Opinion

Opinion: Misinformation published by the Charleston Gazette-Mail harms voter confidence in WV elections
By January 22, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: Misinformation published by the Charleston Gazette-Mail harms voter confidence in WV elections

By Mac Warner WV Secretary of State Two weeks ago, the Charleston Gazette-Mail sent the W.Va. Secretary of State’s Office a request for information relating to West Virginia’s effort to keep our county voter lists updated and accurate.  Through their reporter, Phil Kabler, the Gazette-Mail asked my office to compile information relating to voter registration […]

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Opinion: President Trump ensures a more SECURE retirement for small business employees
By January 22, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: President Trump ensures a more SECURE retirement for small business employees

By Steve Bulger Acting administrator for the Small Business Adminstration Mid-Atlantic Regional According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of small business employees do not have access to the same quality work-based retirement plans as workers at large employers. For example, in 2017, only 53% of workers at private-sector establishments with fewer than 100 employees […]

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By January 20, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: More on Dumbing Down W.Va. high school graduates

From The Moorefield Examiner: We carried a guest editorial last week on the latest effort for the West Virginia Board of Education to dumbing down our high school graduates by cutting the number of credits required to graduate.   Not only is this wrong, it’s aimed at the one aspect of education that is so terribly […]

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Opinion: Teach about constitutional republic, principles of federal, state governments
By January 20, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: Teach about constitutional republic, principles of federal, state governments

By West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump The recent “Dangerous for Democracy” front page headline and underlying news article in last week’s Charleston “Sunday Gazette-Mail” was a head scratcher for me. At first glance, it pointed out a problem about the proposal of the West Virginia Board of Education, to allow county school systems to […]

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Opinion: GOP Albatross
By January 14, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: GOP Albatross

By James A. Haught Every schoolchild knows that the Ancient Mariner was forced to wear a dead albatross around his neck. I think America’s Republican Party wears a dying albatross: white evangelicals who are both the GOP’s life-support system and also a curse upon Republicans. The conservative party couldn’t survive without hidebound born-again whites – yet […]

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At the Capitol: Tight finances result in low-key start to W.Va. Legislature session
By January 12, 2020 Read More →

At the Capitol: Tight finances result in low-key start to W.Va. Legislature session

By Phil Kabler, For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A combination of an election year and tight state finances has resulted in the 2020 regular session of the state Legislature getting off to a fairly low-key start. The 60-day regular session got underway Wednesday, featuring Gov. Jim Justice’s fourth State of the State […]

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By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. leaders working together, not pandering, needed

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: While it is always entertaining to see which props Gov. Jim Justice will haul out for his annual State of the State addresses, his choice of a rocket ship (strikingly similar to one used in graphics distributed by West Virginia University, by the way) to illustrate the Mountain State’s […]

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By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: No big and bold ideas from W.Va. Governor Justice – unfortunately

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: For those of you wondering where Gov. Jim Justice was hiding while some imposter, a stunt double, delivered the annual State of the State address, we can assure you that the guy at the podium Wednesday night was, in fact, our governor – minus any big ideas on how to […]

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By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: Curbing government spending will be vital in W.Va.

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have increased by nearly $1 billion. But there have […]

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By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. voters will judge Legislature by results, not speeches

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Unlike the president’s State of the Union speech or a presidential inaugural address, the annual State of the State speech given by the governor to kick off the annual regular session of the Legislature rarely contains memorable rhetorical flourishes. There’s almost never an “ask not what your country can do […]

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