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Let the debate on an intermediate court of appeals continue

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 23, 2019

This alternative bill codifying the state Supreme Court rule guaranteeing appeals as a matter of right seems like a step in the right direction. Whether or not it obviates the need for an intermediate court, however, is debatable – and should be debated.

How long must we wait for an intermediate appellate court?

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 14, 2019

A bill to establish an intermediate appellate court was introduced again last week at the opening session of the Legislature. In his address to the assembly, Gov. Jim Justice endorsed the measure and encouraged the lawmakers to pass it.

U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of – not from – religion

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 8, 2019

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....” Though the First Amendment protects our right to follow our faiths, courts have often misinterpreted it to justify restrictions on religious freedom.

Fired SOS employees fill it to the rim with BRIM

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 1, 2019

When he took office last year, West Virginia’s Republican Secretary of State Mac Warner chose to replace some of the personnel left over from Democrat Natalie Tennant's eight-year tenure.

At last, someone’s regulating the regulators at the EPA

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 18, 2018

Morrisey was on the scene last week when acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a proposed change that “would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies.”

Supreme Court follies land state back on watch list

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 11, 2018

“The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals experienced a tumultuous year with justices being charged with unnecessary and lavish spending of taxpayer dollars, followed by the Legislature calling for impeachment of all five justices,”said ATRA President Tiger Joyce.

Hey, Jude, don’t make it bad!

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 4, 2018

Assuming the needle wasn’t planted there, you have to wonder how Taco Bell employees could have prevented some other patron or non-paying person from leaving it behind, or be discovered in time to harmed no one else.

When your number’s up ...

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 27, 2018

The Powerball jackpot was up to $700 million and it was the last day to buy a ticket. A set of numbers popped into your head: a combination of your age, your IQ, etc. Or maybe it was completely random, but something told you that this was your lucky day.

Big Jim is making himself look small

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 20, 2018

Prior to his recent retirement, 79-year-old Big Jim Hatfield had been Mingo County Clerk for 16 years. He assumed the position in 2002 at the age of 63, right about the time most people are retiring. Prior to that, he was a county commissioner and deputy sheriff. He is well known throughout Mingo County and the rest of southern West Virginia.

Allen Loughry’s long goodbye

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 13, 2018

Yes, Allen Loughry, the convicted and suspended state Supreme Court justice who looked like he’d never leave, is finally gone – from the Court, at least – but he’s liable to dominate headlines in state and local media for months to come.

Justice delayed could be justice avoided

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 6, 2018

Though they might ordinarily affirm the maxim that justice delayed is justice denied, our three convicted, suspended, and/or retired state Supreme Court justices seem none too eager to have justice applied to them. Perhaps they’re in no hurry and don’t mind waiting.

The House of Delegates should impeach themselves

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 31, 2018

It’s safe to assume that the members of our House of Delegates were taught a simple lesson numerous times while growing up: If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.

Mr. Loughry, you need to leave

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 23, 2018

The convicted and suspended Supreme Court Justice apparently does not share the governor’s concern that our state’s reputation is being tarnished by the continuing drama.

State Senate should respect Supreme Court impeachment ruling

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 17, 2018

“If we do not stop the infighting, work together, and follow the rules ... we will destroy ourselves.”

Manchin’s vote: for Kavanaugh or for himself?

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 9, 2018

Thanks, in part, to Sen. Joe Manchin, Brett Kavanaugh is now a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Forty-nine other senators voted to confirm, but Manchin was the only Democrat. Still, if Manchin had voted no, Vice President Mike Pence could have broken the tie.

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