Today May 4, 2016

Why it’s important to listen to Bo Copley

Presidential campaign stops and stump speeches become a blur after awhile, but occasionally there is a moment of intense clarity, a comment or circumstance where...

Yesterday May 3, 2016

The faded Clinton crown in WV and its impact on Tomblin, Manchin

If you need more evidence of West Virginia’s shifting political paradigm, look at the mixed crowd that turned out for Bill Clinton’s appearance in Logan County...

Monday May 2, 2016

The high costs of kids having kids

Teen pregnancy rates are falling to historic lows in the United States, yet they remain stubbornly high in West Virginia. New figures from the Centers...

Friday April 29, 2016

The harbinger of delayed Medicaid payments

West Virginia’s worsening budget problems are about to be felt in the state’s massive health care delivery system.  The state Department of Health and Human...

Thursday April 28, 2016

Feeling the Bern (not so much)

I confess.  There’s a small part of me that finds Bernie Sanders appealing. No doubt that will confirm the suspicions of readers/listeners who believe I’m...

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Voter registration figures show Democratic slide continues

The latest state voter registration figures show the Democratic Party’s slide continues, while more voters are choosing to identify as Republican or with no party...

Tuesday April 26, 2016

S&P report reveals bad news, good news for WV

Most of the coverage of the recent bond rating report from Standard & Poor’s focused on the bad news—the downgrade of the state’s bond rating...

Friday April 22, 2016

West Virginia’s budget problems getting worse

There is yet another obstacle for lawmakers and Governor Tomblin to overcome as they try to reach agreement on the FY 2017 budget; it’s the...

Thursday April 21, 2016

Where’s the judge?

For Republicans and Independents voting a Republican ballot in the May 10th Primary Election, finding the judicial candidates of choice could be like a voting...

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Why Buchanan County, Virginia’s election results are important for West Virginia

If you want an indication of Donald Trump’s support in West Virginia, take a look at neighboring Virginia, specifically Buchanan County, which borders the southern...

Tuesday April 19, 2016

An unintended consequence of judicial reform

For Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce, the upcoming West Virginia Supreme Court election could look like the dog that finally caught the car it...

Monday April 18, 2016

Impressions of the gubernatorial forum

Saturday’s gubernatorial forum provided an opportunity-albeit limited-to see the three Democratic candidates on stage together.  You can read about it and watch it here. Here’s...

Friday April 15, 2016

Race for Democratic nomination for governor heats up

The race for the Democratic nomination for governor in West Virginia is about to get more intense. The attention level picks up significantly Saturday when...

Thursday April 14, 2016

Time for compromise in the House on budget deal

All sides in the state budget negotiations in Charleston have pretty well clamped down on publicly discussing their progress, or lack thereof. There are dribs...

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Asking the wrong questions about West Virginia’s economy

I sometimes feel a little sorry for politicians during an election year. The media and the public press candidates for what they are going to...

Tuesday April 12, 2016

W.Va. Dems use caucus to choose convention delegates, but popular vote still a factor

Monday I told you how the West Virginia Republican Party selects delegates to the national convention. Today, I break down the process for the Democratic...

Monday April 11, 2016

Think you’re voting for president in GOP Primary? Think again

The closeness of the race for the Republican nomination for President and the possibility that the nominee could be chosen at the convention has drawn increasing...

Friday April 8, 2016

Tomblin’s hypothetical budget cutting options

Legislative leaders and members of the Tomblin administration continue their private and arduous discussions on what the state’s FY 2017 budget should look like. Principals...

Thursday April 7, 2016

Justice and Don Blankenship

Journalist Walter Lippman said, “In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men.  It administers justice among men who conduct their...

Wednesday April 6, 2016

Feds indict former Huntington SSDI judge and ‘Mr. Social Security’

Five years ago, the Wall Street Journal published a story with the headline, “Disability-claim Judge Has Trouble Saying ‘No.’” It was a disturbing tale of...

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