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'Hellhole' label used to blackmail lawmakers into rigging civil justice system

Jane Peak Jan. 18, 2017, 9:31am

MORGANTOWN – For more than 10 years the American Tort Reform Association, a front group bankrolled by America’s most powerful and wealthy CEOs, has attacked West Virginia with its widely discredited “Judicial Hellhole” report.

Voter mandate for change is a mandate to change

Mac Warner Jan. 10, 2017, 1:07pm

MORGANTOWN – During the recent election cycle, a common theme emerged as to the operation of the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office.

Can state government be 'rightsized?'

Hoppy Kercheval Jan. 3, 2017, 12:18pm

MORGANTOWN – As Governor-elect Jim Justice and lawmakers prepare for what is expected to be a challenging session of the Legislature, the term “rightsizing government” is being tossed around.

Trump's appointment of Pruitt will bring EPA back in line

Hoppy Kercheval Dec. 20, 2016, 10:28am

MORGANTOWN – The environmental left is apoplectic over President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

W.Va. Democrats have become the party that didn't listen

Christopher J. Regan Dec. 13, 2016, 1:01pm

WHEELING – A political party that stops listening to its voters is like a person who has stopped breathing. For a short time, nothing seems to change. But it gets uncomfortable quickly, and then unbearable. That is how the West Virginia Democrats find themselves after 2016: suffocating.

If you've been negligibly injured or slightly inconvenienced, call now!

The West Virginia Record Dec. 6, 2016, 7:55am

“Who's your lawyer?” “Who is?” “Who is what?” “Who's a Hoosier lawyer?” “I didn't say anyone was a Hoosier lawyer.” “Sure, you did.

Outgoing Justice Benjamin strikes a libertarian chord

Hoppy Kercheval Dec. 6, 2016, 7:51am

MORGANTOWN – Outgoing state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has always had a libertarian lean.

Internet access necessary for growth

Shelley Moore Capito and Michael Beckerman Dec. 1, 2016, 10:22am

PARKERSBURG – While the energy sector has served as a powerful engine of growth here in West Virginia since the Industrial Revolution, a new economic driver has made its way to the Mountain State: the internet.

Trump won, and I don't understand why you don't understand

JB Akers Nov. 15, 2016, 8:33am

CHARLESTON – Since election night when the impossible first started appearing possible, I've seen countless questions of "How did this happen" (often in all caps on social media).

Trap, trash and trick: How lawyers win with 'junk' science

Tiger Joyce Nov. 9, 2016, 10:08am

WASHINGTON – Despite a recent scolding by more than 100 Nobel laureates for its science-denying campaign against perfectly healthful and environmentally beneficial genetically modified foods, Greenpeace and others with a financial interest in misleading the public are no more likely to change their ways than are the personal injury lawyers now using their own junk science to manipulate St. Louis juries and drive multimillion-dollar verdicts with groundless allegations that talcum powde

A vision for the future at Rock Creek Development Park

Earl Ray Tomblin Nov. 1, 2016, 11:37am

CHARLESTON – For the past 30 years, I have looked at thousands of acres of flat land at the Hobet mine site in Boone and Lincoln counties and thought about the enormous possibilities those acres could bring about for West Virginia – if we ever had the opportunity.

Morrisey deserves praise for defending W.Va. coal miners

Bill Raney Oct. 25, 2016, 3:16pm

CHARLESTON – For the last four years, no one has done more to defend our jobs, our industry and our West Virginia way of life than Patrick Morrisey, as our Attorney General.

Forced arbitration is a rip-off

Ted Boettner Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59am

CHARLESTON – Earlier this month, an editorial in The West Virginia Record described attempts to restore consumers’ right to hold criminal corporations accountable in court as nothing more than a money grab for trial lawyers.

Our fight against an unchecked bureaucracy

Patrick Morrisey Oct. 11, 2016, 8:48am

CHARLESTON — Did Congress give the EPA the power to make states like West Virginia change the way we get our electricity?

Common ground found during drug crisis

Evan Jenkins Oct. 4, 2016, 12:17pm

WASHINGTON – Nearly every day, we see another story in the news about an overdose in West Virginia.

Ready for West Virginia's day in court

Patrick Morrisey Sep. 22, 2016, 12:16pm

CHARLESTON – On Sept. 27, my office will take the lead before a panel of nine judges and make our best case against President Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.” The Power Plan is an unlawful federal rule that forces states to stop using the most affordable, reliable form of energy — coal.

How third-party candidates affect (sometimes) races in W.Va.

Hoppy Kercheval Sep. 21, 2016, 8:21am

MORGANTOWN – The leading candidates in the West Virginia Governor’s race are Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole.

Capito: U.S. energy policy needs to be updated

Shelley Moore Capito Sep. 13, 2016, 9:40am

WASHINGTON – When United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited West Virginia on Monday, he got a first-hand look at our state’s role in America’s energy revolution.

Morrisey's former spokesperson gives a word of warning

Christopher J. Regan Sep. 7, 2016, 9:08am

WHEELING – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the phrase “equal justice under law” be engraved on the west pediment of its courthouse in 1932. Derived from our Fourteenth Amendment, those words solemnly promise that our legal system will dispense justice without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Every lawyer swears to uphold our constitution, and its sacred guarantee of equal justice.

Sending our kids off to college helps keep them here at home

Earl Ray Tomblin Aug. 30, 2016, 9:12am

CHARLESTON – Over the past few weeks, families across the state hugged their children goodbye and sent them off to college.