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Let's focus on what matters – our children’s education

By Craig Blair | May 21, 2019

MARINTSBURG – Recently, liberal union bosses and their allies at the Charleston-Gazette Mail have been leveling complaints and allegations against a respected, devoted member of the West Virginia State Senate.

West Virginia students deserve the option of public charter schools

By Patricia Rucker | May 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – Across the country, millions of students, families and educators recently celebrated National Charter Schools Week and how they transform communities by bringing educational opportunities to students. Unfortunately, our students are left out of these celebrations because West Virginia is one of the few states that does not currently allow public charter schools.

West Virginia’s opioid settlement with McKesson is best case scenario

By Hoppy Kercheval | May 7, 2019

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis. The American Enterprise Institute estimates the annual cost to the state is $8.8 billion annually.

My first 90 days on the state Supreme Court

By John Hutchison | May 6, 2019

CHARLESTON – On December 12, 2018, Gov. Jim Justice appointed me to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. At that time, I assumed that I would have a reasonable amount of time to make the transition from 23 ½ years on the circuit bench in Raleigh County to taking office and starting my career as a Justice in Charleston. Wrong!

Further deconstructing #TheStruggleToStay in West Virginia

By Bill Bissett | Apr 30, 2019

Beyond the shouts of the mob through social media, we need to take the time to lift up those who are working to make our state a better place. We do not have to agree with other, but it would help if we would try to find ways to work together when we can.

Driving innovation through the support of entrepreneurship

By Michelle Christian | Apr 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – The ability of small businesses to drive innovation is critical to U.S. competitiveness. The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced the addition of seven new clusters to its portfolio of communities it supports through the Regional Innovation Clusters Initiative, raising the total number of clusters in the program to fourteen.

A thoughtful approach to water quality standards for West Virginia

By Steve Roberts | Apr 16, 2019

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce applauds conscientious legislators and a diligent and watchful Manufacturer’s Association for providing specific and precise data that convinced legislators to take a step back from the unknown consequences of Senate Bill 163.

State lacks caregivers for those with intellectual, developmental disabilities

By Marcie Vaughan | Apr 16, 2019

It is time to come together to address this workforce crisis. A modest increase in funding will not only provide jobs to thousands of West Virginians but will ensure those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are receiving the care and support they need.

2019 Legislative Session: A victory for Agriculture

By Kent Leonhardt | Apr 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – With the 2019 Legislative Session in the books, we now have time to reflect on what our state leaders have accomplished.

West Virginia committed to remain a national leader in election cybersecurity

By David Tackett | Apr 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – The old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” When it comes to technology, the new saying is, “Hack me once, shame on me.”

Women-owned businesses are succeeding in the U.S. economy

By Michelle Christian | Apr 2, 2019

WASHINGTON – Women entrepreneurs make up a growing share of U.S. small business owners. The American Express 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses report, which makes its projections based on data from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners, estimates that they own 12.3 million companies in the U.S. – compare that to 1972 when there were only 402,000 women-owned businesses.

Thrasher expected to enter governor's race

By Hoppy Kercheval | Apr 2, 2019

MORGANTOWN – Woody Thrasher, who Gov Jim Justice forced out as Commerce Secretary last year, is said to be seriously considering running for Governor. Thrasher won’t comment on his possible candidacy, but the smart money is on him getting in the race.

Manchin vs. Justice: Shootout at the Statehouse Corral

By Hoppy Kercheval | Mar 26, 2019

Jim Justice and Joe Manchin are big men — literally and figuratively. They dominate state politics. And, although they once played on the same team and enjoyed each other’s support, they are now rivals, set on a potential collision course in 2020.

Dark money and bullying tactics at the state Capitol

By Stephen New | Mar 19, 2019

CHARLESTON – For 25 years now, West Virginia and her citizens have been victimized by a ruthless, unrelenting attack. Why? Because corporate billionaires want to increase their profits at the expense of our state's reputation, our bank accounts and our constitutional rights.

Campaign finance legislation provides greater transparency

By Mac Warner | Mar 19, 2019

CHARLESTON – Transparency is the key component of good campaign finance policy. As we progress through the 21st Century, easily accessible and complete information is not only possible, it’s absolutely necessary for citizens to stay informed on how government is spending tax dollars, conducting business and passing laws.

The end of the session is here ... thankfully, now to begin 'betterment' of public education

By Hoppy Kercheval | Mar 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – The 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature came to an end at midnight Saturday, and just in time. It’s hard to recall when there was such acrimony among lawmakers under the Capitol dome.

West Virginia doesn't need an intermediate court of appeals

By Steve Canterbury | Mar 5, 2019

CHARLESTON – Like that poison ivy sprout that comes back every spring, legislation to create an Intermediate Appellate Court in West Virginia is back yet again. It’s no more necessary now than it has ever been, and it’s just as noxious as that stubborn poison ivy.

Legislature needs reformation before school reform can happen

By Charles McElwee | Mar 5, 2019

CHARLESTON – When Senate President Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) calls for reform of our public education system, the place to start is with the West Virginia Legislature itself.

Shock for Republicans: A strike for schools as teachers refuse to sell out students

By Christopher J. Regan | Feb 20, 2019

The Republicans designed Senate Bill 451 as straightforwardly as any protection racket. A 5 percent raise for West Virginia’s educators, inextricably linked to a series of proposals to weaken her public schools. The text of the bill explicitly stated that if any part of its “omnibus” provisions were found unconstitutional or illegal, the raise would be taken away.

Fewer school districts would mean real education reform

By Steve Canterbury | Feb 19, 2019

Eliminating the 55 school districts and replacing them with about a dozen would dramatically drop the cost of administration to the point that every teacher could get a raise and the taxpayers would still save money.

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