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Ask your doctor, not a lawyer

Roman Stauffer May 20, 2016, 3:13pm

CHARLESTON – Dramatic and sensationalistic personal injury lawsuit ads bombard our daily lives, especially on television.

Blankenship thanks supporters, says truth will be revealed

Don Blankenship May 12, 2016, 4:14pm

Friends, This is a too tardy thank you note for your having written a character letter on my behalf. My hope had been to write individual thank yous, but I have not found the time yet, so this a single letter to all of you. A few individuals have expressed regret that their letter didn't help since Judge Berger sentenced me to the maximum anyway. Let me assure each of you that your letter did help, and every one of them was much appreciated.

Why it's important to listen to Bo Copley

Hoppy Kercheval May 10, 2016, 6:43pm

MORGANTOWN – Presidential campaign stops and stump speeches become a blur after awhile, but occasionally there is a moment of intense clarity, a comment or circumstance where sharp focus is brought to bear on what the election is really about.

Big money still a problem in judicial races

Paige Flanigan May 2, 2016, 1:10pm

CHARLESTON – This year West Virginia’s judicial elections are nonpartisan. Candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court as well as our circuit courts, family courts and magistrates will no longer be listed on your ballot as Democrats, Republicans or members of other political parties.

Capito working to improve energy for West Virginians

Chris Dickerson Apr. 26, 2016, 8:40am

WASHINGTON – I recently took several steps to promote more affordable, reliable and efficient energy.

Public financing helps restore integrity to judicial elections

Paige Flanigan Apr. 19, 2016, 9:50am

CHARLESTON – There are two places where every West Virginian is supposed to be equal—in the ballot box and in our courtrooms. While it’s still one person, one vote, the millions now spent to influence elections takes that away.

EPA 'leadership' hurting families throughout America

David McKinley Apr. 12, 2016, 8:28am

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has finally admitted that their relentless war on coal is not about fighting climate change but rather to show "leadership." EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said so in recent testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives.

Governor's Internship Program prepares students for success

Earl Ray Tomblin Apr. 5, 2016, 8:43am

CHARLESTON – Over the past several years, we in West Virginia have worked hard to create a strong education system and new opportunities for our students while developing workforce training programs to give our people the skills they need to find good-paying jobs.

Praising Benjamin: When saying the least says the most

Kevin Robinson Mar. 28, 2016, 7:37am

BECKLEY – I had not been practicing law very long when I first met Justice Brent Benjamin, but longtime observers of the state Supreme Court have told me him taking a seat on the bench in 2005 brought a refreshing perspective to the Court.

Legislature helped its corporate backers, failed to tackle real issues

Paige Flanigan Mar. 21, 2016, 1:39pm

CHARLESTON – The 2016 West Virginia Legislative session has been called one of the worst ever by media outlets and organizations statewide. West Virginia is facing real challenges right now. Our roads are bad. We have a huge budget deficit. Millions of dollars have been cut from our schools. Coal is in decline and West Virginia workers need to be retrained for 21st century jobs. A financial crisis is looming.

Outside counsel policy ends cronyism, saves millions

Patrick Morrisey Mar. 21, 2016, 1:34pm

CHARLESTON – West Virginia taxpayers deserve transparency, competitive bidding and millions of dollars in cost savings, all of which my administration delivered with its implementation of an outside counsel policy.

Legislature continues focus on needed lawsuit reforms

Roman Stauffer Mar. 15, 2016, 7:29am

CHARLESTON – As the curtain falls on this year’s legislative session, we all should applaud the members of the West Virginia Legislature for their abilities to tackle big issues, particularly lawsuit reforms, which will move our state forward and into the national mainstream.

West Virginia's comeback begins now

Patrick Morrisey Mar. 7, 2016, 1:04pm

CHARLESTON – Historic and unprecedented. Those words illustrate West Virginia’s seismic victory recently at the U.S. Supreme Court – a victory that reverberated across the nation instilling hope in the state’s coal industry and forcing bureaucrats to think twice before using executive regulation to bring about radical change. The ruling, issued Feb. 9, immediately stopped President Obama from implementing the centerpiece of his coal-killing agenda. It limits further economic damage by freezing t

Drawing a line in the sand

Roger Hanshaw Mar. 1, 2016, 7:45am

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia House of Delegates sent a unanimous message last week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: stay out of our homes. We’ve had a lot of healthy, robust debates this session on issues that lawmakers have had strong disagreements on. They’ve attracted a lot of headlines, and sometimes give the appearance that lawmakers in Charleston can’t agree on anything.

A new plan to get West Virginia moving

Bill Cole Feb. 20, 2016, 4:53pm

CHARLESTON – There is no doubt that West Virginia is facing an economic and a fiscal crisis. We are reminded constantly of our troubled times. Miners being laid off because of President Obama’s War on Coal. A majority of our adults not working. High unemployment. Dead last in job growth because we are the most over-regulated state in the nation. A $353 million state budget deficit that is only going to grow in the short term because of the dramatic decline of severance taxes and the ripple effec

Workplace Freedom Act moves the state forward

Jordan Hill Feb. 16, 2016, 10:04am

CHARLESTON – By now I’m sure most West Virginians have heard the talking points: “Right-to-work is wrong,” and, “Right-to-work is the right to work for less.” But are these oft repeated phrases accurate?

THEIR VIEW: More reinvestment in treatment efforts

The West Virginia Record Jun. 2, 2015, 12:31pm

By EARL RAY TOMBLIN CHARLESTON – I am pleased to announce $250,000 in grant funding to support the ongoing implementation of the Treatment Supervision Program initiative, part of my administration's landmark justice reinvestment efforts. By continuing to expand access to substance abuse treatment and recovery programs, we can get those struggling with addiction the help they need, reduce recidivism and allow those on the road to recovery return to their families, communities and workplaces.

THEIR VIEW: Companies must be held accountable for e-cig marketing

Jay Rockefeller Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Just a few generations ago, young people were bombarded with marketing messages from cigarette companies on television, in magazines, on billboards, at sports and cultural events, and multiple other channels.

THEIR VIEW: Fixing VA means finding political will to fund it

Jay Rockefeller Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Jay Rockefeller, the longest serving member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and its former chairman, recently issued the following remarks during a meeting of the Senate-House bipartisan panel charged with crafting compromise legislation aimed at making reforms to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.

Their View: United States Supreme Court Rules Unanimously That Cell Phone Searches Require a Warrant in Riley v. California

The West Virginia Record Jul. 24, 2014, 12:34pm