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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.

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.

Manchin replays catastrophic 2016 governor's race strategy

By Christopher J. Regan | Feb 12, 2019

WHEELING – Way back before the beginning of time, in early 2015, West Virginia began to talk about the Governor’s race. Earl Ray Tomb​​​​​lin was finishing up and the seat would be open.

Preserving the integrity of West Virginia's election system

By Mac Warner | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON – Recently, Texas media reported that approximately 58,000 non-U.S. citizens may have voted in Texas elections. While Texas Secretary of State David Whitley took proactive steps to ensure the integrity of Texas’s elections, reports like this reinforce the overwhelming need to remain vigilant in protecting our elections.

We can tell West Virginia's story the best

By Bill Bissett | Feb 5, 2019

While the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce does many things, such as advocating for our membership and promoting opportunities in our region, this position has given me greater insight related to a question that I have asked myself throughout my career — How do we make West Virginia a better place to live, work and thrive?

Innovation is key to transforming education

By John Perdue and Kent Leonhardt | Feb 5, 2019

CHARLESTON – When there is a good idea, a truly viable option to move our state forward, we should work together to transform that idea into a tangible opportunity. The road to progress has fewer bumps when we travel in the same direction. As State Agriculture Commissioner and State Treasurer, we agree that “road to progress” begins with education.

Protecting your backyard from unlawful regulation

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 29, 2019

CHARLESTON – As your Attorney General, I have worked hard to keep the regulatory power of the federal government at bay, particularly as it creeps into the everyday lives of West Virginians.

Auditor working to improve practices, transparency

By John B. McCuskey | Jan 29, 2019

CHARLESTON – While the state Legislature is debating and setting budgets for the coming fiscal year, it’s important for West Virginia citizens to know the State Auditor’s Office has been and continues to implement modern and improved accounting practices to track the spending of your taxpayer dollars.

Education is the state's greatest responsibility

By Mitch Carmichael | Jan 22, 2019

CHARLESTON – There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children.

Lawmakers have a big to-do list in 2019

By Steve Roberts | Jan 22, 2019

As we look ahead, we can’t think too long about the needs and challenges we face in West Virginia without turning our attention to jobs and the economy. Both are critical components to a vibrant state and a prosperous future for our residents.

West Virginia ahead of the game with industrial hemp

By Kent Leonhardt | Jan 22, 2019

One agricultural initiative that West Virginia has been way ahead on is the development of industrial hemp.

One Stop Business Center celebrating one year anniversary with open house

By Mac Warner | Jan 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – “Moving at the Speed of Business” is the motto of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Business and Licensing Division. Advances in technology and a new user-friendly website have given our office the opportunity to communicate more effectively and respond quicker to the needs of the state’s business community and entrepreneurs.

Anti-growth mentality hurts West Virginia

By Rebecca McPhail | Jan 14, 2019

CHARLESTON – West Virginia is certainly making progress on several fronts, but some in the state are determined to sabotage our potential for progress by trying to outlaw or restrict one of our most successful economic development tools.

We need the full story on Warner and BRIM settlements

By Ron Johnson | Jan 8, 2019

CHARLESTON – A true story with information left out becomes highly deceptive. The media has reported extensively on the settlement cost involved in the termination of 12 individuals in the Secretary of State's Office when Mac Warner took office.

It’s time for the state to invest in agriculture

By Kent Leonhardt | Jan 8, 2019

If you believe agriculture should be part of our effort to diversify our state’s economy, lend us your voice. Tell your elected officials to join our cause. It’s time we invest in agriculture.

New chairs of education committees will have their hands full

By Hoppy Kercheval | Jan 1, 2019

MORGANTOWN – When the 2019 legislative session begins later this month, we should watch even more closely than usual what happens on the education front, particularly with two new committee chairs.

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