Today 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,...

Yesterday 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...

Monday September 10, 2018

Justice administration struggles with turnover in the Commerce department

Governor Jim Justice’s frustration with his search for a new Commerce secretary was evident during an appearance with me on MetroNews Talkline last week. “We’re...

Friday September 7, 2018

An economic rising tide that is not lifting all boats

The economies of the United States and West Virginia are both showing improvement.  The U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent in...

Thursday September 6, 2018

Who West Virginia voters like and don’t like, and why it matters

There are many factors that go into a voter’s decision about which candidate for political office they are going to support.   Does the candidate’s position...

Wednesday September 5, 2018

West Virginia benefits from increased global demand for coal

Coal is once again a hot commodity. The Wall Street Journal reports a surge in the international demand for coal to produce electricity, especially in...

Tuesday September 4, 2018

MetroNews Dominion Post WV Poll tells us more about Manchin-Morrisey race

Last week we released the results of the MetroNews Dominion Post West Virginia Poll. One of the key findings was Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s...

Friday August 31, 2018

Sore loser law keeps Blankenship off the ballot

Don Blankenship is persistent. The former Massey Energy CEO ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. However, even being in the race...

Thursday August 30, 2018

Florida results show potential for a “Trump Bump” for Morrisey in WV

West Virginia Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continues to trail Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Manchin in the polls.  Most of the surveys have Manchin up...

Wednesday August 29, 2018

State government: the good, the bad and the ugly

West Virginia state government is a frequent target of criticism because, well, it’s the government.  It is, by nature, inefficient and bureaucratic.  Additionally, politicians incessantly...

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