Monday July 10, 2017

Manchin embracing 2018 challenge

When asked about what is expected to be a brutal 2018 re-election battle, a wide smile spread over Joe Manchin’s face.  “I love campaigning,” Manchin...

Friday July 7, 2017

The great healthcare condundrum

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders brings his national tour against the Senate health care bill to Morgantown Sunday. At some point, the Vermont independent and former...

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Hope Village rises from the flood

The famed Greenbrier Resort has nearly erased the signs of the devastating flood from one year ago. The Old White course has been completely rebuilt...

Tuesday July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

(Editor’s note:  This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every Independence Day.) John Adams’s letter to his wife Abigail was...

Monday July 3, 2017

Clerks, Secretary of State clean up voter rolls.

West Virginia has a sordid history of election fraud.   State Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry filled 532 pages in his book “Don’t Buy Another...

Friday June 30, 2017

Not our finest hour

In Philadelphia 241 years ago, a group of revolutionaries was debating the precise wording of the colonies’ Declaration of Independence from England. There were divisions,...

Thursday June 29, 2017

Obamacare repeal and replace harder than GOP thought

For over seven years, Republicans criticized Obamacare.  The words “repeal and replace” were part of the conservative mantra, and one that contributed to their election...

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Governor Jim Justice’s Learning Curve

Candidate Jim Justice promised he would be a different kind of Governor, and he has been so far. What is unclear after five months is...

Friday June 23, 2017

The Flood of 2016 cannot wash away our Mountaineer Spirit

  Today marks the one year anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016 in West Virginia.  Up to ten inches of rain forced creeks and...

Wednesday June 21, 2017

The Slants take stand for the First Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the belief that the answer to unpopular speech is more speech, not less. The court ruled 8-0...

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Finally we are going to #FTDR

West Virginia is finally going to #FTDR (Fix the Damn Roads). The highway plans were nearly lost in all the debate and consternation about the...

Monday June 19, 2017

Governor should sign budget bill to avoid shutdown

Sometimes you have to declare victory and leave. That’s where Gov. Jim Justice and lawmakers are after a 20-day special session to pass a balanced...

Friday June 16, 2017

Budget meeting blows up, but Senate still unites behind plan

Governor Jim Justice brought together Legislative leaders and stakeholders to try, yet again, to win over converts to the  plan to gradually lower the state’s...

Thursday June 15, 2017

Ballpark shooting no time for the blame game

It does not take long for agendas to be attached to tragedies.  The proliferation of social media, 24/7 television news and talk radio typically generate...

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Gov, Senate Republicans should give up on tax cuts… for now

One of the points of consternation during the state budget debate has been the plan to lower the state’s income tax rates.  Senate Republicans and...

Tuesday June 13, 2017

A few positive signs for the state’s economy

The biggest reason Governor Justice and lawmakers are sweating out the budget for next fiscal year is that coal and natural gas severance tax collections...

Monday June 12, 2017

The state budget dumpster fire

The informal definition of a dumpster fire is “a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation.”  With that in mind, consider the ongoing debate at the State...

Friday June 9, 2017

The budget debate comes down to “triggers.”

The new buzzword at the State Capitol is “triggers.”  Commit it to memory and feel free to use the word knowingly in casual conversation to...

Thursday June 8, 2017

Gov. Justice needs to embrace politics, not reject it.

Governor Jim Justice has grown increasingly frustrated with the drawn out budget discussions with lawmakers.  “I want this to be over, and I want it...

Wednesday June 7, 2017

State computer consultants run up gigantic bills

West Virginia government officials had a good idea back in 2010—create software that would link all state department computer systems to dramatically improve business functions...

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