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Gov. Jim Justice and company recently celebrated a record budget surplus for the just-ended 2022-23 budget year – although as Justice and Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy admitted, the surplus was wildly inflated by deliberately and significantly underestimating state revenue collections.

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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…

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As I’ve referenced before, I’ve 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.

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For some time, I’ve been fascinated by the Founding Fathers’ 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.

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If the end of Democratic control of West Virginia can be traced to 1996, when members of the majority party sabotaged Charlotte Pritt’s gubernatorial campaign, then the end of Republican control might have begun this past week with legislation to effectively ban abortion in the state.

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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.

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As a Gazette-Mail editorial astutely noted, Republican operative Greg Thomas’ 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…