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  • Transition team must act with urgency

    Transition team must act with urgency

    Friday, December 16 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-16 11:00:16 GMT

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

  • Chief of staff brings needed experience to the Justice team

    Chief of staff brings needed experience to the Justice team

    Friday, December 9 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-09 11:00:15 GMT

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

  • Opportunity makes WV workers happy

    Opportunity makes WV workers happy

    Friday, December 2 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-02 11:00:19 GMT

    As you’ll read in “The Buzz” in this week’s edition, Sokanu, a company that bills itself as “a career discovery platform,” recently released a study that indicated the happiest workers live in Hawaii. Working on a tropical island that boasts breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and awe-inspiring mountain vistas should not come as a surprise. 

    As you’ll read in “The Buzz” in this week’s edition, Sokanu, a company that bills itself as “a career discovery platform,” recently released a study that indicated the happiest workers live in Hawaii. Working on a tropical island that boasts breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and awe-inspiring mountain vistas should not come as a surprise. 

  • Encouraging investment must take priority

    Encouraging investment must take priority

    Friday, November 18 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-11-18 11:00:13 GMT

    West Virginia is no stranger to challenges. But the current mix is great. Drug abuse, decaying schools and dying industries are but a handful of the obstacles we all must face head-on. T

    West Virginia is no stranger to challenges. But the current mix is great. Drug abuse, decaying schools and dying industries are but a handful of the obstacles we all must face head-on. T

  • Unified work for positive change must begin now

    Unified work for positive change must begin now

    Friday, November 11 2016 5:00 AM EST2016-11-11 10:00:17 GMT

    Perverted older men are haunting women’s restrooms and places where school girls shower. West Virginia is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Every Democrat is aligned with “liberal” Hillary Clinton.

    Perverted older men are haunting women’s restrooms and places where school girls shower. West Virginia is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Every Democrat is aligned with “liberal” Hillary Clinton.

  • Look deeper to see contrasts in candidates

    Look deeper to see contrasts in candidates

    Friday, November 4 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-11-04 10:00:19 GMT

    An emerging two-party dynamic has made West Virginia’s electoral contests significantly more intriguing.

    An emerging two-party dynamic has made West Virginia’s electoral contests significantly more intriguing.

  • Mudslinging must not distract from real issues

    Mudslinging must not distract from real issues

    Friday, October 28 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-10-28 10:00:12 GMT

    Politics can be a contact sport. The so-called “gentleman’s race” seems to be a forgotten relic. 

    Politics can be a contact sport. The so-called “gentleman’s race” seems to be a forgotten relic. 

  • WVU takes lead on necessary conversations

    WVU takes lead on necessary conversations

    Friday, October 21 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-10-21 10:00:19 GMT

    Our state government’s budget issues have been making headlines since the end of the 2016 legislative session. For months, lawmakers were unable to pass a budget everyone could live with. Legislators finally hammered something together by cutting spending, raising taxes and using some money from the Rainy Day Fund. Even now, it remains a contentious topic in a number of political races.

    Our state government’s budget issues have been making headlines since the end of the 2016 legislative session. For months, lawmakers were unable to pass a budget everyone could live with. Legislators finally hammered something together by cutting spending, raising taxes and using some money from the Rainy Day Fund. Even now, it remains a contentious topic in a number of political races.

  • Voters now must make tough decisions

    Voters now must make tough decisions

    Friday, October 14 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-10-14 10:00:16 GMT

    The final debate between Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole is behind us. Hopefully, we have a solid idea of where each candidate stands, his respective vision and how he intends to execute those plans. 

    The final debate between Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole is behind us. Hopefully, we have a solid idea of where each candidate stands, his respective vision and how he intends to execute those plans. 

  • Economic outlook outlines path to prosperity

    Economic outlook outlines path to prosperity

    Friday, October 7 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-10-07 10:00:15 GMT

    The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research does a great service by providing an annual economic outlook for our state. 

    The West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research does a great service by providing an annual economic outlook for our state. 

  • Toyota anniversary points to strong W.Va. workforce

    Toyota anniversary points to strong W.Va. workforce

    Friday, September 30 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-09-30 11:00:22 GMT

    A little more than 20 years ago, the current site of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia was a barren field. Today, there stands a growing monument to what our state’s workforce can accomplish when we are given an opportunity.

    A little more than 20 years ago, the current site of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia was a barren field. Today, there stands a growing monument to what our state’s workforce can accomplish when we are given an opportunity.

