Hoppy’s Commentary

Friday August 28, 2015

Governor faces deadline on Sugar Grove decision

Governor Tomblin faces a September 3rd deadline to decide whether to accept the federal government’s offer to turn over the U.S. Military’s Sugar Grove Naval Station...

Thursday August 27, 2015

Pastor says school gunman was bullied

First, let’s be clear about one thing: the person responsible for the terrifying afternoon at Philip Barbour High School Tuesday is the 14-year-old student who...

Wednesday August 26, 2015

Even politicians need some protection

The picture on the front page of the Charleston Gazette-Mail was  revealing; West Virginia circuit judges Phillip Stowers, Paul Farrell and Darrell Pratt looking perturbed...

Tuesday August 25, 2015

Trump trumps the conventional wisdom

Political analysis is often based on the conventional wisdom, which is derived from what’s happened before. That’s why forecasting the future in politics is perilous....

Monday August 24, 2015

California’s colossal green jobs failure

The government is a notoriously inefficient job creator. As economy and business columnist Robert Samuelson points out, the money for government jobs has to come...

Friday August 21, 2015

Manchin getting earful on Iran deal

Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the last remaining member of the West Virginia Congressional delegation to decide whether he will vote for or against...

Thursday August 20, 2015

Our Lake Wobegon culture

Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison rekindled a familiar debate several days ago when he revealed he had taken away from his two sons, ages 6 and...

Wednesday August 19, 2015

West Virginia’s roadblocks to success

West Virginia has made progress in recent years improving its business climate. The corporate tax rate has been reduced from a punitive nine percent to...

Tuesday August 18, 2015

#FTDR is working

West Virginians have been complaining even more loudly than usual this year about the roads, and for good reason. They’re in terrible shape. Those complaints...

Monday August 17, 2015

Time-on-test shows W.Va. students indifferent to results

One question prompted by the standardized public school test results released last week is, “Are students trying their best?” It’s risky to infer too much...

Friday August 14, 2015

WVU move-in day

Today is move-in day at West Virginia University, as some 5,000 new undergraduates arrive in Morgantown for the start of the fall semester and their...

Thursday August 13, 2015

Standardized test results could boost Common Core

The newest set of West Virginia public school standardized test scores included a little good news and some bad, as well as information that will...

Wednesday August 12, 2015

Public officials struggling to understand “trinkets law”

West Virginia public officials, from the Governor to county office holders, are sifting through an advisory opinion by the state Ethics Commission to try to...

Tuesday August 11, 2015

2016 politics update

Republican John “J.B.” McCuskey will announce later this morning that he’s running for state Auditor.  McCuskey, a Charleston attorney for Steptoe & Johnson, is serving...

Monday August 10, 2015

Better roads? Who pays?

Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has proposed a doubling of the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax over the next four years to fund highway construction and transit...

Friday August 7, 2015

Obama’s Clean Power Plan presents more problems for WV Dems

Many Democrats who ran in the 2014 election in West Virginia, particularly those seeking statewide seats, did so while bearing the yoke of President Obama....

Thursday August 6, 2015

Judge Wilson responds to Hoppy’s commentary

(Editor’s note: Friday, July 24th, I wrote a commentary on the findings of the state Judicial Investigation Commission on the complaint filed by Bill Maloney...

Home rule is a home run

One of the natural inclinations of government is to accumulate authority and maintain control. That creates more power, which governing bodies are reluctant to divest...

Wednesday August 5, 2015

How to fight back against Obama’s Clean Power Plan

President Obama said the United States must act on principle when it comes to climate change, invoking a righteous tone in support of his Clean...

Tuesday August 4, 2015

The Prince of Tides

President Obama made it clear from the beginning that he was going to tackle global warming.  One of the most memorable lines from his nomination...

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