MARC Train: Critical Public Hearing

There will be a public hearing on the future of the MARC commuter train on Saturday, September 7, in Charles Town, 10am until noon. It’s important to have a large crowd at that hearing, in the Jefferson County ...

Partisan Gerrymandering is Constitutional

About a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that what is called “partisan gerrymandering” passes constitutional muster. But that doesn’t make it right. The term “gerrymandering” comes from the early days...

Keep the Trains Running!

The Maryland Rail Corporation (MARC) has informed the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) that passenger service from West Virginia will be cut from three trains each way to one in October. This ...

West Virginia’s Premature Budget

The leadership of the West Virginia Legislature is beating its breasts about passing a budget without extending the Regular Session. This was the second year in a row the budget was passed prematurely. The brea...

Pipeline Bait and Switch

On March 26, Delegate Sammi Brown and I met with Scott Mandirola, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and DEP General Counsel Jason Wandling. We met with them to urge t...

Whither Public Education

This year’s regular session of the WV State Legislature saw a focus on public education that rivaled that of last year. The 2018 session saw a greater focus on education than had been the case for many years. ...

The Case for Cannabis in WV

The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill two years ago legalizing the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes. But no “weed” may yet be taken as medicine, because the administration of Governor Jim J...