Friday May 18, 2018

I’m out! Your turn

I’m out for a few days. Commentaries will return Thursday, May 24. However, now’s a good time to get your chops in. Please complete the...

Thursday May 17, 2018

Charleston needle exchange program misses the mark

In December 2015, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department began a Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program (HRSSP).  Health officials and city leaders supported the program as a...

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Fracking study shows no water well contamination

Two years ago, University of Cincinnati environmental studies professor Dr. Amy Townsend-Small caused a stir when she told a meeting of the Carroll County (Ohio)...

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Supreme Court decision on sports betting puts WV at the front of the line

West Virginia’s gamble to be one of the first states to seize on legalized sports betting appears to be paying off.  The U.S. Supreme Court,...

Monday May 14, 2018

Governor Justice’s communications breakdown

Governor Jim Justice has a communications problem. It is vital for the Governor and his top staff to be on the same page when it...

Friday May 11, 2018

Blankenship pledges to campaign against Morrisey

Don Blankenship may have finished a distant third behind Patrick Morrisey and Evan Jenkins in the race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate,...

Thursday May 10, 2018

Blankenship’s surge was “a little bunkum.”

One of the hottest political stories in the country leading up to the May 8 Primary Election in West Virginia was Don Blankenship.  Was the...

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Post-primary notes

Notes from the 2018 Primary Election: —Of the 1,227,600 West Virginians currently registered to vote, unofficially 23.7 percent cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary. Those...

Tuesday May 8, 2018

Blankenship vs. Trump

President Trump dropped a “May surprise” on the eve of the West Virginia Primary Election with a tweet about the race for the Republican nomination...

Monday May 7, 2018

Blankenship vs. McConnell

If you just tuned in to the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia you might think that it was a contest between Don Blankenship and...

Friday May 4, 2018

Politics and lying

We’ve heard a lot this week about lying. The word was tossed around liberally during the debate of the three leading Republican candidates for the...

Thursday May 3, 2018

Breaking down the U.S. Senate race in WV

I am frequently asked who I think will win the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia.  Short answer—I don’t...

Wednesday May 2, 2018

GOP debate: sparks and humor

Who knew what to expect in last night’s debate among the three leading candidates for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate? This was, by...

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Fox News brings national attention to race for GOP nomination to U.S. Senate

We’ve been told for months by the national pundits that the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia this year for the seat currently held by...

Monday April 30, 2018

Bernie Sanders’ socialist utopian jobs program

Politicians are forever promising to create good jobs.  It has become a dog whistle for the political class that too many of us unfortunately fall...

Friday April 27, 2018

Early voting in West Virginia grows in popularity

The 2018 Primary Election is still eleven days away, but the voting has already begun. Early voting started on Wednesday and will continue until May...

Thursday April 26, 2018

Fox Poll shows GOP Senate nomination up for grabs

The Fox News Poll released this week gives us the best snapshot-in-time so far of the ultra-competitive race for the Republican nomination to the U.S....

Wednesday April 25, 2018

Justice administration, casino operators at odds over sports betting fees

A meeting of representatives of the Justice administration and the state’s casinos planned for Thursday concerning the controversial integrity fee has been postponed until early...

Tuesday April 24, 2018

Democrats continue to lose ground in WV party registration

Just 24 years ago, West Virginia was a deep blue state.  Two out of every three voters were Democrats and that was reflected time and...

Monday April 23, 2018

FEC reports show who has the money for the stretch run

The filings for fundraising and spending by political candidates during the first quarter are in.  Here are a couple of highlights from the Federal Election...

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