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Wednesday July 18, 2018

Trump’s Helsinki fumble, and questionable recovery

The words spoken by the leader of the free world matter. Just a few utterances can impact economies, trigger conflict or resolve differences. An American...

Tuesday July 17, 2018

Democrats, Republicans choose up sides on abortion amendment

The Democratic and Republican parties have taken opposite sides on Amendment One, the proposed amendment to the West Virginia Constitution that could dramatically impact abortions...

Monday July 16, 2018

Supreme Court arrogance evident in chastisement of Judiciary Committee investigation

The West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee was just one day into its hearings on whether to impeach one or more members of the...

Friday July 13, 2018

WVU, HEPC clash

Long-simmering tensions between West Virginia University and the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) have risen to a boil. The HEPC develops and oversees policies for...

Thursday July 12, 2018

WV Supreme Court teeters amid controversy

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the court of last resort in our state, is in tatters, and its condition may get worse before...

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Once upon a time when Senator Byrd was considered for the Supreme Court

The biggest story nationally now is President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate is divided along...

Tuesday July 10, 2018

Citizens call out Morgantown City Council

Morgantown City Council received a reprimand from the citizens recently.  The controversy began when council decided to act quickly to buy 40 acres of woods...

Monday July 9, 2018

West Virginia continues to lose population

Last week I wrote about some of the positive economic trends in West Virginia. The most notable was that state government ended the fiscal year...

Friday July 6, 2018

Friday notes from A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

—Tournament director Habibi Mamone confirms that next year’s tournament will move away from the current July 4th holiday week. PGA Tour sources say next season’s...

Thursday July 5, 2018

Beware of political posturing on the state’s economy

West Virginia’s economy is improving. There are a number of significant statistics that demonstrate that, and we’ll get to those in a moment. However, context...

Wednesday July 4, 2018

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...

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Notes from A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

—President Trump is scheduled to make a brief appearance at the Greenbrier this evening. His remarks will be at the Salute to Service Dinner, which...

Monday July 2, 2018

Manchin’s middle ground on Supreme Court pick

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is not only in the midst of a difficult re-election campaign, he’s also a key player in the high-stakes battle...

Friday June 29, 2018

How the State of West Virginia wasted $1 million of your money

West Virginia state government is an easy target for the criticism of “waste, fraud and abuse.”  Often when individuals—especially politicians—make those claims, they cannot back...

Thursday June 28, 2018

House Judiciary faces weighty challenge with impeachment

The state Legislature’s first impeachment inquiry in 29 years is underway. The charge to the House Judiciary Committee is to determine whether there is enough...

Wednesday June 27, 2018

A brief history of impeachment in West Virginia

The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted unanimously to begin impeachment proceedings against indicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. House Resolution 201 is...

Tuesday June 26, 2018

WV wastes $1 million on unused property rental

The West Virginia Auditor’s Office has found that the state kept paying to rent office space at the Middletown Mall in Fairmont for almost three...

Monday June 25, 2018

Court decision means a fairer way to collect sales tax

Main street West Virginia received some long-awaited good news last week when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair that...

Friday June 22, 2018

The Telecommuting Governor

Governor Jim Justice lives in Greenbrier County, but the state Capitol is 110 miles away in Charleston, and that’s a problem. Article 7, Section 1...

Thursday June 21, 2018

How the Loughry charges rise to a federal case

The indictment of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry brings to mind the legal truism that the cover-up is often worse than the crime....

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