Opinion

Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public
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Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: After the West Virginia legislature this week approved a bill allowing medical marijuana in the state starting in 2019, readers were asked this question related to the legislature’s action: “Do you approve of medical marijuana for West Virginia? If not, what are your concerns?” Here are some comments they posted […]

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By April 8, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Broadband is a modern necessity

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette editorial page: A couple of years ago, Suddenlink invested millions and began providing 1-gigabit-per-second internet service to the Ohio Valley from Point Pleasant to New Martinsville. Parkersburg was dubbed “Gig City.” (A gigabit is a billion bits, and eight bits make a computer byte, or one written letter or number. […]

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Editorial: Earmarking Higher Education Funding
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Editorial: Earmarking Higher Education Funding

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia’s budget crunch grew tighter during the past few years, state legislators have been right to ask whether taxpayers can afford all the higher education we are paying for now. Among them, public colleges, universities and medical schools eat up about $400 million a year from the general revenue […]

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Editorial: Getting Back To Basics on Budget
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Editorial: Getting Back To Basics on Budget

From The Wheeling News-Register:  Earlier this year, Gov. Jim Justice described state government finances as “an 18-carat dog’s mess.” Now, both houses of the West Virginia Legislature have approved budget bills for the coming fiscal year. The measures are substantially different, but they — and the governor’s budget proposal — have one thing in common: […]

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Senators Manchin, Capito issue statements on air strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.,  released the following statements regarding President Trump’s military action in Syria: Sen. Manchin:  “Earlier this week, the world watched the devastating effects of chemicals weapons on innocent civilians and children after the Syrian regime decided to use these outlawed weapons against its own […]

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U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins issues weekly

By U.S Rep. Evan Jenkins, R- 3rd-District, W.Va. WASHINGTON, W.Va. — At the end of the month, the benefits our retired miners worked their lives for could expire if Congress doesn’t act. For families across West Virginia, that would be nothing short of devastating. I went to the House floor this week to urge my colleagues […]

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House voter registration bill moves to second reading in Senate
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House voter registration bill moves to second reading in Senate

After a weeklong stall for House Bill 2781 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill, which would extend the deadline for eliminating aspects of the automatic voter registration program, passed its first reading on the Senate floor. Delegate Saira Blair, R-Berkeley, sponsored the legislation. Delegates Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, George Ambler, R-Greenbrier, Danny […]

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Opinion: With WV SB 412, Sen. Craig Blair addresses serious problem

By Bryan Hoylman president and CEO Associated Builders and Contractors of W.Va.. A recent editorial on Senate Bill 412, a bill dealing with W. Va. Jobs Act reporting requirements, attempted to explain the legislation’s intent. Unfortunately, it missed the mark and missed it badly. It was explained that when companies contract with the state and […]

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Opinion: Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher – Moving West Virginia Forward
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Opinion: Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher – Moving West Virginia Forward

By Woody Thrasher West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary   During this 2017 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has identified a bold initiative to lead West Virginia on the path to prosperity. His initiative will stimulate our economy and provide the tools necessary to support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. The Governor’s […]

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By April 3, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: A compassionate vote for medical marijuana in WV

From The Charleston Gazette Mail: Amid the Legislature’s chaos over the state budget and other issues, a bright spot has emerged. Lawmakers moved swiftly toward making West Virginia the 30th state to allow medical marijuana to ease the suffering of cancer victims and others in agony. Battling over compassionate pot has been intense. The state […]

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