Wednesday January 22, 2020

Here’s how to get rid of an anti-business tax in WV

The West Virginia State Senate has started work on what may turn out to be the most controversial legislation this session—the effort to get rid...

Tuesday January 21, 2020

Dashboard shows extent of opioid crisis in WV

West Virginia’s opioid crisis is a story of personal tragedy.  An individual becomes addicted to drugs and often their life spirals out of control.  The...

Monday January 20, 2020

Come home, Virginia

  On Talkline, when anything concerning the Commonwealth of Virginia comes up, I often refer to our eastern neighbor as “The Mothership.” We were carved...

Friday January 17, 2020

Independent voters continue to gain ground in WV

For the last two days, I’ve talked about the changing voter registration numbers of the Democratic and Republican Parties in West Virginia. Today, I’ll wrap...

Thursday January 16, 2020

Republican voter registration picking up steam in WV

Yesterday, I wrote about some of the newest figures from the Secretary of State’s Office showing Democratic voter registration at 40 percent, the lowest level...

Wednesday January 15, 2020

Democratic voter registration in WV drops to historic low

The latest figures compiled by the Secretary of State’s Office show the precipitous decline of registered Democrats in the West Virginia continues. The data show...

Tuesday January 14, 2020

Wrong fight against right to work

Tomorrow morning, the West Virginia State Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the state’s right to work law.  That law says a person...

Monday January 13, 2020

Lawmakers attempting to tweak Supreme Court elections

In 2015, the Legislature passed a law declaring that judicial elections will be non-partisan. Additionally, candidates would be elected on the same day as the...

Friday January 10, 2020

Well, that’s Jim Justice

I dare say not too many Governors—no, make that no Governor—makes a state of the state address like Jim Justice. If you watched and/or listened...

Thursday January 9, 2020

The session is underway… so now what?

The 2020 regular session of the Legislature is underway. The question most often asked is, “What’s going to happen?” Well, predictions about what 134 politicians...

Wednesday January 8, 2020

Justice gets out from under federal investigation

Being under federal investigation is the legal equivalent of having a dormant virus; You are never quite sure when or if anything is going to...

Tuesday January 7, 2020

Census figures have West Virginia losing political ground

The 2020 Census will show another population decline in West Virginia and that will have a significant impact on our state. An analysis by Election...

Monday January 6, 2020

Biden to miners: Learn how to code

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden said coal miners worried about losing their jobs should learn how to write computer code. Now, why didn’t we think...

Friday January 3, 2020

Justice unlikely to propose 3rd year of pay raises

Do not expect Governor Jim Justice to propose a pay raise for school teachers, staff and state workers when he delivers his State of the...

Thursday January 2, 2020

My top six West Virginia stories of 2019

Before we say goodbye to 2019, I want to share with you my list of the top six stories of the year: 6) Bransfield Scandal. ...

Tuesday December 31, 2019

Justice administration cleans house over Nazi salute

Sometimes you just have to pull out the problem by the root. The Justice administration has decided to take a hard line at the state...

Monday December 30, 2019

Vatican document details Bransfield’s excesses

The revelations about the behavior of former Diocese of Wheeling Charleston Bishop Michael Bransfield continue to shock the senses. The Washington Post and other media,...

Friday December 27, 2019

Federal judge misses mark in State Trooper excessive force case

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Gina Groh released her decision acquitting former West Virginia State Trooper Michael Kennedy* of depriving the rights of...

Thursday December 26, 2019

My unexpected Christmas gift

I received an unexpected Christmas gift the other day.  It was a simple little poem from a dear friend.  I’ll get to that in a...

Tuesday December 24, 2019

The Christmas when the fighting stopped

Has there ever been a Christmas when there was no war, no fighting in any corner of our planet?   It’s difficult to imagine since...

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