MORGANTOWN – One of the books in my office that I reference often is by Allen Loughry. “Don’t Buy Another Vote. I Won’t Pay for a Landslide. The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.”
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CHARLESTON – The State Capitol was buzzing with speculation and rumors last week about the West Virginia Supreme Court and a federal grand jury investigation. Reporters were busy trying to separate fact from fiction, and that was a challenge.
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia MetroNews statewide correspondent Brad McElhinny reported last Friday, “a rumor has been circulating in recent days that federal authorities have been interviewing (State Supreme) Court officials.”
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia’s political migration from blue to red means the Republican Party increasingly faces prospects of contested Primary Elections. Last week, West Virginia Wesleyan Political Science Professor Robert Rupp wrote, “As recently as a decade ago the idea of a contentious Republican primary was unthinkable given the weak state of the GOP state party.”
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.
MORGANTOWN – Outgoing state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin has always had a libertarian lean.
MORGANTOWN – The leading candidates in the West Virginia Governor’s race are Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole.
MORGANTOWN – The raging flood waters of a month ago have long since retreated and hundreds of tons of debris have been collected and hauled away, but in some ways the arduous and expensive recovery is just beginning.
MORGANTOWN – The field has just been set for the governor’s race in West Virginia, and we already have a debate about debates.
MORGANTOWN – Opponents of West Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice made sure the press saw the story in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader newspaper. “Coal companies controlled by a billionaire running for Governor of West Virginia owe $3.5 million in delinquent property taxes in Eastern Kentucky, shortchanging schools and other public agencies at a time many are struggling.”
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia’s political leaders, contractors and labor representatives have been arguing for months now over prevailing wage, the hourly pay and benefits that the state determines should be paid to workers on state taxpayer-funded projects.
The picture on the front page of the Charleston newspaper was revealing; West Virginia circuit judges Phillip Stowers, Paul Farrell and Darrell Pratt looking perturbed as they presided over a hearing aimed at removing Charleston Mayor Danny Jones from office.
MORGANTOWN – West Virginia public officials, from the governor to county officeholders, are sifting through an advisory opinion by the state Ethics Commission to try to figure out how they can and cannot use their names and/or likenesses.
CHARLESTON – It will take a few days for the dust to settle and sort out everything that happened during the just-completed 60-day regular session of the Legislature, but here are some initial observations.