CLARKSBURG -- Ever notice that the more folks have, the harder it is for them to recognize how good they have it. Like rich folks who seem to have everything, they whine and stomp their feet until their own delusional view of the world comes crashing down on them.
WASHINGTON -- Last week's announcement by Standard & Poor's that it was cutting the outlook on our nation's long-term rating from stable to negative for the first time in 70 years was a cold, hard reality check -- we need to get our fiscal house in order sooner, rather than later, or suffer the consequences.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- Before I was appointed to this position a few months ago, I spent more than 20 years in the small business contracting community. In the short time I have been serving as Regional Administrator, one thing has become clear -- this Administration is serious about expanding government contracting opportunities for small businesses.
MORGANTOWN -- School choice advocates won a significant victory recently in the U.S. Supreme Court.
CLARKSBURG -- Steve Roberts and his West Virginia Chamber are at it again -- bad mouthing West Virginia, hoping to scare legislators into eliminating more of our hard-earned rights.
CHARLESTON -- Senate Bill 307 - legislation to establish an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia - passed overwhelmingly in the State Senate this past legislative session. Gov. Tomblin supported this effort and encouraged passage of the bill.
CHARLESTON -- "A penny saved is a penny earned." With that, Benjamin Franklin added to a growing collection of wise words to share with a very young nation. These wise words still apply today.
CHARLESTON -- The recently adjourned legislative session reinforces my belief that West Virginia is in dire need of true leadership.
CHARLESTON -- The 2011 Legislative Session was not only a failure, but also damaging to the perception of West Virginia for those that might consider this as a possible destination to locate their business.
CHARLESTON -- I am an eighth generation West Virginian who loves this state and wants nothing more than to make it better for future generations.
CHARLESTON -- Time and again, I've said West Virginia is a great place to do business.
CHARLESTON -- George Santayana, the early-20th-century philosopher, famously observed, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." His profound remark might easily apply to West Virginia.
WASHINGTON -- During the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, we read many tributes to him and re-read many of his greatest speeches.
WASHINGTON -- "I think it's a violation of the 10th Amendment, and I don't believe the Federal Government has any more authority to regulate health care under the Commerce Clause than it does to regulate liability caps in states under the Commerce Clause."
CHARLESTON -- Many West Virginia businesses are determined to operate as efficiently as possible, but sometimes efficiencies are hard to find.
WASHINGTON -- A recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier proves what victims of the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon spill have claimed for months: the so-called "independent" Gulf Coast Claims Facility is anything but a neutral arbitrator or mediator.
CHARLESTON -- During the West Virginia Legislature's regular session, there are a few ideas that are good, many that are bad, and some that just make you scratch your head.
WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union speech, President Obama indicated his support for some type of federal law limiting lawsuits for medical malpractice.
CHARLESTON -- Everyone will remember 2010 for being an eventful political year in West Virginia. Senator Byrd's passing leaving major succession questions for both the U.S. Senate seat and ultimately for Governor.
CHARLESTON -- Because the Framers of our State Constitution are no longer around to defend themselves I have decided to step up to the plate on their behalf and scream what I believe they would say today if still in our midst: "We are not stupid! We knew what we were doing! Read the damn Constitution!"