Friday May 27, 2016

Justice for Ben Hatfield

From the moment word began to filter out earlier this week that Ben Hatfield had been murdered, friends and associates asked “why?” Hatfield, an engineer...

Thursday May 26, 2016

Maybe this could work

Okay, let’s try this. The proposed .45 cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes along with a bump in the smokeless and chewing tobacco tax was snuffed...

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Tobacco tax failure presents an even greater leadership challenge

The House of Delegates’ rejection of a tobacco tax increase Tuesday represents a low point in the ongoing effort by the Legislature and the Governor...

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Budget blues

Today is day seven of the special legislative session on the budget and it’s not going well… not well at all. The tobacco tax increase,...

Monday May 23, 2016

What’s ahead in week two of the special session

The second week of the Legislature’s special session on the budget begins today with the expectation that both the House and Senate will have proposed...

Friday May 20, 2016

The school bathroom conundrum

The West Virginia public school system, like public schools across the country, must now sort out the disconcerting predicament of how to accommodate girls who...

Thursday May 19, 2016

Drama under the capitol dome

The 3rd day of the Legislature’s special session to work on the budget produced its share of drama. The Senate had a contentious debate before...

Wednesday May 18, 2016

High times, big money

It’s a mere coincidence, but just as West Virginia lawmakers are struggling through a special session to figure out how to plug a $270 million...

Tuesday May 17, 2016

What kind of government do we want in West Virginia?

Governor Tomblin said on MetroNews Talkline Monday that he hopes the legislature’s special session on the budget could be completed by the end of the...

Monday May 16, 2016

Difficult budget negotiations ahead

Lawmakers return to Charleston today for the start of a special legislative session to try to fix the hole in this year’s budget and plan...

Friday May 13, 2016

More debates, please

The field has just been set for the Governor’s race in West Virginia and already we have a debate about debates. Republican nominee Senator Bill...

Thursday May 12, 2016

More election postmortem

–The Secretary of State’s Office says the numbers are still unofficial, but it appears turnout in Tuesday’s primary was around 40 percent. That’s well above the turnout for...

Wednesday May 11, 2016

1:30 a.m. notes from the WV Primary Election

–This was a busy Primary Election.  Voters reported long waits at some precincts and a number of precincts had to remain open well past the...

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Election Day

The country is in a sour mood.  A Gallup Poll last month found 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the way things are going...

Monday May 9, 2016

More insights from the MetroNews West Virginia Poll

The most recent editions of the MetroNews West Virginia Poll give us a snapshot-in-time of the lean of West Virginia voters in two key races...

Friday May 6, 2016

End of the week thoughts

–The competitive races for the Democratic and Republican nominations for President elevated West Virginia’s status from the usual fly-over country.  Bill and Hillary Clinton spent...

Thursday May 5, 2016

Senator Manchin’s gambit with the Clintons

Joe Manchin has always had an effective charm offensive, and he uses that personality to build relationships.  It was evident during the visits by Hillary...

Wednesday 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...

Tuesday 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...

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