Today February 8, 2016

West Virginia’s political direction hinges on Feb. 4 votes

West Virginia crossed a political Rubicon last Thursday when the House of Delegates passed a right-to-work bill and the Senate approved legislation repealing prevailing wage....

Friday February 5, 2016

Tension under the dome

Thursday was a tension-filled day at the West Virginia Legislature as the Senate and the House of Delegates each took up controversial bills that, to...

Thursday February 4, 2016

Pass prevailing wage repeal

The West Virginia state Senate will vote today to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.  It will pass 18-16 along party lines, and then go...

Wednesday February 3, 2016

Politics trumps policy at the State Capitol

Political maneuvering during the legislative session is a given.  Bring together 100 members of the House of Delegates, 34 members of the Senate, mix in...

Tuesday February 2, 2016

Darrell McGraw throws curveball at Supreme Court filing deadline

The biggest bombshell of the last-minute election filings in West Virginia came when Darrell McGraw submitted papers to run for the State Supreme Court. The...

Monday February 1, 2016

Right-to-work brings new challenge to labor

Barring an unforeseen development, West Virginia will soon become the 26th state to adopt a right-to-work law.  The Workplace Freedom Act (SB 1) has already...

Friday January 29, 2016

Conservative groups identify $330 million in WV government waste

When Bill Maloney was running for Governor of West Virginia he often claimed he could reduce state spending dramatically by eliminating millions of dollars in...

Thursday January 28, 2016

The numbers game under the Capitol dome

Just a couple of years ago, the minority Republicans in the West Virginia Senate and House sat helplessly by while the Democratic majority imposed its...

Wednesday January 27, 2016

WV thumped by Obama green agenda yet again

Since 2014, the Tomblin administration has been working on an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Natural Disaster Resilience Competition.  Qualifying...

Tuesday January 26, 2016

West Virginians pull together during Jonas

Winter storm Jonas was one for the record books, and it will make for great stories in later years when folks talk about the Blizzard...

Monday January 25, 2016

West Virginia Supreme Court gets it right on vacancy issue

Last Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision on the question of the state Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Daniel...

Friday January 22, 2016

Lawmakers hang up on Tomblin telecomm tax

We’re just wrapping up the first full week of the 60-day legislative session and one of Governor Tomblin’s proposals is already in deep trouble—the six...

Thursday January 21, 2016

Taking down Tent City

Charleston city officials cleared out “Tent City” along the Elk River near the Spring Street Bridge Tuesday. The stretch of property had been an impromptu...

Wednesday January 20, 2016

Supreme Court takes on Senate vacancy dispute

The main attraction at the State Capitol Tuesday was not in the House or Senate or in the Governor’s office, but rather it was the...

Tuesday January 19, 2016

#FTDR (fix the damn roads)

West Virginians for Better Transportation rallied at the State Capitol Monday to once again draw attention to the state’s deteriorating infrastructure, as if we need...

Monday January 18, 2016

The ‘War on Coal’

A favored tactic by the anti-coal crowd is calling out industry supporters for their “war on coal” campaign, dismissing it as hyperbole designed to whip...

Friday January 15, 2016

Legislature goes to work on right-to-work

The West Virginia Legislature has wasted no time in jumping into what will be one of the most contentious issues this session: right-to-work. The very...

Thursday January 14, 2016

West Virginia’s budget blues

West Virginia’s financial condition does not fit easily into one category.  Let’s start with the bad news first. The state Department of Revenue Fiscal Forecast...

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Tomblin’s challenge tonight

West Virginia Governors, when delivering the annual message at the start of the legislative session, often reach a point where they pronounce, in one form...

Tuesday January 12, 2016

New security changes access to the State Capitol

West Virginia’s State Capitol is one of my favorite places; the shimmering gold dome, the long marble halls, the two-ton chandelier.  Architect Cass Gilbert created...

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