Among Morgan's recent tweets: "WCDL turning over stones and exposing slimy creatures to sunlight. Kessler, Snyder, Palumbo = Feinstein, Bloomberg, Brady."
(In Morgan's bizarro world, James Brady is a bad guy for advocating for handgun control ... after being permanently disabled by an assassin's bullet.)
True story: After having kowtowed to the gun lobby, and after allowing a bill to die to add sexual orientation to the classes protected under the state Human Rights Act (some delegates from rural areas indicated they personally supported the bill, but could not vote for it for fear of being savaged by pastors and church groups in their communities), House members last week actually got into an extended floor debate over why the state has such difficulty recruiting new businesses to West Virginia.
While the 2013 House of Delegates may not be remembered as one of the more progressive legislative bodies, credit the House for passing a primary offense seat belt bill (HB2108), bringing to an end a 20-year struggle to even get the bill out of committee.
(Not to mention that it took nearly a decade to get a secondary offense law on the books, in 1993.)
While many House Republicans took the position that personal rights (including the right to take stupid risks) trump public safety, passage of the bill was a bipartisan effort, with 20 of the 46 House GOP members voting for the legislation on the 55-44 passage vote.
Finally, regarding last week's item about the late Sen. Jae Spears, D-Randolph, Gibbs Kinderman of Allegheny Mountain Radio sent along these thoughts:
"Jae was a large-spirited woman -- always attentive to Pocahontas County, the smallest one in her district -- and a real champion of the little guy. Funny story -- folks in our county REALLY wanted to hear WVU football on the radio -- and couldn't get it on any other stations. MSN refused to allow it, because we couldn't run the ads."
(Which seems unfair, considering that we've learned that West Virginia Radio Corp. not only had a no-bid contract for the Mountaineer Sports Network game-casts, but also got the broadcast rights for free ... )
"We whispered in Jae's ear, and she just happened to mention it to the WVU president while sitting in his box at a ball game. [She was Finance chairwoman then.] Monday morning I got a call (from MSN) ... and we've been the only non-comm [non-commercial stations] with WVU football for the past 20-plus years."
True enough, AMR stations WNMP-FM in Marlinton and WVMR-FM in Hillsboro are both proud Mountaineer sports affiliates to this day.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.