Today January 17, 2018

Homeschoolers pushing Tebow bill… again

Wendy Summers of the Christian Home Educators of West Virginia said one of her goals during home school day at the Legislature was to let...

Yesterday January 16, 2018

Former State Senator Mike Oliverio wants back in

Mike Oliverio wants back in. The former four-term state Senator from Monongalia County has decided to run for his old seat, the 13th District Senatorial...

Monday January 15, 2018

So, where does all your state tax money go?

When you look at your paycheck or your W-2 forms, you know exactly how much you pay to the State of West Virginia in income...

Friday January 12, 2018

Pro-life lawmakers look to restrict taxpayer-funded abortions

West Virginia is a predominantly conservative, pro-life state, yet it has a liberal policy on taxpayer-funded abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, West Virginia is...

Thursday January 11, 2018

West Virginia’s budget is ‘turning the corner’ after hitting bottom

Every year on the opening day of the legislative session, the Governor’s financial team holds a background briefing for the press on the state’s condition...

Wednesday January 10, 2018

The legislative session starts today, so here’s what to watch for.

The annual 60-day regular session of the West Virginia Legislature starts today.  The legislative process typically has many twists and turns, as well as unexpected...

Tuesday January 9, 2018

The “Me” President

Bragging about one’s skills or accomplishments can cut both ways. Some who have had great success defend bragging as a simple statement of fact.  One...

Monday January 8, 2018

Gov Justice looking for grand bargain on natural gas drilling

The natural gas industry is West Virginia’s economic bird-in-the-hand for the future. The state is sitting on enormous reserves of natural gas that are now...

Friday January 5, 2018

Senator Manchin’s tenuous middle ground

When Joe Manchin was West Virginia’s Governor, he built a reputation as a pro-business centrist Democrat.  It served him well during his tenure in Charleston,...

Thursday January 4, 2018

Rich Rod’s flaws catch up with him… again

I suspect many West Virginia University football fans have followed with great interest (or at least morbid curiosity) the news about Rich Rodriguez and the...

Wednesday January 3, 2018

Looking ahead to 2018

I’m not much on making New Year’s resolutions.  The history of failure to keep them weighs heavily and who needs more of that? Still, the...

Friday December 29, 2017

My top ten West Virginia news stories of 2017 (5-1)

We continue today with a look back at the top news stories in West Virginia in 2017. Today, five through one. 5)  The Justice administration...

Thursday December 28, 2017

My top ten West Virginia news stories of 2017 (10-6)

It’s time for my top ten West Virginia news stories of 2017.  I asked the MetroNews staff for their input and then put together my...

Wednesday December 27, 2017

Big time college athletics departments hit with costs from tax bill

The federal government has pulled the plug on a lucrative tax benefit previously enjoyed by the athletics departments of major colleges and universities. There are...

Friday December 22, 2017

The Christmas when the fighting stopped

(Editor’s note:  This is a reprint of a commentary I post every Christmas.  HK) Has there ever been a Christmas when there was no war,...

Thursday December 21, 2017

The failures of the $15 minimum wage

Politicians have well-documented problems when it comes to maintaining a budget.  At least 31 states (including West Virginia) faced a budget shortfall this fiscal year. ...

Wednesday December 20, 2017

The Republican gamble on tax reform

In 2010, Democratic California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi famously said of the Affordable Care Act, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find...

Tuesday December 19, 2017

Rock Creek development shows growth in military training; private development lagging

In October 2016, just three months before he left office, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proudly announced plans for the Rock Creek Development Park.  Tomblin envisioned...

Monday December 18, 2017

Bray Cary’s role in Governor’s office questioned

For many, their view of government has fallen from a healthy skepticism to downright mistrust.  I tend to give public servants the benefit of the...

Friday December 8, 2017

All I want for Christmas…

I’m on vacation next week and we have a couple of family get-togethers planned. I hope we can avoid talking politics. I love politics and...

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