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What happens when a judge loses credibility?

The West Virginia Record Nov. 10, 2015, 9:52am

We observed in an editorial last month, “Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.” We noted that State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis seems oblivious to such concerns and that her cavalier approach has attracted national attention, securing her the starring role last year on ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline in a story headlined: “Lear Jet J

Obama and his EPA Grinches

The West Virginia Record Nov. 3, 2015, 8:28am

“Just this morning, nearly 200 West Virginia coal miners in Randolph County were informed that their jobs would be gone by Christmas,” Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lamented last Tuesday as she discussed the bipartisan resolution of disapproval that she and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota had introduced in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources.

What is AkinMears hiding from Judge Joseph Goodwin?

The West Virginia Record Oct. 27, 2015, 1:43pm

As he presides over seven Multi District Litigation cases in Charleston involving more than 80,000 claims against manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin might want to keep a close eye on one plaintiffs firm in particular.

We won a battle, but the EPA war against West Virginia continues

Chris Dickerson Oct. 21, 2015, 7:51am

Remember how Charlie Brown felt each time Lucy assured him that, this time, she really was going to hold the football for him to kick – and not pull it away at the last moment, causing him to fall flat on his back once again?

Sixth Circuit puts a hold on EPA water grab

The West Virginia Record Oct. 14, 2015, 8:35am

Our backyard plastic kiddie pools and Slip 'N Slides are safe, for now, and we can continue to enjoy them unencumbered by bizarrely broad interpretations of the federal government's regulatory powers.

Robin Davis is a conflict of interest

The West Virginia Record Oct. 6, 2015, 9:38am

Judges should recuse themselves not only from cases in which they have a conflict of interest, but also from ones in which there may be even the appearance of impropriety.

Volkswagen's green victims

The West Virginia Record Sep. 30, 2015, 9:16am

Count on plaintiffs lawyers to make sure no corporate crisis goes to waste.

When bad things happen to be good

The West Virginia Record Sep. 22, 2015, 12:23pm

When bad things happen, it's only natural to think they're bad. After all, if they weren't bad, they'd be good – and you'd think they were good, not bad, and you might be right. Or, you might be wrong. Because things aren't always what they seem. Even when they are, you can't count on them staying that way.

West Virginia's Lawsuit Climate: Bad news, but then some good news

The West Virginia Record Sep. 15, 2015, 9:00am

La vie en rose. The world seen through rose-colored glasses, or glasses of rosé. It's a wonderful world, where everything turns out right (ultimately), the boy always gets the girl (eventually), and there's always a happy ending (if you last that long).

Getting to the root of the matter

The West Virginia Record Sep. 8, 2015, 2:58pm

You can save a lot of money by doing it yourself, provided you know how.

We're not the ones who need to move on

The West Virginia Record Sep. 1, 2015, 10:57am

Why are Americans still talking about slavery? Yes, and no. It has been a century and a half since the end of slavery in America. That's true enough. Should it have ended in our country sooner? Surely. Could it have? Maybe. Was it good that it finally ended when it did? Of course. We can all agree on that.

You can't hold back the tide, Mr. Morrisey!

The West Virginia Record Aug. 25, 2015, 10:21am

Some of us are old enough to remember when major American cities had multiple daily newspapers, all with different owners and different perspectives.

Counting the days until the EPA’s war on coal can be stopped

The West Virginia Record Aug. 18, 2015, 11:14am

It's more than 17 months away – more than 500 days, more than 12,000 hours – but it can't come soon enough.

Patrick Morrisey is keeping his promises

The West Virginia Record Aug. 11, 2015, 12:22pm

Promises, promises. That's pretty much all voters have to go on when a candidate runs for office the first time.  When seeking re-election, however, that same candidate has a record to run on. Voters can scrutinize that record and judge accordingly. Have the promises been kept, for instance? If not, why not?

The battle begins

The West Virginia Record Aug. 4, 2015, 10:55am

Two months ago, having concluded that its authority extends only to promulgated rules and not to proposed ones, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to conduct a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, as requested by Patrick Morrisey and 14 other state attorneys general.

Justice Robin Davis gets an ethics pass from her judicial peers

The West Virginia Record Jul. 28, 2015, 11:01am

Ah yes, the old double standard! We've all experienced it.

Enjoy the Charleston Gazette-Mail while you can

The West Virginia Record Jul. 21, 2015, 12:57pm

There was a time when many major cities in America had as many as half a dozen newspapers: two or three morning papers, two or three afternoon papers, with multiple editions published throughout the day.

What's best for West Virginia?

The West Virginia Record Jul. 15, 2015, 7:10am

Why do we let ourselves be pitted against each other?

“Navigable waters” means something

The West Virginia Record Jul. 6, 2015, 2:54pm

Question the precise meaning of a word or complain that a particular phrase is vague or ambiguous and someone – perhaps a politician – is likely to respond patronizingly, dismissing your concerns as quibbling, nitpicking, or paranoia.