Hoppy Kercheval

Friday July 24, 2015

The Judicial Investigation Commission goes too far in Justice Davis opinion

The state Judicial Investigation Commission report released this week found no merit to the ethics complaint filed against state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis.  Republican...

Thursday July 23, 2015

Fracking, George Orwell and Yoko Ono

The New York Times earlier this month featured a full-page ad by Yoko Ono in opposition to a planned natural gas pipeline from the gas...

Wednesday July 22, 2015

WV prison correctional officer shortage reaches critical point

West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein says the shortage of guards at state prisons has reached a critical point.  He estimates that more than 300...

Tuesday July 21, 2015

The best of the rest in the 2016 state Senate races

This is part two of my super early handicapping of the state Senate races for 2016. Here are the best of the rest: —WV 4...

Monday July 20, 2015

Handicapping 2016 WV Senate races

Yes, the 2016 General Election is still more than a year away, but several state Senate races are already taking shape.  Seventeen of the 34...

Friday July 17, 2015

Obama administration delivers another blow to coal

The coal industry has been trending toward low ebb for several years now.  Depressed prices, slow growth in global consumption, significantly increased competition from natural gas...

Thursday July 16, 2015

Prevailing wage dispute: Who got what, when and why not?

The ongoing dispute between the Tomblin administration’s Workforce West Virginia division and Republican legislative leaders over prevailing wage has become even more tangled following a...

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Dying wishes

We need to talk more about… dying. No, that’s not much of a conversation starter, but Americans have long existed in a state of denial...

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Another American divide

It is at least somewhat ironic that a nation of immigrants struggles so with the issue of immigration.  One would think that since everyone here,...

Monday July 13, 2015

Is Stonewall Jackson next?

Last Friday’s appropriate (albeit belated) removal of the Confederate flag from in front of the South Carolina capitol building has spawned what the Wall Street...

Friday July 10, 2015

#FTDR

It is encouraging that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Senate President Bill Cole, House Speaker Tim Armstead and Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox met for over an...

Thursday July 9, 2015

What Colorado can teach us about unplanned pregnancies

Having a baby is a life-changing moment, and a significant number of women in West Virginia and across the country find themselves facing that experience...

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Tomblin administration and GOP leaders clash on prevailing wage calculation

The acrimony between Republican legislative leaders and the Tomblin administration over prevailing wage has reached a new level. Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker...

Tuesday July 7, 2015

Justice gets campaign boost from Classic

The winner of this year’s Greenbrier Classic was Danny Lee. The first-time PGA Tour victor took home $1.2 million in prize money, a Greenbrier winner’s jacket...

Monday July 6, 2015

The headwinds of FY 2016 in WV

West Virginia heads into the new fiscal year with some trepidation. Yes, the previous fiscal year ended June 30th with good news; personal income tax...

Friday July 3, 2015

Celebrating Independence

(Editor’s 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 2, 2015

Thursday notes from the Greenbrier Classic

—Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal was a notoriously poor free throw shooter (52%), but that’s still better than his golf game. Shaq whiffed twice off...

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Wednesday notes from the Greenbrier Classic

—Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is expected to play in today’s pro-am tournament. O’Neal was at the gala opening of the Greenbrier casino in 2010...

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Supreme Court finally pulls the reins on the EPA

Finally, a check on the over-zealous Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling Monday, struck down the agency’s Mercury and Air...

Monday June 29, 2015

Marriage equality

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and I support and applaud that decision.  You...

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