Hoppy’s Commentary

Today April 16, 2014

Finish the race

Teresa DeLong’s goal is to finish Monday’s Boston Marathon. Last year, DeLong was just a half-mile from completing the 26.2 mile course when suddenly the...

Yesterday April 15, 2014

From Hollywood to Huntington: Can Mike D’Antoni come home?

It’s not often a university’s search for a new basketball coach extends to the Los Angeles Lakers, but there does seem to be some celestial...

Monday April 14, 2014

Coldwater Creek leaves WV high and dry

The bankruptcy filing of Coldwater Creek women’s clothing and accessory retailer abruptly ends what had been touted as an economic success story in West Virginia....

Friday April 11, 2014

Experts: State Constitution permits fetal pain bill override

It appears pro-life lawmakers have an easier route than first thought if they want to overturn Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the fetal pain...

Thursday April 10, 2014

The EPA’s ‘technically feasible’ standards

The EPA’s bait-and-switch on coal continued this week in Washington.  During a Senate hearing on the EPA’s budget for 2015, administrator Gina McCarthy tried her...

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Tax Freedom Day gets later and later

It’s the time of year when we think more about taxes.  Our completed returns show just how much we paid last year to the government. ...

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Rahall campaign refutes retirement story

CNN’s John King set off a minor furor in West Virginia politics Sunday when he reported that 3rd District Congressman Nick Rahall was considering retiring....

Monday April 7, 2014

The graying of West Virginia

West Virginia is getting older, and that’s yet another discouraging piece of news for a state that faces myriad challenges. A report by the WVU...

Friday April 4, 2014

Supreme Court makes right call on campaign contributions

Government attempts to control spending on electioneering have always rested on shaky ground.  Politicians respond to big dollar campaigns by making up arbitrary limits on...

Thursday April 3, 2014

Big Obamacare number in West Virginia

Most of the focus on the new health care law has been about problems with the website and the number of people who have signed...

Wednesday April 2, 2014

New WV gun law causes confusion

We have sharp disagreement over a key provision of the gun bill just signed into law by Governor Tomblin. A critical section of the law...

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Abortion foes livid over Tomblin’s fetal pain veto.

Normally the best time to release controversial news is late Friday afternoon when folks are more focused on the weekend than the headlines.  So Gov....

Monday March 31, 2014

Manchin carves out his territory

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, whose political acumen continues to sharpen with age and experience, has joined with a group of fellow moderate Senate Democrats and...

Friday March 28, 2014

The crumbling business model of college sports

The landscape of major college sports is on course to change dramatically, and this time it’s not about conference realignment.   Consider these recent developments: –Former...

Thursday March 27, 2014

Minimum wage mess

One of the dangerous aspects of lawmaking is unintended consequences.  Legislators pass a law only to learn later that the language makes a change that...

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Mrs. Obama delivers America’s message

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a simple yet profound message about America during her visit to China this week.  In her speech, which was delivered...

Tuesday March 25, 2014

EPA ‘magical thinking’ prevails

In 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused the EPA of engaging in “magical thinking” when the agency revoked part of a permit...

Monday March 24, 2014

Tournament memories

Final thoughts from the 101st West Virginia SSAC Boys High School Basketball Tournament: —Coming to Charleston undefeated is like the curse associated with appearing on...

Friday March 21, 2014

Rev. Phelps meets his maker

The Rev. Fred W. Phelps, Sr., has died.    The 84-year-old founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church had been in hospice care. Phelps, his...

Thursday March 20, 2014

West Virginia motorists dodge potholes

Spring officially arrives today, but winter leaves behind a reminder—pothole filled roads.   The pockmarked highways are so bad that not even the Division of Transportation...

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