Today 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...

Yesterday 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...

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Study finds news coverage of Trump has been overwhelmingly negative

Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him (is anybody undecided?), the media coverage of him is like no other President in the country’s history....

Monday May 22, 2017

House revenue bill signals budget progress

The state Senate returns to Charleston today to consider the critical revenue bill passed by the House Friday afternoon.  The Senate will likely replace the...

Friday May 19, 2017

W.Va. prostitution law changes with state Supreme Court decision

Cabell County attorney Russell Cook had suspected for some time that the state law on prostitution was being misapplied, but he had trouble finding a...

Thursday May 18, 2017

The shifting political winds at the State Capitol

The ongoing budget debate in Charleston has been one of shifting alliances marked by inability to get the Governor, the House and the Senate to...

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Proposed state income tax reduction raises questions

A proposal to begin to phase out the state’s income tax is a key element in the ongoing budget talks at the State Capitol.  The plan...

Tuesday May 16, 2017

How a productivity boom could save the U.S. economy

The U.S. economy has been slogging through the doldrums. Growth has slowed to an average of less than two percent annually over the past decade. ...

Monday May 15, 2017

What happens if the (state’s) lights go out?

West Virginia lawmakers return to Charleston today to resume work on a state budget. There are still 46 days before the start of the new...

Friday May 12, 2017

Road bond, taxes key stumbling block in budget discussions

During budget negotiations, Governor Jim Justice frequently comes back to his road construction plan to raise gas taxes and DMV fees to finance over $2...

Thursday May 11, 2017

State Supreme Court stops just short of changing WV hate crime law

Court opinions are often dry reads, but page four of State Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry’s majority opinion in State v. Steward Butler is...

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Early start to 2018 Senate race in WV

We’re one year away from the next Primary Election in West Virginia and the 2018 General Election isn’t for 18 months, but the campaign for...

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Obamacare repeal no panacea for Republicans

The four Republicans in West Virginia’s Congressional delegation (Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Congressmen David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins) have all pushed for...

Monday May 8, 2017

State budget impasse. Now what?

The special session of the West Virginia Legislature has recessed until May 15. Lawmakers met for two days to consider the latest budget-related proposals, but...

Thursday May 4, 2017

False start to the special session, then it gets real

The special session of the Legislature to work on a new state budget had a shaky beginning.  Had it been a track meet, the starter...

Special session begins, tough decisions ahead

The West Virginia Legislature goes into special session today to try to work out a budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. It’s...

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Justice Walker’s spotlight moment

The West Virginia State Supreme Court is revisiting a controversial decision made last year impacting the amount of money natural gas companies pay to certain...

Tuesday May 2, 2017

UMWA wins long fight to shore up retiree health benefits

United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts was relieved. “I feel like I’ve had a pickup truck parked on my chest for five years...

Monday May 1, 2017

House Republicans, Governor split on how to #FTDR

West Virginia has a “chicken-or-the-egg” conundrum on #FTDR (Fix The Damn Roads). Governor Jim Justice has made a massive road construction and repair effort the centerpiece...

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