Taking a deeper dive on preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data showing West Virginia’s population declined by 3.2% in the past decade:
Last week was further proof that state politicians are missing the point entirely when they pose the question, “What can we do to convince people to move to West Virginia?”
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).
Hypocrisy has been a legislative hallmark to varying degrees in probably all the sessions I’ve covered, but the current Legislature is taking hypocrisy to new heights.
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 …
To borrow a line from the late, great Daily Mail columnist Richard Grimes, the legislative session is half over. However, unlike the second half of the lede of his annual mid-session column, we can’t say nothing much has happened yet.
When you’re in a race with Mississippi to do something, you probably should heed the advice given to Jim Ignatowski and slow down.
In touting his income tax rollback plan in virtual town halls last week, Gov. Jim Justice did a very apolitical and honest thing.
“I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it to the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” — Grover Norquist, architect of the GOP No Tax Pledge
Going into what portends to be one of the most divisive legislative sessions in modern history, plans to restrict public and media access to legislators are troubling.
Gov. Jim Justice had an interesting tell at Monday’s COVID-19 briefing in his defense of a New Year’s Eve gala at The Greenbrier, where revelers, many without facemasks, packed into the upper lobby
In the past week, as the pandemic reached critical new levels, West Virginia set records for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations and deaths here surpassed 900, Gov. Jim Justice did … nothing.
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 …
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 …
To the victors go the spoils, and for the legislative supermajorities in 2021, one of those spoils will be complete control of redistricting.
On Tuesday, a sizeable majority of West Virginia voters looked at the chaos, divisiveness and ineptitude coming out of the White House and said, “Yep, I want four more years of that.”
Tuesday will be my 40th, and hopefully final, election night as a reporter, and as such it is encouraging to see record early voting turnout, both nationally and in West Virginia.
I’m probably starting to sound like the proverbial broken record, but for someone who claims to not be a politician, Jim Justice out-old-schools the best (worst?) of the old-school politicians.