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Statehouse Beat: Problems haunt state building

Though he died in 2010, Charleston real estate developer Al Summers continues to haunt the state.

The Greenbrooke Building, which Summers sold to the state in 2009 for $10.5 million although it was assessed at the time for $1.5 million (he also...

Statehouse Beat: Problems haunt state building

Though he died in 2010, Charleston real estate developer Al Summers continues to haunt the state.

The Greenbrooke Building, which Summers sold to the state in 2009 for $10.5 million although it was assessed at the time for $1.5 million (he also...

Statehouse Beat: Next governor will have difficult job

After months of speculation, it was a little anti-climatic when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he was staying put in Washington rather than opting for a third term as governor.

While some state Democrats were practically begging Manchin to ...

Statehouse Beat: Legislature has marching orders

Sitting through three consecutive hours of April interim meetings, in the same chair in the same committee room, provided a fascinating dichotomy.

At one point, we had the legislative leadership giving the new Select Committee on Tax Reform its...

Statehouse Beat: Vague ‘trinkets’ bill leaves problems for Ethics Commission

Members of the Ethics Commission will have an interesting challenge ahead as they try to draft rules to enforce a rather sketchily drawn bill barring public officials from using public funds for self-promotion, informally known as the...

Statehouse Beat: former Mingo senator gets $30K parting gift

It had to be shock for Truman Chafin last November when he lost the state Senate seat he had held for 30 consecutive years to used car dealer Mark Maynard, a Republican who essentially ran an unfunded campaign.

However, the Mingo County Democrat ...

Statehouse Beat: 2015 will go down as the erroneous session

Coverage of the three “religious freedom” bills introduced in the Legislature this session – all three very similar to each other and also very similar to the measure that provoked so much controversy in Indiana –...

Statehouse Beat: Charleston debate proposal faces hurdles

A proposal for Charleston to host a presidential or vice presidential debate is one of those things that is so audacious that if you think about it long enough, it starts to sound reasonable – particularly when you have Mike Stuart touting it....

Statehouse Beat: New Democratic vice chairman relishes challenge

One of the conclusions of the post-mortems of the 2014 state elections was the failure of state Democrats to head off the red wave by differentiating themselves from their GOP rivals.

Then-state Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio was...

Statehouse Beat: Are technical errors in bills result of more scrutiny?

One of the more amusing sidebars of the session has been over the unusually high number of bills vetoed for technical errors.

As of press time, the governor had vetoed 13 bills (including one bill twice) for technical errors – at least...

Statehouse Beat: Legislature tells Uber and Tesla W.Va. is ‘closed for business’

For a legislative session that was touted as being all about job creation and economic development, the true motto of the 2015 regular session could be, “Rollback, Repel, Regress.”

Time will tell if rolling back safety and...

Statehouse Beat: the many low points of 2015 session

Despite the doubts of some, the sun did rise this morning following the end of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature at midnight.

(Although if some in this Legislature had the authority, no doubt, the sun would be hovering this morning...

Statehouse Beat: What to expect during the Legislature’s final week

In many ways, this has been an out-of-the-ordinary legislative session, not the least of which being the pace of the session, with a number of bills accelerated to reach passage early enough in the session to permit time for veto overrides.

If...

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