Hoppy Kercheval

Thursday October 11, 2018

WVU has given frats enough rope

Four years ago, Nolan Burch, a WVU freshman from New York, died from alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing.  His blood alcohol content was 0.493,...

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Obamacare, once a yoke for Democrats, now a talking point

Remember when Republican politicians made a living running against Obamacare?  It wasn’t that long ago.  The rage against the Affordable Care Act contributed to Republicans...

Tuesday October 9, 2018

West Virginia’s massive loss of potential

Governor Justice is right to be bullish on West Virginia’s economy. It is growing and creating jobs.  That’s reflected in the latest numbers showing state...

Monday October 8, 2018

Why Manchin voted ‘yes’ on Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin waited until the very last minute Friday to cast his “yes” vote for cloture to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh...

Friday October 5, 2018

America’s Ugly Divorce

I wonder how many of you have been, like me, deeply disturbed by the events surrounding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S....

Thursday October 4, 2018

Justice surprises teachers, legislators with pay plan

Governor Jim Justice likes to go big, and he clearly did this week when he announced plans for another five percent across-the-board pay raise for school...

Friday September 28, 2018

West Virginia scores well in Tax Foundation report

The Tax Foundation has released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index and, once again, West Virginia does pretty well, but still has room for...

Thursday September 27, 2018

What if Dr. Blasey and Judge Kavanaugh are both telling the truth?

We are expected to hear today from Professor Christine Blasey Ford about how she was sexually attacked by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh...

Wednesday September 26, 2018

West Virginia needs another surge of immigrants

In the early years of statehood, West Virginia needed workers—people willing to move to the new state to cut timer, build railroads, homes and barns,...

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Morrisey hopes for Trump bump, and he needs it

President Trump is coming to Wheeling Saturday to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey.  This will be Trump’s second visit to West Virginia...

Monday September 24, 2018

Impeachment web becomes more tangled

The sticky web that is the Legislature’s impeachment process for three current members and one former member of the state Supreme Court has now become...

Friday September 21, 2018

New House of Delegates leaders face tough re-election battles

Clay County Republican Roger Hanshaw is the new Speaker of the House of Delegates and he has chosen Jefferson County Republican Riley Moore to be...

Thursday September 20, 2018

The no-show problem in West Virginia public schools

It has been said, in one form or another, that 80 percent of success is showing up—if we can just overcome inertia and force ourselves...

Wednesday September 19, 2018

SoS Mac Warner rolls the dice on firings

Mac Warner has been a hard-working, productive Secretary of State.  Under his leadership, the office has made significant improvements in the state’s business registration process,...

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kavanaugh allegation changes dynamic for Manchin, Capito

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was headed toward likely confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the best efforts of a number of Democrats to derail the...

Sunday September 16, 2018

WV Senate pushes for the political guillotine with Supreme Court trials

French revolutionaries cut off the heads of the nobility. They used the guillotine to execute King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, but it didn’t stop...

Friday September 14, 2018

Failing grades for many WV public schools

The state Department of Education has released the first report card grading every public school in West Virginia, and in many cases it is not...

Thursday September 13, 2018

Should the state Senate put former Justice Robin Davis on trial?

Among the many questions swirling amid the ongoing impeachment proceedings of current and former State Supreme Court Justices is whether it is necessary to put...

Wednesday September 12, 2018

The long strange trip of Supreme Court impeachment

The historic and controversial impeachment of three current and one former member of the West Virginia Supreme Court has taken another strange twist. Tuesday’s pre-trial...

Tuesday September 11, 2018

The lost silver lining of 9/11

The terrorist attack 17 years ago today was one of the darkest moments in the country’s history. Four coordinated attacks using commercial airplanes killed nearly...

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