Opinion

Opinion: Senator Blair – WV Senate Bill 622 is true campaign finance reform 
By March 21, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Senator Blair – WV Senate Bill 622 is true campaign finance reform 

By Senator Craig Blair, R-Berkeley During the past four years, one of the Legislature’s top priorities has been to modernize West Virginia’s laws and to take outdated and burdensome regulations off our books. We have succeeded in making West Virginia friendlier to businesses and in adopting policies that are competitive with those of our neighboring […]

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A response to a negative, out-of-state portrayal of West Virginia and of Charleston
By March 21, 2019 Read More →

A response to a negative, out-of-state portrayal of West Virginia and of Charleston

By Charles McElwee The March 2-3 edition of The Wall Street Journal has a three-page feature article contrasting the booming economies of Midland and Odessa in West Texas, and the depressed economy of Charleston, W.Va., attributable to the City being “a victim of the state’s demographics and rural characteristics.” The Charleston column focuses on the […]

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Opinion: WVSOS – Campaign finance legislation – SB 622 – provides greater transparency
By March 19, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: WVSOS – Campaign finance legislation – SB 622 – provides greater transparency

By Mac Warner WV Secretary of State Let the sunlight shine into political campaigns in West Virginia Transparency is the key component of good campaign finance policy. As we progress through the 21st Century, easily accessible and complete information is not only possible, it’s absolutely necessary for citizens to stay informed on how government is spending […]

By March 19, 2019 Read More →

OPINION Found Money: Lawmakers shouldn’t spend surplus

The Inter-Mountain West Virginia legislators are taking something of a risk with this year’s budget — but give them credit for their motives. On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law the budget for the coming fiscal year, beginning July 1. But in addition, he signed nine bills providing supplemental appropriations out of the current-year […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]