Hoppy’s Commentary

Yesterday November 26, 2014

WV House of Delegates firming up GOP leadership team

Last week I wrote about state Senate Republicans firming up virtually all of the leadership and committee chairmanships now that the GOP has the majority....

Tuesday November 25, 2014

The Imperial Presidency

President Obama’s executive action last week shielding more than four million illegal immigrants from deportation is the latest unilateral act by a White House that...

Monday November 24, 2014

WVU tries to change the culture

West Virginia University is quickly reaching critical mass with its party image. Last month, the University expelled three students and disciplined others after hundreds rioted...

Friday November 21, 2014

WV Senate Republicans finalize leadership positions

West Virginia state Senate Republicans have moved quickly to fill leadership positions.   The November election, combined with a party flip by a Democratic Senator, have...

Thursday November 20, 2014

What’s the way forward for West Virginia Democrats?

The West Virginia Democratic Party has to do some serious soul searching.  The state’s dominant party—at least by registration—lost control of the House of Delegates...

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Judge Berger’s gag order in Blankenship case goes too far

The public barely had time to digest the breaking news last week that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship had been indicted on criminal charges...

Tuesday November 18, 2014

Critical Keystone pipeline vote ahead

The U.S. Senate will likely vote today whether to take up legislation approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The House approved a measure last week...

Monday November 17, 2014

Blankenship management style helps prosecutors

Corporate and government higher-ups who want to protect themselves from being connected with any alleged wrongdoing by subordinates use plausible deniability; if they don’t know...

Friday November 7, 2014

WV political shake-up continues

If Tuesday’s General Election in West Virginia was a political earthquake, then the developments the following day were a significant aftershock. Wednesday morning, we were...

Thursday November 6, 2014

West Virginia’s altered political landscape

The West Virginia Democratic Party and many of its candidates took an old fashioned butt whuppin’ Tuesday.  The results of federal and state races were...

Wednesday November 5, 2014

Election makes history in WV

–Shelley Moore Capito becomes the first female U.S. Senator ever elected from the state of West Virginia, and she is the first Republican to hold...

Tuesday November 4, 2014

Why elections matter

It’s easy to take freedom for granted.  We have grown so accustomed to our God-given rights over the years that many of us hardly give...

Monday November 3, 2014

Breaking down WV House of Delegates races

One of the more intriguing questions this election cycle in West Virginia is how the makeup of the state House of Delegates will change.  Democrats...

Friday 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,...

Thursday 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...

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