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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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Opinion: What Governor Justice forgot in the W.Va. State of the State speech
By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: What Governor Justice forgot in the W.Va. State of the State speech

By Charles Parker President, WV State Building and Construction Trades Council As West Virginia continues to fall short on revenue collections, Governor Jim Justice said his budget proposal is “very conservative” in his State of the State Address. But Justice missed an important opportunity in Wednesday night’s speech to get ahead of budget shortfalls that […]

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Opinion: High Hopes for 2020 W.Va. Legislative Session
By January 12, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: High Hopes for 2020 W.Va. Legislative Session

By Jack Cipoletti I may be naïve, but I have high hopes for the 2020 WV legislative session. I hope we’ll see an environment of civility, cooperation, compromise and bipartisanship so that we don’t lose any more conscientious delegates or senators. I hope we’ll see bills presented and evaluated on their own merit, without layers […]

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Opinion: Country Roads Angel Network invests in W.Va. businesses to help restore economy
By December 12, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Country Roads Angel Network invests in W.Va. businesses to help restore economy

From The Weston Democrat: By Judy Moore Director of the WV Hive Network in Beckley A significant entrepreneurial movement is taking place within West Virginia. Many dedicated West Virginians have made it their mission to rebuild a state impacted by the downturn of the coal industry. FoundationOne®CDx CGP TestOur comprehensive genomic profiling revolves around your […]

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Opinion: Zealots in high political office
By December 11, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Zealots in high political office

 By James A. Haught Back in 2003, in a top-secret international phone call, President George W. Bush urged French President Jacques Chirac to join America in invading Iraq on grounds that Christian nations must thwart the Satanic forces of Gog and Magog. Chirac was baffled by such crackpottery. A few French newspapers wrote derisive sneers about […]

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