Thursday January 24, 2019

Audit shows highways district offices fall short on road maintenance spending

The Justice administration continues to work behind the scenes to try to formulate a plan for additional repairs and maintenance for the state’s secondary roads....

Wednesday January 23, 2019

West Virginia seniors will benefit from Social Security tax plan

West Virginia is an older state. According to Census Bureau figures, the median age is 42 years; that’s four years older than the national average....

Tuesday January 22, 2019

Manchin, Capito understand how to get a deal

It was encouraging to read and hear the comments from some members of the West Virginia Congressional delegation after President Trump Saturday offered a compromise...

Monday January 21, 2019

#FTDR 2.0

  Governor Jim Justice, during his State of the State speech earlier this month, received one of his biggest rounds of applause when he made...

Friday January 18, 2019

State’s nonpartisan judicial election law needs tweaking

Four years ago, West Virginia passed a law making judicial elections nonpartisan. Starting in 2016, judges were chosen in nonpartisan elections that coincided with the...

Thursday January 17, 2019

When wacky ideas come out of Charleston

Three West Virginia House of Delegates members are calling for $10 million of the state’s nearly $200 million budget surplus to be used to “help...

Wednesday January 16, 2019

We are not paying the Coast Guard? Seriously?!?

Thousands of members of the U.S. Coast Guard did not get paid yesterday.  They are among the estimated 800,000 federal employees whose checks are being...

Monday January 14, 2019

West Virginia’s economy must be viewed by region

One of the mistakes often made when discussing West Virginia’s economy is looking at the conditions in a monolithic way—the state is doing better, doing...

Friday January 11, 2019

Manchin considering running for Governor… again

    U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is once again considering running for Governor of West Virginia, according to several people who are familiar with the...

Thursday January 10, 2019

Justice goes for the heart

Has West Virginia ever had a Governor like Jim Justice? Maybe back at an earlier time in statehood—we can’t say for sure—but certainly not in...

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Washington’s wall

I talked with a relative the other night who is upset over the partial government shutdown. He is a private businessman, but his occupation requires...

Tuesday January 8, 2019

Privatization may solve the problems at state hospitals

A study by a West Virginia think tank points out a series of problems with the seven state hospitals* and offers a practical solution. The...

Saturday January 5, 2019

WVU does its due diligence in coaching search

When then-WVU Athletics Director Oliver Luck hired Dana Holgorsen in 2010 it was a haphazard affair.  Luck identified the Oklahoma State assistant as an offensive...

Friday January 4, 2019

Maryland politicians block pipeline into West Virginia

The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted 3-0 to reject plans for construction of a natural gas pipeline that would supply energy to West...

Thursday January 3, 2019

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll find out how many vehicles are in the state fleet

The 2019 legislative session starts next week, and at some point during the two-month long session Delegate Gary Howell (R-Mineral) expects he will be able...

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Looking ahead to 2019

(Editor’s note: This is an updated reprint of a commentary I have posted the last few years at New Year’s.) I’m not much on making...

Tuesday January 1, 2019

The WVU-Holgorsen divorce

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen is apparently on his way to Houston to take over as head coach of the Cougars.  You know what we often...

Monday December 31, 2018

Top WV stories of 2018 (part two)

With the help of Jeff Jenkins, Chris Lawrence and Brad McElhinny, here is part two of my list of the top 12 West Virginia news...

Friday December 28, 2018

Top WV stories of 2018 (part one)

It’s time for a year-end list of the top West Virginia news stories of 2018.  With input from Jeff Jenkins, Chris Lawrence and Brad McElhinny,...

Thursday December 27, 2018

The changing American landscape

America is changing.  It is impossible to characterize the change as simply good or bad because there is a lot of it going on and...

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