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Today October 31, 2014

When colleges become super fans

Morgantown will be the site this weekend of one of the biggest college football games in the country.  The immensely popular pregame show, ESPN GameDay,...

Yesterday October 30, 2014

Sorting out WV-2 and WV-3

Political prognosticators, me included, are trying desperately to determine a lean in the two most competitive Congressional races in West Virginia.  But with just five...

Wednesday October 29, 2014

West Virginia shows promise on taxes

The non-partisan Tax Foundation has released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index and the news for West Virginia is encouraging.  Our state has the...

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Handicapping West Virginia state Senate races (part two)

Here’s part two of my handicapping of state Senate races. Today, we’ll do the 10th through the 17th. –WV10 (Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers): Democrat Ron Miller of Lewisburg...

Monday October 27, 2014

Handicapping state Senate races

West Virginia statehouse races can be difficult to predict.  There’s only limited polling, if any, and local races can be notoriously fickle.  However, let’s take...

Friday October 24, 2014

Tennant’s campaign miscue

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant had a mini-campaign rally outside Kanawha County’s voter registration office Wednesday where early voting was getting underway.  Tennant led a...

Thursday October 23, 2014

WVU holds students accountable for riots

WVU President E. Gordon Gee was unequivocal when he spoke about the student riots following the football game last weekend:  “For those identified as participating...

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Manchin tries to lift Democrats caught under Obama’s weight

Red state Democrats would like to send a message to President Obama: Please stop trying to help. Democratic candidates in West Virginia and many other...

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Campaign spending update

Several political races in West Virginia this campaign season are becoming expensive propositions, according to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. West...

Sunday October 19, 2014

WVU’s postgame celebration goes too far… again

WVU wins a big football game and students turn Morgantown into a riot zone. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Unfortunately the big story...

Friday October 17, 2014

Why Ebola scares us

It’s unlikely that either you or I will contract Ebola.   It’s also farfetched that any of us will be attacked by a shark, but that...

Thursday October 16, 2014

Do we really need 55 county school systems?

Government bureaucracy announcements of plans to reorganize are often met with a fair amount of eye-rolling.  After meetings, studies and more meetings, the deck chairs...

Wednesday October 15, 2014

The energy renaissance

Forty years ago, the United States was thrown into a panic by the Arab Oil Embargo. OPEC’s decision to stop oil exports to the U.S....

Tuesday October 14, 2014

America’s fear

The word “fear” is in the news a lot these days. Fear that Ebola will spread.  Fear that ISIS (and other terror groups) will establish...

Monday October 13, 2014

Positive signs in WV public education

New state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano’s plan for improving public education in West Virginia has a towering title: “One Voice, One Focus: All Students...

Friday October 10, 2014

Harrison County scofflaws

Did some of the political shenanigans virus from Mingo County spread to Harrison County?  Follow along here and see what you think. Last week, the...

Thursday October 9, 2014

Debates: Who wins?

The first question everyone asks after a debate is, “who won?”   It fits with our obsession for applying sports metaphors while discussing politics. After Tuesday’s...

Wednesday October 8, 2014

West Virginia will soon allow same-sex marriage

It’s only a matter of time before same-sex marriage will be legal in West Virginia.   Whether it’s accepted in West Virginia families, communities, churches and...

Tuesday October 7, 2014

WVU admits mistakes in academic fraud case

WVU President E. Gordon Gee admits the University made mistakes in how it handled the case of Anoop Shankar and academic fraud. Gee, appearing on...

Monday October 6, 2014

Lottery cracks down on faux fraternals

In 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed the Limited Video Lottery Act.  The goal was to regulate, control and tax the previously illegal practice of...

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