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...

Monday June 19, 2017

Governor should sign budget bill to avoid shutdown

Sometimes you have to declare victory and leave. That’s where Gov. Jim Justice and lawmakers are after a 20-day special session to pass a balanced...

Friday June 16, 2017

Budget meeting blows up, but Senate still unites behind plan

Governor Jim Justice brought together Legislative leaders and stakeholders to try, yet again, to win over converts to the  plan to gradually lower the state’s...

Thursday June 15, 2017

Ballpark shooting no time for the blame game

It does not take long for agendas to be attached to tragedies.  The proliferation of social media, 24/7 television news and talk radio typically generate...

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Gov, Senate Republicans should give up on tax cuts… for now

One of the points of consternation during the state budget debate has been the plan to lower the state’s income tax rates.  Senate Republicans and...

Tuesday June 13, 2017

A few positive signs for the state’s economy

The biggest reason Governor Justice and lawmakers are sweating out the budget for next fiscal year is that coal and natural gas severance tax collections...

Monday June 12, 2017

The state budget dumpster fire

The informal definition of a dumpster fire is “a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation.”  With that in mind, consider the ongoing debate at the State...

Friday June 9, 2017

The budget debate comes down to “triggers.”

The new buzzword at the State Capitol is “triggers.”  Commit it to memory and feel free to use the word knowingly in casual conversation to...

Thursday June 8, 2017

Gov. Justice needs to embrace politics, not reject it.

Governor Jim Justice has grown increasingly frustrated with the drawn out budget discussions with lawmakers.  “I want this to be over, and I want it...

Wednesday June 7, 2017

State computer consultants run up gigantic bills

West Virginia government officials had a good idea back in 2010—create software that would link all state department computer systems to dramatically improve business functions...

Tuesday June 6, 2017

The pitfalls of pushing the boundaries

As a radio talk show host, I can tell you that every show ends with a long list of things I did NOT say. The...

Monday June 5, 2017

President Trump fulfills campaign promises for West Virginia

Last November, Donald Trump captured a whopping 69 percent of the vote in West Virginia, compared with 26 percent for Hillary Clinton. One of the...

Friday June 2, 2017

The moral conundrum of Maddi Runkles

Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland holds its senior graduation ceremony this evening, and Maddi Runkles will not be among the students donning cap and gown.  ...

Thursday June 1, 2017

Progress in budget talks… finally

Governor Jim Justice emerged from one of his budget shuttle diplomacy meetings Tuesday and told our Brad McElhinny, “I absolutely believe without a doubt we’re...

Wednesday May 31, 2017

Supreme Court reverses course on gas royalty payments question

West Virginia is sitting on top of vast reserves of natural gas. The advent of hydraulic fracturing means those mineral deposits are now accessible. One...

Friday May 26, 2017

Justice’s budget shuttle diplomacy

Governor Jim Justice began his version of shuttle diplomacy Thursday in yet another attempt to work out a budget agreement with the Legislature.  Democratic and...

Thursday May 25, 2017

World Health Organization travels in style

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization spends about $200 million a year on travel, more than its combined spending on AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis...

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Lawmakers drowning in sea of budget numbers

There’s the old joke about the accountant applying for a job.  The boss hands the applicant a piece of paper with a series of numbers...

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