Opinion

By February 22, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: At the W.Va. Capitol for the final two weeks

By Phil Kabler For West Virginia Press With the 2020 legislative session approaching its final two weeks, the pace of what has been a relatively low-key session is picking up, with multiple bills advancing in both houses – and one key bill meeting a surprisingly early demise. Going into the session, legislation to end a […]

By February 22, 2020 Read More →

This week in the W.Va. House of Delegates

Release from the W.Va. House of Delegates for the week ending Feb. 21, 2020: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ahead of a key legislative deadline on Wednesday, the pace of processing legislation ramped up significantly this past week in the House of Delegates, with lawmakers advancing bills to promote economic growth, get more young people in the […]

Video Interview: W.Va. Senate President Carmichael talks about SJR 9; legislation on third reading Monday
By February 21, 2020 Read More →

Video Interview: W.Va. Senate President Carmichael talks about SJR 9; legislation on third reading Monday

WV Press Video Report: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, following second reading floor debate on SJR 9, talked with West Virginia Press about the tax package and his expectations for the legislation, which will be on Third Reading Monday. NOTE: You can see Friday’s Senate floor discussion of SJR 9, including opposition to […]

Opinion: SJR 9 is just plain bad for West Virginia
By February 21, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: SJR 9 is just plain bad for West Virginia

By Jonathan AdlerExecutive Director WV Association of Counties The West Virginia Senate, in an attempt to spur economic growth and attract manufacturing jobs to West Virginia, has introduced two misguided pieces of legislation that only harm our state; ​they​ do​n’t​ help it.  They are tax giveaways to large, out-of-state businesses while hurting West Virginia’s own citizens. […]

By February 16, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: The dog whistle the W.Va. governor does not hear

The Register-Herald of Beckley: We’re not sure what Gov. Jim Justice does not understand about “words matter,” but certainly, they do, as the governor’s own words this past week prove. And before we go further, let’s make this clear: We do not believe for a second that the governor is a racist. We do believe […]

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Opinion: West Virginia students deserve better education, career information
By February 16, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: West Virginia students deserve better education, career information

By Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson As West Virginia’s education policies evolve, so too is our growing recognition that a one-size-fits-all approach to planning for life after high school simple does not work for today’s youth. Students have more options than ever before, but we need to provide them with better information about the real-life consequences […]

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By February 16, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: The unquenchable H. John Rogers

By James A. Haught Among West Virginia’s flamboyant politicos, hardly anyone (except maybe A. James Manchin) matched the off-the-wall career of H. John Rogers, who grabbed headlines as he ran unsuccessfully for nearly everything. During a 1980 campaign appearance in Charleston in front of television cameras, he startled everyone by slugging WSAZ-TV reporter Loren Tobia. Another time, at […]

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What is the W.Va. Public Service Commission and what does it do?
By February 13, 2020 Read More →

What is the W.Va. Public Service Commission and what does it do?

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of education columns from WVPSC Chairman Charlotte R. Lane. By Chairman Charlotte R. Lane,  Public Service Commission All West Virginians should have the opportunity to understand how your government works, including the responsibilities and activities of state agencies.  To that end, I am beginning a regular […]

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By February 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: Funding for cracker plan a sound investment

From The Wheeling News-Register: Ohio state officials revealed last week that they are pumping another $20 million into the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, located across the Ohio River from Moundsville, W.Va. That brings total state involvement through JobsOhio to $70 million — for a project that has not yet been announced officially […]

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By February 12, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. policymakers should help make renewable energy more attractive

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: As supporters of an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, which ultimately leads to better prices for consumers and improves national security by making us energy independent, we urge W.Va. lawmakers to consider increasing efforts to advance renewable energy development. This, by no means, lessens the importance of natural gas, which the […]

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