Hoppy’s Commentary

Yesterday October 21, 2014

Campaign spending update

Several political races in West Virginia this campaign season are becoming expensive propositions, according to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. West...

Sunday October 19, 2014

WVU’s postgame celebration goes too far… again

WVU wins a big football game and students turn Morgantown into a riot zone. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Unfortunately the big story...

Friday October 17, 2014

Why Ebola scares us

It’s unlikely that either you or I will contract Ebola.   It’s also farfetched that any of us will be attacked by a shark, but that...

Thursday October 16, 2014

Do we really need 55 county school systems?

Government bureaucracy announcements of plans to reorganize are often met with a fair amount of eye-rolling.  After meetings, studies and more meetings, the deck chairs...

Wednesday October 15, 2014

The energy renaissance

Forty years ago, the United States was thrown into a panic by the Arab Oil Embargo. OPEC’s decision to stop oil exports to the U.S....

Tuesday October 14, 2014

America’s fear

The word “fear” is in the news a lot these days. Fear that Ebola will spread.  Fear that ISIS (and other terror groups) will establish...

Monday October 13, 2014

Positive signs in WV public education

New state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano’s plan for improving public education in West Virginia has a towering title: “One Voice, One Focus: All Students...

Friday October 10, 2014

Harrison County scofflaws

Did some of the political shenanigans virus from Mingo County spread to Harrison County?  Follow along here and see what you think. Last week, the...

Thursday October 9, 2014

Debates: Who wins?

The first question everyone asks after a debate is, “who won?”   It fits with our obsession for applying sports metaphors while discussing politics. After Tuesday’s...

Wednesday October 8, 2014

West Virginia will soon allow same-sex marriage

It’s only a matter of time before same-sex marriage will be legal in West Virginia.   Whether it’s accepted in West Virginia families, communities, churches and...

Tuesday October 7, 2014

WVU admits mistakes in academic fraud case

WVU President E. Gordon Gee admits the University made mistakes in how it handled the case of Anoop Shankar and academic fraud. Gee, appearing on...

Monday October 6, 2014

Lottery cracks down on faux fraternals

In 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed the Limited Video Lottery Act.  The goal was to regulate, control and tax the previously illegal practice of...

Friday October 3, 2014

Goodbye and good riddance to fiscal year 2014

A belated Happy Federal Fiscal New Year to you! Perhaps you missed the celebration back on October 1st when Uncle Sam officially put the 2014...

Thursday October 2, 2014

35 years later, former WV delegate still seeks absolution for sex crime

Metronews published a story story today that raises questions about the guilt of former Monongalia County House of Delegates member Clyde Richey. He was convicted 35 years...

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Some good news for a change?

In West Virginia, we often hear it said that we are our own worst enemy. A fatalistic attitude, deeply rooted in our Appalachian culture and...

Tuesday September 30, 2014

Abortion fight in WV-2 congressional race

Polls consistently show that most West Virginia voters are concerned about jobs and the economy. Abortion doesn’t rank near the top, but it’s an emotional...

Monday September 29, 2014

Capito-Tennant race gets personal

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is apparently about to play her best card in an attempt to catch Representative Shelley Moore Capito in the race...

Friday September 26, 2014

Dirty money

Comedian Steve Martin has an old joke where he says he’s going to teach people how to become a millionaire. “First, get a million dollars.”...

Thursday September 25, 2014

WV-3 Congressional race gets nasty on black lung

Nick Joe Rahall and Evan Jenkins are exchanging a series of body blows in the race for West Virginia’s 3rd District Congressional seat.  The most...

Wednesday September 24, 2014

A President and his priorities

Had the arc of this presidency followed Barack Obama’s preferred path, the cable channels would have been consumed yesterday by the climate summit in New...

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