Opinion

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 […]

By February 13, 2019 Read More →

‘Rules’ of W.Va. legislative progress explained

Erica Young West Virginia Press Association Capitol Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislative Analyst Steve Thompson gave a presentation to the House Committee on Government Organization this week on the Legislative Rule-Making and Review Process. Speaking on Monday, Thompson explained legislative rules are a lot like bills, but the process of making them is slightly different. […]

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By February 11, 2019 Read More →

John McCoy: The good and bad of this year’s outdoor-related legislation

By JOHN McCOY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s 60-day legislative season is in full swing, and a slew of hunting- and fishing-related bills are in the works. Here are the highlights and lowlights: Senate Bill 331 would allow hunters to use dogs to track wounded deer or bears. The dogs would have to […]

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Opinion: On the LGBTQ controversy, forced silence isn’t agreement or change
By February 10, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: On the LGBTQ controversy, forced silence isn’t agreement or change

By Don Smith Executive Director of the West Virginia Press Association   Will the controversy surrounding statements last week about LGBTQ organizations by a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates greatly change West Virginia? Will change come from… … the Delegate’s statements? In discussion of an amendment to allow LGBTQ individuals by law to […]

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By February 10, 2019 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Oil and Gas: Temp jobs show need for diverse economy

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel When members of the West Virginia Press Association gathered in Charleston last week to hear from lawmakers and lobbyists during the group’s annual Legislative Breakfast, one of the topics of discussion was the oil and natural gas industry — and, in particular, pipelines. State Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, […]

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Opinion: It’s about time for a “Home Grown” teacher shortage solution
By February 6, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: It’s about time for a “Home Grown” teacher shortage solution

By Dr. Tracy Pellett President of Glenville State College   The teacher shortage in West Virginia has reached the “crisis” stage.  There are now more than 1,000 teacher vacancies across the state. The sad fact is that many West Virginia students will not receive the quality education they deserve by a highly qualified teacher, particularly […]

By February 6, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Fighting to keep public notices in newspapers

The public loses out when government makes it harder to find out what it’s doing By Maryanne Reed Dean of WVU Reed College of Media For Nieman Reports at Harvard University Reading public notice ads in the classifieds is about exciting as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary reading for some. In Carmel, California, a 99-year-old […]