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Statehouse Beat: All sides coming together on casino downturn

There’s no question that the state’s four racetrack casinos are experiencing steep declines in attendance and revenues, essentially surrounded on three sides by larger, fancier facilities that are much closer to population centers in...

Statehouse Beat: All sides coming together on casino downturn

There’s no question that the state’s four racetrack casinos are experiencing steep declines in attendance and revenues, essentially surrounded on three sides by larger, fancier facilities that are much closer to population centers in...

Statehouse Beat: Justice unknown as political entity

While Senate President Bill Cole’s gubernatorial efforts seem to be chugging right along, picking up endorsements from many Republican legislators and erstwhile rival Patrick Morrisey, and hosting a number of big campaign fundraisers, the same...

Statehouse Beat: Feigned intrigue over prevailing wage subpoenas

Legislative leadership’s continued insistence that the executive branch was hiding “outside labor interest” documents from the Legislature reminds me of Captain Queeg turning his ship upside down over his obsession to determine...

Statehouse Beat: Ethics Commission taking on trinkets law next month

Last week, we touched on the difficulty the Ethics Commission may have enforcing the vaguely worded “trinkets” law, which bars public officials from using public funds for self-promotion. Turns out, the Ethics Commission will take up its ...

Statehouse Beat: Are robo-calls Morrisey’s new election ‘trinkets’?
Statehouse Beat: Are robo-calls Morrisey’s new election ‘trinkets’?

Back in the day, you knew an election year was coming around when the “Darrell McGraw enforces the law” billboards touting the attorney general’s consumer protection hotline starting popping up around the state.

That irked...

Statehouse Beat: Prevailing wage subpoena latest misstep by legislative leaders

The new legislative leadership continues to be a riches of embarrassment, with their latest faux pas being to subpoena documents they, evidently, already had in their possession.

That was the latest salvo in the GOP leadership’s extreme...

‘Casino night’ fundraisers under fire

Plans by the state Lottery Commission to crack down on charities that host “casino night” fundraisers using gaming devices that technically are illegal under state law has drawn a lot of criticism – particularly from businesses...

Statehouse Beat: Leftover money for state agencies shrinks

In state fiscal terms, New Year’s Day was Wednesday, and as has occurred in the past few years, the administration had to use a combination of spending cuts and revenue transfers to close a $60 million revenue shortfall to avoid ending the...

Statehouse Beat: More on prevailing wage gap

Beginning Wednesday, the state’s prevailing wage law will go into hiatus as the old law expires at midnight, and a new method for calculating wages for construction workers on state-funded projects of $500,000 or more is not expected to be...

Statehouse Beat: Justice putting millions into Greenbrier Classic

This week’s Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament will again put a national spotlight on West Virginia, with Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice again spending millions of his own money to make the event possible.

I heard that message...

Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney
Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney

Like clockwork, the state has made its first payment this month — of $500,000 — to Old White Charities, the non-profit organization that operates the Greenbrier Classic PGA golf tournament, for a prime sponsorship of the 2015 edition of...

Statehouse Beat: Revitalizing state’s racing industry a big job

To say that the new Racing Commission committee appointed to come up with ways to revitalize thoroughbred and greyhound racing in the state has a daunting task is a true understatement.

As state Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association...

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