Hoppy’s Commentary

Today 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...

Yesterday March 3, 2015

Common Core confusion

The testimony Monday before the state Senate Education Committee by a 5th grade student from Kenova Middle School on Common Core was instructive.  “I bet...

Monday March 2, 2015

Observations on 60 years

Former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a piece in Esquire a few years ago entitled “20 things I wish I had known when I was...

Friday February 27, 2015

The true religion of the Islamic State

Does it matter what we call things? Shakespeare told us in Romeo and Juliet that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”...

Thursday February 26, 2015

Wild day under the dome

Wednesday was a fascinating day, perhaps the busiest and most significant of this 60-day session. I’ll leave some things out, but here are some insights...

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Senate tensions boil over

Simmering tensions between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate finally boiled over this week at the State Capitol in a flurry of harsh words and...

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Lawmakers fixing nursing home loophole in medical malpractice law

A Wall Street Journal article last fall named West Virginia as one of the states targeted by lawyers specializing in suing big nursing home chains. ...

Monday February 23, 2015

Drug testing welfare recipients is a bad idea

The West Virginia Legislature likely will pass a bill this session creating a drug testing program for welfare recipients. One version (HB 2021), which cleared...

Friday February 20, 2015

The pharmacist came prepared

25-year-old Terry Gillenwater went into the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, Kanawha County, Wednesday with intent to commit a robbery. Gillenwater had a shirt wrapped...

Thursday February 19, 2015

West Virginia moving toward non-partisan judicial elections

The very first line in the preamble of the State Code of Judicial Conduct reads, “Our legal system is based on the principle that an...

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Legislative session setting tone for 2016 election

Credit state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) and West Virginia labor leaders for a strong statement at the Capitol Monday.  Despite the horrible weather,...

Tuesday February 17, 2015

W.Va. not first place Bakken crude rail cars have exploded

According to the Association of American Railroads, “99.997 percent of the approximately 1.7 million carloads of hazmat successfully (reach) their final destination without a release...

Monday February 16, 2015

A sensible fix to prevailing wage

According to the 2015 Division of Labor prevailing wage rates, a painter working on a school construction project in Clay County will make $26.32 an...

Friday February 13, 2015

Talks picking up at the Capitol on the future of dog racing

Discussions are underway at the State Capitol about how West Virginia gets out of the dog racing business. “Something is going to be done; it’s just...

Thursday February 12, 2015

P&G’s big deal

It takes awhile for this week’s announcement to sink in that consumer product giant Procter & Gamble is going to build a $500 million manufacturing...

Wednesday February 11, 2015

WV drug courts give addicts hope

Eric Mazey answered quickly when I asked the former substance abuser his drug of choice. “More,” he deadpanned. That’s the way it is with addiction;...

Tuesday February 10, 2015

GOP must decide if it’s the right time for right-to-work

Republicans at the Statehouse are trying to decide whether to take on the divisive issue of right-to-work. Supporters argue that a right-to-work law protects worker...

Monday February 9, 2015

Memo to Republicans: Don’t argue, vote.

Monongalia County House of Delegates member Brian Kurcaba unintentionally caused a firestorm last week during a committee debate over the fetal pain bill (HB 2568),...

Friday February 6, 2015

Fetal pain bill starts to move

Pro-life lawmakers have started their push this session to pass a state law prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB...

Thursday February 5, 2015

Standing up to the EPA

The West Virginia Legislature is considering bills (HB 2004 and SB 4) that would give lawmakers oversight for how the state Department of Environmental Protection plans...

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