Tuesday March 27, 2018

What Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme says about federal spending

Media are always reaching out to “experts” to help viewers, listeners and readers understand stories.  These insights are often helpful because they come from individuals...

Monday March 26, 2018

Tree protesters blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline are engaged in peaceful, but unlawful action

Regardless of your position on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, you have to admire the fortitude of the protesters who are encamped in two trees...

Friday March 23, 2018

Trump vs Biden: Let’s get ready to rumble!

So Donald Trump and Joe Biden want to fight. At least, they say they do.  The two have been skirmishing verbally for a couple of...

Thursday March 22, 2018

Sense of urgency needed to fight the opioid crisis

Imagine if the nation’s top health officials made a dramatic announcement this morning about a just discovered disease.  The dire warning said that perhaps as...

Wednesday March 21, 2018

Don Blankenship’s transition from federal prisoner to viable U.S. Senate candidate

Last May, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship completed his one year prison sentence after a federal jury found him guilty of conspiring to violate...

Tuesday March 20, 2018

Ohio judge takes a novel approach to find solutions to opioid crisis

The new ground zero in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis in this country is the Cleveland courtroom of Judge Dan Polster of the...

Monday March 19, 2018

The real winners at the state high school basketball tournament

There was a river of tears at the Charleston Civic Center the last two weeks during the annual girls and boys high school basketball tournaments....

Friday March 16, 2018

McElhinny: A great day for basketball fans, wherever you may be

Brad McElhinny subs in on commentary today: The entire state of West Virginia vanished Friday afternoon. Some speculated that the disappearance of 1.9 million state...

Thursday March 15, 2018

PEIA task force starts its difficult job

Governor Jim Justice’s newly appointed Public Employee Insurance Agency Task Force has had its first meeting.  It was largely an organizational gathering—a challenge itself since...

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Justice picks up the gauntlet thrown down by Gayle Manchin

Gayle Manchin believes she had to throw down the gauntlet. Manchin was growing increasingly concerned about legislation eliminating the Office of Education and the Arts...

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Governor Justice open to sports betting special session and integrity fee

Governor Jim Justice says he would “absolutely” call a special session of the legislature to revise a sports betting law in West Virginia to consider...

Monday March 12, 2018

Observations at the end of the 2018 regular session of the Legislature

–For all the grief politicians get, the Legislature and the Governor deserve credit for finishing work on the state budget for next fiscal year within...

Friday March 9, 2018

Oakland, California Mayor tips off criminals about immigration raid

Every well-conceived criminal activity needs a lookout or a mole, someone with inside information who can help the criminals know what the police are up...

Thursday March 8, 2018

Legislature, Governor, make right call on co-tenancy drilling bill

The teacher and service worker strike and related issues have dominated the West Virginia Legislature for the last couple of weeks.  In the meantime, however,...

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Reflections on the strike

The strike by teachers and service workers that closed schools for nine days is over. Here are my takeaways: –The five percent raise is substantial...

Memo to State Senate: Approve 5%, declare victory and move on

Conflicts are often exacerbated by miscalculations. When the strike by teachers and service workers began Thursday, February 22, nobody thought it would last very long. ...

Sunday March 4, 2018

Teachers, service workers and public employees have good reason to worry about their health insurance

I have communicated with a number of teachers and services workers over the past ten days in person, on the phone, by email and text. ...

Friday March 2, 2018

Teachers, service workers have made their points–loudly! Now it’s time to go back to work.

After broadcasting Talkline shows from the State Capitol my ears are still ringing.  The sounds of the chants and songs by thousands of striking school...

Thursday March 1, 2018

Teacher/service worker strike is the latest in organic organizing

The word I have used most often over the last week when talking about the nature of the strike by teachers and service workers is...

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Governor takes serious heat at teacher town halls, then changes his tune on pay raises

Governor Jim Justice went out to the people this week and the people handed the Governor’s keister to him in a bushel basket. Justice is...

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