Today August 21, 2017

Back from the Emerald Isle

Before I left two weeks ago, I posted this question at my commentary page: “What did Hoppy do on his summer vacation?”  I received some...

Saturday August 5, 2017

What is Hoppy doing on his summer vacation?

I’m off on my version of a Summer Recess.  Gone for two weeks.  Here’s your chance to get in your chops.  What did Hoppy do...

Friday August 4, 2017

Justice’s big flip

The rumors had been circulating for some time; Governor Jim Justice was thinking about switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party.  He talked about...

Thursday August 3, 2017

WV fails to meet standards in audit fiasco

West Virginia state government has done a poor job the last several years adhering to the proper checks and balances to ensure efficiency. Documents released...

Wednesday August 2, 2017

The high cost of drug abuse

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its interim report this week and the findings are stunning; 142 Americans die...

Tuesday August 1, 2017

Flooding in West Virginia… again

Last weekend heavy rains—several inches within an hour overnight Friday—flooded communities from Ohio County in the Northern Panhandle down through North Central West Virginia.  Much...

Monday July 31, 2017

Manchin, Capito can lead bipartisan fix to Obamacare

The repeal of Obamacare is dead.  The official time of death was 1:29 a.m. last Friday when U.S. Senator John McCain gave the thumbs down...

Friday July 28, 2017

Morgantown City Council ponders Paris Climate Agreement

Morgantown City Council is injecting itself into the climate debate unnecessarily. The city council is considering a resolution “in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.”...

Thursday July 27, 2017

Yes, there are good jobs in America, but you need training

The most often heard economic rallying cry is the desire for “good jobs,” and that’s usually followed by a lament about the loss of traditional...

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Trump’s Scout speech was self-defeating

If you watched all of President Trump’s speech to the Boy Scout Jamboree Monday you would have heard a number of inspiring comments and sound...

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Coach sex controversy shocks community

The Clarksburg/Bridgeport community is in shock over the arrest of Josh Nicewarner on sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl.  Nicewarner is a physical education teacher...

Monday July 24, 2017

West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle shows the way

Having grown up in Jefferson County, I can tell you that the Eastern Panhandle has always felt disconnected from the rest of West Virginia, and...

Friday July 21, 2017

Capito’s healthcare position gives her trouble on her right flank

In December, 2015, the United States Senate passed a reconciliation bill that would have defunded major portions of Obamacare. The bill passed with the support...

Thursday July 20, 2017

Welcoming the Boy Scouts back to West Virginia

Those of us who live in West Virginia know the benefits—beautiful scenery, friendly people, bucolic communities.  These and other qualities help keep us content to...

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Why Republicans miss Obama

The New York Times’ Nick Confessore had a provocative Tweet Monday night as the Senate’s Obamacare replacement plan collapsed.  “Not being flip here: how much...

Tuesday July 18, 2017

America leaves future generations with massive debts, obligations

The United States is heading down the path to becoming an insurance company with a really big army. Let’s start with Medicaid.  The most recent...

Monday July 17, 2017

Justice company debts damage Governor’s credibility

When it comes to money, Jim Justice is a paradox. He is incredibly wealthy. Forbes estimates his net worth at nearly $1.6 billion dollars. Justice...

Friday July 14, 2017

Nicholas County consolidation issue tests local v. state authority

School consolidation is almost always controversial and emotional.  Proponents see the benefits of new facilities and economies of scale.  Opponents lament losing their community school...

Thursday July 13, 2017

Toilet troubles at the State Capitol

The tension between Governor Jim Justice and the Legislature has overflowed, and this time the issue is toilets. Justice fired off a press release Wednesday...

Wednesday July 12, 2017

2018 GOP Primary for U.S. Senate in WV heats up early

West Virginia’s political migration from blue to red means the Republican Party increasingly faces prospects of contested Primary Elections.  West Virginia Wesleyan Political Science Professor...

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