Thursday December 22, 2016

Almost Heaven, but not always home

The email to me from “Krista” was short and to the point: “(I) enjoy listening to your show from Northern Virginia.  I grew up in...

Wednesday December 21, 2016

WSJ: The children of the opioid crisis

The opioid crisis that has enveloped West Virginia and many other parts of the country is sweeping with it not just addicted adults, but also...

Tuesday December 20, 2016

President Obama takes one final shot at coal

The Obama administration on its way out the door is delivering one last blow to the coal industry–the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement’s...

Monday December 19, 2016

West Virginia looks to capitalize more on being “wild and wonderful”

Former state Senator and successful businessman Oshel Craigo once told me his simple secret to success: “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell...

Friday December 9, 2016

Pruitt appointment will bring EPA back in line

The environmental left is apoplectic over President-elect Trump’s choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Sierra Club...

Tuesday December 6, 2016

WV government vehicle fleet size still a moving target

West Virginia budget hawks frequently point to the state’s motor vehicle fleet as an area ripe for savings. Anecdotally, they talk about all the vehicles...

Monday December 5, 2016

Labor’s uphill battle to stop right-to-work in WV

West Virginia labor organizations are mounting a legal challenge to the state’s right-to-work law.  Friday, Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey heard both sides...

Friday December 2, 2016

Pennies saved while roads deteriorate

West Virginia’s gasoline tax is dropping slightly at the first of the year. Normally, lower taxes would be reason to celebrate, but not in this...

Thursday December 1, 2016

Repeal of concealed carry was not a factor in Charleston shooting

Last week’s shooting death of a teenager in Charleston’s East End was a terrible tragedy. James Means, 15, was shot and killed by William Pulliam,...

Wednesday November 30, 2016

Justice Benjamin strikes a libertarian chord

Outgoing state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has always had a libertarian lean.  Benjamin, who lost his bid for re-election last May, has frequently posited...

Tuesday November 29, 2016

Skyler Howard hears the boos

The question posed to WVU quarterback Skyler Howard after the win over Iowa State last Saturday was innocuous: “Senior Day is up next. What are...

Monday November 28, 2016

W.Va. county breakdown of the general election

We know that Republicans scored big (or at least maintained their advantage) in statewide and legislative races in the General Election earlier this month, but...

Friday November 25, 2016

Governor-elect Justice has the new President in his rolodex

Governor-elect Jim Justice likes to tout his contacts. “I can pick up the phone and call almost anybody in the world and they’ll at least...

Wednesday November 23, 2016

Today’s grievance politics

The College of William & Mary held a “conversation among faculty and students” Monday night to talk about Thanksgiving.  The college website said the forum...

Monday November 21, 2016

Senators Prezioso and Woelfel in running for Minority Leader

The Republicans in the state Senate have settled their leadership question with Senator Mitch Carmichael emerging as the next President, but the Democrats are still...

Sunday November 20, 2016

Gaunch concedes to Carmichael in Senate Presidency race

Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) is going to be the next President of the State Senate.  Carmichael’s only rival for the position, Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha),...

Friday November 18, 2016

Grading WV public schools

The state Department of Education this week released the first ever school accountability report card, assigning letter grades to every public school in the state....

Thursday November 17, 2016

Carmichael and Gaunch in tight race for Senate President

The General Election is over, but the race for the leadership of the state Senate is in full campaign mode. The two candidates for the...

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Labor PAC strikes out in election

Labor took a big swing in the election last week and missed. Labor unions teamed up with trial attorneys and other supporters to create the...

Monday November 14, 2016

West Virginia’s Democratic Party faces a reckoning

Sometime in the near future the leaders of the West Virginia Democratic Party should have a retreat where some soul searching will be in order....

Latest Newscasts