Friday July 12, 2019

The WVEA’s long shot to kill the education reform law

Opponents of charter schools were unable to stop the proposal in the Legislature, so they are now going to court. The West Virginia Education Association...

Thursday July 11, 2019

Who can repair the WV GOP?

Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Kanawha County Republican Party Executive Committee.  There was shouting, arguments and hurt feelings. As one committee member...

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Small donations add up for Stephen Smith

It does not take long to review the second quarter campaign financial statement of incumbent Governor Jim Justice. It’s just 12 pages and the quick...

Tuesday July 9, 2019

West Virginia’s venture into rail/truck transport business comes up empty

The Heartland Intermodal Gateway (HIG) at Prichard in Wayne County opened with great fanfare and hope in 2015.  Rail-to-truck transfer stations were booming in other...

Monday July 8, 2019

Chris Cline’s legacy: Success and contributions

  Chris Cline had a way of staying one step ahead in the volatile coal business. According to a 2017 Forbes Magazine profile, when Cline...

Friday July 5, 2019

Politics are cutting into American pride

The Independence Day weekend is typically a time when we rally around the flag and celebrate the birth of the nation.  However, a new poll...

Wednesday July 3, 2019

What Founding Father John Adams missed about Independence Day

(Editor’s note:  This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every year at this time.) John Adams’s letter to his wife...

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Capitalism vs. Socialism

One of the issues emerging in the 2020 presidential race, at least among Democratic candidates, is whether the United States should become more socialist.  I...

Monday July 1, 2019

Look below the surface of the education bill

If you only paid attention to the hyperventilated debate, you would think that Republicans and Governor Jim Justice were gutting public education and undermining teachers. ...

Friday June 21, 2019

Republicans get on the same page on education reform… finally

It took a while—okay, it took six months—but Republicans in the state Senate, the House of Delegates and the Republican Governor finally got on the...

Thursday June 20, 2019

West Virginia: 156 bruising years

According to John G. Morgan in his book West Virginia Governors, “The historic morning of June 20, 1863, the official birthday of the 35th state,...

Wednesday June 19, 2019

When a ‘Jobs Act’ creates no jobs

Back in 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Jobs Act.  The aim was to require companies working on public projects financed all...

Tuesday June 18, 2019

The high school diploma isn’t what it used to be

About 3.6 million students graduated from high school this year.  Completing K-12 is an accomplishment worth noting, but those diplomas are losing value when it...

Monday June 17, 2019

Legislators need wingsuits to pass education reform bill

The House of Delegates is getting back together today to see if members can agree on education reform. It makes me think of those daredevils...

Friday June 14, 2019

Homesick Manchin leaning more toward Governor’s race

It’s Wednesday afternoon at the United States Capitol. The U.S. Senate had just voted 77-19 to confirm Thomas Barber as a U.S. District Judge in...

Thursday June 13, 2019

McElhinny: Legislative focus on fun, fellowship and betterment

Special session just needs an attitude adjustment.

Wednesday June 12, 2019

WV Commerce Secretary optimistic after meeting with China Energy

It was with great fanfare that the Justice administration announced in November 2017 a partnership with China Energy.  According to the memorandum of understanding, the...

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Bloomberg goes after coal, natural gas

Back during the Obama administration, we heard a lot about the War on Coal.  The Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama did its level best...

Monday June 10, 2019

Justice’s ‘Trump’ card

Governor Jim Justice is suffering of a lot of slings and arrows right now. Almost daily, there are media reports about one or more of...

Friday June 7, 2019

Bishop Bransfield’s fall from grace

The Bible is filled with stories and lessons of sacrifice and humility.  John the Baptist wore clothes of camel hair and lived on locusts and...

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