Today December 18, 2017

Bray Cary’s role in Governor’s office questioned

For many, their view of government has fallen from a healthy skepticism to downright mistrust.  I tend to give public servants the benefit of the...

Friday December 8, 2017

All I want for Christmas…

I’m on vacation next week and we have a couple of family get-togethers planned. I hope we can avoid talking politics. I love politics and...

Thursday December 7, 2017

Tip and The Gipper: How I miss those days.

Once upon a time there were two great men who were the most powerful people in our country. One was Ronald Reagan, who surprised the...

Wednesday December 6, 2017

Supreme Court takes a bite out of gay marriage/wedding cake issue

It is traditional for couples to have a cake at their wedding.  The couple has to make decisions about how much they can afford and...

Tuesday December 5, 2017

West Virginia has more regulations that you can count… almost

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has launched State RegData, “a first-of-its-kind project to quantify the level of regulation across the 50 states.”  It...

Friday December 1, 2017

Justice Robin Davis’s one-half million dollar office

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) is the latest legislative leader to express outrage over excessive spending by the West Virginia Supreme...

Thursday November 30, 2017

Blankenship will use U.S. Senate race to try to reopen UBB investigation

Don Blankenship is filing papers to run for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in West Virginia for the seat now held by Democratic...

Wednesday November 29, 2017

The EPA comes to West Virginia to listen… finally

It’s taken awhile—several years in fact—but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally come to West Virginia to hear testimony about the Clean Power Plan. ...

Tuesday November 28, 2017

Men behaving badly

The stories about sexual harassment, abuse and assault of women by men in power will fade because every story has a shelf-life.  The staying power...

Monday November 27, 2017

Story of State Supreme Court spending controversy should not disappear

The controversy over extravagant spending on furnishings by the West Virginia Supreme Court has died down, but the story isn’t over, nor should it be....

Wednesday November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving blessings

I started my Thanksgiving a little early.  It was unexpected and certainly not traditional, but no less meaningful. There was no turkey or football or...

Tuesday November 21, 2017

West Virginia should finish the job on single-member districts

West Virginia continues to be an outlier on how House of Delegates districts are determined.  Forty-seven of the 67 districts are single-member—one delegate per district. ...

Monday November 20, 2017

Tax reform benefits West Virginia and the country

It has taken three decades, but the Congress is finally close to passing comprehensive and badly needed tax reform.  The House of Representatives passed its...

Friday November 17, 2017

Legislators turn focus on Supreme Court spending following report on luxury purchases

The issue of the lack of legislative review of the judiciary’s budget has been simmering at the State Capitol for a few years now.  Some...

Thursday November 16, 2017

West Virginia’s shining moment in civil rights

(Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a commentary I posted two years ago on the anniversary of the decision.) One-hundred and nineteen years ago...

Wednesday November 15, 2017

State Supreme Court spends big on office furniture

West Virginia is not a wealthy state.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our median household income is $43,385, one of the lowest in the...

Tuesday November 14, 2017

Jobs are opening, but you need the training

The image of a shuttered factory representing the decline of blue collar jobs has been etched in our minds, and for good reason.  Since 1991...

Monday November 13, 2017

Charleston takes on its panhandling problem

Charleston City Council is considering ordinances that would place some prohibitions on panhandlers. One ordinance would restrict where people could solicit money. Another would require...

Friday November 10, 2017

West Virginia’s Big Deal with China

The announcement was stunning if, for no other reason, than the size of the number.  China Energy says it will invest $83.7 billion in natural...

Thursday November 9, 2017

What does the Virginia election say about West Virginia?

Democrats are understandably pumped after Tuesday’s elections.  Democrats won the governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey and scored additional victories across the country.  The...

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