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Local Columns

End America’s Housing Crisis

All eyes are on Joe Manchin. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, everyone wants to know how our Democratic/moderate/conservative senator plans to vote. Though Sen. Capito isn’t garnering as much attention, she plays an important role in current legislative negotiations. She led discussions with ...

Senate Map Saga Still Going Strong

When the special session for redistricting started last Monday, I figured both the House of Delegates and Senate would quickly come to an agreement on a congressional redistricting map. I figured there would be heartburn over the delegate district map, but it would easily pass. And I figured ...

Stronger Appalachian Regional Commission Key for W.Va.

Appalachians are proud and independent, but our smarts and our skills have often been used to line the pockets of a few corporate executives, leaving our people behind. For much of our history, we measured among the worst in the country in economic prosperity, health, education, and ...

Marshall Memo: Four Address Attendees at Annual Marshall County Chamber Dinner

Instead of having a one person speak at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, a panel of four spoke at Thursday’s event held at the Moundsville Center. Master of Ceremonies Jennifer Rohrig, manager of Businesss Retention and Expansion West Virginia Development Office, ...

Pipeline Infrastructure Unlocks West Virginia’s Energy Potential

West Virginia is an energy powerhouse, and it’s no secret the work we do here keeps the lights on across our country and throughout the world. In fact, natural gas production has grown 770 percent over the past decade — thanks to the advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling ...

Single-Delegate Districts a Win

Later this month, the Legislature will adopt 100 single-delegate districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates. For me this has been a long, over three-decades goal that started in 1991. Soon after being elected in 1984, I observed that Kanawha County was one large multi-member district ...