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Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record

There may be new faces in leadership positions in the Legislature, and new attitudes on policies and issues, but from lobbyists’ perspectives, the party went on as usual during the 2015 regular session.

The leadership may have changed in...

Trade bill passes Senate, Capito sides with Obama, Manchin opposes

In an unusual twist, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito voted yes on a controversial trade bill Friday evening, giving more authority to President Barack Obama, while Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, voted no, against the president.

The United...

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record

There may be new faces in leadership positions in the Legislature, and new attitudes on policies and issues, but from lobbyists’ perspectives, the party went on as usual during the 2015 regular session.

The leadership may have changed in...

‘Fast-track’ trade bill moves forward in Senate

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move forward with a bill that would let President Obama negotiate trade agreements that Congress would then not be able to change, only accept or reject.

The Senate voted 62-38 to end debate on the “fast-...

Manchin, Capito split on ending bulk phone data collection

West Virginia’s two U.S. senators are divided on whether to rein in the federal government’s bulk collection and surveillance of telephone records, a program that recently was ruled illegal by a federal appeals court.

Sen. Joe...

Blue Ribbon panel: Raise WV Turnpike tolls to fund highways repair

After a 20-month hiatus, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways on Wednesday adopted recommendations to increase funding for West Virginia roadways — recommendations that are essentially unchanged from preliminary proposals...

Former DHHR official says she was fired for water testimony
Former DHHR official says she was fired for water testimony

A former state Bureau for Public Health official alleges she was fired for her testimony to legislators last year about the Freedom Industries chemical leak and its impact.

Ann Goldberg, who served as the bureau’s director of public...

Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark ...

Sponsors of Charleston mayor raise bill say it’s deserved
Sponsors of Charleston mayor raise bill say it’s deserved

Charleston City Council members who sponsored a bill that would give the West Virginia capital’s mayor a raise think the job is worth the money — and so does Mayor Danny Jones.

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Statehouse Beat: Cash-strapped counties can’t absorb another tax cut
Statehouse Beat: Cash-strapped counties can’t absorb another tax cut

Although today marks only the second major meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation, many observers believe that among the taxes subject to the committee’s slashing will be personal property taxes on business inventory and...

Harvard lecturer to look at history of media, politics

“I will start with the pamphlet wars of the American Revolution and go down through history to social media and how that has transformed our culture in recent years.”

That’s how Harvard University Professor Timothy Patrick...

Danny Jones re-elected to historic 4th term as mayor
Danny Jones re-elected to historic 4th term as mayor

Mayor Danny Jones was re-elected to a fourth term Saturday, becoming the longest serving mayor in Charleston history, as he handily defeated his two challengers: Democrat Paul Monroe and William Carpenter, an independent.

Jones, a Republican,...

Statehouse Beat: More on non-profit salaries

Last week’s item on the number of officials of nonprofit organizations/legislative lobbyists who have six-figure salaries generated a good bit of comment.

The list focused primarily on business and corporate-related associations, and some ...

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