Today February 22, 2019

Senate Republicans cool to stand-alone teacher pay raise bill

The controversial education reform bill is dead. SB 451 collapsed in a heap earlier this week when House Republicans failed to muster enough votes to...

Yesterday February 21, 2019

‘Campus Carry’ likely coming to West Virginia

West Virginia will likely become the 12th state to allow individuals to carry guns on college campuses. It’s important to note that HB 2519—the “Campus...

Wednesday February 20, 2019

So, I got it wrong

To quote my headline from yesterday’s commentary: “Teachers jump the gun on strike call.” I was wrong. The premise of Tuesday’s commentary was that there...

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Teachers jump the gun on strike call

West Virginia school teachers have called for a statewide strike starting Tuesday—the second strike in as many years–shutting down the state’s schools. The strike call...

Monday February 18, 2019

Trump serves up a gag-worthy meal to members of his own party

President Trump has declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexican border so he can reallocate several billion dollars toward construction of the border wall.  The...

Friday February 15, 2019

Teacher unions, Dems winning education debate

The biggest challenge for leaders of the state teacher unions and their supporters in the Legislature Thursday night and Friday morning was to keep from...

Thursday February 14, 2019

Loughry expresses no remorse as he heads to prison

  The remarkable fall of Allen Loughry will end with the raw sound of a prison door being locked. The brilliant attorney who ran a...

Wednesday February 13, 2019

There’s a lot more to the education bill than charter schools

Many of the hours and hours of debate over the comprehensive education reform bill (SB 451) have focused on two issues—charter schools and education savings...

Tuesday February 12, 2019

Delegate Porterfield keeps digging himself deeper into a hole

The old adage says, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” That would be good counsel for Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield from Mercer...

Monday February 11, 2019

We should not be defined by tribalism

America feels deeply divided on, well, everything.  At least it seems that way.  You know when we cannot agree on what constitutes a “wall” that...

Friday February 8, 2019

Wheeling Island Casino wants second casino at The Highlands

Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack wants the West Virginia Legislature to permit a satellite casino within Ohio County. House Bill 2901 allowing that second gambling...

Thursday February 7, 2019

How the education bill could affect your property taxes

Public education is expensive. This fiscal year West Virginia will spend $2 billion out of a $4.4 billion General Revenue budget to educate our children...

Wednesday February 6, 2019

Education bill likely to change in the House

The attention now turns to the House of Delegates to begin work on the comprehensive and controversial education reform bill.  The Senate passed out SB...

Tuesday February 5, 2019

The Super Bowl was not that bad.

It seems that everyone, except perhaps Patriot fans, found something to hate about the Super Bowl. The New York Times Kevin Draper wrote, “It was...

Monday February 4, 2019

Why a teachers strike would be a mistake

The leaders of the three teacher and service workers unions in the state have called on their local chapters to decide whether to support or...

Friday February 1, 2019

State school board may be frustrated, but still supports key provisions of ed bill

The big story out of the state School Board’s emergency meeting this week was frustration expressed by state School Superintendent Steve Paine over he and...

Wednesday January 30, 2019

Congress tries novel approach to wall controversy–regular order of business

An unusual thing is going to happen this afternoon at 1:30 in room HC-5 at the U.S. Capitol—a conference committee of Senate and House members...

Tuesday January 29, 2019

Sweeping education bill runs into trouble at the Capitol

Republicans hold the majorities in the state House of Delegates and the Senate.  The state’s Governor is a Republican.  With those advantages, you might think...

Monday January 28, 2019

The state Supreme Court gets the message

Breaking news: The other day, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker and Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins were having lunch together in the...

Friday January 25, 2019

DHHR needs help with foster care

West Virginia’s opioid crisis has contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of children who have to be removed from homes and placed in...

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