Yesterday February 21, 2017

Gov. Justice hits campaign trail for roads, budget

Governor Jim Justice has started using his best weapon to try to win legislative support for his budget proposal and his massive road building plan:...

Monday February 20, 2017

Teacher vacancies reach crisis level

West Virginia State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says the teacher shortage has reached the “crisis” stage.  “Right now we have 718 teacher vacancies across...

Friday February 17, 2017

Bill discourages political fundraising during legislative session

One of the more uncomfortable (and potentially unseemly) activities during the annual regular session of the West Virginia Legislature is political fundraisers.  Historically, it’s been...

Thursday February 16, 2017

Final resting place in question for WV Medal of Honor recipient

What does “rest in peace” actually mean? Or in the case of Chester Howard West the more accurate question may be “where does one rest...

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Budget cutting brings out constituency groups

This session of the Legislature will be dominated by discussion and debate over ways to save money and raise revenue. Governor Justice has proposed $450...

Tuesday February 14, 2017

Governor takes on #FTDR in a big way

We’re still learning what type of Governor Jim Justice will be, but we know that he does think big, and his highway plan is evidence...

Monday February 13, 2017

West Virginia’s economic bright spots

Lost in all the news in West Virginia about budget shortfalls, spending cuts and tax increases, are several reports that collectively represent economic bright spots...

Friday February 10, 2017

Ball now in GOP’s court on budget

It would be unfair, as well as overly simplistic, to suggest that Governor Justice’s proposed budget for next fiscal year is dead on arrival at...

Thursday February 9, 2017

Justice goes deep on tax increases, shallow on cuts

When Jim Justice was running for Governor he often said that West Virginians were taxed enough. He may have never specifically promised no new taxes,...

Wednesday February 8, 2017

In praise of West Virginia’s citizen legislature

Today is the first day of the first session of the 83rd legislature. The 34 members of the state Senate and 100 members of the...

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Gov. Justice will break out the white board for state of the state

Jim Justice promised he would be a different kind of Governor, and we’re going to see evidence of that Wednesday evening when he delivers his...

Monday February 6, 2017

Coal’s reprieve: Congress undoing Obama’s attempt to bury mining

The new Congress has made quick work of former President Obama’s last-minute attempt to finish off the coal industry. Both the House and Senate used...

Friday February 3, 2017

New taxes could also be part of the budget fix

With a budget shortfall of as much as $500 million looming next fiscal year, much of the talk among state leaders has been where and...

Thursday February 2, 2017

School board members Green, Jackson, see handwriting on the blackboard and step down

The sudden and unexpected resignations of state School Board president Mike Green and vice president Lloyd Jackson seal the fate of the controversial A through...

Wednesday February 1, 2017

NRSC takes aim at Manchin in 2018

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is one of the most successful West Virginia politicians of his generation.  The Democrat has been elected Secretary of State, Governor...

Tuesday January 31, 2017

West Virginia’s budget — from bad to worse

Humorist Will Rogers said, “Last year we said, ‘things can’t go on like this,’ and they didn’t; they got worse.” That sums up where West...

Monday January 30, 2017

Campus lessons on free speech

There was a dust up one night last week at West Virginia University between representatives of two opposing student political groups—the Leftist Alliance, which is...

Friday January 27, 2017

Governor Justice sounds grave warnings about budget

The early days of the new administration of Governor Jim Justice have been relatively quiet, at least on the public front, but that’s about to...

Thursday January 26, 2017

Huntington hits fiscal wall

The City of Huntington is confronting a financial crisis.  It’s not the first time the River City has struggled to keep its head above water...

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Senate Republicans take first crack at Obamacare replacement

President Trump and Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives are moving ahead with plans to repeal Obamacare.  The GOP has campaigned on dumping...

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