Tuesday March 19, 2019

Manchin vs. Justice

The scene is a deserted Great Hall of the State Capitol.  Governor Jim Justice and Senator Joe Manchin slowly approach each other from opposite ends....

Monday March 18, 2019

Debate over school safety should be based on fact not fear

During the just-completed regular session of the Legislature, the House of Delegates approved a version of the comprehensive education reform bill that included a provision...

Friday March 15, 2019

McElhinny: A fun event for a life-and-death cause

Join me in supporting this annual fundraiser for colorectal cancer screening.

Thursday March 14, 2019

Governor Justice owns roads issue #FTDR

On June 20, 1863, Arthur Boreman stood on a platform in Wheeling and took the oath of office to become West Virginia’s first Governor.  Later...

Wednesday March 13, 2019

‘Last dollar in’ grants will help state’s workforce, economy.

You often hear it said that there are not enough good paying jobs for West Virginians. That’s only partially true.  It’s accurate to say that...

Tuesday March 12, 2019

Here’s why Governor Justice fired Transportation Secretary Tom Smith

The tension between the Justice administration and Secretary of Transportation/Commissioner of Highways Tom Smith had been building for weeks. Governor Jim Justice was under increasing...

Monday March 11, 2019

The regular session ends… thankfully

The 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature came to an end at midnight Saturday, and just in time.  It’s hard to recall when...

Friday March 8, 2019

The quest for ‘betterment’ in public education

Get ready for the upcoming statewide debate on education “betterment.” Governor Jim Justice said that after the regular session ends at midnight Saturday lawmakers can...

Thursday March 7, 2019

Campus carry gun bill misses target

When it comes to legislative action at the State Capitol, you just never know, and I should know by now that there is no such...

Wednesday March 6, 2019

Let’s save the rest of education reform bill (SB 451)

We don’t know yet what will happen this legislative session with the proposed five percent (average) pay raise for teachers and school service workers. The...

Tuesday March 5, 2019

House controversy becomes teachable moment for First Amendment

The final week of the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature began with lawmakers, staff and Capitol observers still buzzing about Friday’s kerfuffle. As...

Monday March 4, 2019

West Virginia considers “micro fishing.”

The West Virginia Legislature has under consideration in its final week the Highway Aquatic Tourism bill.  HB 9341 would introduce West Virginia to the fledgling...

Friday March 1, 2019

Judge makes misguided ruling on right-to-work

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey this week released an opinion that significantly undermines the state’s right-to-work law. The original case dates back to...

Thursday February 28, 2019

Wonderland under the Capitol Dome

The West Virginia Legislature is an interesting place. As Alice observed when she first arrived in Wonderland: “Curiouser and curiouser.” Take HB 2519, the Campus...

Wednesday February 27, 2019

Preston County becomes Ground Zero for #FTDR 2.0

West Virginia Transportation Secretary and Highways Commissioner Tom Smith is getting a first hand look—or should that be feel—of road conditions in Preston County. Governor...

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Here’s one way to attract qualified teachers to WV

One of the provisions in the now dead SB 451 education reform bill was a retooling of the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance Fund,...

Monday February 25, 2019

Timeless Lessons from Paul A. Atkins

The WVU School of Media reported the following last week: “Paul Atkins, a loyal WVU Alumnus and revered journalism professor, died on Tuesday, February 19,...

Friday February 22, 2019

Senate Republicans cool to stand-alone teacher pay raise bill

The controversial education reform bill is dead. SB 451 collapsed in a heap earlier this week when House Republicans failed to muster enough votes to...

Thursday February 21, 2019

‘Campus Carry’ likely coming to West Virginia

West Virginia will likely become the 12th state to allow individuals to carry guns on college campuses. It’s important to note that HB 2519—the “Campus...

Wednesday February 20, 2019

So, I got it wrong

To quote my headline from yesterday’s commentary: “Teachers jump the gun on strike call.” I was wrong. The premise of Tuesday’s commentary was that there...

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