Friday June 8, 2018

Morgantown City Council’s costly green agenda

Morgantown City Council is moving rapidly toward a questionable and controversial purchase of 40 acres of woods adjacent to the city.  Council voted 6-1 Tuesday...

Wednesday June 6, 2018

Allen Loughry and “The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in WV.”

One of the books in my office that I reference often is by Allen Loughry.  “Don’t Buy Another Vote.  I Won’t Pay for a Landslide....

Supreme Court passes on wedding cake, but ensures government neutrality on religion

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In the 7-2 decision, the Court found...

Tuesday June 5, 2018

Justice blames Commerce for RISE failures; Gen. Hoyer now in charge

After months of confusion and delays in the RISE WV long-term flood recovery efforts, Governor Jim Justice has vowed to get the program moving “at...

Sunday June 3, 2018

Justice administration floundering on long-term flood relief

RISE WV, the long-term recovery effort following the devastating flood two years ago this month, should be providing a badly needed hand up for West...

Friday June 1, 2018

End of the week short takes

–Figures out from the Tax Foundation show that West Virginia collects $1,048 per capita in state income taxes.*   That ranks West Virginia 26th among the...

Thursday May 31, 2018

Local flood relief agencies exasperated over delays; Gov kick-starts RISE

The stories continue to surface about problems with RISE WV, West Virginia’s long-term flood recovery program.  Jack Lipphardt, director of West Virginia United Methodist Disaster...

Wednesday May 30, 2018

NFL anthem policy creates more questions

Last week the NFL released its new policy to try to resolve the National Anthem controversy.  Players can choose to stay in the locker room...

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Speculation rampant over Supreme Court investigation

The State Capitol was buzzing with speculation and rumors last week about the West Virginia Supreme Court and a federal grand jury investigation.  Reporters were...

Friday May 25, 2018

Millions in flood relief money stuck in the government pipeline

West Virginia was hit by one of the worst floods in the state’s history on June 23, 2016.  A series of intense thunderstorms turned normally...

Thursday May 24, 2018

Polls, predictions for Manchin-Morrisey

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s campaign has released polling showing him eight points ahead of Republican challenger Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.  The poll has Manchin...

Friday May 18, 2018

I’m out! Your turn

I’m out for a few days. Commentaries will return Thursday, May 24. However, now’s a good time to get your chops in. Please complete the...

Thursday May 17, 2018

Charleston needle exchange program misses the mark

In December 2015, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department began a Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program (HRSSP).  Health officials and city leaders supported the program as a...

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Fracking study shows no water well contamination

Two years ago, University of Cincinnati environmental studies professor Dr. Amy Townsend-Small caused a stir when she told a meeting of the Carroll County (Ohio)...

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Supreme Court decision on sports betting puts WV at the front of the line

West Virginia’s gamble to be one of the first states to seize on legalized sports betting appears to be paying off.  The U.S. Supreme Court,...

Monday May 14, 2018

Governor Justice’s communications breakdown

Governor Jim Justice has a communications problem. It is vital for the Governor and his top staff to be on the same page when it...

Friday May 11, 2018

Blankenship pledges to campaign against Morrisey

Don Blankenship may have finished a distant third behind Patrick Morrisey and Evan Jenkins in the race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate,...

Thursday May 10, 2018

Blankenship’s surge was “a little bunkum.”

One of the hottest political stories in the country leading up to the May 8 Primary Election in West Virginia was Don Blankenship.  Was the...

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Post-primary notes

Notes from the 2018 Primary Election: —Of the 1,227,600 West Virginians currently registered to vote, unofficially 23.7 percent cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary. Those...

Tuesday May 8, 2018

Blankenship vs. Trump

President Trump dropped a “May surprise” on the eve of the West Virginia Primary Election with a tweet about the race for the Republican nomination...

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