In the latest move away from transparency in state government, the state Public Energy Authority has drafted rules for a new law that requires authority approval before power companies can decommission coal, oil, or gas-fired power plants that omit any requirement for public notice of public…
Iāve never followed state high school sports, knowing that if my high school were somehow magically transported to West Virginia, it would dominate in all sports. (Heck, we won the Virginia state high school football championship a few years back.)
Republicans are now in their ninth year in power in West Virginia, and as the old saying goes, the chickens are coming home to roost:
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently launched a media blitz touting the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act.
With myriad crises facing the state (most of them, including Corrections, foster care, first responders, caused by ongoing systemic underfunding), Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders are stumbling and bumbling toward a special session ā or not.
As the days count down to the departure of 50 West Virginia National Guard soldiers to Texas, at cost to state taxpayers of some $1.5 million, Gov. Jim Justice doubled down on social media crowing about his response to what he calls the āBiden Border Crisis.ā
Gov. Jim Justice and company recently celebrated a record budget surplus for the just-ended 2022-23 budget year ā although as Justice and Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy admitted, the surplus was wildly inflated by deliberately and significantly underestimating state revenue collections.
In the month since passage of the federal debt ceiling bill, weāve heard little about how the claw-back provisions in the legislation will be carried out.
Glad to see CBS News finally pick up on Gov. Jim Justiceās outrageously grotesque giveaway of millions of taxpayer dollars otherwise known as the āDo It For Babydogā sweepstakes.
As Iāve noted frequently, Democrats are terrible at messaging. State Democratsā inability to get their message out to voters over the past few years likely contributed mightily to West Virginia flipping red.
The U.S. Census Bureau continues to release data from the 2020 census, recently including population trends from 2010 to 2020, and itās not good for West Virginia.
Things may look grim at the moment for West Virginia Democrats, but history tells us there may be a glimmer of hope heading into the 2024 election cycle.
Itās no surprise that the state Republican Party last week welcomed into its flock Delegate Elliott Pritt, a one-time card-carrying Socialist Party USA member, given how enamored the state GOP is with the welfare system.
I generally donāt have occasion to quote conservative media pundit Ann Coulter, but a comment she made following Janet Protasiewiczās double-digit win over Dan Kelly in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race caught my attention.
Gov. Jim Justice, state legislators and statewide elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to the people of the state to run it in a fiscally responsible manner, a responsibility that they are shirking more and more frequently.
At one point in my statehouse reporting career, I found myself going through stacks of personal emails to and from Gov. Bob Wise (I wonāt go into the circumstances here, but you can look it up). One thing that stuck with me was Wise saying that he would not indulge in more than one glass of …
You would think that, having covered the Legislature for thirty-some years, there would be nothing new to see. But the 2023 legislative session featured some firsts (and rarities) for me.
One of my favorite German words is schadenfreude, which roughly translates as deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others.
Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, made news recently for opposing state funding to attract Form Energy, a manufacturer of high-capacity energy storage batteries, to West Virginia, stating, āThis is coal money that weāre giving to a woke company.ā
Gov. Jim Justice has always treated the office of governor as a vaudeville act, but never more so than when he staged his latest dog and pony show, a so-called tax reform roundtable.
Last week I wrote about how Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and Senate leadership were obliterating any pretense of transparency and accountability by ramming through legislation on the Senate floor without one wit of committee review, public hearings or input from experts, the pub…
One of the key reasons for Gov. Jim Justiceās inexplicably high approval ratings is his uncanny ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth on any given issue.
As Iāve referenced before, Iāve been reading a lot recently about the founding of the nation, and one of the most fascinating elements is how the Founding Fathers, after some starts and fits, established the three branches of government, exerting checks and balances on one another.
For some time, Iāve been fascinated by the Founding Fathersā glaring contradiction of embracing the noble concept that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights while ignoring the reality that tens of thousands of Americans were enslaved.
Here we are, 16 days since the debacle of a special session adjourned until further notice, and weāre still waiting for the appointment of a House-Senate conference committee on the bill banning abortion (HB 302).
If the end of Democratic control of West Virginia can be traced to 1996, when members of the majority party sabotaged Charlotte Prittās gubernatorial campaign, then the end of Republican control might have begun this past week with legislation to effectively ban abortion in the state.
A couple of weeks ago in this space, I commented about how Republican supermajorities in the state are not assured indefinitely, particularly if the party continues to move further and further to the right and continues to hold positions that are counter to the beliefs of a majority of Americans.
As a ĀŅĀ×ÄŚÉä Gazette-Mail editorial astutely noted, Republican operative Greg Thomasā recent op-ed piece criticizing coverage of the disqualification of Andrea Garrett Kiessling as a state Senate candidate never addressed the seminal issue in the case: That the preponderance of evidence c…