Friday August 23, 2019

ICE enforcement triggers hyperventilated response in Morgantown

Last week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an operation in Morgantown.  The agency has been extremely vague, saying only...

Thursday August 22, 2019

Voters will decide if it matters where Governor Justice sleeps

We have an ongoing legal battle in West Virginia over where Governor Jim Justice should live. There was another hearing yesterday in Kanawha County Circuit...

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Teachers need help (looking at you, parents)

Across West Virginia, parents are sending their children back to school.  Summer with the kids at home can seem like a tiresome ordeal.  No doubt...

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Outcome of Manchin-Toomey gun bill depends on Trump

Getting consensus in Washington on gun control is more difficult than fans of WVU and Pitt finding common ground.  However, there is one point everyone...

Monday August 19, 2019

West Virginia’s homeowner property taxes are among the lowest in the country

West Virginians pay some of the lowest home-owner property taxes in the country. Figures compiled by the Tax Foundation show that median property taxes in...

Friday August 9, 2019

House of Delegates Republicans raise red flag over “red flag” law

Several Republican members of the West Virginia House of Delegates are raising a red flag over “red flag” laws. The debate started nationally following the...

Thursday August 8, 2019

‘Red Flag’ laws are a reasonable step to reduce gun violence

One of the proposals to reduce gun violence following last weekends two mass shootings is for the expansion of “red flag” laws in states.  These...

Wednesday August 7, 2019

Trump’s ‘Nixon goes to China’ moment

President Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso and Dayton today in the aftermath of mass shootings that left 31 people dead and many more...

Tuesday August 6, 2019

‘Do Something!’

When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke during a vigil for the victims of the deadly mass shooting in Dayton, the crowd began to chant “Do...

Monday August 5, 2019

Is Medicare for All, all that?

Last week’s Democratic debates got all the candidates and much of the country talking about health care, and that’s a positive regardless of your politics....

Friday August 2, 2019

A bad debt deal by Congress

Members of Congress have left Washington for the August recess, and their trail out of town is covered in red ink. The final actions of...

Thursday August 1, 2019

Why Sanders or Warren could win

Watching Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the debate the other night, I kept thinking, “one of them can’t possibly win, can they?” Medicare for...

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Minimum wage myopia

Here’s a loaded question: How much do you think you should be paid for your labor? If you’ve been in the workforce, then you probably...

Tuesday July 30, 2019

Merger could breathe new life into Mylan

The planned merger of Mylan and Pfizer’s off-patent drug business represents the end of an era. Army buddies Milan “Mike” Puskar and Don Panoz started...

Monday July 29, 2019

World Scout Jamboree is amazing and inspiring

I hosted Talkline from the World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve at Glen Jean Friday and, as is often said, you have to...

Friday July 26, 2019

Bishop Brennan’s big job ahead

The newly appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston steps in at a most challenging time. The Diocese and its 78,000 Catholics in West...

Thursday July 25, 2019

West Virginia lends helping hand to FirstEnergy Solutions

The West Virginia Legislature voted overwhelmingly this week to allow FirstEnergy Solutions to avoid paying an annual $12.5 million business and occupation tax to the...

Wednesday July 24, 2019

A costly compromise

President Trump, Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington, who never seem to agree on anything, have finally found some common ground.  Unfortunately, what they see...

Tuesday July 23, 2019

UMWA wants Democratic presidential candidates to look miners in the eye

One of the most memorable moments of the 2016 presidential campaign came right here in West Virginia when out-of-work coal miner Bo Copley confronted Hillary...

Monday July 22, 2019

The Scouting world comes to West Virginia

It is not often that West Virginia can be at the epicenter of a global event, but that is exactly what is happening for the...

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