  • Court deserves applause for fair judgments

    Court deserves applause for fair judgments

    Saturday, September 24 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-09-24 10:00:12 GMT

    There was a time when our state Supreme Court issued rulings that could best be described as peculiar. Sober, objective jurisprudence regularly gave way to curious, often partisan, decisions. 

    There was a time when our state Supreme Court issued rulings that could best be described as peculiar. Sober, objective jurisprudence regularly gave way to curious, often partisan, decisions. 

  • Lawmakers should stay in crisis mode

    Lawmakers should stay in crisis mode

    Friday, September 23 2016 5:00 AM EDT2016-09-23 09:00:18 GMT

    The West Virginia Legislature has worked hard over the past two years to pull this state in a new direction. Legal reform, right to work and prevailing wage all have been addressed in some form or fashion. A few missteps marked the recent sessions, but the good far outweighed the bad. 

    The West Virginia Legislature has worked hard over the past two years to pull this state in a new direction. Legal reform, right to work and prevailing wage all have been addressed in some form or fashion. A few missteps marked the recent sessions, but the good far outweighed the bad. 

  • Ballot decisions become business decisions

    Ballot decisions become business decisions

    Friday, September 16 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-09-16 10:00:18 GMT

     “My vote doesn’t matter.” “I’ll just pick the lesser of two evils.” “I don’t really agree with him, but I guess I have to vote for him, right?” As the November draws near and the campaign bickering seems as though it might become too much to bear, keep in mind the magnitude of what Election Day truly means. 

     “My vote doesn’t matter.” “I’ll just pick the lesser of two evils.” “I don’t really agree with him, but I guess I have to vote for him, right?” As the November draws near and the campaign bickering seems as though it might become too much to bear, keep in mind the magnitude of what Election Day truly means. 

  • Growth must come from all entities working together

    Growth must come from all entities working together

    Friday, September 9 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-09-09 11:00:26 GMT

    The state’s annual business summit is in the books. It was a great event for a number of reasons, but one thing was clear: West Virginia’s business community must develop a true sense of urgency about moving our state forward — whichever path leads us there. 

    The state’s annual business summit is in the books. It was a great event for a number of reasons, but one thing was clear: West Virginia’s business community must develop a true sense of urgency about moving our state forward — whichever path leads us there. 

  • Business must continue policy push

    Business must continue policy push

    Friday, September 2 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-09-02 10:00:19 GMT

    The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit is in full swing. This is an exciting and worthwhile event because it allows leaders and thinkers from across the business and political spectrum to come together, discuss ideas and, hopefully, come up with innovate ways to push our state in a new direction. How do we do that? We have some ideas.

    The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit is in full swing. This is an exciting and worthwhile event because it allows leaders and thinkers from across the business and political spectrum to come together, discuss ideas and, hopefully, come up with innovate ways to push our state in a new direction. How do we do that? We have some ideas.

  • Business community must rally for innovation

    Business community must rally for innovation

    Friday, August 26 2016 6:00 AM EDT2016-08-26 10:00:15 GMT

    As our state’s business community gets ready for its annual celebration at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, we hope those who attend the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit take a moment to reflect on their role in our state’s future.

    As our state’s business community gets ready for its annual celebration at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, we hope those who attend the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit take a moment to reflect on their role in our state’s future.

  • Unions must adapt to new realities

    Unions must adapt to new realities

    Friday, August 19 2016 5:00 AM EDT2016-08-19 09:00:16 GMT

    Too often, West Virginia makes it hard on West Virginia. We saw an example of that earlier this month when West Virginia’s right-to-work law was blocked by a circuit judge in Kanawha County. Right-to-work mandates that employees in union workplaces have the freedom to opt out of paying dues.

    Too often, West Virginia makes it hard on West Virginia. We saw an example of that earlier this month when West Virginia’s right-to-work law was blocked by a circuit judge in Kanawha County. Right-to-work mandates that employees in union workplaces have the freedom to opt out of paying dues.

  • EDITORIAL: Voters deserve gubernatorial debates this fall

    EDITORIAL: Voters deserve gubernatorial debates this fall

    Friday, August 12 2016 6:24 PM EDT2016-08-12 22:24:05 GMT

    In many parts of the state, school kids are back in class. Helmets and pads are crashing together during football practices and cross country runners are pounding out miles to get ready for upcoming meets. That means fall is around the corner, even though it sure does not feel like it outside.

    In many parts of the state, school kids are back in class. Helmets and pads are crashing together during football practices and cross country runners are pounding out miles to get ready for upcoming meets. That means fall is around the corner, even though it sure does not feel like it outside.

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