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Leniency for Loughry is a tough sale

By The West Virginia Record | Mar 5, 2019

Assuming his motives are pure, an intervention from a D.C. political consultant on former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry’s behalf is a nice gesture. Still, if anyone deserves to be punished severely for breaking the law, it’s a judge.

No need to oppose legislation that saves money

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 26, 2019

If we can save money by passing Senate Bill 318 (to move the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to be under control of the state Attorney General's office) and at the same time protect benefits going to legitimate claimants, let’s do it.

Loughry’s legacy will live on in the (Steve) Canterbury Tales

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 19, 2019

Former state Supreme Court justice is going to prison – and he won’t be lounging on a $32,000 blue suede couch in his cell.

Insuring cars that don’t exist

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 12, 2019

Have government employees taken the same cavalier attitude toward state vehicles that some state Supreme Court justices have taken toward furniture and other property belonging to the taxpayers?

Getting around third-party rules for bigger cash haul

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 5, 2019

In short, if you want to make a third-party bad-faith claim, just say the third party’s not a third party.

‘Nip it in the bud!’

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 29, 2019

That’s what Deputy Barney Fife would blurt out on “The Andy Griffith Show” whenever a citizen of Mayberry would step out of line just a bit.

The state Supreme Court gets the message

By Hoppy Kercheval | Jan 29, 2019

CHARLESTON – Breaking news: The other day, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Beth Walker and Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins were having lunch together in the cafeteria in the basement of the state Capitol, and they paid for their own meals!

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.

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