Tuesday December 6, 2016

WV government vehicle fleet size still a moving target

West Virginia budget hawks frequently point to the state’s motor vehicle fleet as an area ripe for savings. Anecdotally, they talk about all the vehicles...

Monday December 5, 2016

Labor’s uphill battle to stop right-to-work in WV

West Virginia labor organizations are mounting a legal challenge to the state’s right-to-work law.  Friday, Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey heard both sides...

Friday December 2, 2016

Pennies saved while roads deteriorate

West Virginia’s gasoline tax is dropping slightly at the first of the year. Normally, lower taxes would be reason to celebrate, but not in this...

Thursday December 1, 2016

Repeal of concealed carry was not a factor in Charleston shooting

Last week’s shooting death of a teenager in Charleston’s East End was a terrible tragedy. James Means, 15, was shot and killed by William Pulliam,...

Wednesday November 30, 2016

Justice Benjamin strikes a libertarian chord

Outgoing state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has always had a libertarian lean.  Benjamin, who lost his bid for re-election last May, has frequently posited...

Tuesday November 29, 2016

Skyler Howard hears the boos

The question posed to WVU quarterback Skyler Howard after the win over Iowa State last Saturday was innocuous: “Senior Day is up next. What are...

Monday November 28, 2016

W.Va. county breakdown of the general election

We know that Republicans scored big (or at least maintained their advantage) in statewide and legislative races in the General Election earlier this month, but...

Friday November 25, 2016

Governor-elect Justice has the new President in his rolodex

Governor-elect Jim Justice likes to tout his contacts. “I can pick up the phone and call almost anybody in the world and they’ll at least...

Wednesday November 23, 2016

Today’s grievance politics

The College of William & Mary held a “conversation among faculty and students” Monday night to talk about Thanksgiving.  The college website said the forum...

Monday November 21, 2016

Senators Prezioso and Woelfel in running for Minority Leader

The Republicans in the state Senate have settled their leadership question with Senator Mitch Carmichael emerging as the next President, but the Democrats are still...

Sunday November 20, 2016

Gaunch concedes to Carmichael in Senate Presidency race

Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) is going to be the next President of the State Senate.  Carmichael’s only rival for the position, Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha),...

Friday November 18, 2016

Grading WV public schools

The state Department of Education this week released the first ever school accountability report card, assigning letter grades to every public school in the state....

Thursday November 17, 2016

Carmichael and Gaunch in tight race for Senate President

The General Election is over, but the race for the leadership of the state Senate is in full campaign mode. The two candidates for the...

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Labor PAC strikes out in election

Labor took a big swing in the election last week and missed. Labor unions teamed up with trial attorneys and other supporters to create the...

Monday November 14, 2016

West Virginia’s Democratic Party faces a reckoning

Sometime in the near future the leaders of the West Virginia Democratic Party should have a retreat where some soul searching will be in order....

Friday November 11, 2016

Remember our Veterans today and everyday

Ninety-eight years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the fighting stopped along the battle lines in Europe, bringing...

Thursday November 10, 2016

Notes from the General Election

Notes from the General Election: –Donald Trump won 68 percent of the vote in West Virginia. The only state where the Republican captured a higher...

Wednesday November 9, 2016

Jim Justice ‘done done it’

In the end, Jim Justice’s campaign wrapped up about the same way it began, with the candidate sounding a hopeful and optimistic message about West...

Tuesday November 8, 2016

WV election questions we will have answered tonight

Election Day is finally here.  The voting today and the counting of the votes tonight will provide answers to questions that have lingered throughout the...

Monday November 7, 2016

Early voting: Oh what a relief

More Americans than ever are voting early.  NBC News reported that more than 40 million people had already cast ballots before election day, that’s the most...

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