Friday September 7, 2018

An economic rising tide that is not lifting all boats

The economies of the United States and West Virginia are both showing improvement.  The U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent in...

Thursday September 6, 2018

Who West Virginia voters like and don’t like, and why it matters

There are many factors that go into a voter’s decision about which candidate for political office they are going to support.   Does the candidate’s position...

Wednesday September 5, 2018

West Virginia benefits from increased global demand for coal

Coal is once again a hot commodity. The Wall Street Journal reports a surge in the international demand for coal to produce electricity, especially in...

Tuesday September 4, 2018

MetroNews Dominion Post WV Poll tells us more about Manchin-Morrisey race

Last week we released the results of the MetroNews Dominion Post West Virginia Poll. One of the key findings was Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s...

Friday August 31, 2018

Sore loser law keeps Blankenship off the ballot

Don Blankenship is persistent. The former Massey Energy CEO ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. However, even being in the race...

Thursday August 30, 2018

Florida results show potential for a “Trump Bump” for Morrisey in WV

West Virginia Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continues to trail Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Manchin in the polls.  Most of the surveys have Manchin up...

Wednesday August 29, 2018

State government: the good, the bad and the ugly

West Virginia state government is a frequent target of criticism because, well, it’s the government.  It is, by nature, inefficient and bureaucratic.  Additionally, politicians incessantly...

Tuesday August 28, 2018

How John McCain fell in love with his country, and the lessons he leaves behind

The death of Senator John McCain caused me to go back and read his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2008.  That convention,...

Sunday August 26, 2018

Race for House Speaker taking shape

House Republicans are scheduled to caucus Tuesday night at the State Capitol to pick a replacement for Tim Armstead, who resigned last week to run...

Friday August 24, 2018

WV Supreme Court vacancies will be filled by small percentage of voters

Much has been said during the Supreme Court impeachment proceedings about the importance of filling vacancies by election.  The argument has merit since West Virginia...

Thursday August 23, 2018

Great teachers make all the difference

The start of the school year always gets me thinking about my old school days and many of my teachers. I was going to write...

Wednesday August 22, 2018

Trump delivers on coal promise

President Trump has made good on a campaign promise to help the coal industry.  The Trump administration’s EPA has announced the much-anticipated repeal of the...

Tuesday August 21, 2018

Gee warns parents about “dissident” frats

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is losing patience with some of the campus fraternities, and who can blame him?  Four fraternities have notified...

Monday August 20, 2018

Robin Davis’s tone deaf parting shots

The opening sentences of Robin Davis’s letter of resignation as a State Supreme Court Justice read as follows: “I deliver this statement today in dismay,...

Friday August 10, 2018

Justice celebrates positive economic news for WV

Governor Jim Justice likes to use props to make his points.  He frequently writes his key points on a white board during a press conference,...

Thursday August 9, 2018

Supreme Court impeachment–What does it all mean?

The late esteemed Associated Press correspondent George Esper, when preparing to write a big story, said he first paused and asked himself, “What does it...

Wednesday August 8, 2018

Justice’s tax presser fails to answer all questions

  With Governor Jim Justice, there is frequently an element of the peculiar.  There certainly was Monday when Justice called a news conference to say...

Tuesday August 7, 2018

Legislators get firsthand look at Supreme Court’s extravagant furnishings

Members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee have finally gotten a firsthand look at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals costly renovations and furnishings. It...

Friday August 3, 2018

The House Judiciary Committee’s huge decision

It is a foregone conclusion that the House Judiciary Committee will recommend impeachment of suspended State Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, and that the full...

Thursday August 2, 2018

West Virginia’s ‘happiness’ deficit

West Virginia may be “almost heaven,” but we’re not necessarily all that happy about our lives in the Mountain State.  MagnifyMoney researchers set out to...

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