Today July 21, 2017

Capito’s healthcare position gives her trouble on her right flank

In December, 2015, the United States Senate passed a reconciliation bill that would have defunded major portions of Obamacare. The bill passed with the support...

Yesterday July 20, 2017

Welcoming the Boy Scouts back to West Virginia

Those of us who live in West Virginia know the benefits—beautiful scenery, friendly people, bucolic communities.  These and other qualities help keep us content to...

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Why Republicans miss Obama

The New York Times’ Nick Confessore had a provocative Tweet Monday night as the Senate’s Obamacare replacement plan collapsed.  “Not being flip here: how much...

Tuesday July 18, 2017

America leaves future generations with massive debts, obligations

The United States is heading down the path to becoming an insurance company with a really big army. Let’s start with Medicaid.  The most recent...

Monday July 17, 2017

Justice company debts damage Governor’s credibility

When it comes to money, Jim Justice is a paradox. He is incredibly wealthy. Forbes estimates his net worth at nearly $1.6 billion dollars. Justice...

Friday July 14, 2017

Nicholas County consolidation issue tests local v. state authority

School consolidation is almost always controversial and emotional.  Proponents see the benefits of new facilities and economies of scale.  Opponents lament losing their community school...

Thursday July 13, 2017

Toilet troubles at the State Capitol

The tension between Governor Jim Justice and the Legislature has overflowed, and this time the issue is toilets. Justice fired off a press release Wednesday...

Wednesday July 12, 2017

2018 GOP Primary for U.S. Senate in WV heats up early

West Virginia’s political migration from blue to red means the Republican Party increasingly faces prospects of contested Primary Elections.  West Virginia Wesleyan Political Science Professor...

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Small West Virginia company wins big fight

Lexmark International is a U.S.-based global provider of printing and imaging products, software and services.  Impression Products is a Charleston, West Virginia company with about...

Monday July 10, 2017

Manchin embracing 2018 challenge

When asked about what is expected to be a brutal 2018 re-election battle, a wide smile spread over Joe Manchin’s face.  “I love campaigning,” Manchin...

Friday July 7, 2017

The great healthcare condundrum

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders brings his national tour against the Senate health care bill to Morgantown Sunday. At some point, the Vermont independent and former...

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Hope Village rises from the flood

The famed Greenbrier Resort has nearly erased the signs of the devastating flood from one year ago. The Old White course has been completely rebuilt...

Tuesday July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

(Editor’s note:  This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every Independence Day.) John Adams’s letter to his wife Abigail was...

Monday July 3, 2017

Clerks, Secretary of State clean up voter rolls.

West Virginia has a sordid history of election fraud.   State Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry filled 532 pages in his book “Don’t Buy Another...

Friday June 30, 2017

Not our finest hour

In Philadelphia 241 years ago, a group of revolutionaries was debating the precise wording of the colonies’ Declaration of Independence from England. There were divisions,...

Thursday June 29, 2017

Obamacare repeal and replace harder than GOP thought

For over seven years, Republicans criticized Obamacare.  The words “repeal and replace” were part of the conservative mantra, and one that contributed to their election...

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Governor Jim Justice’s Learning Curve

Candidate Jim Justice promised he would be a different kind of Governor, and he has been so far. What is unclear after five months is...

Friday June 23, 2017

The Flood of 2016 cannot wash away our Mountaineer Spirit

  Today marks the one year anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016 in West Virginia.  Up to ten inches of rain forced creeks and...

Wednesday June 21, 2017

The Slants take stand for the First Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the belief that the answer to unpopular speech is more speech, not less. The court ruled 8-0...

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Finally we are going to #FTDR

West Virginia is finally going to #FTDR (Fix the Damn Roads). The highway plans were nearly lost in all the debate and consternation about the...

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