Today March 27, 2017

The worsening toll of drug addiction in West Virginia

The extent of West Virginia’s drug problem is nearly incomprehensible. As the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Eric Eyre reported in his award-winning series last December, “wholesale drug...

Friday March 24, 2017

Logan County School Board spent surplus, faces budget cuts

School systems across the state have been forced to belt-tighten because of the drop in tax collections stemming from the decline of the coal industry....

Thursday March 23, 2017

If Justice wants results, he should tone down insults

So, I was reading a story in Psychology Today entitled “How to keep Fights from Destroying Your Relationship,” by Dr. Guy Winch. I wasn’t looking...

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Justice turns on emergency light on budget, but will it show the way?

I had a moment Tuesday when reviewing Governor Jim Justice’s press conference where a scene from the movie Animal House popped into my head. It’s...

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Time for the state to give up on dog racing

As West Virginia lawmakers consider ways to cut the budget, one target is the dog racing industry.  The state could save an estimated $15 million...

Friday March 17, 2017

Lawmakers consider a second chance for felons

Darrell Padgett has skills useful in today’s job market in West Virginia. He has an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies. He also has a bachelor’s...

Thursday March 16, 2017

Legal challenge to WV right-to-work law on thin ice

The West Virginia Legislature last year passed Senate Bill One, the Workplace Freedom Act.  The Legislature overrode a veto by Governor Tomblin making West Virginia...

Wednesday March 15, 2017

How ObamaCare replacement impacts Medicaid in WV

West Virginia is heavily dependent upon Medicaid to provide health care coverage.  One out of every four residents (28 percent) relies on the state/federal program...

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Republicans roll out their budget plan, shift the debate

The Republican leaders of the West Virginia Legislature have taken a critical step in the ongoing budget debate at the Capitol. Monday the GOP laid...

Friday March 10, 2017

Justice wants to fire Republicans… but he can’t

Governor Jim Justice was at it again Thursday.  First he went after Republicans during a legislative breakfast where he said Democrats and willing Republicans have...

Thursday March 9, 2017

The disappearance of purple America

Who did your neighbor vote for in the 2016 presidential election?  The odds are you and most of the people in your neighborhood voted the...

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Governor’s barbs could hurt his bills

In the short time Jim Justice has been Governor we have learned this about him: He says what’s on his mind. That’s refreshing at a...

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Senate tax plan hits fiscal wall

Senate Republicans have pushed hard this session for comprehensive tax reform.  Throwing out the current method of collecting revenue and replacing it with a broad...

Monday March 6, 2017

Water bill no reason for panic

The West Virginia Legislature is engaged in a debate over a controversial bill that changes how the state Department of Environmental Protection measures treated discharges...

Friday March 3, 2017

Manchin stands, while Dems sit on their hands

There were times during President Trump’s speech Tuesday night when Senator Joe Manchin stood alone among Democrats to applaud. For the Democratic Senator, it was...

Thursday March 2, 2017

The cutting options on the table for Republicans

Governor Jim Justice decided to cut just $27 million in spending as part of his proposed $4.5 billion general revenue budget for next year. Justice,...

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Republicans progressing on budget alternative

You can tell Republican leaders at the State Capitol are getting weary of answering the question, “Where is YOUR budget proposal?” Governor Jim Justice raised...

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Governor proposes alternative budget plan

There is now a counter-proposal to Governor Jim Justice’s budget for next fiscal year and it comes from… Governor Jim Justice. Justice apparently sensed that...

Monday February 27, 2017

Grizzly vs. Poodle

The West Virginia State Capitol during the legislative session is like a small town; everybody knows everybody, a secret in the morning is common knowledge...

Friday February 24, 2017

Gayle Manchin’s job at Education and the Arts on the chopping block

When Gov. Gaston Caperton took office in 1989, he embarked on a government reorganization effort, shifting dozens of state agencies into just a few departments...

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