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Last week, I wrote about the “Absolute Worst” legislator of the 2021 regular session. Today, I’d like to recognize the person I would consider to be the legislator of the year (although given the horrendous nature of this legislative session, that’s akin to being valedictorian of reform school).

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Capitol observers (from afar) have been in a state of befuddlement this session as the Legislature advances caustic bill after caustic bill — bills that will harm many West Virginians, denigrate state institutions and discourage investment in or relocation to the state.

Back in 2016, when the newly Republican-controlled Legislature was pushing a bill to allow people to use religious beliefs as grounds for discrimination, many Charleston businesses put stickers on their doors stating, “All Kinds Are Welcome Here” to show they were open to all, regardless of …

A reader pointed that when Rebecca McPhail wrote a letter to the editor last week criticizing my column item Sunday in which I pointed out that Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, could be in line to become the first governor in more than 100 years to not have a college degree, the letter omitted …

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Because of the early Friday deadlines for this column, the state Supreme Court’s ruling rejecting Gov. Jim Justice’s motion for a writ of prohibition came out too late for my quasi-insightful commentary last Sunday. Justice was trying to halt a lawsuit to compel him to comply with the state …