014

Mistakes along the campaign trail

If we’re having a high-minded discussion, then politics is about the art of the possible.  However, in the day-to-day grind of a campaign, politics is...

Thursday August 7, 2014

Tight state budget ahead, but no automatic cuts

West Virginia state government agencies will soon receive from Governor Tomblin next fiscal year’s budget request instructions.  Those agencies will respond by proposing to the...

Wednesday August 6, 2014

Coal’s body blows

In the Vietnam War saga Platoon, Sgt. Elias tells young soldier Chris Taylor the U.S. is going to lose the war.  “We been kicking other...

Tuesday August 5, 2014

Abuse in federal disability program adds up

The recently released annual report by the Board of Trustees of the Social Security Trust Funds confirms that soon we won’t have enough money to...

Monday August 4, 2014

Tony Caridi’s odd road to West Virginia

Life has defining moments. Sometimes they are grand and self-evident; marriage, a career choice, a tragedy.  Other defining moments are more innocuous, but become significant...

Friday August 1, 2014

Notes from Saints training camp at the Greenbrier

Saints president Dennis Lauscha admits he was not confident that the Greenbrier could have the team’s practice facility ready for the start of camp last...

Thursday 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...

Wednesday 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...

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