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THEIR VIEW: The unconstitutionality of federal limits on health care lawsuits

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 24, 2011

WASHINGTON -- "I think it's a violation of the 10th Amendment, and I don't believe the Federal Government has any more authority to regulate health care under the Commerce Clause than it does to regulate liability caps in states under the Commerce Clause."

THEIR VIEW: MyTaxes is a tool for businesses

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 17, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Many West Virginia businesses are determined to operate as efficiently as possible, but sometimes efficiencies are hard to find.

THEIR VIEW: 'Independent' Gulf spill claims fund a BP subsidiary

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 11, 2011

WASHINGTON -- A recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier proves what victims of the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon spill have claimed for months: the so-called "independent" Gulf Coast Claims Facility is anything but a neutral arbitrator or mediator.

THEIR VIEW: Robert C. Byrd holiday not needed

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 3, 2011

CHARLESTON -- During the West Virginia Legislature's regular session, there are a few ideas that are good, many that are bad, and some that just make you scratch your head.

THEIR VIEW: Tea Party, conversatives should oppose medmal limits

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 27, 2011

WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union speech, President Obama indicated his support for some type of federal law limiting lawsuits for medical malpractice.

THEIR VIEW: A big shift in W.Va. for GOP in 2010

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 27, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Everyone will remember 2010 for being an eventful political year in West Virginia. Senator Byrd's passing leaving major succession questions for both the U.S. Senate seat and ultimately for Governor.

THEIR VIEW: The framers were not stupid!

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 20, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Because the Framers of our State Constitution are no longer around to defend themselves I have decided to step up to the plate on their behalf and scream what I believe they would say today if still in our midst: "We are not stupid! We knew what we were doing! Read the damn Constitution!"

THEIR VIEW: Drama under the Capitol dome

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 13, 2011

CHARLESTON -- For all the talk about courts overstepping their bounds and legislating, West Virginia Supreme Court Justices are sounding like the last thing they want to do is get into the law making business these days.

THEIR VIEW: Together we can make a real difference

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 6, 2011

CHARLESTON -- I ran for the U.S. Senate to make a meaningful difference, to bring commonsense values to Washington and, above all else, to stand up for West Virginia families and our way of life.

THEIR VIEW: Suing the state over Medicaid

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 22, 2010

BECKLEY -- Beckley ARH Hospital and its parent organization, Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc. took a step in November that we wish we did not have to take. We issued a notice that we intend to sue the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the DHHR's Bureau for Medical Services over inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates.

THEIR VIEW: Write Santa, but call your lawyer

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 16, 2010

MORGANTOWN -- It's that wonderful time of year. You know, when America descends into arguing over Christmas decorations.

THEIR VIEW: Football should be played on field, not in court

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 9, 2010

MORGANTOWN -- A West Virginia high school football game, it turns out, should be settled on the field and not in a courtroom.

THEIR VIEW: Study will analyze tourism action plan

By The West Virginia Record | Dec 2, 2010

Browning CHARLESTON -- With economic development and job creation in the forefront of his state priorities, a comprehensive study to analyze an action plan regarding the tourism industry in West Virginia has begun.

THEIR VIEW: Manchin's aim is true, but more ammo needed

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 23, 2010

MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia got some good news recently from the state's newest U.S. Senator. Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters that he had assurances from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that cap-and-trade would not be taken up by the next Congress.

THEIR VIEW: A strong future for W.Va.

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When I first came to West Virginia more than 40 years ago, it was to work with coal miners and their families. Good people who worked hard and risked their lives so that the rest of America could turn the lights on and build a strong economy. Good people who counted on their jobs to put food on the table, build a home, send their kids to school, and save a little for retirement.

THEIR VIEW: Small Business Jobs Act provides tools for growth

By The West Virginia Record | Nov 10, 2010

On Sept. 27, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade. The law provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with greater access to capital and more tax relief so they can grow and create the jobs America needs.

THEIR VIEW: State Supreme Court changes the rules

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 27, 2010

MORGANTOWN -- One of the beauties of the American court system is transparency. The vast majority of court proceedings are open to the public; court documents are a matter of public record; jurors are free to talk about their deliberations after the verdict is issued.

THEIR VIEW: Why repeal the healthcare act?

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 21, 2010

WAYNE -- It is with no little dismay that I note the number of candidates for political office who assert -- even brag -- they would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act if they are elected. In my view, that is a little like throwing your shoes away because the laces are too long.

THEIR VIEW: Justice for all is the bottom line

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 14, 2010

CHARLESTON -- "Justice for All" is more than just a slogan, a quick, neat way to indicate the diverse and lengthy list of supporters of my campaign for justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. It is also a kind of personal commitment, my heartfelt pledge by which I live. It is the only standard I have known, the fundamental ethic which I have kept every single day I have been fortunate enough to serve West Virginians from the bench.

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