One of my favorite movies is “The Caine Mutiny,” about the court marshal trial of an officer of the USS Caine for leading a revolt of officers to remove the ship’s paranoid, unstable captain from command.
Jim Justice likes giving himself (and others) nicknames, and last week, he could have called himself Truman Harry, because on two occasions he did the exact opposite of “The Buck Stops Here.”
Having lived in West Virginia for better than four decades by choice, the troubling reality is that life in the Mountain State is not unlike a pond: On the surface, everything looks calm and inviting, but underneath there is muck and mire, and poisonous creatures.
With planned expansion of statewide business and restaurant re-openings this week, Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, is concerned the Eastern Panhandle will be the proverbial canary in the coal mine.
After 30-some years in this job, one would think there would be nothing new or unprecedented that could come down the pike. Yet, if you had told me that Gov. Jim Justice would make national headlines not for the state’s coronavirus response but for dropping an f-bomb in a live broadcast, I w…
As Gov. Jim Justice has repeatedly stressed during daily state COVID-19 briefings, he’s in a balancing act, trying to maintain efforts to protect the public health and welfare while preventing the state’s economic slowdown from turning into a collapse.
For a red state governor, Jim Justice has been true-blue in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, for the most part heeding the advice of health care experts over political advisors.
Earlier this month, Politico published an opinion piece by contributing editor Bill Scher ranking the best and worst governors in terms of response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is proceeding with his interpretation of an executive order suspending elective surgeries as including abortion procedures.
Though certainly superior to Donald Trump’s deny, downplay, then deflect-and-blame policy, Gov. Jim Justice’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been, like much of his governorship, a spur-of-the-moment, seat-of-the-pants operation.
I’m pretty certain I’ve never seen leadership in either house lose two major pieces of legislation in back-to-back weeks, as happened to Senate President Mitch Carmichael and company in the collapse of bills to end the state subsidy for greyhound racing, and to phase out the personal propert…
It seems like only yesterday that I was using this space to emulate longtime Daily Mail political columnist Richard Grimes with his annual 30th day of the legislative session lament that the session is half over and nothing has happened yet.
During three decades of covering the Legislature, I note that some things never change, and one is that legislators become generous in election years.
During discussion in Senate Finance Committee Monday on how to close a potential $300 million fiscal hole that a proposed phase-out of a variety of personal property taxes would blow into county, school board and municipal budgets, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow made a very astute obse…
West Virginia has passed an unfortunate milestone, according to data from the state Bureau of Vital Statistics: For the past three years that data is available, firearm fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle fatalities in the state.
Quote of the session, to date: “This is the slowest session I think I have ever seen at the Legislature.” – Administration Secretary Allan McVey.
When longtime Gazette editor Don Marsh would get frustrated with the Legislature, which was frequently, he would remind us that, in 1950, Charleston and Charlotte, North Carolina, had the same population.