Hoppy’s Commentary

Today April 1, 2015

Who’s right in Indiana?

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says the document was established to, among other things, “form a more perfect Union,” and the subsequent 226 years...

Yesterday March 31, 2015

Senate President eyes special session for tax reform

State Senate President Bill Cole wants Governor Tomblin to call a special session of the Legislature later this year to work exclusively on tax reform.  ...

Monday March 30, 2015

Millennials don’t measure up

Millennials (those born between 1980 and the early 2000s) must have the technical skills necessary for the workforce, right?  After all, they are the most tech-centric...

Friday March 27, 2015

West Virginia makes bold bid to host 2016 debate

West Virginia has only rarely played a significant role in Presidential elections in the modern era. In the 1960 Democratic Primary, John Kennedy famously convinced...

Wednesday March 25, 2015

The EPA’s fish story

Fifteen percent of all babies in utero in West Virginia have mothers who are subsistence fisherwomen — each of whom eats up to 300 pounds...

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Kessler eyes Governor’s race; embraces Democratic Party

The historic victories by West Virginia Republicans in last year’s election have plenty of Democratic hopefuls searching for the way forward in 2016.  One of...

Monday March 23, 2015

Governor Tomblin demonstrates political courage on gun bill

Governor Tomblin demonstrated a significant amount of political courage last Friday when he vetoed SB 347. The bill would have eliminated a state requirement for...

Friday March 20, 2015

“I’ll have a caffe latte and a candid conversation about race.”

You have to give Howard Schultz credit.  The CEO of Starbucks has turned the tradition of a morning cup of coffee into an experience that...

Thursday March 19, 2015

2015 session produces more bipartisanship

For all the partisan rhetoric, the just-completed 60-day regular session of the Legislature was, in some ways, one of the most bipartisan in the last...

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Conservative Republicans flex their legislative muscle

The just-completed regular session of the West Virginia Legislature saw the emergence of a hard-right faction of the Republican Party that was able to significantly...

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Fixing Mountaineer Food Bank

Volunteers started the Mountaineer Food Bank in 1981 as a way to expand efforts to feed more needy people in West Virginia, and they have...

Monday March 16, 2015

So, what happened under the Capitol Dome?

It will take a few days for the dust to settle and sort out everything that happened during the just-completed 60-day regular session of the...

Friday March 13, 2015

End of the week notes from under the Capitol dome

—The regular session of the Legislature wraps up tomorrow night at midnight, and not a moment too soon. By the end of the eight-week session,...

Thursday March 12, 2015

Legal reforms should help the state’s economy

The new Republican majorities in the House of Delegates and the state Senate began the session saying their top priorities were jobs and the economy....

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Life-saving naloxone approved in WV

Sean Hughes says serious drug users face one of three outcomes if they don’t kick the habit: jail, institutionalization or death. Hughes knows because he...

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Tomblin’s tough decision

This week Governor Tomblin faces perhaps his most difficult decision of the legislative session: Does he sign or veto the Coal Jobs and Safety Act...

Monday March 9, 2015

Why WV needs Teach for America

We struggle in West Virginia to fill every school classroom with an educator certified in the discipline they are teaching.  According to the West Virginia...

Friday March 6, 2015

Lawmakers strike a balance on natural gas drilling

The House of Delegates has passed an important but controversial bill that provides a fair and equitable way for the natural gas industry and mineral...

Thursday March 5, 2015

Notes from under the Capitol dome

Wednesday was crossover day. Bills had to be passed out of their originating chamber by the end of the day to give them any chance...

Wednesday March 4, 2015

WV lawmakers want to eliminate concealed carry gun law

Proposals liberalizing gun laws in West Virginia have a tendency to move through the state Legislature faster than a speeding bullet. There are a couple...

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