Monday April 24, 2017

Delegate’s long fight to bring back death penalty in WV

Fifty-eight years ago this month (April 3), Elmer David Brunner was executed at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.  Brunner, who was convicted of murdering...

Thursday April 20, 2017

SoS Mac Warner, clerks purge voters rolls in WV

Secretary of State Mac Warner released some stunning figures this week during an appearance on MetroNews Talkline; the names of 47,490 outdated and ineligible voters...

Wednesday April 19, 2017

The long road to ‘Iowa’

At one point during the budget debate last month, Governor Justice recoiled against any budget compromise that included deep budget cuts.  Justice used one of...

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Happy (?) Tax Deadline Day!

Today is tax deadline day.  You picked up a couple of extra days this year because the traditional deadline of April 15 fell on a...

Monday April 17, 2017

Let the free market ensure there are no more Dr. Dao incidents

Dr. David Dao had barely gotten his glasses straightened and his shirt pulled down after being dragged off a United Airlines plane before members of...

Friday April 14, 2017

What a bunch of bulls—

You could see what might be coming. Gov. Jim Justice started by lifting the lid on a “nothing burger,” followed by the “mayonnaise sandwich.”  One...

Thursday April 13, 2017

Eric Eyre’s Pulitzer Prize reporting brings drug problem into focus

It was always difficult to get your hands around the prescription painkiller abuse problem in West Virginia. There were some statistics and plenty of anecdotal...

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Governor could let budget become law without his signature

Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Nick Casey has raised the possibility that the Governor will allow the budget approved by the Legislature last weekend...

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Fundamental questions about the state’s budget remain

We heard myriad budget proposals during the just-completed two-month long session of the Legislature.  Ideas for increasing taxes and cutting spending came and went and...

Monday April 10, 2017

Legislative session ends, but still work to do on budget

The Legislature wrapped up its one day extension of the regular session last night without any real consensus among both chambers and Governor Justice on...

Friday April 7, 2017

Setback for #FTDR

The attempt this legislative session to provide funding for major highway maintenance and construction has hit a significant pothole. This week, two road funding bills...

Thursday April 6, 2017

Time really is running out at the Capitol

Time is running out. We’ve heard that a lot lately at the Capitol, but this time it’s not just a generic statement creating a sense...

Wednesday April 5, 2017

West Virginia moving toward medical marijuana

West Virginia is on course to become the 29th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The House of Delegates, after a long debate Monday...

Tuesday April 4, 2017

Lawmakers want schools to teach more about founding documents

Earlier this session, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation and sent it to the Senate requiring public schools to dedicate a week to...

Monday April 3, 2017

The marijuana seed breaks through legislative ground

The most often used analogy about the legislative process is that it’s like making sausage; lots of different parts, some less desirable than others, ground together...

Friday March 31, 2017

So, what exactly is the status of budget talks?

One of the most commonly asked questions at the State Capitol now is, “What’s the latest on the budget?” The answer is complicated, and here’s...

Thursday March 30, 2017

Tax increases becoming unavoidable in budget

A couple of weeks ago Republican leaders of the Senate and House held a joint news conference to lay out their framework for the budget....

Wednesday March 29, 2017

President Trump ends ‘war on coal’

President Trump failed in his attempt to fulfill a campaign promise to replace ObamaCare, but he has made good on his pledge to get the EPA’s...

Tuesday March 28, 2017

Pace picks up on budget talks

The Republicans, Democrats and Governor Justice have moved closer to a possible compromise on the budget. A potential breakthrough began Saturday when the House Finance...

Monday March 27, 2017

The worsening toll of drug addiction in West Virginia

The extent of West Virginia’s drug problem is nearly incomprehensible. As the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Eric Eyre reported in his award-winning series last December, “wholesale drug...

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