Opinion

Opinion: W.Va. Delegate Robinson calling on Governor Justice to veto of SB 622
By March 18, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Delegate Robinson calling on Governor Justice to veto of SB 622

Delegate Robinson calling for veto of 622 By Delegate Andrew Robinson D-Kanawha, 36th District On Friday, March 8, 2019, late in the night after most of the news media had finished their stories for the day, Senate Bill 622, also known as, “The 2019 Bought and Paid for Act,” was forced through its last step […]

Jerome Gilbert: The future is looking bright at Marshall
By March 13, 2019 Read More →

Jerome Gilbert: The future is looking bright at Marshall

The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Spring signals the rebirth of nature, and with it comes feelings of optimism, hope and anticipation for many of us. The beginning of the new season is also experienced on campus as faculty, staff and students prepare for midterms, spring break and graduation. Tied perfectly to spring itself is the […]

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Opinion: No progress on implementation of Automatic Voter Registration
By March 8, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: No progress on implementation of Automatic Voter Registration

By Delegate Andrew Robinson D-Kanawha County, 36th District In 2016, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation to implement Automatic Voter Registration. Automatic Voter Registration changes our voter registration process at the Division of Motor Vehicles from drivers opting-in to becoming a registered voter to allowing those not interested to opt-out of registering to vote. Our current Governor […]

Posted in: Legislature, Opinion
By March 7, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: WV Citizens for Clean Elections says Legislature poised to bring more money, less transparency into WV politics

Opinion from WV Citizens for Clean Elections:   By Julie Archer WV Citizens for Clean Elections Despite the way practically every West Virginia voter — Republican or Democrat — feels about the state of our politics and money’s role in it, West Virginia politicians are charging ahead with SB 622 — the bill no one asked […]

By February 24, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia must take action on unplugged gas, oil wells

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: Much as they had to address the residual effect of coal mining on the Mountain State’s environment, lawmakers must be willing to find solutions for the more than 4,500 unplugged oil and natural gas wells across the state. As David McMahon, lobbyist for the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights […]

Posted in: Opinion, WVPA Sharing
By February 20, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. lawmakers trying to limit your access to information with HB 2441 and HB 2761

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: West Virginia lawmakers are quietly considering two bills that would limit your access to information — even information about YOU — and could make it easier for government officials to pull the wool over your eyes, or arrange for the unfair and speedy sale of YOUR property. One is […]

By February 17, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. Legislature should not shelve ethics bill

From the Wheeling News-Register: Incredibly — or, if you have followed politics for a few years, perhaps not — an important ethics law in West Virginia exempts state legislators and other elected officials. Most state employees are banned from having financial interests in public contracts. That is, they cannot steer business toward companies in which […]

By February 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Public notice in newspapers keeps foxes away from the henhouses 

From The Public Notice Research Center: Why did our forefathers originally decide to enact public notice laws in the first place? After all, they were the government. Why didn’t they just publish the information they considered vital for citizens to know and be done with it? The answer is obvious: Because they knew it wasn’t wise simply […]

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By February 16, 2019 Read More →

This week in W.Va. House of Delegates

Release from the W.Va. House of Delegates for Feb. 15, 2019: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates this past week refined and advanced its proposal for comprehensive education reform for West Virginia schools. The House overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan basis its alternative to Senate Bill 451 on Thursday, after more than a week of […]

At the Capitol: Discussion focuses on Loughry sentencing, education bill
By February 15, 2019 Read More →

At the Capitol: Discussion focuses on Loughry sentencing, education bill

By Phil Kabler Charleston Gazette-Mail For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the now-significantly different versions of the omnibus education bill almost certainly headed for a showdown in a House-Senate conference committee, the most talked-about event of the week at the Capitol actually took place two miles west. On Wednesday, former state […]