Morrisey changed all that, not only hiring a flack -- former State Journal reporter and editor Beth Ryan -- but paying her top dollar, at a salary of $82,000. At $42 an hour, we hope she returns phone calls promptly.
Speaking of McGraw, I got a chuckle out of a local news item in which the reporter stated he had obtained McGraw's and Jorea Marple's pensions through a Freedom of Information request.
Never mind that state employee pensions, like state employee salaries, are public record, and a simple phone call to the CPRB would have sufficed.
Also, you can ballpark a state employee's pension with this simple formula: Final salary times years of service times 2 percent. (That won't give you an exact figure, since it doesn't count credit for military service, or for converted unused leave time, etc.)
The state pension formula seems awfully generous, until you consider that the typical state employee may spend an entire career working for the state and never get close to a salary of $25,000 or more. Even with the formula, it's tough to get by these days on a $10,000 a year pension.
This has been a tough stretch for John Raese. Not only is his West Virginia Radio Corp. apparently losing its lucrative contract to produce Mountaineer Sports Network broadcasts, but is losing a big advertiser.
Since 2009, the attorney general's office has bought $437,891 of advertising time on Raese's MetroNews network, including $319,901 in 2012 -- with more than $100,000 of ad buys in October 2012 alone.
Since Morrisey campaigned on a pledge to cease such promotional advertising if elected, we can presume that gravy train has stopped.
Finally, once more, this is the week we get to hear the four most beautiful words in the English language: "Pitchers and catchers report."
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.