Hoppy’s Commentary

Today January 27, 2015

The next front on the legal reform fight in WV

The next fight in the Legislature on legal reform is the issue of “deliberate intent.” West Virginia has had in place for years a workers’...

Yesterday January 26, 2015

West Virginia’s long road to fiscal soundness

Last week, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the return on state investments produced $44 million more than expected.  It was a good story, but...

Friday January 23, 2015

Puccio’s out, who’s in at Democratic headquarters?

For all of 2014, state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio seemed like Sisyphus, the figure from Greek mythology who was condemned to push a large...

Thursday January 22, 2015

The cost of a ‘free’ education

It was a big applause line when President Obama went to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee and said, “Community college should be free...

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Our worker conundrum

Marketwatch reported a stunning bit of news last week.  “West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half its adult civilian population...

Tuesday January 20, 2015

So, a man falls down a hole…

One of the first things responsible parents teach their children is that actions have consequences. Run with scissors and you might get hurt. Touch a...

Monday January 19, 2015

Manchin misses mark on energy law

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s political acumen is normally pretty sharp.  His infamous 2010 TV ad where he fires a bullet into the federal cap-and-trade bill...

Friday January 16, 2015

Notes from under the Capitol dome

—Senator Joe Manchin’s ears must have been burning yesterday afternoon as lawmakers started advancing a repeal a 2009 law requiring West Virginia utilities to use...

Thursday January 15, 2015

And we’re off!

Wednesday’s start to West Virginia’s 82nd Legislature carried with it a strong sense of history. After all, the state had not had Republican majorities in...

Wednesday January 14, 2015

Republicans get their chance at the statehouse

George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” West Virginians voted for change last...

Tuesday January 13, 2015

Free speech, secular government and Islam

America’s Founders wisely understood the necessity of protecting unpopular speech.  After all, they were revolutionaries.  The First Amendment to our Constitution is so firmly ingrained...

Monday January 12, 2015

Tomblin eyes savings to balance budget, but GOP looks for another way

During the state legislative session there are always highly-publicized fights on any number of policy issues, from abortion to wild animal possession and all matters...

Friday January 9, 2015

Manchin’s new power in the GOP Senate

When Joe Manchin first went to Washington four years ago, he was unsettled. The painfully deliberate pace of the U.S. Senate and the hyper-partisanship of...

Wednesday January 7, 2015

Remembering Arch Moore

Years ago, former Governor Arch Moore used to call me occasionally to chat about politics. He would identify himself as “your friend from the northern...

Will Congress and the President be different in 2015?

The New Year inevitably produces spasms of optimism; get in shape, eat smarter, quit smoking, find a better job.  Whether we follow through is another...

Tuesday January 6, 2015

Shane Lyons comes home; challenges await

West Virginia University appears to have made good choice with Shane Lyons as the school’s new athletic director.   He has a lot going for him....

Monday January 5, 2015

A defense of the cops

Last Thursday, an Oak Hill, North Carolina couple was murdered and their home set on fire.  Police believe Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife Dora,...

Friday January 2, 2015

How raising the minimum wage in WV became a mess

This should not have been that difficult. A majority of West Virginia lawmakers wanted to raise the state’s minimum wage.  It had remained unchanged at...

Wednesday December 31, 2014

WV taxes: Progress, but still a ways to go

Here’s another reason to celebrate the New Year. The final portion of West Virginia’s regressive Business Franchise Tax is coming off the books. The state...

Tuesday December 30, 2014

My top 10 stories of 2014

We in the media love end-of-the-year lists.  I’m no different, so here’s my short list of the top West Virginia news stories 10. President Kopp...

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